Your Skin and the Gym

Skincare has always been important to me especially since I became all about the sweatlife, and even more so since turning 30 earlier this year.  

If you’re a bit of a gym bunny too (which, if you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure you are) then it’s important that you pay special attention to your skin as it can get particularly clogged up.

Personally, I’ve always struggled with my skin. It’s combination with an oily t-zone and dehydrated cheeks, whilst still finding the time to be dry in patches. I’m also massively prone to breakouts, even at the ripe old age of 30!

I’ve learnt quite a bit over the years though with lots of trial and error (and lots of wasted money!) which I’m sharing with you below. So read on to discover my top tips for your skin and the gym…

Take it off

Heading to the gym in a face full of make-up is a big no no.

Now I know it’s daunting going to the gym make-up free, especially if you’re suffering with breakouts, but wearing heavy make up can make it worse in the long run. Your pores open when you sweat to allow your skin to breathe, so covering them in heavy make up can lead to some serious congestion.

For me going to the gym without make up was like ripping a plaster off, it was awful for about 2 seconds but once I was beasting a workout it was all forgotten. If you do feel a little self conscious with a bare face though try a light tinted moisturiser or a little concealer over any areas of concern. 

Keep it simple

If you’re struggling with your skin you might think that you need to use all of the skin care under the sun, and although layering your skincare is proven to work (and definitely popular right now), putting too much product on your skin can have a negative effect. 

I like to use pretty natural products where possible, and when it comes to serums I go for simple, proven ingredients over busy ingredient lists. The Ordinary by Deciem have some great simple products and if you’re into the science behind skincare, there’s lots of information on the ingredients and their benefits.

Stay Hydrated

I’ve spoken about the importance of staying hydrated before on my blog and it feels like my number one tip for everything, but it seriously is important and should be an everyday priority. 

You lose a lot of water whilst at the gym especially if you’re heart rate is super elevated, so make sure you continually sip on water during your workout and don’t forget to continue drinking more water post workout. It’s not only important for performance and recovery, but for keeping your skin plump and hydrated too.

SPF everyday

The best advice I’ve received is to wear SPF every day, even in the winter months. It ensures your skin is protected against ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVB – which can cause sunburn now and even further skin damage later in life. 

If you’re exercising outdoors you’ll want to make this even more of a priority. You might think it looks overcast on your evening run but that doesn’t alter the risk of sun damage, in fact studies have shown that UV rays can sometimes bounce off thick cloud making them even stronger.

Post workout skincare

Touching equipment which has been used and sweat on by potentially hundreds of people a day then touching your face can spread bacteria. To remove this build up make sure you wash your face immediately after exercise using a gentle cleanser, before toning and moisturising to both clean and help rehydrate your skin.

And remember, you skin has already taken a beating at the gym so avoid scrubbing and be gentle. 

So there you have it, my top tips; and as an added bonus I’ve listed a few of my favourite products below. But remember, what works for me, might not work for you. So make sure you’re doing your research, experimenting with different products and listening to your skin. And when you do find your perfect routine, make sure you stick to it!

Lush Ultrabland . Liz Earle Skin Tonic . Liz Earle Moisturiser . Origins Mask . The Ordinary Retinoid

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