By: Sarah Kester
When it comes to sweating it out in the gym, we’ve accepted (for the most part) that we won’t be strutting out afterwards looking like an Instagram fitness model. Even so, don’t throw in the towel on your skin just yet because as it turns out, you can achieve a post-workout glow that makes your skin look radiant, healthy, and less like someone who’s one squat away from death.
The best part? Following through with a post-workout beauty routine only requires a few simple steps, so you can save time and still prevent stubborn breakouts. Ready, set, go!
Use a Wipe Before and After Your Workout
While it can be a pain to remove and reapply your makeup throughout the day, it’s essential when it comes to workouts. “Sweat combined with your sebum (oils) can clog your pores resulting in whiteheads and blackheads,” Michele S. Green. MD tells Lively.
Be sure to give your face a good wipe afterwards as well to completely rid your face of any excess products.
Can’t Take a Shower Immediately After Working Out? Use Baby Wipes
No one wants to be thatperson in the office who comes back from the gym smelling totally rank (the last person to do that is now in a witness protection program). So if you can’t grab a shower post-workout, try baby wipes instead.
“If you are unable to shower for a few hours, using baby wipes to wipe off any excess sweat is recommended. It will remove excess sweat, therefore preventing excess sebum and help freshen you up,” says Dr. Green.
You can also try micellar water cleansing cloths, she advises: “Micellar water or cleansing wipes are great before and after a workout. This is due to its unique formulation that does an excellent job removing excess oils and dirt from your pores, which can minimize any breakouts.”
Even if you just finished an aggressive kickboxing class or spent an hour riding out your frustrations in spin class, you will still want to adopt a “namaste” attitude. This is because being aggressive with skin is one of the biggest mistakes people make, post-workout. Too much tugging or pressure can cause breakouts on sensitive skin. So the next time you reach for a towel to wipe away sweat mid- or post-workout, be gentle.
Get Out of Your Gym Clothes ASAP
We’re totally on board with athleisure. The gear is ultra comfy, stylish and it doesn’t hurt that there are yoga pants for every occasion. Hitting the post office? Check. Taking a "treat yourself" stroll through Target? Oh, yes. Ordering that Starbucks pick-me-up? Of course!
But if you find yourself too lazy to change out of them after a workout, think of this: bacne. Oh, the horror. When you stay in wet gym clothes, you raise your chances of developing skin issues such as chest acne, folliculitis, fungal infections, and chafing, according to Dr. Green.
Remember: Hair Care Is Also Important
First, make sure your hair is up and away from your neck (a lot of sweat collects here and around your face). Wear a headband to prevent sweat from getting in your eyes. To prevent crimping, we recommend a hair tie like the invisibobble as it won’t leave behind harsh lines.
Another good tip is to always keep a bottle of dry shampoo in your gym bag so you can touch up your hair after a workout. If there’s a lot of sweat, use one of the gym’s hair dryers to blast volume at the roots and help prevent frizz.
That’s it! Give this routine a go and you’ll find that taking care of your post-workout skin is no sweat (pun intended).