Working out is great for our overall health, but it can be a nightmare for our skin. All the sweating in addition to dust and germs found at the gym can cause your skin to break out and too much dirt can sometimes lead to serious skin irritation. Also, the skin is oily because your body temperature has risen and if you don’t take proper care of your skin post workout, it will suffer. There are a few useful tips you can follow and ensure clean and healthy skin no matter how much time you spend at the gym.
Your skin care routine starts during your exercise. You’re sweating a lot, which is a great way to detoxify your body and skin, but you should keep your hands away from your face. While working out, you are touching the gym equipment that a lot of other sweaty people had touched and if you touch your skin with those hands you will spread bacteria all over it. To make things scarier, when our bodies are hot, the pores in our skin open up and send an open invitation to any bacteria snooping around the gym. So, control yourself and do your best not to touch your skin with bare hands while working out.
Bacteria and sweat are scary, but you shouldn’t go hard on your skin just to get rid of them. Resist the urge to scrub hard in order to kill the bacteria and remove dirt and sweat. Rather, use mild exfoliants or cleansers in reasonable amounts and gently spread them over your face. Too much exfoliation will only irritate your skin, dry it out and lead to acne or eczema.
Take Care of the Whole Body
It’s not just your face that suffers during your workout. Your whole body goes through some serious sweating and it needs proper care as well. However, don’t wait until you arrive home to put your body through deep cleansing. Rather, stash a bottle of body wash and body scrub into your gym bag and hop into the shower. Another thing to remember is not to use harsh scrubs for your body either. Rely on gentle exfoliants like those Alive Skin and Hair offers and your skin will be protected from any potential breakouts. In addition, don’t take long hot showers after exercising because it will strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, take a lukewarm shower just to rinse off the sweat and dirt and your skin will stay healthy.
Even though it doesn’t feel like your skin needs more moisture, it is essential to apply moisturizers after the workout session. After washing your face and body your skin will need to replenish the water you lost during the workout and there’s no better way to do it than by applying moisturizers. Rely on oil-free moisturizers that will provide hydration, but will prevent any breakouts due to excess skin oil. If your skin is too dry, you can save the day by using rich creams that will be absorbed fast.
Go Light on Hair Products
There’s no doubt that you strive to wash your hair after the workout, but go easy on the hair products. Too much oily shampoos and conditioners will only cause trouble for your skin. When they travel down your face or back they can clog the fragile post-workout pores and cause breakouts. If you have any mysterious acne on your forehead, this is probably the cause, so try to refrain from using such strong hair products after your workout.
In order to have a completely healthy body, you need to take good care of your skin after the workout session. Be gentle, wash it quickly and replenish moisture, and you will be safe from irritations and pesky acne.