Exercising does wonders for your skin—unless you do these awful habits:
1. You wear makeup when you exercise.
When you sweat excessively with makeup still on, you risk clogging up your pores, and we all know that leads to nothing good. Before you start your sweat sesh, take off ALL your makeup. If you were to leave one product on, let it be sunblock, especially if you work outdoors.
2. You don’t disinfect your equipment.
Yoga mats, dumbbells, treadmills, and boxing gloves are just some of the dirtiest things that you find in your gym. (Just imagine how many sweaty people have touched those with their gross hands!) When you use these things and touch your face, you transfer various germs and bacteria that could potentially lead to nasty breakouts and infections. Dodge this by spritzing alcohol on your equipment prior to using, washing your hands before and after your workout, and avoiding touching your face while working out. Also, if you can, bring your own equipment instead!
3. You don’t wear the right clothes.
Notice acne forming on your back or butt? Your workout could be blamed for it, too. If your workout clothes don’t let your skin breathe properly, sweat gets trapped, clogs your pores, and leads to body acne. Luckily, a lot of new workout clothes available in the market are better at wicking sweat from the skin. It’s also important to take a good shower after sweating it out using an anti-bacterial body wash.
4. You only put sunscreen when you exercise outdoors.
Running on a treadmill or doing yoga in front of a glass window also puts you at high risk of accumulating sun damage. Before your step out of your house, make it a habit to slather on a broad spectrum sunblock. This type of sunscreen protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
5. You know you experience chafing, but don’t do anything about it.
Chafing when exercising is super common, especially between the thighs. But if left untreated, it can get REALLY painful. Before your workout, try applying some moisturizer or petroleum jelly on your problem areas—this will do the trick.
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