Staying fit: how to take care of your skin post-workout
While exercise is essential to maintaining a balanced lifestyle and healthy, vibrant skin, it’s important that we remember to replenish our body’s mineral levels post-workout.
Find out how to maximize the skin-boosting effects of your regular gym session for a gorgeous glow that doesn’t fade.
Exercise: crucial for healthy skin
If you’re looking to give your complexion a bit of a detox, you could do worse than heading to the gym! Breaking a sweat is a great way to get your cardiovascular system working at optimum capacity, increasing blood flow and shipping key nutrients to the body’s cells, resulting in brighter, glowier skin. As well as helping to wake up tired skin, exercise is a great way to relax and de-stress. This is crucial when it comes to establishing a healthier sleep pattern. We’re all familiar with the benefits of a full eight hours: better sleep helps reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, resulting in stronger, better-looking skin. However, it’s extremely important to restore the skin’s moisture levels following mid- or high-intensity workout. Your body loses up to 1,800ml of fluid each day due to perspiration alone, so imagine the effects on skin when you hit the gym – not to mention the loss of key vitamins and minerals. Long-term, dehydration and mineral depletion can disrupt skin’s ability to recover from cell damage, so formulations that rehydrate while replenishing skin’s vitamin and mineral levels is ideal.
Looking after your skin post-workout
Gently does it! It’s important to properly cleanse your skin to counteract excess oil and sebum production linked to perspiration, so using a foaming or cream cleanser immediately after leaving the gym will leave your complexion feeling squeaky clean. If you’re prone to breakouts, particularly on your chest and back, use a gentle exfoliator to scrub away dead skin cells, as clogged pores can lead to blemishes.
After a workout, rehydrate and cool down your skin with a spritz of moisture-rich facial mist. Enriched with strontium and lithium, which helps to combat inflammation, as well as stimulating magnesium and detoxifying sulfur, Vichy Mineralizing Water is great for some quick topical refreshment if your skin’s feeling a little tight and/or dry post-gym. Finally, if you often run outdoors, remember to apply SPF on all parts of your body exposed to sunlight, including your shoulders, arms, and legs, to combat the possibility of UV damage.