Just as exercise can improve your fitness and health, it is also good for your skin. A study published in Aging Cell suggests that resistance exercise and high-intensity aerobic training can prevent and lessen the signs of aging in the skin.
A review published in the journal Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports points out that exercise helps combat stress. When chronic, it can contribute to skin aging and lead to acne, pityriasis versicolor, and psoriasis, according to another review published in Inflammation & Allergy Drug Targets.
Now that you know what exercise can do, you’ll want to maintain skin care habits that prevent acne, improve hydration, and decrease irritation. So this is how you should prepare your skin before and after exercise.
Apply Sunscreen Before Exercising.
If you’re going out to exercise, don’t forget to apply a sunscreen of at least SPF50 that is water and sweat resistant. This tip also applies if you’re exercising inside a gym where the windows let in sunlight. Apply it to your face, neck, chest, and back of neck.
Wipe Your Face Before Working Out.
If you have makeup, remove it so that it does not clog the pores and along with the sweat generate acne. Facilitate the oxygenation of your skin by using an oil balm, so that in addition to cleaning the skin, it remains hydrated.
Bathe After Exercising.
Many gyms often have showers where clients can shower before or after exercising. If you are going to do it there and not at home, use flip-flops inside the shower and to walk around the dressing room. It is essential that you take care of your feet and your skin, as you can catch infectious diseases such as viral warts and fungi if you do not take precautions.
Apply A Moisturizing Cream After Exercise.
Moisture after exercise is important, so after you’ve showered and dried, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to restore the skin’s lipids that you’ve lost through sweating.
Wear The Right Clothes To Exercise.
Sportswear removes perspiration from the skin because it is made of fabrics that evaporate water. Buy synthetic fibre clothing that does not fit too closely to the body and wear cotton socks and sports shoes.
If you follow these tips to protect your skin before and after exercise, you will have an enviable complexion and skin.