Let that workout glow reflect on your skin. Pamper your skin while putting your body through its paces.
Exercising is important for everyone. Something that is great for your body should not
harm how you look. And yet, sometimes, sweating it out in the gym or elsewhere to keep
fit can damage your skin. Surprised? Don’t be. It is only science. Exercising makes you sweat and opens the pores on the skin. If the pores remain open and attract grime,
grease and dust, it can wreck your skin. If you want to ensure that your skin looks
beautiful and feels great, it is important to follow a step-by-step skincare regime for after
your exercise sessions. From taking showers to applying the right products, there’s a lot
you can do to make sure that exercising also helps you become more beautiful.
Here are some tips to help the post-workout goodness reflect on your skin as its inner
glow and also avoid skin problems:
Workout Without makeup
Yes, vanity is important. But if vanity is ruining your skin, you need to rethink. Sweating
is natural during exercising. In fact, sweating helps your body flush out the toxins when
you work out. It is natural that the skin on your face will perspire too. Imagine how the
skin will feel and look if you have a foundation, blush on, mascara and what have you
when you work out. Also, these products block the pores so that even free sweating is
not possible and these clogged pores then lead to breakouts and pimples on the face.
So make sure that you have no makeup on your skin when you exercise. If you really
must have makeup on, it should strictly be only a moisturizer – and a water-based one,
not tinted! Waterproof mascara or eyeliner and a lip balm are the only other cosmetics
you should use on your face when you are sweating it out.
Ensure you remove all traces of makeup, so that your pores are not blocked
Shower Immediately After A Gym Session
Many people postpone a bath or shower after finishing their exercise. This is a cardinal
mistake. Again, the main reason is the sweat. Your pores are open, the sweat is out and
the toxins are all on your skin. You should clean them off immediately! Remove your
sweaty workout clothes immediately. If you cannot immediately take a shower, use
medicated cleansing wipes or tissues to wipe your face, chest, and breakout-prone
areas to at least remove the bacteria that could cause rashes, acne or pimples.
The best cleanup after a workout is a cold shower. If it is winters also, the water should
tepid and lukewarm at best. This is because hot water may make the skin dry and itchy.
Coldwater also invigorates the pores that exercising has opened. Best to use a shower
gel, instead of soap to clean your skin and also keep it soft. Additionally, apply a light
moisturizer immediately after a shower to prevent dryness.
Invigorate your complexion with cool water after a session of exercise.
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Use The Steam Room
Most gyms have a steam room facility for a reason. The warm steam soothes the
muscles after a workout. It also helps unclog pores, remove impurities and helps acne
issues. Steaming is a great muscle relaxant and will help you get a rosy glow.
Steam can help unclog pores, remove impurities from the skin, and it can even
help with acne problems.
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Re-hydrate your skin
Immediately after a shower is the best time to hydrate your skin. Take a few minutes and
apply a generous amount of moisturizer or body lotion, depending on how dry your skin
is. This will keep your skin supple and moist. If you have dry or mature skin, add a few
drops of almond, neem or apricot oil to make the moisturizer even more effective.
Drinking a glass of lukewarm water also helps rehydrate your skin from within.
Make a beauty regimen an essential climax to your workout to be truly a body
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Dr B L Jangid has been regularly sharing articles on skin and hair care for Aesha’s Musings since past few months now. If you have any questions for him do share in the comments below so I can ask him to help you out with your queries or even do an interview with me.
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About Dr B L Jangid
Dr B L Jangid, MD Skin is one the top dermatologists of Delhi, with more than 10 years
of experience in new treatments, technology and research into skin and hair problems,
skin surgeries, hair transplant surgeries, Lasers and anti-ageing. He practices at
SkinQure in Saket.
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