All that sweat and sebum shan’t get in the way of a great complexion. We divulge the secrets behind the glowy and blemish-free complexion of our beauty writers who work out frequently.
If you’re a workout junkie, you will understand how sweaty sessions can ruin your complexion. Sweat and sebum clog pores, causing random breakouts and greasiness – not the look anyone is going for. But fret not, you certainly don’t have to give up exercise to get radiant skin. That’s why we got our associate editor Estelle Low and freelance beauty writer Dawn Chen to share their best skincare tips that help them maintain a clear complexion while working out frequently.
And after picking up these tips, find out more about the editorially-approved skincare and beauty products from Guardian here, and you’ll be well on your way to attaining your perfect skincare regime.
1. Apply sunscreen daily
This step is especially important if you often work out under the sun. Even when it is cloudy, UV rays are able to reach and penetrate your skin. As long as you’re outdoors, it is best to put on some sunblock of SPF30 and PA+++ or higher to protect yourself from both UVB and UVA rays. And if you’re indoors, it’s still good practice to apply sunscreen – during daytime, UV rays can filter in through the windows and hit your skin.
2. Use targeted skincare products consistently
Working out under the sun leads to skin issues like dark spots. While there are many skincare products to target such problems, avoid constantly changing up your products just because you don’t see results. Be patient and consistent when using a spot-reduction product, as it will take at least couple of weeks to see results, says Estelle.
3. Keep makeup remover wipes handy
Reach for the super convenient cleansing sheets before your gym sessions. Sweating it out with your makeup will clog your pores and cause breakouts. Remember to remove makeup thoroughly before your sweat sesh, to reduce your chances of getting clogged pores, says Dawn. Use these effective makeup-removing wipes to clean your skin before gym workouts.
4. Double-cleanse, always
The secret to glowy skin like Korean celebrities? Double cleansing. Even if you’re not wearing makeup, Dawn suggests double cleansing on a daily basis. “This means using a gentle makeup remover like a micellar cleanser to remove sunscreen and dirt, then following with a facial cleanser to really rid impurities and prep skin for the rest of your skincare,” she says.
5. Moisturise right after cleansing
Regardless of your skin type, moisturising is a step that shouldn’t be left out in your skincare routine. Even oily skin needs moisturising – use water or gel-based moisturisers that are oil-free to keep your skin soft yet non-greasy. To ensure your skin stays adequately hydrated, apply moisturiser immediately after cleansing and toning. This helps to lock the moisture in before your skin gets too dry.
6. Use products that are gentle on your skin
It may be tempting to pick out a highly-raved deep cleanser to use after your sweaty HIIT session, but some of these products may contain ingredients that are not suited for your skin. To be on the safe side, opt for gentle skincare products. “If you have sensitive skin, avoid products that contain fragrances, harsh chemicals and preservatives, as the compounds inside may irritate or dry out your skin,” says Estelle.
7. Tissue off excess facial mist
A spritz of cool facial mist can be super refreshing after a light workout. But the excess water molecules hovering on the surface of your skin will quickly evaporate away along with retained moisture from your skin, leaving your skin drier than before. That’s why Dawn suggests tissuing off excess moisture 30 to 60 seconds after using a facial mist.