There are a lot of ways that you can cater your post-workout skin care routine to create an all-day glow. The gym adds an extra level of work because you have to deal with things like clogged pores, sweat and redness. Studies have also shown that touching gym equipment can also spread bacteria to the skin, causing an increase in breakouts for those that have problems with acne.
Luckily, there are tricks and tips to help you keep your skin glowing post-workout. Below, I’ve listed seven of the best things you can do to clean your skin after the gym and help keep your skin achieve a healthy glow.
- Gently Cleansing
- Proper Cool Down
- Using Essential Oils to Relax
- Protect Against Toxic Pollutants
- Hydrate & Restore
- Eat a Healthy Snack
- Hydrate All Day
1. Post-Workout Skin Care Means Gentle Cleansing
Sweating can help detoxify the body by pushing out unwanted toxins through our pores. No matter how much you workout, you don’t need to exfoliate too hard during your post-workout skin care routine. Exfoliating too often can make it sensitive or increase dryness. Stick to exfoliating once a week when you’re at home and use a gentle cleanser for your post-workout routine.
My gentle cleanser contains ingredients like aloe, Argan oil and Arnica extract to gently clean the skin while restoring its natural pH. My Deluxe Collection has everything you need to get the most out of your post-workout skin care routine.
2. Cool Down
Cool down exercises are a wonderful way to naturally lower your heart rate while getting the most out of your workout. Once you’re done, though, your body is still working to restore its natural temperature.
This can leave you looking flushed and feeling a bit warm, particularly in the face. I recommend putting a cool, wet wash cloth around your neck as you go into your post-workout skin care routine.
This can help you feel more refreshed after your workout and keep you from continuing to sweat once you’ve finished cleaning your face. I also recommend a cooling toner to refresh your skin
3. Use Essential Oils
There are a lot of ways that essential oils can help your skin and body, and the calming effects that they have is one of them. Adding essential oils, such as lavender to your skin care products can help you feel relaxed and soothed.
It also has natural antimicrobial properties to help keep your skin microbiome in balance. I always say that when working with essential oils it’s important to make sure that you’re using pure, organic oils and test how your skin reacts to them before you put them near your face.
4. Protect Against Pollution
If you live in an urban environment,your skin is more likely to be exposed to pollutants. I live in Utah, and as we approach the winter season, air pollution grows. When you workout, your skin’s pores open up so you’re more prone to the damaging effects.
I recommend post-workout skin care products that are antioxidant-rich to protect your skin against toxic air pollutants, especially if you’re exercising outdoors in a city. The Spa Dr. antioxidant serum uses natural ingredients such as chlorella and hyaluronic acid to add a protective barrier to the skin
5. Hydrate and Restore
You go to the gym to firm your body, so why not do it to your face? Once you’ve finished cleansing your skin and protecting it, add plant-based facial oils that will hydrate, tone and restore your skin.
The Spa Dr.’s Glow Boost contains natural ingredients that help give your skin the healthy glow that it needs during your post-workout skin care routine. It will also give you a nice, dewy look that emphasizes a healthy glow after a workout.
6. Eat A Healthy Snack
To help ensure your skin looks clear and healthy, focus on what you’re eating. Instead of sugary snacks, or even skipping meals, have trail mix, nuts, or a bar like this one in your gym bag so that you always have a delicious, nourishing post-workout snack.
7. Continue To Hydrate
You’re losing fluids when you perspire during a work-out, so be sure to stay hydrated. Drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water throughout the day, every day, to keep your skin looking as best as it can. You can also add electrolytes to your water, but be sure your drink is not loaded with added sugar and artificial ingredients.
Nourish your body inside and out during your post-workout skin care routine to help your skin glow! Remember, you have your skin for life, so treat it well.
To get a better idea of how to properly treat your skin according to your specific skin type, take my skin quiz. The quiz will give you individualized recommendations based on your results and will set you up with a lot of great information to keep in mind when you form your skin care routine.