If you’re a hot yoga fan, the constant heat can do harm to your skin. Here’s how to counter the damage.
Most hot yoga studios are heated to about 40 degrees for classes that last 60 to 90 minutes. While the heat can help improve blood circulation, make you more flexible and give your more intense workout, it sure isn’t as beneficial for your skin.
The increase in temperature causes blood vessels to dilate and create flushing (bad news for rosacea suffers) and open up pores (an easy entryway for acne-causing bacteria). Many doctors also believe that the heat can promote melanin production, leading to more hyperpigmentation.
To protect your skin while keeping to your weekly hot yoga routine, follow these tips.
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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drinking water is always a top skincare tip, especially when you are going to sweat buckets in a hot room. Be sure to drink up before, during, and after your workout to keep your water levels high both on the inside and within your skin.
Bring your own face towel
To be absolutely sure you’re wiping off your sweat with a clean towel, bring your own (especially if you are prone to breakouts). Also, instead of rubbing vigorously, try patting away perspiration instead. Harsh movements may cause irritation to your skin.
To prevent perspiration and dirt from sticking to your skin, wear sweat-wicking clothes. Remove all makeup as well so you won’t risk having product, oil and bacterial clogging up your open pores later on.
Cleanse your skin right after
Even if it’s tempting to pick up your bag and leave the studio immediately, take an extra two minutes to wash your face with a gentle gel-based or foam cleanser. Avoid harsh products that over-strip skin moisture.
Lock in the moisture
All the heat and humidity in the studio can actually help give your skin a quick boost of hydration. But if you don’t lock it in, you will end up losing moisture instead. After cleansing your face, remember to smooth over a layer of lightweight moisturiser. If layering on a moisturiser after a hot class is too much for you, consider spritzing on a cooling and hydrating face mist. After your post-yoga shower, don’t forget to moisturise the body after too.
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