Healthy skin while working out

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Hitting the gym can often lead to dry skin and breakouts. Turns out a few extra moments in the bathroom or locker room can make all the difference. We met with Skin Care Expert Linda Hölling to talk about does and don’ts when it comes to taking care of your skin while working out. 

How can I best prepare my skin for exercise?
The best thing you can do is to take off all your makeup and exercise with clean skin. Because while you´re sweating the skin will absorb the makeup, which can lead to blocked pores. The key is to never “shut” sweat in, especially if you have dry skin. The acid in perspiration can cause irritation and, in worst case, inflammation. The combination of sweat and makeup is therefore a big no-no!

And if you exercise outdoors, it´s important to use SPF. When we sweat, the skin becomes more light sensitive and susceptible to sunburn. This applies to both summer and winter activities.

Is using moisturizer good or bad before sweating? We have heard both. 
The skin should always have a moisturizer that works protective when exercising. It can be wise to choose a thinner cream, since fatter creams can make your skin feel sticky when you sweat.

Should I wear a headband to collect the sweat from not dripping down my face?
That is not necessary, since the little time the sweat is on your face is not harmful for the skin. Sweatbands are on the other hand good for avoiding sweat to run into your eyes.

What kind of effect does sweat have on our skin?
During exercise we sweat more than usual, which is an excellent opportunity for the skin to sweat out all the products and toxins that evaporate. Sweat itself cleans the skin in a positive way. However, you helping it on the way with a good peeling and cleansing face mask is always good.

Is it ok to leave sweat on our skin for a prolonged length of time?
When we sweat, salts are forced to lay on the skin which can be dehydrating for the skin. Bacteria in other people’s perspiration can also cause infections. So make sure to wash the skin both before and after exercising and you will be fine.

When we get warm our pores open and let dirt and bacteria out. It is therefore important to clean your face afterwards.

What kind of impact does drinking water have on our skin?
Drinking water is important, especially when we train. The fluid goes out to all the organs and muscles in the body, which again, together with the exercise, has a fantastic effect on our skin. It makes us look healthy and happy!

How should I care for my skin post-workout?
When we get warm our pores open and let dirt and bacteria out. It is therefore important to clean your face afterwards. A facial mask after a workout, while the skin is still warm, 1 or 2 times a week can do wonders. If you have dry skin, you can choose to add a moisturising face mask. To strengthen your skin and get the best results, I recommend that you always have a good skin care routine with cleansing milk, eye cream, serum and day/night cream. This, along with your training is your best investment for a healthy body and skin.

Does and don’ts at the gym?
Keep in mind that machines and spinning bikes can be full of bacteria, so wash your hands before you touch your face while at the gym. And if you have small scratches and wounds, make sure to cover them up while working out with others.

Do you have any questions for Linda, feel free to leave a comment in the comment field below!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Pinterest