Beauty, Skin Care

Gym time and your skin: Tips to keeping a clear complexion

Your daily workout is great for your mind and body. Regular exercise also has great benefits for your skin. The focus is usually on your cardiovascular system but when you build up a sweat it promotes healthy circulation that helps your skin healthy and vibrant. There’s almost nothing like the stress relief working out provides. That stress relief can extend to helping stress related skin issues such as acne and eczema.

Even with all those benefits, there are possible down sides if you don’t take proper care of your skin during and afterwards. You may notice extra breakouts around the T zone, chin or hairline. Here are some tips on how to maintain your skin without skipping your workouts.

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  1. Take your makeup off before the workout. The mixture of sweat and makeup is a great recipe for breakouts. One recommendation is to keep no water needed facial cleansing cloths around to easily wipe makeup off.
  2. Try to relax your face during workouts. You’ve probably been told to relax your face and focus on breathing to help with the exercises. It turns out you want to relax for a different reason as well. All that grimacing from concentrating could cause wrinkles down the line.
  3. Clean off the equipment before use. Bacteria and free radicals play a major part in causing breakouts. Other people touch their face and then the equipment all the time. If you then touch it and touch your face you are transferring the bad stuff directly onto your skin. All gyms have cleaning materials available for use before and after your workout.
  4. Use sunscreen if outside. Exercising outdoors is refreshing, however, can be damaging to your skin. Use a moisturizer with SPF on your face and don’t forget the rest of your body. Sunburns ultimately lead to wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.
  5. Wash your face after your workout. Exercising flushes out toxins in the skin, which is good, however, build up causes clogged pores and breakouts, especially along the hairline. A mild cleanser is recommended as over-cleansing can lead to dry skin. If you have oily skin you may need something stronger.
  6. Change out of your sweaty clothes. Staying in your workout clothes can cause breakouts below the neckline. It is a good idea to shower after working out with a gentle body wash.

You also want to make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after a workout. Dehydration is not only bad for your body as a whole but can be visible on your skin. It will show up as crepey appearances around the eyes and neck. There are many ways of determining the proper amount of water to drink. The eight glasses a day model is still widely used because it is fairly close and easy to remember. It’s a good place to start.

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