So, you made it out of your advanced spin class alive (this time). As you trudge your newly sore thighs to wash your face in the bathroom, all you can think about is a refreshing cold shower before slapping on some make-up and heading to work.
But while a quick rinse to your face feels super cleansing to your skin, your pores aren’t getting really clean without a little more time and effort…
While you should wash your skin after exercising, it’s important to remember two things: Not to use harsh cleaners and toners that’ll strip away your natural oils, and to replenish all of the moisture to rebalance your skin. On that note, here’s exactly how you should be cleaning your skin post-workout…
Avoid applying moisturiser and make-up to your skin right after working out
When you increase your metabolism through working out, the oil glands in your face have a natural desire to secrete. So, putting anything on right away, especially moisturiser or make-up, will probably block up your pores.
To avoid blockages, wait for your skin to cool down to room temperature. Most beauty products are designed to be used on cool skin anyway. And, when your skin is overheated, it can temporarily turn red. Yup, that’s why that happens…
Wash your skin with a hypoallergenic, moisture-locking cleanser
To avoid arriving at your post-workout Sunday brunch with a flushed and uneven complexion, wash your face with a hypoallergenic, moisture-locking cleanser. The more natural ingredients, the better!
Does this mean that you’re going to be late for work or have to wake up early just to have time to use face wash after a gym class? Not exactly. It shouldn’t take you longer than 5 to 10 minutes for your body to cool down enough to begin using those coveted products again.
Using a cleanser or soap on your face and body after working out with pH levels as close to neutral as possible is also helpful. It’ll prevent dry skin caused by a loss of natural skin barriers. Even if you aren’t leaving the studio drenched in as much sweat after an evening Pilates class as you would be after a 3 km jog, you should still avoid walking out the door without treating your skin directly!
Use a facial water to cool your skin down if you’re flushed
I’m one of those girls with super sensitive skin, so I totally know what it’s like to be bright red after any sort of work out – a light yoga session or a super-tiring cycle. If this sounds like you too, then it’s important you note that cooling your skin down after working out is vital.
Use a thermal water infused with minerals to reduce redness and inflammation and to cool your skin down. You can use the facial water on your skin right away. Goodbye, flushed skin! Hello, bright and beautiful complexion.