Whether you prefer getting out in the fresh air for a jog or toning up in the gym, keeping fit also helps lift our mood. If you can’t get to your local gym right now, practising stretches or even taking on the challenge of HIIT workouts in your living room is a great way to stay healthy at home. Today, we'll be looking at how exercise affects our skin and sharing our top tips on how to beat post-workout breakouts. We’ll also give you a sneak peek of our fave gym bag essentials!
Is Exercise Good For My Skin?
Yes! Regular exercise helps to boost your circulation, which in turn delivers oxygen and nutrients directly to your skin cells. Working out also helps to lower your stress levels. Stress is a major culprit for breakouts and flare-ups for some people, especially if you have a skin condition such as eczema or rosacea.
Post-workout breakouts are a thing—but they don’t have to be. If you’ve ever experienced a breakout a couple of days after working out, it’s likely because your pores have become clogged up from sweating. While sweat alone won’t clog up your pores, it can mix with oils and dirt that are already on your skin. This can cause your pores to become blocked, leaving you with pesky pimples or even a full-on breakout. This tends to happen more often if you have oily or combination skin.
How Can I Avoid Post-Workout Breakouts?
The good news about these breakouts is that they can usually be avoided with a good skincare routine. If you’re heading out to the gym, you might be tempted to stick a bit of makeup on before leaving the house (you never know who you’re going to bump into!). While it’s not a guarantee, this can leave your pores more likely to get blocked up.
Whether you’re wearing makeup or going bare-faced, it’s essential to gently cleanse your face after you’ve finished your workout. This will clear away any sweat, oils, or bacteria from your skin. It’s important to use a clean flannel every time; towels and flannels can quickly harbour bacteria. Pat your face off between workouts with a fresh towel instead of your hands—gym equipment can also harbour dirt and bacteria, even in your own home.
If you’re going to be jogging outdoors, make sure to apply an SPF moisturiser to protect your skin. It’s easy to forget to do it now that we’re moving into cooler autumn days, but harmful UV rays can still get through cloud and haze.
Our Gym Bag Essentials
Here are our top three gym bag essentials. Find out how they can help to keep your skin clean and fresh even after the toughest of workouts!
Bye Bye Blemish Dissolving Cleanser - These super helpful dissolving sheets are perfect for popping in your gym bag. All you need to do is add water to the sheet, rub your hands together - and viola - your cleanser is ready to apply! Formulated with witch hazel, the Bye Bye Blemish Dissolving Cleanser helps to combat excess oil, while rose oil and royal jelly nourish and hydrate.
ORGANii Strawberry Shower Gel - There’s nothing better than a cooling shower after an exhausting workout. This fruity ORGANii Strawberry Shower Gel smells good enough to eat, and it’s packed full of ultra-moisturising ingredients. It’s also specially formulated for sensitive skin types.
Bubu #soakmewet Hydrating Sheet Mask - If you’re skin is feeling a bit dry from cleansing, you might want to treat it to a hydrating mask. Our #soakmewet Hydrating Sheet Mask has a cooling hydrogel formula that melts right into your skin. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid to give your skin a big moisture boost, as well as liquorice root to help reduce any inflammation or redness.
Already have your own post-workout skincare routine? Or maybe you’ve created the ultimate workout plan at home? We’d love to hear about it! Find us at @believeinbubu on Insta & Facebook!