Calling All Fitness and Sports Heads: Make Sure Your Skin Gets These

Calling All Fitness and Sports Heads: Make Sure Your Skin Gets These

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Aug 17, 2016
Why you should care

Exercise may be doing wonders for your body, but damaging your skin if you don’t do these things.

Exercise does your body and skin all kinds of good. Sweating helps the expel all the waste from within – like that one bad pisang goreng from last night.

While fitness and sports activities improve your overall health and skin, they can also trigger skin problems. For example, sweat releases salts and minerals which need to be cleaned from the skin to prevent irritation.

So if you lead an active lifestyle, make sure to take these steps to care for your skin.

1 Clean Face + No Makeup

Before you start working out, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Sweating expands your pores and allows the dirt and grime from your face and makeup to enter deep into your pores. This results in blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.

As you’d need to wash your face before and after your sweat session, use a gentle cleanser, one that won’t irritate your skin with frequent use.

We like Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser. Its mild formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins.

cetaphil gentle cleanser


If you have to wear makeup, try a tinted moisturiser like Origins’ VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer– it has all the stuff you need for an outdoor jog.

Origins vitazing moisturizer spf


Once you’re done with your perspiration party, make sure to thoroughly wash your face, neck, and body, especially sweat- and acne-prone areas like the chest and back.

For an extra cleansing boost, use a deep cleansing mask like Etude House’s Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet to thoroughly cleanse your pores once a week of fortnight, depending on how oil-prone your skin is.

Etude House Pore Black Mask Sheet


2 Hydrate Diligently

Applying face and body moisturisers post exercise replenishes your skin of the lost moisture. Preventing dry skin is doubly important for those with eczema or psoriasis – moisturizing regularly prevents flare-ups.

Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream keeps you moisturised and won’t feel too heavy or slick on combination or oily skin.

Body Shop Seaweed Day Cream


3 Exfoliate Regularly

It’s important to exfoliate as it is to cleanse, especially for those who lead an active lifestyle. Exfoliating once or twice a week removes dead skin cells along with dirt build-up from sweat or pollutants from the environment.

Don’t leave your body out when it comes to scrubbing, especially the chest and back areas.

Body Shop Seaweed Pore Cleansing Exfoliator

Body Shop Seaweed Scrub


4 Shield Yourself From the Sun

If you’re heading out for a run, a hike, or even just to catch Pokemons, make sure to wear sunscreen. Those UV rays can take a really take a toll on your skin, so load up on sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15, depending on how long you intend to stay out.

Post sun routine is just as important. Apply Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel to soothe and rehydrate your skin after venturing into the great outdoors.

Nature republic aloe vera soothing gel


5 Keep Your Hair Away From Your Face

We know that the curtain of fringe helps you stealthily ogle at your girl crush on the treadmill, but seriously, you need to clip your hair away. And stop staring.

Remember what we said about dirt entering your pores as you sweat? If your hair is touching your face, it might also be transferring oil, dirt, and hair products, resulting in clogged pores.

Wanna look cute and fit? These hairstyles keep your hair off your face.

6 No Thanks, Sauna and Hot Showers

The heat from sauna and hot shower sessions dehydrate your skin even further after all that sweating. Reduce the damage by cooling down before hopping into a lukewarm shower.

Why you should care

Exercise may be doing wonders for your body, but damaging your skin if you don’t do these things.

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