Working out in the gym is fantastic for both your body and mind. But do you know that it can seriously mess up your skin? Keep reading to find out why you should stop doing these 4 things to prevent triggering any post-workout breakouts.
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#1. Letting Your Hair Down
When you are working out, the buildup of sweat from your hair dribble onto your skin, which can antagonize and clog up your pores, causing blackheads, whiteheads, and inflammations. Due to increased blood flow, oil and hair product builds up on your hair and when you touch your hair, it gets all over your hands and body, clogging your pores.
Try to wear a plastic hairband or tie up your hair to keep hair away from your face and your back if you are prone to breakouts, you can avoid transferring germs and bacteria from your hair.
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#2. Wearing Makeup
We all know that it’s not generally a good idea to put on a full face of makeup for the gym, not to mention the potential for epic breakouts triggered by the unholy mix of sweat and cosmetics.
Dr Chua Han Boon, Aesthetic Consultant of SW1 Clinic says, “You should never really wear any makeup to the gym. Your skin is expelling and sweating out all the toxins and you don’t want to clog those pores on any part of your body.”
It’s best that you go to the gym with a clean, bare-faced. Girls, do not take cues from Kylie Jenner.
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#3. Not washing your face after a workout
You know this. But it’s actually more important to wash your skin after than before working out since oils, bacteria, and sweat have accumulated on the skin. Post-workout, always wash your face, tone and moisturize.
When you exercise, sweat combined with increased oil production can cause problems for the skin so it’s always recommended to wash immediately afterwards with a mild cleanser to remove dirt, oil and bacteria pronto.
A unique, mild and pH balanced whipped deep pore cleanser that deeply cleanses, dissolves grime, and fights acne crimes in an easy-rinse, skin refreshing formula. SW1 Warm Vanilla is great for anti-acne, skin clarifying and long-lasting shine control. “I like how this cleanses my face thoroughly while still keeping it hydrated!” says Melissa, a university student.
#4. Not showering immediately after exercising
Never step out of the gym with sweat-soaked workout clothes! Sweat, oil, dirt, tight-fitting and non-breathable fabrics are some of the main causes of bacne. After sweating out, reach out for pH balancing body wash, salicylic acid/benzoyl peroxide cleanser or a sulfur-based soap to remove excess oils, debris and bacteria before they build up on your skin—- clogging pores and acne breakouts.
For more persistent acne, consider going for a special backne spa treatment for some TLC. SW1 Clinic’s Backless facial targets an oft-neglected part of our body with facial quality products and a clinical grade microdermabrasion therapy using pure skin polishing crystals. This treatment is excellent for clearing out acne prone or rough back skin caused by your bad gym habits. You are recommended to do this treatment 1 week prior to unveiling your flawless, sexy back.
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