Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to work out more? It goes without saying that working up a sweat is great for your health, but all that sweat can cause havoc for your skin. Sweat contains bacteria, and if this is left on the skin it can clog pores and lead to blemishes.
Take a look at the following tips to ensure your skin stays clear:
Before your workout
Removing your make-up before you exercise is really important, no matter how cute your personal trainer is. If you leave your make-up on it will combine with the sweat to block pores and cause both irritation and blemishes. Ideally you should take the time to remove make-up properly with a wash-off cleanser, but if you’re pushed for time just pack some antibacterial face wipes in your gym bag so you can cleanse on the go.
During your workout
On average we touch our faces every minute, transferring bacteria as we go. When we’re at the gym, we tend to touch our faces even more – and we may even be transferring other people’s sweat and bacteria to our faces too (yuck). To avoid this, make sure you carry a clean towel around with you to wipe down machines and mop your brow. Carrying hand-sanitising gel can also be a good idea when using communal equipment such as boxing gloves.
After your workout
Jumping in the shower and giving your face and body a good wash with an antibacterial cleanser will help keep blemishes at bay. If you don’t have time for a shower, use some wipes containing salicylic acid. This will remove any debris lurking in your pores that would otherwise cause spots. Remember to use this on your chest and back too, as these are the areas where sweat tends to collect.
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