Exercise is crucial to healthy skin. So kudos to you if you’re the one waking up early morning to get your body moving ‘coz we all know how cosy that blanket is and how tough getting to a workout can be. Workouts are responsible for that lit-from-within-glow but do you, at times, wake up with zits not knowing the reason behind them? Perhaps it’s the way you treat your skin before, during or even after a workout. Blame it on that unclean yoga mat or the fact that you sit in a puddle of sweat post-workout. Here are some rules to follow before, during and after a workout…
No tress mess
No matter how long or short your hair is, make sure it stays away from your face while you exercise. Hair products + sweat is a recipe for clogged pores and breakouts on the forehead. Use a headband, clips or pins or simply tie your hair into a cutesy ponytail!
Makeup in the gym? Noway!
Makeup mixed with sweat is a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. So when you’re enjoying your sweat sesh, make sure you’re also makeup-free because nobody wants that ugly zit popping up the next day.
Sunscreen is the solution
If your session is outdoors, make sure you apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before heading out to ensure it’s absorbed well. Use a lightweight sunscreen with SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun and avoid breakouts.
During a workout:
Keep your hands off your face
If you go to a gym, you know workout spaces can be kind of gross. A bunch of sweaty people sharing the same equipment… ugh! All the germs and bacteria from the sweat people leave behind can be a breeding ground for bacteria. And when your hands touch that and then your face, it can cause acne. Worst case scenario? It can even cause bacterial infections. Be considerate and use a towel to wipe down equipment before and after you use it. And do not touch your face while working out!
Hydrate your body
Sweating dehydrates you and water counters that, helping to minimise wrinkles and other skin damage. So make sure you keep hydrating your body during and after a workout.
Cleanse your skin, stat
Do not wait to get home and wash your face – wash it ASAP. Use a gentle cleanser to wash away the dirt, grime and sweat that has accumulated during your workout. It also helps cool down the skin, preventing blood vessel breakage and helping your skin temperature return to normal.
Pay attention to your body
Take a quick shower and change into clean clothes to avoid back acne or ‘bacne’, as some call it. Sweaty clothes (apart from the smell) hold on to the toxins that are released while exercising.
Now that you’re armed with this info, go forth and enjoy your sweat sesh!