We all want to be in the best possible shape we can be; that means being fit and healthy, AND looking beautiful and glowing, right?
But sometimes, the two just don’t go together. In order to be fit and healthy, we need to exercise often and work out hard. But training, and thus sweating, can be detrimental to our skin. The more we work out, the greater the chances of breaking out in acne and spots, or developing hard, weather worn skin.
So how do we avoid this? Here are our top skin cleansing hacks to ensure you keep your face and body looking super healthy and super sexy, even after a tough workout.
If you’re working out
The most important thing to remember is to lose the make-up. Whilst it might be tempting to turn up to the gym looking your finest, having a face full of make-up really isn’t worth it. Not only are you in danger of having lots of streaks whilst you train, but the combination of glossy make-up and sweat will lead to lots of oily problems.
When you train, your skin needs to breathe. Pores will open up when you sweat, but if you’re wearing lots of foundation, this will quickly clog them back up. You’ll block your skin from breathing, and this can lead to acne, both on the surface and via red bumps with submerged inflammation.
Even if you’re not prone to outbreaks, you will still get blackheads and notice your skin texture looking duller and uneven over time. Remember, that you should be looking sweaty if you’re training hard, you don’t need to look your best!
Cleanse before you train
The solution is simple, don’t wear make-up when you train; cleanse with a facial wipe first to remove all products from your skin. If you must wear something on your skin, then try and use a light, oil free serum that will penetrate quickly, reducing the possibility of it mixing with sweat.
Anything containing hydrating agents and antioxidants will help feed your skin and fight the free radicals generated during exercise.
If you’re still having problems, try an exfoliating and scrubbing routine before you train. Even make-up free skin can still be dirty, with grime lodged in your pores which are expelled during a hot sweaty session, particularly in a class like hot yoga. A foaming, exfoliating face wash at the start of the day may resolve the issue.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during your exercise regime to ensure your skin stays hydrated too!
Tie up your hair
If you have long hair and a fringe, you should always try and keep it away from your face when working out. It’s best to go easy on those hair products if you can too. Conditioners and hairsprays can be very oily, and when you sweat this can run down your forehead and bring dirt and grime to further clog up those pores.
Avoid forehead acne by keeping hair out of your face; wearing a sweatband is a bit retro, but it will ensure nothing runs down from the top of your head.
Cleanse after working out too
Scrubbing your face after a workout is just as important as before. All that sweating and open pores will naturally bring dirt and grime to the surface of your skin, so you should always endeavour it get rid of it as soon as possible.
A light cleanse will help clear your face without stripping the skin, and then you can use your normal creams afterwards.
Try and hop straight into the shower wherever possible, to prevent dirt entering pores on your body and then closing up. If you can’t, for whatever reason, wipe off acne prone areas like the back, chest and stomach with a cleansing wipe.
Don’t forget that the steam room is a great place to visit after a workout to help clear up pores, soften the skin, and reinvigorate your whole body!