Style & Beauty
Skincare Hacks for Gym Rats
3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

A head-to-toe routine is a must. Dr. Lolis says those who work out several times a week seem to have similar skin issues. The following 14 post-workout tips are based on common issues her patients often face.

1. Use disposable body wipes or medicated/herbal wet tissues right after a workout. This will help in removing excess oil from your skin.

2. Always carry a small towel with you to wipe the excess sweat.

3. BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel!) If you opt to use the gym locker room for a shower, do use a clean towel, preferably one you have brought from home.

4. Avoid touching your face to keep bacterial infections and acne at bay.

5. Use a foot deodorizer to clean your feet after a heavy workout.

6. Skip the tanning bed. It's harmful to your skin in many ways. There's also the range of cosmetic skin concerns, like wrinkles and sun spots. Opt for a self-tanning lotion or exercise outdoors with SPF for a natural glow.

7. Wear fresh clothes after showering. Gym clothes will be sweaty and grimy; they may cause acne and other skin related problems.

8. Avoid close contact. Other people's sweat may cause skin acne, pimples and other related problems. That hug to your trainer or gym buddy can end up triggering a breakout.

9. Skip the hot water. Sure, your muscles are sore, and you're in the mood for a hot shower after a workout. But hot water strips skin of vital oils, leaving you with dry, itchy, dull skin.

10. Reduce the redness. Calm down a flushed face with your own redness control remedy made with a bit of iced green tea and a spray bottle. You'll cool down your skin and add in a few extra anti-oxidants in the process.

11. Rehydrate your skin. After enduring a good workout and cleanse, it's critical to re-establish the natural moisture and oils that have been removed from your skin. When it comes to your face, invest in a high quality, fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich product that includes vitamins A and E and the super-ingredient hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound that is expert at restoring moisture to your skin and has also been shown to stimulate collagen production. If you've been exercising outdoors, a moisturizer with anti-oxidant ingredients is important to help repair damage caused by UV exposure and other environmental factors.

12. Go bare. There’s no need to apply make-up before a workout. If you exercise after work, consider taking a face-wipe to remove dirt and make-up which may blend with sweat, triggering breakouts. You want your skin to breathe while you're working out.

13. Wear a hairband. Hair should always be pulled back from your face, not only because of sweat, but because of your hair products, too. If you see breakouts on your forehead or hairline, mousses, gels, or other hair products could be to blame. An elastic headband worn behind the ears about an inch from the hairline keeps stray hairs off the face.

14. Wear gloves when lifting weights. In addition to protecting hands from rough calluses, gloves also prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses like warts and staphylococcus bacteria, which can cause impetigo. Impetigo is a common skin infection that can be easily transmitted at the gym and result in blisters and sores. If you choose not to wear gloves during weight-lifting, disinfect your equipment with a wipe or spray and wash hands after exercise.

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