21 May Skincare Tips for the Gym
With gyms beginning to reopen and warm weather ahead, you may be stepping up your workout routine. If you’re working out more than usual, you may notice more breakouts than usual, too. Hitting the gym keeps you healthy. But if you’re not properly caring for your skin before, during and after your workout, you might notice acne and clogged pores. Learn how to keep your skin glowing with these skincare tips for the gym.
Prepping for your gym session
Getting ready for a workout session is important. You have to make sure your body is ready for the gym, which means eating and drinking enough. This will also help your skin stay healthy. However, to get ready for a gym session with your skin in mind, there are a few more steps.
First, if you’re exercising outside, always wear SPF. Sunscreen limits your chances of skin cancer and will help protect against age spots, pigmentation issues and more. You should wear SPF every day and always when outdoors. Make sure you choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen. Try also wearing protective clothing such as a hat to limit your skin’s exposure to sunlight.
Remove your makeup
Whether you’re getting a workout in outside or inside, it’s also important to remove your makeup if you wear it. Sweating with makeup on can clog your pores and congest your skin. Also, non-waterproof makeup can move around on the face. Nobody wants mascara getting in their eyes during a run. Sometimes, you may not be comfortable with a bare face. If you must wear makeup while working out, be sure it’s light and non-pore-clogging.
During your sweat session
There are a few things that you can do during your workout, too. While you’re exercising, your main concern should be to minimize any dirt and bacteria contacting your face. Sweating itself won’t clog your pores, but the bacteria and dirt from your surroundings may. Be sure to wipe down your equipment before you start your workout to help. Then, keep these things in mind as you sweat.
Don’t touch your face
Avoid touching your face if possible. You have probably heard this now more than ever, and it’s true. Studies show people touch their face about 16 times per day, and it can be hard to resist the urge. Yet, during a workout, it’s important to limit face-touching as much as possible. Especially if you’re in a public gym, bacteria from equipment can linger. Touching your face can spread that bacteria and may make you sick and cause acne.
Pull your hair back
Second, if you have long hair, pull it back. Hair getting stuck on your sweaty face isn’t a pleasant feeling anyway. But did you know it can also clog your pores? Oils and products from your hair can transfer to your face. When you’re sweating, this is even more likely to cause acne and breakouts.
Don’t scrub your face
Finally, don’t rub your face with an abrasive gym towel. It’s okay to use a gym towel. Keeping sweat out of your eyes is necessary. However, be sure the towel you’re using is soft material, such as microfiber. Over scrubbing with an abrasive material can cause skin injuries. This can allow bacteria to enter the pores.
After you’ve gotten your gains
Your workout is finally complete. While you may want to go ahead and just collapse on the couch immediately, it’s best to walk through a short skin routine. If you don’t properly care for your skin after a sweat session, you may increase the likelihood of breakouts. This is because more residual sweat and bacteria accumulate on the skin and can clog pores. Use these tips for your post-workout routine.
Wash your face
Start by always washing your face—especially if you have acne, eczema or sensitive skin. Add a gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil or CeraVe, to your gym bag so you’re always prepared. Once you’ve cleansed, always moisturize. This will keep your skin hydrated. If you’re in a rush or don’t have your cleanser, at least splash some cool water on your face. Not only will this help clean your skin, it also helps bring your skin back to a normal temperature. Cooling the face post workout will help prevent blood vessel breakage.
Don’t forget your body
Body acne is also a common problem and can be a nuisance. Be sure you change out of your workout clothes as soon as possible and shower if you can to remove dirt and bacteria. Try exfoliating to help remove dead skin and buildup. Remember to always moisturize, too.
Skincare tips for the gym
Ready to hit the gym? With these tips, you can set up a pre- and post-workout routine that helps you keep your skin healthy. Remember, remove your makeup, avoid touching your face and always cleanse after a workout. If you have persistent acne problems or other skin issues, it may be time to see a dermatologist. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please call 615.859.7546.
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