When you decide to commit yourself to a consistent workout regimen, it benefits every part of your body, including your skin. One of the main reasons why is because when you exert a certain level of strenuous exercise, it causes you to sweat. When that happens, you automatically release toxins out of your skin; ones that would be blocked from coming out if you had, say, a full face of make-up on.
And so, while you may want to go to your local gym looking your absolute best, the reality is that you could actually do your complexion more harm than good by taking that approach. Sure, thanks to your foundation and blush, you may be looking good now, but in a few days, those items could actually lead to a breakout. And that could lead to acne blemishes and possibly even acne scars. In response to that, you may think that the solution is to simply put on more make-up, but can you see how, over time, you’re putting yourself into a vicious cycle?
Working out is a time when your body—including the biggest organ of all, your skin—is given the time to breathe and rejuvenate itself. So, does this mean that you should exercise without any make-up on at all? Honestly, that would be best, but life is about compromise and there are some things that you can do to keep you from feeling self-conscious while still protecting your skin at the same time.
Apply some sunscreen
When it’s summertime, whether you’re working out in a gym or playing outside with friends, it’s always best to apply some sunscreen. It helps to protect your skin from ultra-violet rays, which help to prevent you, not only from the threat of skin cancer, but also premature aging too. So, if you’re going to go all bare (faced) or add a bit of enhancement, make sure that the first thing you do is put on a bit of sunscreen on all of the areas of your face (and neck).
Less is best
OK, even though you may not be someone who goes out (anywhere) without make-up, do keep in mind that you’re not going to work or on a date. While exercising, you really can be a bit more casual. So, if there has to be any make-up on at all and you’re wondering are cosmetics safe for exercise, start with a hypo-allergenic foundation that is oil-free and/or silicone-based. This reasons are simple: foundations with oil in them will not only trap your pores, but they will also cause your make-up to smear. And silicone is wise because studies indicate that its molecules are actually too large to penetrate pores (plus, it’s water resistant). After you apply either foundation, simply put on a couple of coats of waterproof mascara and a dab of your favorite sheer lip gloss. It will provide you with a fresh and dewy look, while still camouflaging some of your flaws.
Wash off immediately
After exercising, make sure to not just wash your body, but also to remove the make-up that was on your face. This is to prevent the sweat that was on it from trapping any residual make-up into your pores. Follow up with a gentle astringent (like Witch Hazel) and a facial moisturizer like Eucerin or Neutrogena. It will soothe the skin and help to close up the pores. Just in time for you to put your “real” make-up face on later.