My skin looking clear and healthy is something that I am always conscious of, and I am really careful to try and keep my skin clean. I think we all have those times when we break out like teenagers and it is definitely not fun.

Did you know that sweat actually helps clear your pores? It’s true! Exercise helps release toxins from your skin that keeps it healthy, but what we do before and after our sweat sessions will help keep those pores clean long after we are done exercising.

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Pre-workout regimen
Avoid wearing any type of foundation on your skin during exercise. This will clog your pores, and besides, sweaty foundation really does not look good on anyone. If you are headed to the gym straight from work or from being out and about, buy some makeup remover wipes and clean your makeup off before you start working out.  

If you are going to the gym first thing in the morning, wash your face before you leave the house so your skin starts out clean and fresh. If washing your face before and after a workout is too much for your skin, rinse your skin with just water or use a sensitive skin makeup remover cloth.

Wear your hair up so it stays off of your face. Your hair sitting on your face can transfer oils to your skin. Wearing your hair down also makes you more prone to touching your skin often while working out to move your hair as you sweat. Touching your face can transfer oil and bacteria from your hands.

Always wear sunscreen if you are exercising outside.

Post-workout regimen
Try to shower, or at least wash your face, as soon as you can following a workout. Dried sweat can clog pores and irritate skin. If you are in a hurry, makeup remover wipes will come in handy.

It is best not to apply moisturizers to your skin immediately following a workout. Your skin is more sensitive after a workout, so moisturizers can cause irritation. It is best to wait until your body has fully cooled down before applying moisturizer.

Re-hydrate your body. Sweating can cause dehydration and this can really negatively effect our skin. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during and after a workout.

Do not touch your face while you workout. I try to touch my face as little as possible all the time to avoid transferring bacteria from my hands, but this is especially true during a workout. Bacteria thrives in hot, humid environments so the gym is a perfect place for it. Sanitize your hands immediately following a workout to kill bacteria.

Have a happy and healthy weekend!

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