6 Ways to Keep Your Skin Acne-Free While You Work Out

LIFESTYLE  |  February 09, 2017
  • 1. Don’t share
    1 / 6 1. Don’t share

    We’re talking about towels – specifically, those you borrow over-the-counter from gyms. Go ahead and take the bath towels if you must, but pack along your own face towel when you can. The towel’s fibres can trap nasty bacteria and can transmit germs if not cleaned thoroughly. Also, the idea of someone else wiping his or her sweaty face into the towel before you is just… no. Even if said towel has been washed before. (Also Read: 7 Ways to Remove Your Makeup Before Working Out)

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  • 2. Be sun ready
    2 / 6 2. Be sun ready

    You want to be sun-kissed, not sunburnt and definitely not sun-damaged. We love heading outdoors as much as you do, but UV rays are still one of the biggest culprits when it comes to premature skin ageing (pigmentation spots, wrinkles, dull skin… the list goes on). Always aim for a broadspectrum sunscreen that has at least SPF30 protection, and reapply every hour if you’re in the sun. 

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  • 3. Stay hydrated
    3 / 6 3. Stay hydrated

    Drink up for your body, drink up for your skin. You’re already guzzling from your water bottle throughout the day and that’s great, but remember to keep your complexion dewy too. Stash your favourite face mist in your bag or keep one at your office desk (skin gets especially dry in air con!) and spritz periodically throughout the day. 

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  • 4. Clean up
    4 / 6 4. Clean up

    After a sweat sesh, be sure to hit the shower as soon as you can. Sweat, dirt and sebum that have accumulated on your skin after HIIT class can clog pores and cause breakouts. If you don’t have easy access to a shower (it happens, we know), clean up with some handy wet wipes instead. I personally love using micellar solutions wipes as they’re gentle but effective. (Also Read: 6 Post-Gym Skincare Essentials You Need)

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  • 5. Keep showers short
    5 / 6 5. Keep showers short

    On that same note, resist the temptation to linger in the shower. The feeling on hot water beating down on you might be super shiok, but it can also dry out your skin. Try to limit shower time to just 10 or 15 minutes, and moisturise once you’re out. Oh, don’t forget to slather lotion on your body as well! 

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  • 6. Pamper your skin
    6 / 6 6. Pamper your skin

    Adding in two to three workout sessions in a week means you’re likelier to shower more often, or spend more time in the sun. Both can take a toll on your skin. To combat these skin stressors, I like to invest in me-time by pampering my skin with a face mask. More accurately, I’ve been using a face mask every single day for the last three years. Read about it here!

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