New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity and time to take stock of the last year goals, re-evaluate some lifestyle choices and set new goals for the next one. Plus, 2020 isn’t just a new year; it’s a start to a brand new decade to have a fresh start.
If one of your 2019 new resolutions was to get healthy and fit, lose weight, follow a healthy diet and start an exercise routine and you’ve probably got the flat stomach and guns to prove. Congratulations! And I am sure that in 2020 you’ll get back in the exercise groove to shed the extra holiday pounds and achieve a well-toned body.
However, if you hit the gym regularly and finish your workout with no time left to take care of your skin before you have to run to school or work, your skin will start to have breakouts and skin rashes.
Sweat and dirt during a workout and skipping your post-workout skincare routine can lead to poor skin health and your skin will be screaming for a little TLC.
Fortunately, there are tricks and tips to help you to keep your skin clean and healthy post-workout.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
During a workout, the body and skin loses a lot of fluid through sweating and leads to dehydration. It’s especially important then, to drink plenty of water both before and after a workout to replenish the lost fluid in the body after vigorous exercises to help your skin recover. Don’t like the taste of water? Then try to infuse by squeezing lemon juice to make the taste more appealing therefore helping you to drink more water.
2. Washing your face and moisturizing
The first thing you do after your workout is to wash your face immediately to remove any build-up of dirt, oil and sweat. Don’t sit with a sweat face. After you wash your face, you’ll need to slather on moisture to replenish the fluids your body lost to maintain a glowing skin and improve skin texture.
3. Healthy post-workout meal
To help ensure your skin looks clear and dewy focus also on what you eat before and after a workout because the health of your skin is a prime indicator of your overall wellness. Have nuts or smoothies for post-workout meals. Avocado smoothies not only taste good after a workout, they work wonders on your skin too.
4. Get out of your workout clothes
It might be tempting to grab lunch with your friends after hitting the gym because you’re hungry, but it’s important to ditch your soggy sports bra and tights beforehand. This is important because wearing sweaty clothing after you hit the gym hard enough is bad enough for your skin. Wet, sweaty clothing can trap dirt and germs which could cause breakouts or athletes feet if you keep your feet wet and fail to change out of your sweaty socks promptly.
All it takes is a few extra minutes to help your skin achieve a healthy glow. You exercise to feel better and look better.