No matter your workout, one thing you can’t forget to consider is the effect it has on your skin. It’s important to build in some smart and healthy choices for your skin in your pre- and post-workout routine. Here are some before and after workout tips to keep your skin looking fresh and clean.
Use a mild cleanser to rid your face of anything that will create a home for bacteria. If you really can’t bear to go completely bare-faced, use a makeup that won’t clog your pores. A non-comedogenic product will do the trick.
Either choose a moisturizer with SPF or apply sunscreen, especially before heading outdoors. Even if you work out indoors, a window-side machine will still put you at risk for irreparable damage caused by harmful UV rays.
Just don’t do it. Also, be sure to tie your hair back and keep it off your forehead, if you can. This will prevent oils and any hair products from clogging your pores. Be wary of headbands that harbor sweat and product residue. You’ll need to wash those too.
Make sure you cleanse after your workout. Use a toner wash to gently clean away any sebum, sweat, or oil to keep your skin acne-free. A shower is also a good idea. Just make sure to moisturize afterward to lock in hydration.
You sweat, all of that salt, along with a loss of skin hydration can make your skin dry, accentuating fine lines. Use a hydrating serum and a moisturizer to rehydrate. And don’t forget to reapply that SPF
Also, remember to drink plenty of water. Hydration begins from the inside out.
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