Are you the active type that always seems to be on the go? Would you rather be outdoors taking part in sports and physical activities than sitting home and relaxing? If so, then you may not be the type who is putting time and energy into worrying about their skincare routine. But here’s the thing, active people tend to sweat a lot and therefore can experience a lot more issues with their skin if they don’t have a solid routine established.
So, how can you go about living the active lifestyle that you enjoy so much, all while keeping your skin healthy, clear, and glowing? The good news is that with a few simple steps and tips that you follow daily, you’ll be able to achieve fabulous looking skin.
Properly Cleanse Skin Before and After a Workout
Before you go rushing out the door to the gym, or off to take part in your favorite sport, it's important to cleanse your skin. Each morning should begin with a gentle facial cleanser that is able to remove the surface oil, dirt, and grime but won't strip your skin of its moisture.
So, what happens if you like to head to the gym in the evenings after a full day of work? By this point, your face may have surface oils on it, you may be wearing makeup, and just the general build-up of the day will be there. Be sure to cleanse before working out, as all that "gunk" can end up clogging your pores and lead to a breakout.
The other side of the coin is to properly cleanse your skin after a workout as well. When shopping for a facial cleanser, skip those with harsh chemicals, dyes, added fragrances, and any sort of irritants. You want something soft, gentle, and as natural as possible.
Follow Your Cleanse with a Gentle Toner
It’s also a good idea to start following your morning and evening cleanse with a gentle toner. Something like a rose water toner is both gentle and calming to the skin while offering hydration. Toners work to remove any traces of makeup, dirt, and oil left behind after cleansing, it restores the PH balance in the skin, it can work as a treatment for specific skin concerns, and it hydrates. It is especially important for those with oily and/or acne-prone skin.
Be sure to look for one that doesn't contain alcohol so that it is in fact gentle.
Wear SPF Each and Every Day
Daily SPF protection should also be part of your routine, as it will protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Wearing SPF daily helps to prevent the signs of aging, keeps skin looking fresh and healthy, and can protect against sun damage and even skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend no less than SPF 30 on your face and body.
As for the best SPF to pick, look for one that is meant for sports so it will be sweat and water-resistant. That will ensure that it stays in place even while you’re active. Keep in mind you will need to reapply after two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating.
Drink Plenty of Water and Stay Hydrated
The final step is to feed your skin from the inside, which means drinking plenty of water throughout the day and especially during a workout. If your skin is looking dull, flaky, and doesn’t have that healthy glow to it, there’s a good chance you are dehydrated. Boost your daily water intake and you should see quick results.
Skincare Made Simple
It’s not about using dozens of products and steps to achieve fabulous looking skin, because let’s face it – active people don’t have the time. Instead, it’s about following some basic simple steps each and every day to keep your skin clear and healthy.