You just returned from the gym, yoga class, or a run. All that activity has improved your circulation, and sweating has helped to further detoxify your skin. Not only do you feel great, but you have that healthy after-exercise glow. The next steps you take are incredibly important: You can get the most out of your workout by taking care of your skin every time you exercise.
In fact, good skin care starts before you begin your workout. Always wash your face and remove any makeup before you begin exercising. Yes, you want to look great while you work out, but not at the expense of your skin. When you sweat during exercise, your pores open. Makeup has the potential to clog those pores, creating problems down the road. Of course, when you exercise outdoors, a good-quality sunscreen designed for use on your face is recommended.
If you exercise at a gym, remember that the machines are in constant use throughout the day. Try to keep your hands off your face, and make sure to wash your hands following your workout.
Make sure to use warm (not hot) water on your face in the shower. Hot water can strip away natural oils and lead to skin dehydration. Pat your face dry, but don’t try to remove all the moisture. If your schedule prevents you from showering at the gym, make sure you take the time to wash your hands and face.
Perhaps the number one mistake made after a workout is being too aggressive with your skin care routine. Choose a gentle cleanser with natural ingredients to remove dirt without damaging your skin like our YOUTH Luminous Gel Oil Cleanser.Stay away from cleansers that contain sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, as they can be overly drying. Remember to follow cleansing with a toner, like YOUTH® Perfecting Skin Toner, to further exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish your skin.
After cleansing and toning, replace those lost oils with a good moisturizer, like YOUTH Age Defense Mineral Moisturizer. This will not only help hold the moisture in your skin but will provide vitamins, antioxidants, and other protective ingredients.
You did drink a glass of water when you stopped exercising, right? Water is great for your skin—keep drinking water throughout the day.
You may want to complete your routine with a BB cream, like YOUTH Activating BB Cream. This BB cream is a five-in-one, evening skin tone, nourishing, hydrating, correcting, and protecting your skin with chemical-free SPF 30 sun protection. This multitasker is perfect for post-workout.
Exercising is great for the health of your skin—capture the benefits with a good post-workout skin care regimen. All it takes is a few simple steps.
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