The Post-Workout Beauty Routine For Skin That's Fit AF
When your spin/Pilates/cross fit class ends, the real workout begins.
So, you've finished your workout -- hi-five! -- and it's time to hit the showers. Even though you're probably on your last legs it's not time to throw in the towel just yet.
There's another round to go, but it's not sit ups or downward dogs -- it's time to kick-off your skincare bootcamp.
Why? Well, dermatologist, Dr Katherine Armour told us that getting hot and sweaty at the gym is a great way to detoxify your skin.
"It removes impurities and helps protect your skin from bacteria," she told 10 daily.
"Letting salty sweat sit on your skin for a prolonged length of time can cause irritation, redness, acne and clogged pores." Not nice.
And a quick splash of water and some soapy water won't do the trick. That approach is akin to slowly jogging when you should be sprinting full-tilt.
It's a bit half-arsed, to be brutally honest. Plus, you won't get the results you're after.
Hence the need for a skincare bootcamp. Lucky for us this type of workout involves much less sweat and star-jumps than an F45 sesh, and it can all be done in the bathroom.
Beauty bootcamp: tip #1
Remove any makeup before your workout
Start your skin workout even before you put your active wear on by taking off any makeup you might be wearing.
"Exercise causes your pores to open, so if when you sweat while wearing foundation, the combination of sweat and oils will clog your pores and cause breakouts," Dr Armour said.
She suggests swiping off makeup with micellar water or using a gentle cleanser to take off any remaining products to start your workout with a fresh face.
Beauty bootcamp: tip #2
Wash, cleanse and hydrate your face
Sweat sesh over? Great. The first thing you need to do now is get rid of the dirt, grime and sweat that you’ve just built up.
Dr Armour recommends you start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to get rid of those impurities and get you feeling fresh.
Once you're done cleansing, the next step is to hydrate -- look for a moisturiser that is specifically designed for your skin.
Beauty bootcamp: tip #3
Don’t forget your body
Your body needs some love too, as it will be clogged with sweat just like your face.
"If you have sensitive or oily skin, it’s important to use a shower wash that will moisturise and soothe, with active ingredients like Aloe Vera, Vitamin B5 and oatmeal," Dr Armour said.
She likes Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash to ensure that the skin’s oil is replenished and not stripped away.
Beauty bootcamp: tip #4
Get oiled up
Jill Wilson from skincare brand RosehipPLUS wants us to consider using an oil post-workout, even though our skin might still be a tad hot and sweaty.
According to Wilson, a pure and natural, cold pressed rosehip oil is one of the best, most efficient and natural ways to replace the skin's moisture lost during exercise -- aside from drinking water.
"It not only helps to reduce the redness in the skin -- which we all get when working out -- but will replace lost moisture and hydrate the skin leaving it feeling comfortable and soft," Wilson told 10 daily.
"It will balance the skin tone and feed the skin with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, leaving the skin nourished!"
She suggests applying two to three drops all over your face and neck -- "Feel free to apply on the body too, your skin will love you for it!" -- after showering while the skin is damp.
Beauty bootcamp: tip #5
A quick change
If you can't hit the showers right away, then the next best thing is to strip off. No, really.
"Even if you are short on time, it’s super important to remove any wet clothing like tops, socks and bras as soon as possible," Dr Armous told 10 daily.
It sounds gross but it's the truth -- wearing your sweaty gym gear for coffee after class can trap moisture and promote the growth of yeast, fungi, and bacteria.
That's a big old recipe for breakouts or skin infections, or a flare of pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema.
In those situations, it's best to pack a fresh change of clothes until you can lather up.
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