Your after-workout stretch and hydration session are super important. But you know what’s more important? Your after-workout skin care routine. Sweating is an incredibly important function for our skin and keeps it healthy, but all of the bacteria, dirt, and oil that you accumulate on your face when you work out is not. That’s why it’s imperative that you come up with a foolproof workout skin care routine that’ll keep your face looking and feeling its best.
Work Out in the AM or Wash Your Face Before You Work Out
So, there are two ways of going about establishing a good workout skin care routine. You can do like me—work out as soon as you wake up and brush your teeth. I do this because I don’t want to over-wash my face, and I know that my face hasn’t really gotten dirty while I’ve been sleeping (for extra protection, change or wash your pillowcases every two days).
But if you don’t have time first thing in the morning to get your workout session in, then yes, you’re going to have to gently wash your face before you work out. Why? Well, I don’t know about you, but I sweat a LOT, and the last thing I want dripping in my eyes is makeup and sunscreen, but also that sweat plus all the makeup and whatever other skin care products you have on your face are a recipe for a breakout. You don’t have to do anything crazy; just use a face wipe or some micellar water, spritz a few sprays of a hydrating mist, and get your sweat on.
If You Have to Wear Makeup
If you feel more comfortable wearing makeup while you work out (hey, no judgment zone), then make sure your makeup is lightweight and breathable so it doesn’t clog your pores. Or better yet, only wear it in the places that need to—unsightly blemishes, underneath the eyes, and some blush to look alive. On my heavy lifting days where I know I won’t be sweating buckets, I like to add in a little concealer under my eyes to look more awake, some waterproof mascara, and a touch of blush on the cheeks. It’s not enough makeup to clog my pores, but enough to make me look cute in a post-workout selfie.
Cool Down First
Raise your hand if you’ve ever finished a workout, done your whole shower and skin care routine, and you’re still sweating 30 minutes later? I can raise both of my hands and feet because honestly, I never learn. But one of the most important steps is to make sure you’re all cooled down first—it also helps your body recover so you can go hard again the next day. I personally sit in front of a fan and stretch for 10 minutes to cool down my body and stop sweating. Then, I go ahead and get my shower and wash my face. It makes all the difference in the world!
Cleanse Immediately After
After your body has cooled down, you need to, at the very least, wash your face. Why? Well, the longer your bacteria, sweat, and oil stays on your face, the most it has time to get into your pores and cause a host of problems like clogged pores. Clogged pores = acne, whiteheads, and blackheads, which we are all trying to avoid. So, if you want to reduce your chance of a breakout, make sure you’re bringing an actual face wash to the gym (or your home gym since we’re all stuck inside). This is not the time to use a face wipe or anything similar—you need an actual cleanser that is going to remove all of the sweat, oil, and bacteria. Lather, and make sure to wash your face for at least 60 seconds to make sure it’s really clean, and voila! Acne crisis avoided.
What does your workout skin care routine look like?