Keeping fit trumps skin when it comes to a regular workout routine but fear no, there is actually a lot you can do to keep your skin as fit as you are.
In this day in age we need to move, and the pursuit of fitness and who can forget those feel-good exercise endorphins, commitment reaps the best results. However it’s our skin that often play second fiddle when in the midst of training. There is simply put, nothing more frustrating than putting in the effort to exercise and finding that good intentions are triggering pesky spots, breakouts and congestion!
Puravida Beauty has put together some tips and tricks to help take your workout skin from Drab to Fab and help maintain a beautiful complexion as well as keeping up with your good exercise routine.
While cleansing is of monumental importance post-workout, you might also want to consider it prior to getting active, especially if wearing full makeup or heavy foundation. When you start to perspire, your pores open, meaning any existing layers of makeup can prevent your skin from breathing naturally.
We would suggest your usual cleansing routine, however if you are time poor and pushed, then The Magic Mitt from Jane Iredale is here to save the day, it even will remove your mascara to prevent that panda eye look.
If you are playing a sport or doing an activity outside we would suggest the Environ RAD SPF 15 sunscreen. This amazing product will not only protect you from harmful UV rays but also fights Free Radical Damage, can you say AMAZING?
While you workout
You want to try and avoid bacteria on gym equipment transferring onto your face, so use antibacterial wipes to clean the surface; and if you tend to wipe your face with your hands,Please resist the urge and use a clean face towel instead. Gently pat your face dry rather than rubbing, as rubbing will cause irritation, especially in sensitive skin.
If you have long hair or a fringe, keep it back from your face with a hair tie or clips. This is particularly important if using hair products which can clog the pores around the hairline and, where possible, try to limit the use of hair products on days marked for a killer workout.
As soon as you’ve put down the weights, run your last few metres or finished your class, your first priority should be washing your face with a cleanser that suits your skin type and if you are particularly breakout-prone, consider the Prologic Gel Cleanser. Designed for skin that tends to breakout, it effectively removes excess oil and bacteria without stripping the skin of moisture.
Post-workout, shine-free and ready to go!
And while it may be tempting, avoid jumping into a steaming hot shower after your exercise session as overly hot water can irritate sensitive skin, stripping away its essential moisture. In addition, try to not over-exfoliate or scrub the skin, as it can be more sensitive post-workout due to increased blood circulation.
Finally, following cleansing, apply a moisturiser such as the Prologic Repair Moisturiser to restore any moisture lost during your workout and soothe inflammation with a shine-free finish.
To start your journey to your best possible skin and discuss an exercise-proof skin regime, visit one of our amazing therapist at Puravida Beauty for a Skin Consultation and get a plan of action tailored just for you.