Take Care of Your Skin After the Gym
There’s no doubt that hitting the gym is great for your whole body, especially your skin. Exercise helps increase blood flow to the surface of your skin, bringing fresh oxygen along with it. Exercise also lowers cortisol—the stress hormone that can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. However, there are a few gym-related skin issues to watch out for, such as blackheads or acne mechanica, a type of acne caused by friction and heat that can pop upon the chest, back, and forehead. Here are afew simple skincare steps to add to your routine tomake the most of your post-gym glow, inside and out.
PRE-WORKOUT: REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP
Wearing makeup while you work out prevents sebum and sweat from escaping your pores, causing blackheads and ultimately, breakouts. Use a gentle cleanser like our HYDRATING GELCLEANSER before hitting the gym, which gets rid of pore-clogging products without stripping the skin of essential moisture.
THE OUTFIT MATTERS
Form-fitting outfits and moisture-wicking materials like spandex can trap sweat, dead skin and trigger excess oil production during your workouts. Additionally, when damp workout clothes rub against your skin, the friction can cause breakouts or an acne mechanica flare-up.If your workout allows, opt for looser clothing with breathable fabrics such as cotton. If swapping your outfits isn’t an option, be sure to change out of your sweaty clothes and rinse off immediately after your workout.
POST-WORKOUT: KEEP YOUR SKINCARE GENTLE
Post-workout skin is especially delicate, so keep your facial skincare routine gentle.
APPLY EGF SERUM: After cleansing with a non-abrasive cleanser, use our EGF ACTIVATING SERUM to reduce redness and prevent clogged pores. This serum is also rich in natural vegan proteins that reduce blemishes while promoting collagen production.
MICRONEEDLE: After applying serum, use our MICRONEEDLING TOOL to gently micro-exfoliate the skin, help the absorption of your serum, and increase your skin’s post-workout glow.