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Important pre and post work-out skin care routine

August 28, 2012 by Works with Water
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A regular workout skin care routine is good for your physical, mental and emotional health, but be sure to remember to care for your skin both before and after your workout. Chandrika Mahendra, senior research scientist at The Himalaya Drug company, shares how you can take care of your skin both before and after your workout.

Skipping your pre and post work-out skincare routine can lead to poor skin health, plugged oil glands, acne and a dull appearance.

Pre work-out skin care routine

  1. Lose the make-up – It’s important to make sure your skin is free of foundation makeup prior to working out, so you can let the skin breathe.
  2. Apply a moisturiser – When you exercise, you lose so much water (by evaporation) out of the skin, leaving the skin dehydrated. Dehydrated skin increases surface lines and causes skin cells to die prematurely, leading to premature aging; as well as dead skin cell build up causing the pores to clog. By using a lightweight moisturizer, it will help retain the water in the skin.  If you are exercising outdoors, it’s best to use a very light moisturizer with a sunscreen.

Post work-out skin care routine

  1. Shower – A refreshing shower with warm water will help in detoxing your skin. A moisturising soap, enriched with almond, cucumber or honey, works best to gently remove all the dirt and perspiration.
  2. Baby powder – The use of baby powder on the body, especially the more sensitive areas like chest and back, will absorb the excess oil from the surface of the skin and combat post-workout perspiration too.
  3. Cleanse, tone , moisturise – The cleansing-toning-moisturising routine post exercise will help tackle an eventual breakout. Follow a routine that will suit your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for a hydrating face wash with natural ingredients like aloe vera or cucumber which cleanses, tones and softens the skin. For oily skin, wash your skin with an oil-balancing face wash. Lemon is a fantastic ingredient to find in your face wash as the astringent properties help lighten the skin and control excess oil secretion. Avoid using alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip essential oil from your skin.
  4. Rehydrate and refresh – Remember to apply a moisturiser after your bath, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture and boost the skin’s resistance towards any dirt. Choose a moisturiser specially designed for your skin type. Use a light lotion-based moisturiser to rehydrate your skin. Aloe vera, wheatgerm, a rich source of vitamin E, and cocoa butter are excellent ingredients in lotions.
    Use a light skin cream that will not clog the pores in your t-zone area, which is more prone to becoming oily. Ingredients like aloe vera and winter cherry work best as they provide natural nourishment and protection.
  5. Weekly facial – Your skin will benefit from regular facial steams, which open up your pores and a weekly facial treatment that cleanses and moisturises. Indulging in a 15 minute D-I-Y with an enriching facial mask will work wonders.

Our tip: Place a box of help: beautify skin in the fridge before you go off to exercise then snack on one of the tasty apple flavoured gel supplement sticks on your return for a refreshing, skin boosting snack!

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