While a great workout can leave you feeling invigorated, it can also leave your skin feeling irritated, flushed, and overall unpleasant. Without the right post-workout skincare routine, you could even suffer breakouts, skin rashes, and other types of ongoing irritation, which will all diminish the appearance of your skin. To combat the stress that exercise can have on your skin, build a better post-workout routine with these simple strategies.
Shower off right away
Whether you work out at the gym or at home, you should not wait around to take a shower. Even if you only have time to rinse off, you’ll want to keep sweat from clogging your pores and irritating your skin. If you don’t have a shower readily accessible, you might use a facial wipe to clean your face and change into some clean and dry clothes that will let your skin breathe. Staying in tight gym attire might increase your chances of developing hives or a yeast infection, because sweat will create a warm and moist environment with little ventilation.
Keep your hair out of your face
If possible, avoid applying hair products before you break a sweat. When you do have product in your hair, pull your hair back in a ponytail or wear a headband around the edge of your hairline to keep hair gel saturated sweat out of your face.
Moisturize after every workout
Once you’ve showered off, replenishing your skin with a gentle and light moisturizer will help you maintain a softness and natural glow. Steer clear of thick, oily lotions, and reach for a light whole body moisturizer that will keep you from feeling sticky.
When your workout does leave you with irritated skin, check in with a MeMD provider to develop a better skincare solution for your needs. Our healthcare professionals are available around-the-clock, so you don’t have to wait for care when you need it most.