There’s no doubt that going to the gym is great for your body and overall health, but it can be easy to focus on your physique and forget about your skin. Working out doesn’t have to mean compromising your skincare routine, and with just a few tricks you can ensure you keep your complexion healthy and glowing.
One of the golden rules of gym skincare is removing all your make-up before you exercise. While it may be tempting to go straight from work with a full face of make-up, this can clog up your pores as the products mix with the build-up of sweat. Giving your skin a good cleanse avoids this and ensures your complexion is clear.
Oligio Cleansing Gel, £33
During exercise, try to avoid wiping your face with your hands and instead use a towel to pat your face dry. If you’re prone to breakouts, then carry a pack of anti-bacterial wipes to clean off equipment before you begin. This will reduce the risk of transferring bacteria and sweat from others to your own skin or face as you use the machines. Immediately after you can wipe away any extra bacteria from your skin with CliniqueFIT’s Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Swipes.
Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Swipes, £11
When you’ve finished exercising, remove sweaty clothing as soon as possible to allow your pores to breathe. While it may be tempting to jump into a long, hot shower after your hard work, hot water can actually strip the skin of its vital, natural oils. Instead, opt for a short lukewarm shower to rinse off, followed by a soothing body oil or Mio Skincare’s Workout Wonder Ball which instantly soothes and cools aches and pains thanks to its potent formula fortified with V-Tonic.
Workout Wonder Ball, £25
Skin is extra sensitive following a workout, so make sure to gently cleanse. After you wash your face, you’ll still need to slather on moisturiser to replenish water your skin lost during your workout, or otherwise try spritzing a mist of CliniqueFIT Workout Face + Body Hydrating Spray during and afterwards to instantly refresh and rehydrate.
Workout Face + Body Hydrating Spray, £9