Common Skin And Hair Mistakes You’re Probably Committing When At The Gym
Written by: Brandi Monasco
You probably frequent the gym to lose weight and to regain that healthy you. However, during those sweaty hours on the treadmill or the strained moments doing lunges, you never realize the impact your workout is having on your skin.
You may not know this at first, but a sweaty workout has been associated as a key culprit in causing acne and skin breakouts in women and men. Women, however, are more frequent victims of this cause of acne due to their frequent hair and skin mistakes.
So, WHAT are these crucial mistakes that women are unknowingly making every day?
1. Using Antiperspirant Roll-Ons
Most of us, for fear of smelling bad during a workout, require great quantities of roll-ons. However, using roll-ons blocks sweat secretion and also the release of toxic chemicals of the body along with the sweat. There are also certain chemicals in antiperspirants like aluminum which is harmful to the body as well.
2. Applying Foundation
This may as well be the worst thing you do to your skin during exercise. Foundation, or any makeup for that matter, covers up the pores of your skin. Normally, this wouldn’t be of much consequence, during exercise, however, wearing makeup prevents the oily secretions and sweat from coming out of pores. This will lead to blockage of your pores and ultimately can create acne for you to deal with.
To prevent this from happening, many dermatologists absolutely forbid the use of makeup, especially foundation, during gym time. You can use a soft, light moisturizer that is oil-free in its place if you desire.
3. Tying A Bun
This is more of a discomfort to you than an advantage. The round bun at the back of your head makes it difficult to lie down and do your exercise routine. A far better choice would be to go for braids or a simple bandanna or ponytail which will suffice for the purpose.
4. Wearing Your Hair Down
Nothing could be worse than wearing your hair down, having it flying about at the gym. Not only is it a trouble during exercises and a bother to handle, any hair that comes in contact with the face may transfer bacteria to it. This can ultimately lead to pimples and acne. This is why most dermatologists suggest using hair binders, bandannas or braids to ensure no hair touches your face during the session.
5. Touching Your Face During A Workout
Another frequent mistake of gym goers. Little do these people realize that hands transfer germs and bacteria as well as dust from all parts of the gym to your face. This will result in pimples and acne the very next day. To avoid this, you need to stop touching your face at all with your hands during a workout.
A lot of people are actually having skin problems due to these issues, without realizing the source of infection. See where you can improve and start preventing those post-gym irritating acne breakouts.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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