If you are a girl who loves a good sweat sesh (the athletic kind, you dirty mind!), you must be aware that you need to take extra care of your skin. Whether you are into outdoor or indoor fitness activities, your skin is prone to infections from all the sweating that’s bound to happen. Bacteria love moist, humid environment and since your body gets heated up and you sweat as a result to cool your body down, you provide the perfect real estate for bacteria to settle down and populate!
Don’t want that to happen, do you? Keep these points in mind when you are at the gym or are going for a run outdoors for better skin health!
- Take extra care of blisters and calluses
- Always change out of wet clothes immediately after a workout
- Always disinfect the gym equipment and yoga mats
- Shower immediately after a workout and wash gym clothes regularly
Take extra care of blisters and calluses
When you run, you can get blisters due to chafing on your inner thighs or under your sports bra strap and these blisters can cause a lot of discomfort. If you are into weights or spinning, you know the familiar calluses that develop on your hands. Apply plasters or gloves and make sure you do not irritate them further and cause them (blisters) to burst. If they have already burst, make sure you disinfect them and keep them from getting further infected.
Always change out of wet clothes immediately after a workout
Wear moisture wicking clothes for a workout. Moisture wicking means the clothes will draw moisture away from your skin and to the outer layer of the fabric and dry off very quickly. They are breathable fabrics and unlike cotton clothes that ‘hang on’ to moisture, these fabrics will keep you dry.
Always disinfect the gym equipment and yoga mats
You don’t know who has used the equipment before you and as icky as it may sounds, it’s the truth. Always use a disinfectant wipe to clean any gym equipment before you use it or you could carry your own yoga mat. Another alternative is to spread your own towel on top of surfaces that your skin will be in contact with.
Shower immediately after a workout and wash gym clothes regularly
This is pretty much a no-brainer, right? Sweat is salty stuff. You do not want it drying on your skin. The salt will dry out your skin and may clog pores. Wet clothes may harbour bacteria that can affect your skin. So shower soon after a workout or run or even a swim and keep your workout clothes and towel squeaky clean!