Exercise not only has general health benefits, but helps with healthy and beautiful skin and hair . It increases circulation to nourish skin cells and carry away waste, and the increased oxygen gives skin a healthy glow.While all the benefits of working out definitely outweigh some of the negative, there are also some hassles and changes to skin/hair that come from the increased exercise.
I’ve always been active, but I trained for my first triathlon last year and suddenly was dealing with dry and frizzy hair, oily skin, and breakouts. Over the year, I gathered tips and tricks to avoid these issues and now that triathlon season has started again, I’m back to referencing these. Here are 8 beauty hacks to keep you looking and feeling beautiful before, during, and after your fitness routine.
Before your workout
Remove ALL of your makeup. Leaving makeup on during your workout will clog pores and lead to breakout, so it’s really important to wipe all the makeup off your face. Pores open up as you sweat, so heavy makeup will block the skin’s ability to breathe. Additionally, as you sweat, makeup can get in your eye causing irritation and getting in the way of your routine. Use a makeup cleanser like bliss triple oxygen instant energizing cleansing foam before starting your workout.
Pull your hair (and in particularly your bangs) out of your face. Once again, having hair in your face will contribute to clogged pores and lead to breakouts. This is particularly a problem for girls with bangs, so be sure to clip those back.
Protect both your hair and skin from the sun. If you’re outside, take the proper precautions to protect your skin and hair. Remember that the UV rays are present even when it’s not sunny, so apply a sweat proof sunscreen (Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen is a favorite) to protect your skin against burns and long term damage. The environment can also dry out your hair, so I always apply Aveda’s protective hair veil as a UV protectant.
Apply coconut oil or a conditioner to your ends before starting your workout. This is a tip that I learned to protect my hair against the chlorine in the swimming pool. You just apply some conditioner before putting on your swim cap and it’ll prevent the chlorine from absorbing into the hair. This also works for any workout, especially if you’re going to be outside in the heat! If you apply conditioner to the ends, it’ll serve as a deep conditioner while you’re working out. Wash it off after your workout and your hair will be silky smooth!
During your workout
Use a towel (or a wristband if you’re outside) to blot your sweat. The key here is to blot your sweat off, versus wiping it off which can cause irritation and once again, clog your pores! If you’re outside, wear a wristband to blot off your sweat. It’ll help keep the sweat out of your eye as well so you can focus on your workout.
After your workout
Wash sweat off face immediately. Before you grab your post workout snack, wash your face. Sweat will quickly dry and clog your pores, so you want to get to your face immediately. Even a rinse with water will work, or better yet a gentle cleanser like Neutrogena one step gentle cleanser.
Take advantage of the steam room and/or sauna by applying a deep conditioning hair treatment. The additional hair cleansing and environmental factors (if you’re working out outside) does tend to dry out the hair, so it’s great to do a deep conditioning treatment once a week. If you have access to the gym, take advantage of the sauna/steam room and apply your deep conditioning treatment before stepping in. The heat will help absorb the moisturizer to the cuticles and restore your hair.
Minimize stress on the hair with a gentle shampoo or dry shampoo. If you’re lucky enough to not have much sweat in your hair after a workout, merely use a dry shampoo. You can blow dry your hair and spray the dry shampoo on the roots to regain volume. I always need to wash my hair (since I sweat a lot), so I use a gentle shampoo (like Bumble and bumble Gentle Shampoo) to avoid dry out from over-washing.