Healthy, glowing skin is almost my favourite part about working out. In case you didn’t know, a regular workout can slow down your ageing clock, make your skin clearer and leave your skin glowing, but only if you take your pre- and post-workout skincare seriously. So, let me ask you: do you use specific skincare products meant for your workout routine? If you are shaking your head, you need to start out a workout-specific skincare routine RN.
Active skincare was trending this year and for the right reasons. You may not have known this earlier, but your skin requires extra TLC when you work out regularly and thus special skincare products too. So whether you are hitting the gym, signed up for a yoga or Zumba class or breaking a sweat on the jogging track, here are five reasons you should be stocking up on workout-specific skincare products and the best fitness-beauty picks you can try.
- Your sunscreen isn't enough for workout tanning
- You need an exfoliating facewash to do the job
- Your skin heats up while working out
- You need to wipe the sweat off to keep acne at bay
- You’re exposed to pollution during an outdoor workout
Your sunscreen isn't enough for workout tanning
If your idea of a workout is running, swimming or cycling, you need a sunscreen that not only protects your skin from sun damage, but also tanning that. Now, most sunscreens wear off when you swim or even sweat intensely. So, make sure to use a water-proof sunscreen, which is lightweight and doesn’t clog your pores when you sweat aka one that is specifically made for workout enthusiasts.
You need an exfoliating facewash to do the job
Since your skin is covered in sweat, grime and dirt, you need to cleanse your face of all impurities, and scrub your skin to unclog the pores and remove deep settled dirt and oil right away. A face wash isn’t enough and it is not recommended to use an exfoliator every day, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. What you need is a double duty cleanser that acts as a face wash and a scrub, while also cooling down your skin post-workout.
Your skin heats up while working out
You may have noticed that your skin turns red and feels warm after an intense workout. This happens because your skin’s temperature goes up as you burn those calories. It feels good (as it means you actually shed some pounds), but it can lead to itching, irritation and rash. Make sure you apply a cooling gel on your skin after cleansing it to calm your skin down.
You need to wipe the sweat off to keep acne at bay
While you will eventually wash your face, it’s important to wipe it as soon as you’re done with your workout. This helps you get rid of sweat, dirt and grime that often combine to form blackheads. Be sure to wipe your face clean after as well as during your workout to prevent acne and other skin problems. No wonder fitness pros always carry moisturising and cooling facial wipes in their bag.
You’re exposed to pollution during an outdoor workout
You probably (hopefully) start your workout sesh with a cleansed and moisturised face. However, if you are working out outdoors (or walking back home after hitting the gym), you need a moisturiser that not only hydrates, but also protects your skin. The raised body temperature opens up your pores, which allows environmental stressors liked pollutants, fumes and dust to get into skin. So switch to an anti-pollution moisturiser that acts as a barrier between your skin and the pollutants.