If you’ve gotten into a New Year’s exercise regimen, you know it’s a great feeling. But did you know that observing a few skincare measures before, during, and after exercise is critical to maintaining and improving your skin? Take these tips to assure you have that post-workout glow day after day:
Remove Makeup. You’re going to get sweaty anyway, so why bother washing your face before you hit the gym? Because looking good in that face of makeup isn’t going to help your appearance if it causes breakouts in the end. Keep skin cleanser in your gym bag and use it before exercise – we like Actifirm cleansers for their gentle ability to dissolve makeup, whisk away clogging dead skin cells and impurities, and impart anti-aging benefits.
Go Hands Free. It’s always a good idea to keep your hands off your face, since they can be a breeding ground for breakout-inducing bacteria. A trip to the gym can take that to a whole new level, when you consider all those dirty weights, locker rooms, and other equipment your hands come in contact with. All that said, refrain from touching your face while exercising – keeping a clean towel with you to wipe excess perspiration can help.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Carry a water bottle and refill it often. Your body loses moisture as it sweats and replenishing fluids is essential.
Come Clean. Sure, showering adds a bit of time to your exercise regimen, but we think that’s preferable to your entire body stewing in a sweaty bacteria soup. Be sure to cleanse your face post workout, but give your body a wash as well – be gentle and avoid harsh scrubs to avoid damaging skin. Ideally, you should shower within 10 minutes of completing your workout, and don’t forget to change into fresh clothes, and workout duds can harbor breakout-causing bacteria, not to mention fungus and yeast.
Exercise and sweating can be beneficial to the skin as perspiration purges the pores, so keep up the hard work – just remember that with a few simple measures you can enhance that post-workout glow.
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