How to prep and protect your skin for an outdoor workout

Written by Sanya HamdaniOct 14, 2019

There’s nothing more relaxing than a jog or walk in the park. If you are one of those people who prefers an outdoor sweat sesh, you already know how refreshing and energising it can be. While working outdoors might be great for your body, it may not be as good for your skin. Because as soon as you step out, your skin is exposed to pollution, dirt and UV rays, all of which can cause various skin issues. However, we can help you prep and protect your skin from these problems.

SPF protection

Whether you’re stepping out for a jog or just to buy bread, applying a protective layer of a broad spectrum SPF is of extreme importance. This prevents the harmful UVA and UVB rays from damaging your skin cells and causing premature ageing amongst other things.

Wear the right fabric

When your skin rubs against itself or against a harsh fabric it can lead to redness, irritation and chafing. To avoid this, wear lightweight fabrics designed to pull sweat away from your body and keep it dry and comfortable.

Wear a headband

If you get a lot of zits and acne on your forehead, it is probably because of all the sweat mixed with oils and products that trickles down from your hair during a workout. An easy way to avoid this is by wearing a sweat-absorbing headband. It will also keep hair away from your face.

Makeup wipes

Just because you’re outdoors and don’t have access to a quick shower post your workout does not mean you should allow all the sweat to dry off on your skin. Carry a deep cleansing makeup wipes or micellar wipes to get rid of all the dirt and sweat from your face, neck and hands.

Deep cleansing shower

As soon as you reach home, take a deep cleansing shower. Use an exfoliator at least thrice a week to get rid of all the dead skin cells and dirt build-up in the pores. This will give you smooth, soft and clear skin.