The gym is a great place to get your blood flowing and leaves you with a nice temporary glow, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Taking care of your skin is important, no matter what the situation or setting. Spending a simple five minutes over the locker room sink can help you make sure your skin looks radiate year-round.
When you sweat, your body pushes toxins out through the skin and enlarged pores. This is great, until you consider you’ve now got toxin filled sweat sitting on top of your skin. Plus, now your pores are bigger than normal and much more susceptible to the elements. Don’t worry! There are some simple tips and tricks you can to do keep your skin happy and healthy.
Start by washing your face. Before hitting the gym, take a few minutes to wash your face. If you don’t do this simple easy-to-forget step, all the bacteria, dirt, and everything else you’ve acquired through the day can be absorbed back into your skin when you sweat. Think of it as a reverse detox. If you’re unable to wash your face, try opting for a gentle non-foaming cleanser to remove all the dirt before you sweat. Cream cleansers often contain hydrating oils that give your skin the moisturizer it needs.
Sanitize your hands after the gym. This might be a step you may not even think of, but think about it for a moment. The gym is a very communal area and things in there have been touched who knows how many times before you entered. You don’t want a stranger’s germs lingering on your hands when you start touching your face and body. After your work out, wash your hands. If you find bathroom soap too harsh or drying, try going for a hand sanitizer that has essential oils.
Make sure your skin is completely dry. This might sound like an odd step, but before you apply any moisturizer, make sure your skin is completely dry. If you step outside post workout and the weather happens to be cold, any left over water molecules may freeze and damage your skin. You can spritz a hydrating and restorative facial mist to your clean skin after you make sure your skin is dry.
Sounds easy, right? these simple steps will make sure your face looks as great as your body post workout!