One reason we get out of our comfy beds and head to gym is the post-workout selfies, flaunting our workout glow. But did you know that workouts can actually harm your skin too? Yes. The excessive sweating and overheating of the body can result in numerous skin problems like acne, dehydration, sensitivity and irritation. Be sure to swear by these 5 dos and don’ts when you work out so that your skin doesn’t pay the price.
No makeup workout
It goes without saying that working out with makeup on is something you should never do. It can block the pores and sweat glands which makes it hard for skin to breathe. Just apply some moisturiser and lip balm if you have dry skin and leave it to that. There are filters for selfies, you know!
Clean towels and Clothes
It’s really important to carry clean hand towels and wear fresh gym clothes every day. The bacteria from the sweat settle in clothes and can lead to acne and rash. Don’t use your hands to wipe the sweat as it will only make the condition worse.
If running in the open air or swimming under the sun is your kinda workout, we advise you to apply sunscreen with SPF30 daily to avoid tanning and rash. Also, wearing breathable and low friction fabrics can help you avoid chafing which is caused by rubbing of skin while running.
Drink a lot of water
As your body dehydrates due to all the sweating while working out, so does your skin. Dehydrated skin becomes dry, cracked and chapped. Try to drink as much water as possible during and after your workout and keep your skin moisturised.
Avoid taking hot shower after your workout sesh. Cold water baths calms itchy skin, increase circulation and cools down your body temperature. Also, don’t sit up and try to bathe ASAP after working out to get all the gunk and sweat out immediately.
Workouts have way more skin benefits than drawback so don’t put your running shoes in the cupboard just yet. Make sure you take proper care of your skin and…run away girl!