We’ve all partaken in our fair share of beauty sins like sleeping with our makeup on, rubbing our eyes and popping pimples, and we’ve probably all, at least once, completed a workout with makeup on. Well it’s time to stop, right now. While we might brush it off as a makeup misdemeanour, wearing makeup while exercising is a little more criminal for our skin than we think.
When we exercise , heat up and get into a really good sweat session (which we all should be doing), our pores expand to sweat out the dirts and oils that have been trapped in there all day. Here’s the thing though; if you’re wearing foundation, your pores expand and this allows your foundation, which has added bacteria trapped in it from being on your face all day, to get into your pores. Mix this with sweat and it’s a bit of a nasty combination, not to mention a little bit nasty to wipe on your white gym towel. Going all natural allows your pores to detox and get rid of all the toxins, allowing you to feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Clogged pores can lead to skin breakouts from the bacteria that is getting trapped when you cool down and your pores tighten. This can also cause irritation of the skin.
Not only is wearing makeup to the gym bad for your skin, it can also be a little harmful to your eyes. When you start to sweat, eye makeup, even the waterproof kind, can start to deteriorate, especially if you’ve wiped your face and then found it was actually on your towel. The fibres of your makeup, mixed with sweat can drip into your eyes, causing them to sting and become irritated. In a worst case scenario, you can contract infections from the bacteria in mascara fibres that fall into your eyes and aren’t expelled, during your workout.
Having makeup on your face while exercising can also affect your workout intensity. If you’re worried about having your makeup smudge all over your face or you don’t want to clog your pores, you aren’t going to be working out as hard as you would if you didn’t have the makeup to worry about.
You should also avoid putting on moisturiser before your workout as this has the same effect as foundation and will melt off as your body starts to heat up, making your slimier than you should be. If you are working out outside, a dry sunscreen can be used to protect your skin from sun damage.
Exercise is a great way to keep your skin healthy, so make the most out of your workouts by going all natural. If you’re going to the gym straight from work, keep some makeup wipes handy and at least get rid of the foundation before commencing your workout. Besides, that cute personal trainer is much more likely to be interested in you if you’re not afraid to sweat during a killer workout than if you’re walking on the treadmill with a full face of makeup.
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