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Do You Wear Makeup at the Gym?

gym-rat(5)Many a dermatologist have professed that it's best not to wear makeup at the gym because it can clog your pores, cause bacteria buildup on your skin, and various other ugly side-effects. Yet many of us do it anyway—including our own staffers. We asked the ladies of FITNESS whether they wear makeup at the gym, and here's what they said:

  • "No makeup, what's the point? I'm there to work out, not to win a beauty pageant!"—Julia Savacool, articles director
  • "Only mascara—I wear glasses, but it's usually too sweaty to do so during a workout, so I swap in contacts and need the mascara so I don't look sleepy. Anything else would make me feel like I was creating zits."—Sarah D'Angelo, assistant editor
  • "No, except maybe lip gloss. If I have mascara on, it usually ends up running down my face. It doesn't feel good to have makeup on when I'm working out."—Kathy Green, managing editor
  • "I don't do full-on eye makeup, but I definitely have to have mascara on. Gyms are lined with mirrors and I don't want to cringe a little every time I see myself. If anything, I wear a little makeup so that I stay focused on my workout!"—Christie Griffin, digital director
  • "No way! I think it would make me feel claustrophobic. I actually prefer to go au naturel as much as possible all the time, so when I'm sweating it's a must. I can't imagine that dripping through Spin class with mascara running down my face would look so hot, either."—Karla Walsh, editorial assistant
  • "I never go anywhere without putting on a smidge of bronzer. I've found that the best one that doesn't sweat off is Bare Escentuals BareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Warmth."—Kelly Garner, beauty intern
  • "I wear mascara. Otherwise it looks like I have no eyelashes!"—Pam O'Brien, executive editor
  • "I wear no makeup to the gym. It winds up coming off when I sweat anyway, and I'm there for myself—to get fit—not to impress anyone."—Alexa Cortese, web intern
  • What about youdo you wear makeup during a workout?

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