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5 Things You Shouldn't Subject Your Skin To While Working Out

Fix your beauty mistakes now.

Exercise strengthens your heart muscles and can help keep skin looking younger longer, and we all know that post-exercise glow. But are you sabotaging your skin with your bad pre- and post-workout habits? No matter how much of a time crunch you’re experiencing after a spin session, bootcamp session or yoga class, it’s crucial to cleanse, de-grime and rehydrate after a sweat sesh. So your hair and skin look great, and match that fit and fabulous body you’re working so hard on.


#1 Exercising with makeup on
Clinique ClineuqFIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF40 Foundation, $39   During exercise, skin pores open with perspiration. When makeup product build-up combines with sweat, it clogs pores and causes breakouts, so make sure to remove your makeup before working out. If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara or eyeliner to last through the sweat session, you might want to reconsider. When the eyeliner gets in your eye, it could be irritating and may lead to styes — an inflammation of the glands. Still don’t want to go bare faced because you never know what cutie you might meet at the gym? Wear makeup products that are non-comedogenic (like the one above); they won’t clog your pores.     #2 Wiping your face with a towel
Cotton On Body headband (5 pack), $9.95 Try your best not to touch your face during the workout session. Keep your hair away from your face by using hair ties and pins. Don’t rub the towel over your face as it can irritate your skin. Instead, pat your skin dry. If you have sensitive skin, opt for disposable paper towels. #3 Not showering ASAP
Sephora Collection Cleansing & Purifying Wipes, $9 Staying in your sweaty sports bra for hours after class can cause acne breakouts or leave your skin itchy and uncomfortable. Get that sweat and grime off your skin before it clogs pores and breeds bacteria. If you don’t like the shower at the gym, freshen up by using wipes with micellar water or salicylic acid to get rid of dirt and oil. #4 Not shampooing after
IGK Direct Flight Dry Shampoo, from $20 In a rush to meet your friends for dinner after swimming or a barre class so you skip shampooing to save time on blow drying your hair? Not a good move. By not properly washing, sweat can cause yeast to build up and subsequently lead to the development of dandruff and irritation. If you really have to go, blow dry your hair and spritz roots with dry shampoo. #5 Not hydrating enough
ORS Hydration Tablets, $11.90 After an intense workout, your body loses a lot of water due to perspiration. Have some fruit like cucumber, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, and raspberries or a sports drink that contain potassium, sodium, and magnesium so you can diminish your overall fluid needs slightly. Not only will does this help replenish moisture in your skin, you’re less likely to overeat at your next meal as people tend to confuse thirst and hunger.