Those of us that regularly exercise will know losing unwanted pounds and toning up will make us feel and look fantastic, it's also essential for keeping us healthy overall. But just how are your efforts affecting the largest organ of your body, your skin?
From sweating it out to using a swimming pool or even weight training, all of these forms of exercise can have a negative impact on the skin.
Exercising makes us sweat and can lead to problem skin, oily skin, breakouts and dehydration. Impurities from sweat, flushes out of your skin and can linger if not washed off properly. The skin then begins to re-absorb which can make the pH factors change and could lead to rashes or irritated skin. Rehydrate by drinking plenty of water during and after your workout and ensure you cleanse after a workout and shower off any sweat. A regular facial to detoxify the skin and deep cleanse will help to maintain a clear, youthful complexion. Award-winning treatment clinic health + aesthetics offers its popular Hydrafacial treatment which is the ultimate skin detoxifying and deep cleansing experience. It's non-invasive, soothing, non-irritating and with regular treatments the skin will look radiant, glowing and more youthful with great lasting results.
Heat and humidity can cause sweat ducts to become blocked and swell, leading to a heat rash, skin or body acne. If you're going for a run, bike ride or walk, rest in shade every now and then, wear breathable fabrics and rehydrate constantly with lots of water. Cold compresses can help with heat rashes as they reduce swelling and discomfort. Showering immediately after working out will remove excess oil, bacteria, dirt and other impurities. We recommend Dr Zein Obagi’s skincare range which helps control oil, bacteria and also environmental factors.
If you like to exercise outside, make sure you apply a water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a factor 30 before heading out. UV exposure can seriously damage your skin and is the biggest cause of premature ageing, leading to a breakdown of collagen, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. We highly recommend ZO Daily Sheer SPF50 to improve your skin health.
Swimming can also have a negative consequence on your skin. The high number of chemicals in chlorine can lead to tight, dry, flaky skin and can further irritate conditions such as eczema and other dry skin complications. Chlorine gets into the skin cells, stripping away any water, natural oils and sebum causing the surface of the skin to dry and crack, leading to wrinkles and even small lesions. Make sure you shower after you’ve been swimming; to rehydrate your skin use something like the ZO Daily Power Defense to boost your skin’s function.
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