Y Magazine

Work That Skin

Christine Karan offers top tips on taking care of your skin before, during and after your workout.



With the Al Mouj Muscat Marathon 2017 just around the corner, we’re sure all you Y readers taking part are training hard. We heartily applaud you for your efforts in taking on something physically challenging. However, at Y we don’t just stop at praising you for your exertions but want you to look and feel your best while you train.

While working out is surely a much-needed requirement to take care of your body, skin care is also important. You may have a routine or a customised workout to shape up your muscles but are you taking care of your skin before you hit the gym and afterwards? If not, then here are some tips for you:

Dermatologists and beauticians recommend that you refrain from wearing make-up when you work out. During workouts, your skin pores open up, allowing your whole body to breathe. If you are wearing make-up, it is quite possible that your open pores can get clogged up and this can result in pimples or acne.

Going directly to the gym after work? No worries. Just make sure to carry a packet of oil-based cleaning tissues, such as Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Facial Wipes to wipe all the make-up and impurities off your skin.

If you are having an outdoor workout session, ensure you apply a light layer of sunscreen that will help you protect your skin from sun, and keep it moisturised. 

Make sure you are out of your gym kit by no later than half an hour after your workout. Since your clothes are drenched in perspiration, they will be a breeding ground for bacteria. Getting out of them swiftly will stop any sort of irritation or bacterial infections seeping into your skin.

Using your glowing or sweat-dry hands on your skin directly is a complete no-no. The direct contact of your unclean hands will transfer germs and bacteria to your naked skin that can cause skin infections or spots. So make sure you always wash your hands after an intense session.

Although long, hot showers are irresistible after extensive workouts, it is better to shower in lukewarm water, as hot water can remove natural and vital oils from your body.

Once you step out of the shower, make sure to attend to your soft skin immediately. Applying a hydrating moisturiser to your face, such as Garnier Skin Naturals Light & Radiant Day Cream will stop your skin from drying.

If you are catching up with friends after your workout, why not skip your regular make-up ritual and spray a face mist like Jason Wu for Caudalie Beauty Elixir, which will immediately hydrate your facial skin and instantly give you an enduring, natural glow.

Although your workout is important for your body, the well- being of your skin needs to be taken care of. This will result in a better and more beautiful you. 

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