Avoid sweat spots: pre and post-exercise skincare advice

Avoid sweat spots: pre and post-exercise skincare advice

Whilst pushing your body you don’t want to be punishing your skin. Those with acne-prone skin often find their blemishes worsen or increase in number after a sweaty gym session. If you’re worried about your imperfections whilst working out, it’s important to be attentive to your skin before, during, and after exercise…

Before a Workout

If you’re working out outside it’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun all year round.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of summer or the dead of winter, your skin is exposed to UV rays that can be harmful for acne-prone skin, and accelerate the ageing process.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine is a great pre-workout step for those exercising outdoors. Particularly good for those with oily and acne-prone skin, Anthelios Anti-Shine protects against UVA and UVB rays, with reinforced UVA protection. The lightweight formula is perfect for those with acne-prone skin as it won’t clog your pores whilst you exercise. The formula is ultra-absorbent and disappears to leave a dry touch, perfect for those concerned with shiny skin. Anthelios Anti-shine has been tested under extreme conditions to ensure resistance to heat and humidity, making it an ideal pre-workout step for those with acne-prone skin.

Working out with acne-prone skin often means ditching the concealer and going makeup free to avoid clogging pores. This can weigh on your mind whilst working out and make some people feel self-conscious about their blemishes. Anthelios Ultra Light comes in a tinted version, perfect for those who want to add a warm glow to their complexion and even out skin tone.

During a Workout

Obviously you’ll be too busy sweating it out on the treadmill or doing push-ups in the park to constantly attend to your skin whilst working out. However in between reps or whenever you’re resting, it makes sense to quickly and effectively address excess oil. Excess oil, when mixed with bacteria, clogs pores and leads to new blemishes forming. To avoid post-workout breakouts address the build-up of oil on your skin.

Serozinc is a quick and efficient workout aid, the toning mist comes in a can which you can simply spritz on your face in between reps or when resting. The three ingredient formula won’t upset sensitive skin, and the purifying spray will mattify clammy complexions. Ideal for use during a workout, Serozinc allows you to quickly get rid of oil and tone your skin without ever touching it.

After a Workout

After a workout it’s important to shower and exfoliate. Any skin cells which have shed will now be sitting on top of your skin and have the potential to mix with excess sebum to block pores and create new blemishes.

As well as reducing the appearance of pores, Effaclar Astringent Lotion works as an exfoliator to eliminate excess oil and unblock pores too. Through a process of desquamation, Effaclar Astringent Lotion naturally lifts dead skin cells to effectively clean your skin and unclog pores. The LHA reduces the bacteria found in pores and have an anti-comedogenic, and anti-bacterial effect on your blemishes; making Effaclar Astringent Lotion an ideal post-workout exfoliator for those with acne-prone skin.

Whilst we workout our skin loses vital water due to evaporation. This can result in skin becoming dehydrated and in serious need of moisture. Dehydrated skin overcompensates by producing excess oil to counter dryness; this could lead to pores clogging and new blemishes forming. Using a lightweight moisturiser post-exercise is a good way to restore some much needed moisture to the skin.

Effaclar K(+) will keep skin moisturised and hydrated whilst also addressing acne-prone skin concerns. Airlicium, one of the active ingredients in Effaclar K(+), is super absorbent and will get rid of any post workout sweat or sebum left on the skin. It’s intensely mattifying formula leaves skin shine-free and feeling fresh due to the aquagel texture, making it a refreshing post-workout skincare step. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, Effaclar K(+) restores moisture whilst the antioxidant in the formula, Vitamin E, gets to work neutralising free radicals and repairing damaged cells. Vitamin E works alongside another powerful antioxidant, Carnosine, to rejuvenate cells and speed up the healing process.
Effaclar K(+) is the perfect way to take care of your acne-prone skin post-workout.

Working out doesn’t need to be such a worry for those with acne-prone skin. Far from forming new imperfections or making your existing ones worse, if you follow these simple steps you’ll be one step closer to banishing your blemishes whilst working out!