Working out works wonders for your skin.
First, it helps maintain healthy levels of cortisol - a stress-related hormone that when high could lead to breakouts or loss of collagen in the skin.
Second, it gives your skin a boost of oxygenated blood, which is vital for healthy, glowing skin.
Still, there is one downside to exercise's impacts on the skin: sweat.
When you work out, you naturally release sweat. The longer sweat is on your face and body, the higher the chance it can get in your pores and cause you to break out.
So, how can you create a solid post-workout skincare routine that keeps your skin clear and blemish-free?
It Starts with Keeping Your Hands Off
Whether you've spent the past hour transfiguring into different poses in your yoga class, or sweating it out on the treadmill, your hands have been in dirty, unsanitized places. Thus, washing your hands immediately post-workout before touching your face significantly decreases your chances of getting pimples. Also, try not to touch your face during your workout. Slip on a headband if you find yourself constantly brushing your hair back from your face.
Get Out Of Your Clothes
If you're already acne-prone, hanging out in your sweaty workout gear won't do your complexion any favors.
"Tight, moisture-wicking materials generally aren't breathable, and can trap oil and dead skin next to your skin for hours and hours, creating the perfect storm for a body breakout. After your workout, be sure to get out of those tight clothes right away," says esthetican Kerry Benjamin.
If there's one face post-workout tip you should follow, it's this one. Wearing a face full of makeup when you sweat it out only leads to a build up of sweat and dirt on the skin. That's why it's always best to workout with a clean, makeup-free face.
According to Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, a New York-based dermatologist “your skin should be able to breathe,” when you're working out. It only takes a few minutes to wash your face or wipe a makeup remover over your face. Trust us, those few extra minutes will be totally worth it.
ALWAYS: Wash Your Face Post-Workout
Keep an oil-free cleanser in your gym bag so that you can immediately wash your face after an exercise session.
“It’s very important to clean skin gently following a workout to remove bacteria and sweat residue that accumulated during your workout,” explains Gmyrec. “It’s also helpful to cool off skin to prevent breaking of blood vessels and return skin temperature to a normal level quicker.”
And if you don't have any skincare products with you, a quick splash of cool water post-gym will help wash away sweat, oils, and bacteria.
Meanwhile, for those with acne-prone skin, Benjamin recommends using a salicylic acid cleanser to rid the pores of debris and oil.
Consider Body Wash
Don't forget it's your whole body that just crushed that workout. To prevent clogged pores, pack a cleansing body wash in your gym bag. If you're particularly sensitive to breaking out, look for a cleanser that contains a gentle exfoliant as this will help slough away dead skin cells that lead to pimples. Then use a gentle cleanser or toner on acne-prone areas like the chest and back.
Just like you did with your face, remember to follow up with spf (preferably spf 30 which offers the most protection).
Don't Forget to Moisturize
Remember to follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen after cleansing your skin to hydrate and protect your complexion.
The sweat that accumulated on your skin isn't quenching your skin with moisture. That's why you need to slather on moisturizer and spf - to replenish water-loss during your workout.
If you have severely dry skin, make sure you use a rich lotion that's extremely hydrating for the skin.
Moisturizing may not seem like an important step in a post-workout skin care regimen, but if you want to maintain healthy skin, you should keep it hydrated.
Load Up On Water
Keep a big bottle of water in the locker room that you can chug down after a sweaty treadmill session.
If you've just finished a workout that gets your heart rate way up, make sure a bottle of water is within reach. Your body loses a lot of moisture in heated environments, so it's important to keep hydrating post-workout for your skin to recover. Plus, it will make you feel a 100 times better after pushing all those reps.
CBD Jelly Anti-Blemish Facial Cleanser
Formulated with CBD and Salicylic Acid, Truly’s Anti-Acne Facial Cleanser is the perfect post-workout cleanser that clears acne and buildup from congested pores for clear, blemish-free skin.
Salicylic acid penetrates into the pores to dissolve dead skin cells, and remove dirt, bacteria, and grime, helping to purify and exfoliate and improve skin health and appearance.
Cream Skin Face Cream
Now that you've cleansed your skin, it's time to hydrate it.
Truly's Cream Skin Face Cream is lightweight, yet highly nourishing that delivers firming and plumping effects.
Rich in hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer helps support natural collagen while making your skin cells bind and absorb water, adding volume to the skin.
Best of all, the formula's pearl pink tint means it looks great under makeup, offering a pearlized finished and a youthful illuminating complexion.
Moon Jelly Adaptogenic Body Cleanser
Your body breaks out too. To prevent that from happening post-workout, keep a bottle of Truly's Moon Jelly Body Cleanser in your gym bag to keep your skin clean and clarified.
Formulated with adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha and chamomile, this body wash calms the body and mind, while protecting it from the damaging effects of stress and exhaustion.
It's also an excellent choice for sensitive skin types, thanks to its soothing effects.
Unicorn Soothe and Glow Whipped Body Butter
And finally, to soothe those aching muscles post-workout, pamper yourself with Truly's Unicorn body butter.
Packed with CBD, this lotion helps to calm inflammation, reduce redness and promote glowing, healthy skin.