While many of us might not need any more reasons to enjoy a stint in the sack, if you need a bit of encouragement, read on for six surprising and positive benefits that come with a bit of afternoon delight.
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1. Increased collagen production
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know collagen has numerous skin benefits – in fact, it’s pretty much the crème de la crème when it comes to youthful skin. Our collagen levels naturally deplete as we age so anything we can do to restore these will help delay the signs of ageing. In a nutshell, frequent sex produces estrogen that in turn stimulates collagen production. So basically if you want plump and supple skin make time for a little love-making between the sheets.
2. Better blood flow
If you get a bit hot and bothered during sex that’s a good thing – it means your blood is flowin’. When your blood is pumping, it’s not only great for your overall health but also works wonders for cell turnover, repairing collagen networks and strengthening skin barrier function.
3. The ultimate antidepressant
We all know exercise releases endorphins AKA the happy hormone and the same goes for sexercise! And, did you know you release serotonin and DHEA at climax? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood and makes you feel elated, while DHEA has antidepressant effects.
4. Kicking out cortisol
Cortisol is what activates our fight or flight mode in the body and while it’s a necessary hormone, an over-production of it is bad news for our complexion. This is why stress and breakouts often go hand in hand…as if one on its own isn’t bad enough right?! Another gold star in the orgasm column is that a good dose of love-making (or a solo session) actually works to lower these levels, which in turn calms the skin, reducing acne, redness and uneven skin tone…hello radiant, beautiful skin!
5. Releases those ‘head-turning chemicals’
Sex, and specifically orgasms, releases pheromones, which make you more attractive to the opposite sex. In ancient history, before perfume came about, sex was thought to make you smell desirable.
6. It’s natural breast enhancement
Ditch the push-up bra! Breasts swell up to 25 percent during sex and nipple height increases one half inch. Spend another 20 minutes “getting ready” with your partner and you’ll have all the push-up you need for a night out.