How to protect your skin before, during and after a workout

While exercising may be great you’re your body, sometimes, if you don’t prepare properly, it can have a not so good effect on your skin.

If you’ve noticed you’ve been breaking our more than usual since you’ve started exercising, there are things you can do to stop things from happening. And don’t worry, they’re really easy!

Before a workout…
While the temptation to wear a little tinted moisturiser to the gym may be strong, it’s best to go completely bare faced. We mean no make-up, no moisturiser, no nothin’! When you exercise , you start to sweat and your pores open up, so the last thing you want is for your makeup to get mixed up in that mess. It will only cause breakouts, so even though you may feel self-conscious going in with make-up, it’s worth it in the long run!

During a workout…
You know the way they tell you to wipe the machines once you’re finished using them? Well, there’s a reason for that. Cross-contamination is not very nice, and if you get someone else’s sweat on your hand, and then scratch your nose or something, it can cause break outs. Aswell as your own towel to wipe your face during a workout, bring a pack of anti-bacterial wipes to wipe the machines before and after you use them. Using the towel you use to wipe your face with will only aid the cross-contamination. Also, try not to touch your face at all if you can help it.

After a workout…
Even though you may just want to collapse in a heap on the floor, it’s best to change out of those sweaty clothes ASAP. You don’t want the sweat and dirt from your clothes clogging you skin and causing bacne. As for your face, the sooner you get rid of all that excess oil and sweat from your skin, the better. Hop into the shower and splash some cold water on your face to close the pores back up. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated!