Struggling with oily, pimple-prone post-workout skin? According to a survey conducted by Swedish beauty-tech brand, FOREO, a quarter of gym goers don’t wash their face after breaking a sweat at the gym. Dry, salty sweat from a workout can cause irritation and redness, acne flare-ups and clogged pores, making it all the more important to keep a handle on your pre-and-post workout skincare routine. Not sure where to start? These 5 simple tips will help ensure fresh and glowing skin before and after an intense workout:
1. Cleanse your face pre-workout
A lot of people exercise in makeup, as it turns out, this is a huge skin-care no-no. You need to wash your face before you hit the gym, otherwise the bacteria combined with the dead skin on your face will clog your pores, leading to breakouts. Remove all makeup and dirt from your face before your workout and your skin will thank you for it.
2. Remember your sunscreen
If you enjoy exercising outdoors, always remember to apply sunscreen to protect your face from harmful UV rays — even if it’s a slightly overcast day. We love Cetaphil Daylong High Protection SPF30 Face & Body Liposomal Spray (R350). While most sunscreens for the body can be quite gloopy and block your pores, this multi-tasking sunscreen for the face and body is an outdoor fitness fundi’s dream. The formulation of this lotion includes Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which also helps to keep the skin moisturised and protected from the drying effects of the sun.
3. Rinse your face post-workout
Wash your face immediately after your workout (yes, before you leave the yoga studio or gym) or you’ll be left with a cocktail of dirt, oil, and bodily fluids clinging to your skin, affecting its pH, and clogging your pores. It’s best to rinse your face with warm water and then gently pat dry. Too much scrubbing can cause irritation, especially if your skin is already warm and heated after your session. If you don’t have a sink with water, cleansing facial wipes will do. We love Himalaya Aloe Vera Facial Wipes (R52,95). The moisturising Aloe Vera Facial Wipes are free from alcohol and gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of hydration, leaving skin feeling soft and refreshed.
4. Use a cleansing brush
For even more post-workout cleansing power use a cleansing brush, like the FOREO Luna Mini 2 (R1,800). This will help deep cleanse and softly exfoliate your skin. Brushes like these are up to 35 percent more hygienic to use than cotton towels and will leave you with fresh, super clean skin — the perfect canvas for those expensive serums, masks, and face creams!
5. Calm your skin
Rather than exfoliate post workout, which can lead to redness and irritation, focus on calming down the skin. Use a face mist or toning spray that will help to ease inflammation and treat your skin after your workout session. We love the Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Spray (R304). This refreshing spray is similar to the skin’s own water, and helps to hydrate and revitalise the skin when it’s feeling a little under the weather. The super fine spray contains a combination of antioxidants and is enhanced with hydrating hyaluronic acid to give you a high-functioning product that can be used in a multitude of ways.