What Goes into a Top Post-Workout Skin Care Routine?
Exercising is sweaty business, so using the right post-workout skin care routine can help you to continue looking and feeling your best. While many people have believed that sweating helps to purify you and send toxins away, the truth isn’t quite that simple.
What the Sweaty Research Says
Research shows that sweating doesn’t excrete that many toxins at all. There are some that are sent away with sweat, but only to a tiny extent. When it comes to your skin, sweating heavily can have the opposite reaction to purification.
Without the right post-workout skin care routine, the sweat on your skin can cause pollution, dust, dead skin cells and other unwanted substances to irritate your skin, clog your pores, and increase redness. Moreover, this produces an ideal breeding ground for unwanted bacteria. This only worsens the longer you leave the salty concoction to dry on your skin, particularly on your face.
What Goes Into a Healthy Post-Workout Skin Care Routine?
If you’re someone who exercises to the point of sweating, and you don’t shower afterward, it’s like sending a written invitation to bacteria and other irritants. At the very least, you should wash your face after a workout. This is because your face has some of the most delicate and reactive skin on your body.
That said, your post-workout skin care efforts are only the last stage of what should be a multi-step process. Don’t worry, if you’re like me and you want your skin care to be very simple, then this isn’t as bad as you think.
Before Your Workout
If you want to give your post-workout skin care its best chance, start with a pre-workout routine, too. If it has been a while since your last face-washing, rinse your face with water a few times and gently pat it dry. If you’re wearing makeup, remove it entirely, cleanse and moisturize your face before your workout. Exercising in makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Those fluffy microfiber makeup removing clothes can have the job done in seconds, without even needing any product.
The bacteria, dead skin and product on your face is nearly guaranteed to clog your pores. What’s more, if you start off with a fresh face, then when you do get sweaty, there will be less to build up or grow before you have the chance to wash it clean again.
After Your Workout
The top goal of your post-workout skin care routine is to start fresh without stripping your face. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t have sodium lauryl or loreth sulfate. A product with chamomile and/or lavender is calming to the skin, which is great if you experience redness, irritation or even some forms of acne.
Use tepid water instead of hot or cold. Cold water may be tempting, but it will close your pores and hold that sweaty cocktail inside. Pat your skin dry with a fluffy towel instead of rubbing it. Follow up with a moisturizer meant for your skin, even while your skin is still damp, and you’re all set.