Summer 2017 is swiftly approaching! Like me, I’m sure you’ve been in the gym trying to make sure everything is right and tight. I get it. Most likely, you want to look presentable when you go to the gym. Hey, you may even want to look super cute! So you put on some makeup (or leave on your makeup from the day), a cute gym outfit, grab your water, towel, keys, and go workout.
Now some of you may be reading this and thinking, “Yeah Sarah Robyn, that’s exactly what I do. Problem?” To that, my answer would be “yes.” Working out in your makeup is not a good idea, especially for the health of your skin. By forming a barrier on the skin, makeup covers your pores. Then, once you begin to workout, the makeup, oil from your skin, and sweat mixes together and clogs the pores, preventing the proper release of the sweat. In short, working out while wearing complexion products, such as foundation and concealer, can clog your pores AND cause breakouts! I’m sure you don’t want to do anything to cause breakouts right?! I know I don’t. We want our skin to be able to breathe in a natural manner with no “roadblocks.” Therefore, the best thing you can do for your skin is wait until after your workout to apply makeup and/or prior to a workout, cleanse your face of any makeup you already have on from the day. If you don’t have the time or facility to wash your face thoroughly with a cleanser and water, I recommend what I like to call a “quick cleanse.” When I quick cleanse, I love to use a makeup wipe and then follow by using my Simple Micellar Cleansing Water with some cotton rounds. The makeup wipe will remove most of the makeup. Use the cleansing water until you do not see any traces of makeup left on your skin.
“SARAH ROBYN! What if I am absolutely and totally uncomfortable without any coverage on my face?!” “OK, OK! I hear you!” If you don’t feel comfortable with a completely bare face, take a look at some lighter coverage options, such as a BB cream, CC cream, or tinted moisturizer. These formulas are typically thinner than the average medium to full coverage foundation. Additionally, you want to avoid eye products as well as they tend to run onto your skin once you begin to sweat. Lip products are acceptable. My recommendation would be to keep it light here as well with a lip balm or gloss.
After workout skin care is important, especially if you have chosen to wear makeup. It is essential to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face as soon as possible after working out. Ensure that there is absolutely no residual product left on your skin.
We are probably all guilty of working out in our makeup at least once. So don’t beat yourself up about it if you have been wearing makeup when you work out. However, do try to avoid wearing makeup in your future workouts. I want the best for your skin and you should too!
Till next time gorgeous,