Having a regular exercise regimen is an important part of your overall health and wellness – but if you ignore the needs of your skin when you work out, your complexion may suffer the consequences. From pore-clogging cosmetics to bacteria-laden equipment, skincare pitfalls lie at every turn at the gym. Luckily, we’ve gathered the skincare tips you need to keep your skin as healthy as the rest of your body when it comes to exercise: Start with a Clean Slate. Cosmetics and sweat are a bad combination. To prevent breakouts, always remove makeup before starting to exercise. Try Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser for its gentle yet thorough cleansing abilities, with anti-aging benefits to boot.
Don’t Forget SPF. If you’re exercising outside, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must. Make sure you choose one that’s non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t clog pores.
Do Your Hair. And by “do”, we mean get it off your face and neck. With perspiration, hair products can migrate to the skin, causing irritation and breakouts. A quick ponytail or a headband should do the trick.
Go Hands-Free. On your skin, that is. Gym equipment is notoriously bacteria-ridden, so every time you touch your face, you’re creating a host of problems for your skin. A hands-off policy can help, and in addition, use antibacterial wipes to clean all equipment before and after use.
Stay Hydrated. Your body loses fluids during a vigorous workout, which can lead to dehydration, including the skin. The simple solution? Carry a water bottle and drink liberally.
Clean Up…Again. After your workout, you’ll want to cleanse your face, body, and hair to avoid bacteria proliferation, clogged pores, and other skincare challenges. For your face, Actifirm Morning Cleanser is great for its ability to gently decongest pores, and also imparts antioxidant benefits.
Moisturize. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry post-workout, your skin has lost moisture through exercise. A light moisturizer like Actifirm Actimoist Booster will work with your skin to hydrate as needed, with the bonus of proprietary anti-aging botanicals and gentle enzyme exfoliation.
Dedicate just a few minutes to skincare at the gym, and you’ll come through your workouts with a complexion that reflects your inner health.
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