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Exercising increases blood flow and removes toxins from your skin leaving you with a vibrant and healthy glow. However, it also increases oil and sweat production which can clog pores and dry skin out. Therefore, following a solid pre- and post-workout routine will help skin reap the rewards of your hard work.
Whether you're attending a gentle yoga class or working up a sweat at spinning, starting with a clean base is always a good idea. Taking the time to cleanse your face will leave your skin feeling healthier and fresher post-workout.
If you feel particularly self-conscious about going bare-faced in the gym or during a class, use a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation and remember to follow a solid post-workout skin routine.
If you know you're likely to sweat during exercise, pop a flannel or small towel in your bag and regularly dab your face with it and keep your hair out of your face to prevent sweaty strands falling on your skin. Remember to never use your hands for wiping away hair or sweat as they can be magnets for bacteria and dirt.
Quite disturbingly, your yoga mat is a hot-bed for harmful bacteria and fungi so make sure you disinfect it before and after use. Similarly, rowing machines, treadmills and cross-trainers can also harbour plenty of nasties that could compromise both your skin and overall health. In a recent study published by the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 63% of machines that had been wiped down, still had traces of bacteria.1
Remember to take your own towel or mat, thoroughly wipe down exercise equipment before and after use and wash your hands post-workout.
The first 5-10 minutes after your workout are crucial:
Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible, supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.