Exercise is fantastic for the body and mind. There is a great sense of achievement that you get after a long workout session at the gym. However, one of the not so great effects of a workout is skin damage, which usually presents itself in the form of acne and a host variety of other skin issues. Don’t get me wrong: , exercise is great for the skin. It reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, allowing the body to focus on other things such as rebuilding collagen and elastin–the layers of the skin that are responsible for its soft, healthy look. However, a sweaty workout can also give rise to acne and itchy skin rashes. So, in this article, I will be presenting important skin care tips to help you avoid skin damage triggered during a workout. I will also touch base on important post-workout skin care tips which can help you avoid acne and give you a glowing skin.
Workout Tips To Avoid Skin Damage
1. Avoid Wearing Makeup To The Gym
When you workout, your sweat glands are overactive, which cause perspiration. Perspiration, or sweat, flows out of the skin pores and cools your body down. If you happen to wear makeup, the skin’s pores are blocked as a result of which the sweat remains causing the sweat to remain trapped underneath its surface. This sweat eventually mixes with oil or sebum produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands causing pimples, zits and host of other skin issues. So avoid wearing makeup of any sort while you body cleanses itself through sweat during your workout.
2.Use A Toner Or A Facial Mist
This is especially important for those who suffer from rosacea or redness. Facial mists and toners containing ingredients like witch hazel provide antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, which helps help reduce breakouts and post-workout redness.
3. Avoid Touching Your Face
Gym equipment has millions of bacteria on it no matter how particular you may be in wiping it down using anti-bacterial wipes. As far as possible avoid touching your skin Avoid touching your skin as much as possible during and after the workout and if you must, do try to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer prior to doing so. If you use a Yoga mat, avoid touching your face to it. This is an important workout tip for avoiding zits and acne.
4.Tie Your Hair Up
Women with long hair must tie up their hair using a hair band to prevent the sweat from the hairline streaming down the forehead causing forehead acne.
5.Bring Your Own Towel And Personal Items
Sharing towels, combs, razors and other personal items at the gym is a strict no-no. Doing so can spread skin infections such as ringworm which lead to itchy rashes and dandruff. The towels provided at gyms and saunas are often bleached using harsh chemicals, which could cause rashes on delicate skin. So bring your own towels washed in hypoallergenic detergents and treated with post-wash softeners that make the fabric soft to touch.
Now for some important post-workout skincare tips…
Post-Workout Skincare Tips
6. Wash Your Gym Clothes Immediately
If you reuse your sweaty gym clothes you are inviting a plethora of skin issues including acne, and fungal and bacterial infections. So make sure you run your clothing through a washer and dryer before reusing it.
If you do not have time for a bath after the workout, at least make sure to wash your face. You can use AHA based cleansers or cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These are specially formulated for acne prone skin. Exfoliation is also important as it encourages skin cell turnover and gives you a younger looking skin. While bathing too, use salicylic acid based body washes to reduce and prevent back acne and butt acne. Limit your hot shower time as too much of heat can also damage your skin leaving it dry and itchy.
Sun rays tend to worsen acne. No matter if you workout indoors or outdoors, use a light SPF formula (no more than SPF 30+) to protect the skin from blemishes and also prevent the acne from worsening.
9. Avoid Using Oil Based Moisturizers Immediately After Workout
Oil based creams clog the skin pores that have just opened out during the workout. So, opt for gentle water based lotions and creams to soothe and moisturize the skin. Always choose hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested products suitable for your skin type.
Rehydrate your parched skin using a nightly serum consisting of Hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Antioxidants help reverse sun damage and Hyaluronic acid helps boost collage production. I would like to recommend Divas Never Age®-Hyaluronic Acid Serum which contains potent antioxidants like Vitamin C, Green tea and Pomegranate extracts. These help replenish lost moisture and reverse environmental skin damage caused by the sun, pollution and stress. Also drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from inside out.
Your workout can give you a lean and toned body but there is no point of having that if you are constantly going to worry about acne and sunspots. So, in order to avoid having your skin rebel against your fitness regime, follow the aforementioned skin care tips. And to get more Diva secrets for a gorgeous skin, grab a copy of my book Divas Never Age®-“Divas Are Beautiful”-Book 1.
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