Working out can give better skin, but these mistakes could be causing you breakouts instead.
Using dirty equipment
Gym users, listen up. According to this study done in America, gym equipment is dirtier than a toilet seat. In fact, bacteria sampled in the study showed that weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. More than half of the bacteria found on a treadmill can cause skin infections and even pneumonia. The next time, you head to the gym, remember to wipe down your equipment before and after using it.
Wearing dirty clothes
If you’re thinking of re-wearing those yoga pants, stop. Trapped germs on the garment will transfer to your body. Synthetic fabrics are worse because more harmful bacteria multiply on those fibres. Plus, you don’t want to be the one radiating a funky smell in the studio at the end of the hour!
(Also read: Here’s How To Make Your Gym Clothes Last Longer)
Touching your face
Our hands touch everything from the bus handles and our own phone to grimy gym machines that host germs left behind by tons of people. If you don’t want any acne-causing pore-clogging organisms getting onto your face, then hands off, pronto.
(Also read: Shrinking Your Pores: What You Need to Know)
Working out with makeup
The combination of sweat, dirt and makeup particles can clog the pores and result in angry pimples. if you must, keep to a light layer and choose only non-comedogenic products.
Not washing your face
After your workout, cleanse your face as soon as possible so gunk does not sit on your face for too long. If you are worried about over-stripping your skin’s moisture, use a gentle cream- or gel-based cleanser and massage the product all over your skin.