Working out and keeping active makes you feel great. You feel lighter, your bloating is pretty much gone and your body doesn’t ache as much. But exercise also has a dark side!
They appear when you least expect them to and crush your hopes of flawless skin… rashes and post-workout acne are way more common than you’d think and they all have a common source: your sweat mixed with whatever else is around while you workout.
Delightful, isn’t it? NO I hear you cry!
No need to panic, here are our top tips to prevent it.
1. Cleanse beforehand
No question about it: you should wash your face before every training sesh.
Your pores need to be squeaky clean to be able to release sweat without issues. You might think your face is clean… it isn’t, you just can’t see the guck. Even if you’ve just woken up, that face is nasty. That pillow case of yours? Unless you’re changing it every 4 days, it’s covered in old sweat. And if you workout after your 9-5… come on, take off that make up and dirt. Your future self will thank me. No more workout breakouts for you!
2. Wear SPF
Don’t you feel like a majestic gazelle when working out outside? The soft breeze, chirping birds and warm sun make it easy to really get in the zone. But you know what’s also outside? UV rays. Yep. Those invisible suckers will get ya’, age your skin, cause wrinkles and definitely up your cancer risk. Oh, the joys of the outdoors. So keep your youthful skin safe by slathering a good layer of the best sunscreen you have on hand. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if it’s cloudy outside. Even if it’s the middle of winter. Just suck it up and do it. I’ll wait.
3. Wash after your workout
Do I really need to remind you of this one? You’ve spent the last hour sweating, rubbing your face against your mat and/or towel, sharing the air with germs and awful bacteria… and you wonder if you should wash? Come on, don’t be gross. Move your tush to the sink ASAP and get that icky layer of sweat off your face with a gentle cleanser. No need to exfoliate right away, your face will be extra tender after sweating. Leave that beaded face wash for later.