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Besides your workout attire, deodorant, water bottle and headphones, do you make sure to pack skin care products in your gym bag? Whether you exercise in the morning, lunchtime or evening, it’s important to follow pre- and post-workout skin care routines to keep your skin clean and fresh.
This chapter covers all the tips you need for pre- and post-workout skin care. Get ready to upgrade your gym bag beauty essentials!
For your morning workout:
If you prefer to work out first thing in the morning, keep your skin care routine simple. To avoid over-cleansing, just cleanse your face with water, followed by a light water-based moisturizer like COSRX’s Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream. Thanks to its quick-absorbing formula, you can start your workout in no time. If you plan to exercise outdoors, sunscreen should be the last step of your pre-workout skin care routine.
After your morning workout, reach for a cleanser like SIORIS’s Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser. It gets rid of any dirt from your fitness activity and leaves your skin feeling soft, fresh and ready for the rest of the day. Next, use a Vitamin C serum for instant brightness. Seal in the moisture with the same water-based moisturizer you used during your pre-workout routine and end with sunscreen. Feel free to do a simple post-workout makeup routine if you have time.
For your mid-day workout:
Do you like to squeeze in a workout during lunch break? First, use micellar water to remove makeup, if you’re wearing any. Those with normal or oily skin can skip the moisturizer and instead apply a few drops of hyaluronic acid serum before you start the workout. For those with dry or dehydrated skin, opt for a lightweight moisturizer before you begin the sweat sesh.
You need to cleanse for a second time after your mid-day workout, so go for a cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. FRUDIA’s Blueberry Hydrating Cleansing Gel To Foam replenishes skin with moisture while getting rid of impurities. Keep a refreshing face mist on your desk to give your skin a quick spritz throughout the afternoon. Complete the routine with barrier cream, which protects and nourishes skin, and sunscreen.
For your evening workout:
Just like how you wipe off your makeup before a lunchtime workout, do the same before an evening workout. It may be tempting to skip the facial cleanser since you’ll wash your face again after the exercise session, but doing so can result in unwanted breakouts. Exercise causes pores to open so skipping on cleansing, especially if you wear makeup during the day, can cause dirt or bacteria to get trapped in pores.
Use a mild yet powerful cleansing foam to get rid of a day’s worth of grime and makeup in one go. Then apply a light and hydrating moisturizer, like Abib’s Hydration Water Gel Tube, to allow your skin to breathe during the workout.
Post-workout routines are even better in the evenings, since they double as your nighttime skin care regimen. Even though you don’t need to get rid of makeup and sunscreen, you still need to use a cleansing oil or cleansing balm to thoroughly remove any buildup of sweat and dirt.
First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and follow with a calming toner to soothe your skin, especially after a tough workout. For extra hydration, add a layer of essence like the Super Hyalon All In One Essence from VT, and apply a few drops of ampoule on slightly damp skin.
Next, gently apply your eye cream and seal everything in with a deeply nourishing cream. NEOGEN’s re:p Nutrinature Ultra Nourishing Cream intensively nourishes skin while protecting and strengthening its barrier. Add a sleeping mask at the last step of your post-workout routine to target a specific skin concern such as dryness or dullness.
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