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No-Sweat Skin Savers

Written on December 9, 2010 at 9:39 am , by

At FITNESS, we know the importance of a good workout. While the sweat may work wonders on your body, it can wreak havoc on your face, resulting in unwanted blemishes. Here, a few tips to prevent workout woes:

  • Avoid contact with equipment. It’s impossible to steer clear of equipment when you’re at the gym, but it is possible to avoid contact with it. Before sitting or laying down on any of the machines, lay out a clean towel to use as a barrier, protecting your skin against dirt and bacteria. Don’t feel like carrying around a towel with you? Wear workout clothing that covers breakout-prone parts of your body, such as the back and shoulders.
  • Tie your hair. When you’re working out, your scalp produces oil more quickly than usual. If your hair falls onto your face during exercise, the likelihood of a breakout increases. Prevent blemishes by keeping hair off your face and back with elastic hair ties and headbands.
  • Hands off! Touching your face is the number one way of transferring bacteria onto your skin. No matter how strenuous the workout, keep sweaty hands out of your skin!
  • Clean your gym bag. Let’s face it: We require quite a few on-the-go supplies after a long workout. Storing your gym bag in a locker (or putting it on the locker room floor) can allow dirt and bacteria to get in, as does touching your products before washing your hands. Clean the outside of your gym bag with an antibacterial wipe or spray every couple of uses, and store makeup in Ziploc bags so it doesn’t come in contact with your sweaty gym necessities.
  • Choose cotton. Nylon and polyester clothing hinder the skin’s ability to breathe, clogging pores and causing body breakouts. Choose cotton as your go-to material; it allows skin to breathe even during your most grueling cardio class.
  • -Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

    • Florence McGuillen

      Great tips!

      I love to run, but I have very fair skin… So I joined a gym to use treadmills and ellipticals, while staying away from sunlight. I was wondering if blemishes are more likely to appear if I run in sunlight, compared to an indoor gym. My is gym quite a trip away from my neighborhood, yet I’m afraid of this Texas-sun. Any tips?

    • http://www.theupperhand.com Rachel Gower

      Hi Florence!

      Living in Texas, i know how you feel about the sun! I won’t dare step out unless I’m covered in SPF of at least 30.

      As far as your blemish inquiry goes, it’s not a matter of whether you’re exposed to the sun or not. It’s all about keeping your skin as clean as possible. During your workout:

      - Use a microbial towel (McArthur is a great brand, available @ Dick’s Sporting Goods) so that you’ll be ridding your face of bacteria everytime you wipe it
      - Your hands and face are not friends. Don’t touch your face until you’ve washed your hands
      - don’t wear makeup! (although, I usually swipe on lip color, because I feel I look dead if I don’t)

      Post Workout:
      - Immediately wash your face! Bring cleansing wipes in your gymbag. Since you have acne-prone skin, I recommend AcneFree Sport 3-in-1 Sport Wipes. They’re individually wrapped, so you can take them anywhere!
      - Follow that with a strong SPF before going into the sun. Supergoop! SPF 30 wipes are great, because you can grab one out, and have the resealable container in your bag. another option: Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45; just brush it on, and you’re ready to get out in the sun!

      Both of the above mentioned sunblocks are great for sensitive, fair skin. And sweetheart, you don’t need the gym! If you go running, I’d say to use my post-workout tips both before AND after running. The 3-in-1 wipes continue to fight acne, so you’ll be all set to sweat!

      Keep up the good work(outs)!

      Rachel