Gym workout gives you good health, body confidence and fitness. There is no reason why it should damage your good looks. Don’t be confused – we are only referring to your beauty regime after your gym session. If you want to ensure that your skin looks beautiful and feels great, there had better be one. From taking showers to applying the right products, there’s a lot you can do to maximise the benefits of your workout on your skin and keep it looking gorgeous after you’re finished.
Workout sans makeup
Ensure you remove all traces of makeup, so that your pores are not blocked while exercising. In fact, it is good to get all sweaty during the workout, so don’t worry about the perspiration on your face. If you must, simply stick to waterproof mascara or eyeliner and lip balm. “Even tinted moisturizer is harmful. Heat due to workout opens pores, which can lead to clogging as you sweat,” says dermatologist Dr Jamuna V Pai.
Shower right away
Many people put off taking a shower for hours after their workouts are through. Arguably the most important step is cleaning up. After your workout, wipe your face, chest, and breakout-prone areas with cleansing wipes to clean your skin and combat any bacteria, in case you cannot shower immediately. “Remove your sweaty workout clothes immediately. The dirt and sweat from your clothing will block pores and cause breakouts,” says Leena Mogre, fitness instructor. Invigorate your complexion with cool water after a sweat session, and be sure to moisturise immediately after cleansing to keep your skin from drying out. Even if you feel you haven’t perspired much during your session, any amount of sweat can lead to bacteria growth if you don’t get your skin clean soon enough. But instead of hot, use tepid water. After a workout, your muscles are sore, and you are already very exhausted. While washing your face or taking a shower with hot water might ease your muscles, but it will also strip your skin of vital oils, leaving you dry and itchy. Also, instead of using abrasive scrubs on the post-workout sensitive skin, use a gentle shampoo and cleanser which will ensure that you stay clean and your skin stays soft. Don’t forget to slather on moisturiser after that.
Make it steamy
Taking care of your skin after a workout doesn’t just involve showering and using skin care products. If your gym has a steam room, it’s a great place to head once you’ve had your post-workout shower. Steam can help unclog pores, remove impurities from the skin, and it can even help with acne problems. Plus, it’s a great place to relax after sweating it out. Steaming is also a muscle relaxant and will help you get a rosy glow.
Re-hydrate your skin
The best time to re-hydrate your skin is when you are right out of the shower. Take a few minutes and apply a generous dollop of your moisturiser and body lotion. This will keep your skin supple and moist. “You can even enrich the lotion with almond, neem and apricot oil,” says aromatherapist Blossom Kochchar.
Make a beauty regimen an essential climax to your workout to be truly body beautiful.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh