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Padma Lakshmi Credits Boxing, Sweating for Her Flawless Skin

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She’s sampled chili, pancakes and a whole lot of steak on this season’s
Top Chef
, but Padma Lakshmi is miraculously avoiding weight gain and breakouts. How? By boxing. “A poet introduced me to it,” she tells PEOPLE of the sport, which she’s practiced for 10 years. “I just found it was a great workout, very gratifying.”

Lakshmi — who hits the gym two to three times per week with a trainer, and uses the speed bag, jumps rope and does calisthenics — credits boxing with her trim figure, as well as her glowing skin. “I think that sweating a lot and getting your circulation going influences your skin a lot, and helps everything rejuvenate itself,” she shares. (Regular facials, some Shiseido foaming face wash and a light moisturizer help, too.)

The former model showcases that skin — and her best boxing form — in Danskin’s “Move for Change” campaign, which also features Hilary Duff, Jenny McCarthy and Christie Brinkley. “The photo shoot was great,” she says. “It turned out to be a fun day.”

Lakshmi’s involvement with Danskin benefits her charity of choice as well; the company makes regular donations to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, a cause close to her heart. And that symbiotic relationship makes the star even happier. As she says, “It was a really great opportunity to partner with a brand that I’ve always loved, while raising awareness about my foundation at the same time.”

–Kate Hogan