Dermatologists all over the world may be unsettled just by the title of this article, but we know that going bare faced to the gym, for some, is just not realistic. Although the best thing you can do for your skin when you’re getting sweaty is to keep it uncovered, it’s not impossible to have your cake (hopefully not referring to your makeup) and eat it. We’ve done our research and have put together a guide for all of you gym goers to maintain healthy skin without having to sacrifice your go-to ‘I woke up like this’ gym look that you’ve worked so hard to perfect.
Cleanse & Tone
If you are going to follow one step only, this should be it. The most important step in any skincare routine to maintain healthy skin is proper cleansing to keep pores clear and dirt free. Sweating opens up the pores, making it easy for impurities and build up to get in and cause breakouts. Therefore it’s important to make sure to both cleanse away any existing dirt before working out, as well as removing any build up afterwards, especially if you have been wearing makeup.
Before exercising (or applying your gym makeup) cleanse the face with a Salicylic Acid cleanser, then tone to close the pores, before applying an oil free moisturiser.
After your workout wait until you have stopped sweating, then repeat this routine. This time feel free to use your normal moisturiser as there’s less risk of oil getting into the now closed pores and creating blackheads or blemishes.