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Gyms are set to open on the 12th of April and we’re more than ready to get back into working out regularly. But have you ever noticed that sometimes as your gym visits increase your skin starts to suffer? From rashes to spots to dull, tired-looking skin it could be your gym habits causing you to break out. Here are six things to bear in mind to keep your skin healthy while at the gym.
WRITTEN BY Louise Carleton
Shower after every workout
It might sound obvious but make sure you shower immediately after you’ve sweat. Dry sweat can clog your pores causing spots and acne flare-ups. Not to mention all that lovely bacteria that’s mixed in with our sweat can cause rashes and infections if it’s not properly washed away. Make sure your showers aren’t too hot either, as this can dry out your skin.
Try to avoid wearing makeup
We all want to look good while working out but a full face of makeup can actually do your skin more harm than good. Sweat and increased body temperature will open your pores which can then become blocked by makeup particles, leading to spots, lumps and bumps. Instead, remove your makeup before hitting the gym and learn to embrace the red face.
More time at the gym means more showers which could affect your skin. Not only is it important to moisturise after showering it’s also important to make sure you’re exfoliating two to three times a week. Invest in a good quality scrub or treat yourself by booking an exfoliating body treatment which can usually be added to your regular massage or body treatments.
Get regular massages
Speaking of massages there are so many reasons why you should be booking them regularly (you can learn more about their benefits here) but even more so if you’re working out. A massage will not only help improve your range of motion and flexibility (which is great news for your workouts) but they help to remove dead skin and rid the body of toxins helping to improve your skin tone and give you a healthy glow.
Avoid tight clothing
We all love a bit of lycra but too tight gym clothes can suffocate your skin, trapping sweat and bacteria which can cause spots, rashes, bumps and irritations. Not to mention too tight shorts can lead to the dreaded ‘chub rub’ which is not only painful but can also lead to skin infections. Instead, favour looser fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics.
Wipe down equipment
With lots of people using and sweating on it, gym equipment can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Things like warts, ringworm and fungal infections (nice) can spread to your skin if equipment is not properly cleaned. Make sure you clean anything communal before you use it and bank good karma by cleaning any equipment you’ve used once you’re done.