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Fitness training and skin breakouts

March 14, 2013 by Works with Water
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 A question just in from one of our blog followers:

“I’ve recently made a few changes to my diet and fitness regime as I’m training for my very first marathon – but my skin has broken out in spots. Why is this…and can you help?!”

Training for a marathon can be an extremely stressful time in your life.   Fitting in all the training sessions, while making sure your work and personal life are not suffering from it can be a real challenge. Stress can cause an increase in the amount of cortisol produced by your adrenal glands and when you’re experiencing stress for a considerable amount of time, the continuous surge of cortisol will suppress the immune system. This can make your skin more prone to infections and can also reduce the collagen levels in the skin tissue.

To help improve your skin, it’s best to use a cleanser, toner and moisturiser that are pH balanced and don’t block the pores. In addition, you can ease your skin problems by adapting your diet, which will help improve your complexion from the inside out. Simple changes such as making sure you are consuming sufficient zinc and omega-3 oils can help prevent blocked pores. If you are already prone to suffer from spots and acne then try help: clear skin as it contains a milk protein that has been clinically proven to help reduce spots and blemishes. It’s really easy to add a sachet to your daily work-out beverage.

In addition, eating more Vitamin C will improve your skin-tightening collagen levels and overall immunity, key to a radiant and healthy complexion. Products such as our gel supplement ‘help: revitalise my skin’ with skin restoring Aloe Vera and anti-ageing CoQ10 also offer a great solution, especially as it can be eaten straight out of the packet, making it perfect for when you’re on a tight schedule and don’t have much time.

For all marathon trainers everywhere – best of luck for 2013!

One thought on “Fitness training and skin breakouts”

  1. Leo says:

    Firstly, if I were you I’d speak to a doctor/ diaortmlogest or at least a beauty therapist about what might be causing your breakouts. It could be as easy as changing your diet or addressing a hormonal imbalance. In the meantime, maintain your 3 step cycle of cleansing, toning and moisturising morning and night, using a scrub at least once a week will remove dead skin debris which can clog your pores further, try a mask as well Payot makes an excellent drawing out mask.When it comes to make up, use a foundation which is (obviously) oil free but also (very important) non-comodogenic and non-acnedogenic, this will prevent blackheads, whiteheads and pimples that can be caused by make-up. The kind of foundation you buy will also depend on the finish you want. If you want to mattify your skin a powder-based/ pancake foundation with those qualities I mentioned above will work best because the powder particles absorb oil a lot better.If you’re after a more natural finish but still want coverage a liquid foundation (again, with those properties I mentioned before) will work well. The liquid foundations melt much more easily into the skin so they give a much more radiant, natural finish. Applying it with your *clean* fingers will give you an even better result.If you’re after top quality, Clinique is wonderful. They have over 36 different types of foundations at least 10 of which are for your skin type, in many forms, so you can see if you like solid make up or liquid more. If you want something that will still work but won’t break the bank, Revlon Colorstay makeup for Oily/ Combination Skin (liquid) is what I use for everyday and it has fantastic coverage with a very natural finish. Their pancake is also very good. When it comes to the zit end of the equation, foundation can’t do it all. A concealer is your best weapon. You can use a green stick to neutralise the redness of your spots and then cover with some foundation and a little brush or another concealer that matches your skin tone.Never bulk up your make up, that includes foundation *and* concealer. You won’t hide the imperfections completely, what you need to do is minimise them and draw attention away from them. This is easily achieved with matt products and colours that *match* (a concealer that is too light/ dark will *draw* the eye to your flaws).And remember, for any skin problem: Chin up and a concealer in your pocket. The rest will take of itself.

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