Whether you are an avid yogi, regular runner, swimmer, or frequent gym goer, being an athlete can take its toll on the skin. The following tips will help prevent the conditions that rob you from that post workout glow.
1. Remove makeup before working out
As our body temperature rises, our pores open and soften, impairing the main barrier the skin provides- which makes it very easy for makeup to find its way deep down into our pores, causing clogging and acne. Use a gentle cream cleanser that does not strip your skin’s natural oils prior to working out because you will be cleansing again after your workout. Cleansing will help prevent papules, pustules, comedones and even possible infections that can result from working out with unclean skin.
2. Cleanse skin directly after working out
Don’t be tempted to use over the counter makeup wipes. Most are made with harsh ingredients that generally do more harm than good. If you are going to the gym, pack a few travel size products in your gym bag and a soft face towel. Overall, it will only take a minute or two more and the results will be ten-fold. Our estheticians can give you a great post-workout skincare regimen recommendation that is customized for your skin type.
3. Choose skincare products that focus on hydration and ageless beauty
When we exercise, we sweat and therefore lose water content. Chose hydrating mists like Glo Skin Beauty Purifying mist and serums like Glo Skin Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum that will help water bind to collagen in the skin. During a workout, in the moment, we are imposing stress on the body. This releases cortisol hormones temporarily that can lead to a break down in elasticity and collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Choosing products like Glo Skin Beauty Phyto Active Cleanser, GlyPro Retinol Drops, C-Shield Anti Pollution Drops, and Phyto Active Light Moisture will focus on restoring nutrients essential for ageless beauty.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
In addition to the topical hydrating products listed above, be sure to drink water before, during and after a workout to replenish your body’s hydration levels essential for skin cell healthy function.
5. Wear sunscreen if working out outdoors
Ultra violet rays damage elastic fibers in the skin which leads to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging sin. Free radicals caused by these rays also lead to hyperpigmentation (dark spots) in the skin. Be sure not to skip this step.
6. Have monthly facials
A monthly Glo Ageless Beauty Facial at Citron will give you the deep cleansing that athletes need, a regular check in with your esthetician, and a professional dose of all the best products for glowing skin. The benefits of a facial are not skin deep. The relaxation response your mind and body experience are amongst the best benefits a facial provides. Aromas, massages, steamed towels, candle light and soothing music add another level of relaxation that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system- helping decrease stress in the body, leading to beauty and wellness, inside and out.
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