Exercise is good for the body and mind. There is nothing like the mood you leave with after an hour long class at the gym. And if done consistently, there's nothing like the results you'll see on your body, either. But did you know exercise and sweating is good for your skin, too?
It's true! You're releasing toxins from your skin and clearing out your pores. But if you miss one important step when it comes to exercising and skin, you'll start to notice your skin going downhill. Here are some pointers to help your skin look its best as well as how to avoid looking like the sweaty one in class.
Are You Heading to the Gym Right From Work?
Before you hop on that treadmill, take off your makeup. It may be tempting to just change into your workout clothes and start your workout, but if you do that, your pores will get clogged and you'll likely breakout. Plus, your mascara will bleed, your foundation will sweat off and you’ll look terrible. Take off your makeup before you exercise.
- Product Pick: Facial Cleansing Cloths are perfect for your gym bag. Grab one, clean your face and go kick some butt! These are great to have on hand for after your workout, as well! (Facial cleansing cloth reviews)
Sure, Sweating is Great for Your Skin, But No One Wants to Look Sweaty?
What's a workout without a sweat session? Not a good one! Even with the benefits you know you're getting from sweating, no one ever likes to look super sweaty. Here are 5 things you can do to keep yourself looking fresh during your workout.
- Wear a cute workout headband. It will catch the sweat before it streams down your face. (We like Nike's headbands.)
- Skip the old concert tees and wear moisture-wicking clothing instead which will help you avoid the “I’m-so-sweaty-my-clothes-are-sticking-to-me” look. Nike's Dri Fit brand got Good Housekeeping's seal of approval.
- Carry a small towel with you. Most gyms have these readily available, but I like to bring my own. (Use a towel that sweaty man on the basketball court used yesterday? No thank you.)
- Make sure your deodorant has antiperspirant in it to help minimize underarm sweat stains. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, or severe sweating, here is a product called Certain Dry that can be applied at night. (compare prices) It literally blocks the pores from sweating.
- Wear dark colors - they hide sweat the easiest.
Fast and Effective Ways to Refresh Your Skin after a Workout
If you're headed out right after the gym, there are other options than the post-workout gym look. First things first, definitely wash up and change your clothes after exercising. If you don't you'll notice breakouts in areas like your back and chest from leaving the sweating clothes on your skin. If you live close to the gym and plan on showering at home, be sure to at least change your clothes before you leave the gym.
Some people continue to glow (or plain ole look sweaty) after working out for quite some time. It can be so frustrating if you're headed out or back to work after your exercise routine. Here are some tips to keep the shine to a minimum.
- Don’t even consider applying makeup until you are completely cooled down and you have stopped sweating. Drinking cool water, lying flat on the floor and taking a cool shower will help lower body temperature.
- Use a mattifying moisturizer to reduce shine on your face.
- Keep blotting tissues on hand and use as needed. In a pinch and are without blotting tissues? Grab a coffee filter! They work perfectly.