We all know exercise is good for us. It even has plenty of benefits for our skin, leaving that flushed, healthy glow. But without proper care, you can find yourself the victim of breakouts. Sweat is a natural and healthy way to cleanse toxins from the body, but with dirt lurking on the skin surface, it can lead to clogged pores.
To prevent blemishes, blackheads, and other skin problems, the key is to practice a pre-workout and post-workout skincare routine. Here are some tips for keeping your skin healthy no matter how intense the workout.
Always Cleanse Your Skin
While both men and women should cleanse their faces prior to exercise, women are the most prone here due to makeup. Getting all dolled up for the gym isn’t the best idea since sweat and oil will make a nasty pore-clogging combination that will result in breakouts.
Try Portable Skincare
Makeup-removing face wipes are an ideal solution if you’re on limited time or decide to go for broke and run in the park instead without a sink in sight.
Keep Skin Hydrated
Don’t just wash your face and go though. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep skin comfortable. If you miss your makeup, use one with a tint to keep a healthy, natural glow.
Use Sunscreen When Exercising Outdoors
If you want to keep looking youthful, make sure you take the time to slather on sunscreen before getting into your sweat sesh outdoors. You should choose one with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection with no less than an SPF of 15 and no more than SPF 50. Choose a formula that is waterproof and sweatproof too so you’ll always be covered.
Wipe Down All Equipment Before Use
Did the sweaty guy using the chest press before you wipe down the seat after he finished? Even if he did with a gym towel, lingering bacteria from his sweat could still be there. If you touch any part of that with your skin from your fingers and then to your face, or with the parts of your body that are exposed - shoulders or backs of legs for example - it transfers onto your skin. Use antibacterial wipes before you use any shared equipment to keep skin safe.
Never Wipe Your Face With Your Hands
After working out, remember the golden rule of “hands off.” Don’t wipe your sweat away with your hands. Instead, take a clean gym towel with you and use it religiously to wipe sweat away. Make sure you always use a clean, fresh towel for every workout.
Change Out Of Your Gym Clothes
Even if you’ve cooled off and are no longer all sweaty, wearing sweaty gym clothes isn’t ideal for any part on your body. It can cause body acne, something no one wants. Wash off as soon as you can.
Perform Your Skincare Regimen Again
After all that sweating, cleansing your skin again is important. Use a cleanser that hydrates to keep from drying out your skin. Be sure to apply your moisturizer after that while skin is still damp to seal in that hydration.
With pre- and post-workout skin regimens in place, you’ll always have fresh and healthy skin no matter how hard you play at the gym!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
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