When you’re at the gym sweating it out, the last thing on your mind is probably your skincare routine. But having a well-established gym skincare routine can help you obtain the glowing complexion you’ve always dreamed of. Below, we explain a few key steps you can take to make sure you take your pre and post-gym skincare routine to its maximum potential.
Aside from a couple of hotties (including yourself!), the gym is full of one thing: bacteria. And while it’s not the worst thing, your skin’s sweat combined with dirty dumbbells and gym equipment might not be the best combination for porcelain skin. However, the steps you need to take before going to spinning, CrossFit or yoga class are going to be different from the ones you’ll do after you’re done sweating. Here are our gym skincare routine tips:
Before Hitting the Gym
Since you’re going to be sweating it out anyway, you can do a quick two-step routine before heading out.
Step 1: Clean Your Face
Grab your micellar water and wipe your face down with a cotton pad. Cleaning your face like this will help ensure you have a clean, bacteria-free canvas before you start sweating. This is extremely important because when you sweat, your pores will open up. So if you have a dirty, unwashed face, you’ll get all sorts of gunk trapped inside (combined with the oils on your face and the dirt from the environment). This can only lead to clogged pores and annoying zits.
Step 2: Hydrate
The fact that you will be sweating doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need hydration. Contrary to popular belief, skipping the hydration step because it can make your skin seem oily is a surefire way to actually make it oilier. Your skin’s natural way to hydrate itself is by producing oils. So if you decide to skip out on the cream jar, you’ll only make your skin work extra hard to produce even more oil, creating a vicious cycle.
If your gym has open windows and you train during the daytime, we recommend using a light layer of SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. Aquafolia’s Soft Mineral SPF27 is perfect for this, since it’s hypoallergenic, 100% mineral, and water-resistant - so it’ll hold up even during the hardest of workouts.
If your gym isn’t sunny and you won’t be exposed to any UV rays, you can add a light layer of moisturizer, like Biologique Recherche’s Creme Dermopurifiante, which hydrates, protects, and balances the skin.
After these easy two steps, you’re ready to hit the gym.
After Your Workout Session
Your post-gym skincare routine is where you can go all out. Whether you shower at the gym or back home, this is where the magic happens. Remember that your face right now is full of sweat, oil, dirt, and bacteria… definitely, things you don’t want hanging around your pores. If you’re in a hurry to get to work, all you need is 4 little steps:
Step 1: Oil Cleanser
This step will make sure that all of the oils you produced during your workout session are removed effectively. An oil cleanser like Frankincense Best Skin Ever is a fantastic gym skincare routine option because it works as an all-in-one cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer while also acting as a cleansing agent for acne that also soothes redness. Goodbye, red workout face!
Step 2: Foam Cleanser
Oil and water don’t mix. The same goes for your face. An oil cleanser works to remove the oil-based impurities from your face. Now you need a water-based cleanser to remove water-based impurities from your lovely face. Aquafolia’s Probio Cell Foaming Cleanser or Omy Laboratoire’s Goji Berry Vitamin Cleansing Foam work perfectly for this step.
Step 3: Serum
If you want to add an extra step, then an energizing serum can help bring your skin to life. A serum like Biologique Recherche Oligo-Protéines Marines is ideal for energizing and revitalizing the skin. You’ll come out with a post-workout and post-skincare routine glow!
Step 4: Sun Protection
The last step and most important step! And since we know you’re a busy person, we’ve decided to recommend tinted sunblocks. That way you don’t have to waste time applying makeup and can head out the door ready to take on the world. Hydropeptide Solar Defense Tinted SPF30 or Coola Mineral Face Organic Matte Tinted Sunscreen Lotion SPF30 can help you wrap up your gym skincare routine.
If you feel your skin needs a bit of extra love, you can add an extra layer of hydration by applying a dab of cream before your SPF.
And that’s it! 2 steps for your pre-gym skincare routine and 4 steps for your post-gym skincare routine! If you want to add more steps to your routine, feel free to browse our professional-grade skincare brands and choose the ones that suit your skin the best.