Living in times with the highest temperatures ever recorded, you’re guaranteed to sweat. You might be worried about the effects of sweat on your skin while you’re trying to maximize your skin care routine.
When you sweat, your pores open up, releasing moisture and making your skin highly vulnerable to bacteria. If you work out during the summer, you might not realize your gym routine is what is causing your skin to break out.
Here are a few tips on dealing with sweat during the dog days of summer.
Don’t Wear Makeup While Working Out
Although it is tempting to look good while you’re cranking it out on the treadmill, sweat and makeup do not mix well. Most makeup contains ingredients that clog open pores and lead to acne. Even if you don’t work out, being in the sun for an extended period of time will cause you to sweat. If you absolutely must have something on your face, go with a loose mineral powder that shields your skin from sweat and is less likely to cause a breakout.
Wash Your Face Before And After Being in the Sun
Rid your skin of any bacteria before and after you are in the sun to cut down on clogged pores. Wash your face gently and avoid heavy scrubbing.
Before and After Advanced Correcting Serum
We recommend using the Advanced Correcting Serum after you’ve washed your face to correct any damage that may have occurred. Blot your face with a clean towel afterward.
Wear Lightweight Material
Choose a lightweight and breathable fabric such as cotton to work out in so your skin has room to breathe. Clingy, synthetic fabrics lock in moisture and can create a breeding ground for bacteria.
Keep Sweat Off Your Face
Try to keep as much sweat off of your face as possible by wearing a headband or hair wrap. Also, avoid touching your face with your hands.
Cleanse Your Face Daily
Use a cleanser, like the Advanced Purifying Cleanser, to keep acne at bay.
The Advanced Purifying Cleanser contains menthol to cool down your face after a hot day.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Gently exfoliate your skin a few times each week with a scrub. We recommend the Sugar Shrink Body Scrub to keep your skin smooth.
Scrubbing your skin too hard or too many times a week can lead to dryness, so keep it gentle.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen products can go all the way up to 100+, but an SPF 30 sunscreen blocks about 96 percent of UVB rays. Above an SPF 30 the product doesn’t block much more in the amount of UVB, and it doesn’t drastically extend the time you can be in the sun. For any increase in SPF, you may get a few extra minutes before your skin begins to redden.
Sweat is natural and is healthy for you, but there are ways to keep it from ruining your skin. We want your skin to feel good and look good. Have any questions about sweat that we didn’t address here? Leave them in the comments, and we’ll try to answer them there.