When you decide to make exercise an important part of your life it means a variety of lifestyle changes. One of the most important, if you want to keep your skin clear and looking good, is your skincare routine. You probably have a set morning and before bed routine, but once you add exercise, you will need to switch things up.
Sweat and oil can clog pores, leading to breakouts. This is not the look you were going after when you decided to start exercising, and you can avoid it. Start your exercise program each day with a clean face. If you’re already wearing makeup, it needs washed off. Even if you are bare-faced, it doesn’t hurt to wipe off any accumulated grime from the day. The more simple the process, the more likely you are to stick with it. Pre-moistened makeup remover wipes that don’t require you to rinse after use are the best choice. If you are exercising outside, you should reapply sunscreen before heading out the door.
It is important to get the sweat and oil off your skin after exercise. Again, pre-moistened wipes work great. If you have access to bathroom facilities, splashing thoroughly with fresh water can help reduce the risk of irritation from over cleaning your skin. If you are headed to work, splashing your face with cold water will also help reduce redness from your workout. Depending on how hard you workout, you may be able to apply makeup right away, or you may need to cool down a bit first. Micellar waters are also a gentle and effective choice for cleaning post workout.
These changes to your skincare routine are minor, but important. Exercising with your makeup on leaves your skin more susceptible to breakouts. Working out outside without sun protection leads to wrinkles, dark spots, and potentially skin cancer.