Do you sometimes feel exhausted from your everyday routine? Trust us, you’re not the only one! We all have our days when we feel like life gets the best of us. That’s why we recommend getting your exercise to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. Of course, this is easier said than done. Some people don’t like the idea of working up a sweat because of the possibility of it leading to a breakout (and who needs that). Rest assured, here are five ways you can prevent post-workout breakouts. So now, you can go get your sweat on.
Don’t Wear Makeup
Yes ladies, sometimes you need to bare it all, especially while you’re working up a sweat. Makeup blocks the pores and prevents sweat from coming out, causing it to build up under the skin, which can lead to facial acne and breakouts. While there are no long-term damages to wearing makeup while working out, we recommend keeping your makeup bag at home. After all, it’s a great way to let your skin breathe, aside from while you’re getting your beauty sleep in.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Generally speaking, you should never make a habit of touching your face, especially while you’re working out. A lot of people, both men and women, come and go and use the same equipment that you use, making it a breeding ground for germs and viruses. You could potentially be spreading bacteria all over your face if you’re not cautious. If you’re in between workouts, carry a small hand towel or facial wipes to wipe the sweat off your face instead of using your hands.
Wipe Down the Equipment
This leads us to our third point – always wipe down the equipment you’re using. While gyms are required to do a thorough clean at the end of the day, it’s best to make good use of the antibacterial wipes they have at your gym and wipe down each machine before using it. Not only is this beneficial for you, but it’s also courteous for other gym-goers.
Shower Right Away
Although showering after a sweaty workout sounds obvious, some people don’t do this right away. Even if you’re tired and you want to chill out on the couch, or you’re hungry and want to have your dinner first, we recommend you take a shower as soon as possible. Letting the sweat, dirt, and potential bacteria linger on your skin for too long can lead to acne and breakouts. If you don’t have access to a shower right away, at least give your face and hands a quick, but thorough wash.
Exercise While It’s Cooler
While most gyms pump out the air conditioning, if you prefer an outdoor workout, we recommend you do this during cooler times of the day, especially during the summer. Peak hours of the day or during high humidity increases oil production, blocking pores which can lead to acne and breakouts. We recommend doing your workouts first thing in the morning or later in the evening while the air is cooler.
Now that you have these tips on how to prevent acne and breakouts from working out don’t let the fear of pimples stop you from exercising every day! Sweat your way to a healthier version of you!