A skincare expert share their do’s and don’t’s when visiting the gym

Many of us enjoy the benefits of a good gym workout, but we don’t want it to come with a sid order of bad skin, thanks very much.

In fact, the recent TikTok trend for ‘gym lips’ (i.e. lips covered in liner and gloss for a ‘natural’ gym look) has demonstrated that many people want to go glam for their workouts, and highlighted that wearing makeup to an exercise session is increasingly normalised.

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However, there are definitely a few things you should keep in mind if you want to wear makeup to the gym, and other skincare considerations to keep in mind during your workout, as Kimberley Hulme, Head of Clinic at Face the Future, explains…

  1. Morning workout? Forget cleansing 

Kimberley comments: ‘If your favourite time to head to the gym is in the morning then there’s no need to cleanse your skin after waking up. However, this is only the case if you fully cleansed your skin as part of your nighttime skincare routine.

‘There’s no particular harm in a morning cleanse before a workout, but it is worth noting that any benefits to the skin will be limited as the product will most likely sweat off. Instead, opt for a simple splash of tepid water to refresh your skin before you head out to the gym.’

  1. Opt for mineral-based makeup

Kimberley recommends: ‘We would always advise removing any makeup prior to a workout, as sweat will not only interfere with your makeup, but can also result in clogged pores and breakouts. However, if you’re self-conscious about going barefaced in the gym, then mineral-based products are a great option as it won’t clog pores. For a fresh base, we recommend the Oxygenetix Oxygenating Breathable Foundation as it’s water-resistant and heals the complexion with its gentle formula.’

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  1. Banish gym bacteria

In the midst of weight and cardio workouts it’s no surprise that gyms can become host to a range of bacteria…

Kimberley says: ‘If you’ve been working out in the gym and touching gym equipment, ensure that you avoid touching your face.

‘We would recommend cleansing your face once you’ve showered after your workout to remove any grime or bacteria but if you can’t get refreshed straight away then there are quick-fix sterile sprays that neutralise any dirt once applied to the skin, protect against infection and don’t cause irritation.’

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  1. Shower as soon as possible 

Kimberly adds: ‘Once you’ve completed your workout it’s a good idea to get out of your gymwear as soon as possible to help prevent any breakouts caused by sweaty fabric left on the skin.

‘If you suffer from, or are prone to, back or chest acne this tip is especially important, so be sure to shower as soon as possible too to remove pollution and sweat that’s been collected during exercise.’