Immediately take shower after working out
As tempting as it may be to wait until you get home to cleanse your body, you should still make it a habit to immediately take a shower after working out. Postponing your shower can lead to clogged pores, which, in turn, can result in blackheads, whiteheads and acne. During your post-workout shower, stick with products that can gently exfoliate the skin. Style Craze’s review of St. Ives Radiant Skin Exfoliating Body Wash explained how cleansers with natural extracts from mandarin oranges and pink lemons can scrub away dead skin cells, and hydrate dry and flaky skin, all while providing a refreshing and rejuvenating feel.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
In the process of burning fat, strenuous activities also drain the skin of moisture. Moisture is highly important in keeping the skin healthy, bouncy and youthful-looking, and in reducing the chances of skin problems, blemishes and acne breakout. These are the reasons why moisturizing after working out is of utmost importance. When choosing a product to include in your post-workout skincare routine, try to go for items that will not only help the skin retain moisture but also address a number of skin issues at the same time. PrettyMe’s review of AR Vitamin E Cream mentioned that moisturizing creams combining ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, beeswax and vitamin E can usually help in treating melasma, tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of pimple marks, dark spots, fine lines and scars.
Invest in a good sunscreen
If one of your favorite exercises is walking or running out in the sun, then the best thing you can do for your skin is to invest in a good sunscreen. With regular use, a reliable sunscreen can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and protect you from the visible signs of aging and sunburn. When it comes to sunscreens, The Strategist’s review of Neutrogena Ultra Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 noted that the key to ensuring the efficacy of any sunscreen is liberal application. In the same review, dermatologist Susan Bard explained that people need to apply at least one ounce (or a shot glass’ worth) of sunscreen to the entire body every two hours. We know, it sounds a little too much, but once you find the right brand that’s light, non-sticky and economical, slathering a significant amount onto your skin wouldn’t be too worrisome.
Immediately taking a shower after working out, moisturizing and investing in a good sunscreen are only some of the ways you can keep your skin healthy and alleviate stress. After all, skincare has long been recognized as one of the most effective self-care activities anyone could engage in. For more tips on how to manage stress, check out our post ‘3 Ways to Beat Your Stress Hormone’.
Article specially written for Body Kinetics by Alexa Quinn