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6 Ways Sex Improves Your Skin

Welcome your sex toy as the newest member of your skincare routine.

by Emily Cieslak Nov 23, 2020

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From NARS’ “Orgasm” blush to Benefit’s “Better Than Sex Mascara,” there’s no shortage of beauty products alluding to sex. Sure, you may chuckle or roll your eyes as you scroll, considering these names as gimmicks. The truth is that these companies are onto something.

In fact, if you could put sex into a bottle, it would be a miracle, all-in-one beauty elixir with multiple skin benefits, Julie Russak, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic and Russak+Aesthetic Center in Manhattan, tells Intrigue. But dare to dream.

“There is no one [skincare] product that can mimic all the benefits of sex,” she says. “You just have to have [sex].”

Under normal circumstances, we would be rejoicing. I mean, lots of sex in place of hundreds of dollars worth of products? Sign me up! But it’s 2020, and truthfully, this year has been weird. Between breakups and lockdowns, it’s understandable if you’ve been going through a sex dry spell or haven’t even given sex a second thought.

But if you want to take matters into your own hands, grab some lube and read on, because a solo sesh is just as beneficial for your complexion, says Dr. Russak, just as long as you experience as much pleasure alone as with a partner. And in case you’re wondering, there is no minimum amount of orgasms required to reap skin benefits, she adds. Although the more the merrier.

As if you need any more convincing to get down and dirty, here are six ways sex — or a little self-pleasure — can make your skin, well, sexier.

Your skin will glow.

It’s no secret that sexual arousal gets your blood pumping — you can literally feel your heart beating in your chest — but have you ever thought about what this means for your skin? According to Dr. Russak, dilated blood vessels help improve blood and oxygen circulation, the culprit behind sex flush aka rosy cheeks.

When blood supply increases, more nutrients are delivered to your skin, helping it better repair and appear healthier and glowing, she says. Increased circulation can even speed up the body’s healing process and improve the physicality of wounds and dark under-eye circles.

You'll have unclogged pores.

Along the same vein (sorry, couldn’t resist), the physical exertion of sex can leave you hot and sweaty. One small