Although as medical professionals, we certainly recommend that you find an exercise routine that works for you. But we do have some tips on how to take care of your skin, no matter when — or how! — you work out.
After you wake up, wash your face — we recommend just water for dry skin or with your preferred cleanser if you have oily skin. Apply a lightweight moisturizer, like Youth Serum, which absorbs instantly but packs a power punch of hyaluronic acid and peptides to keep your skin hydrated during your workout. If you'll be exposed to sun — we're talking to you, outdoor exercisers — be sure to apply sunscreen (Sheer Defense is ideal) before you head out the door. After your workout, cleanse your face as soon as possible and follow your prescribed morning skin care routine.
If you work out in the afternoon, you've already done your normal skin care routine in the morning, and you'll need to wash your face with cleanser to remove all makeup before your workout. Then, apply a lightweight moisturizer. Again, if your workout is outdoors, apply SPF. After you exercise, cleanse your face as soon as possible (sound familiar?) and then you'll do your entire morning routine again.
If you prefer to exercise in the evening — or maybe that's your only option, so kudos on choosing that over happy hour — you've already done your normal skin care routine in the morning, and then you'll wash your face with cleanser to remove all makeup before your workout (yep, that also sounds familiar) before applying a lightweight moisturizer. Cleanse your face as soon as possible.
Whether you work out in the morning, afternoon or evening, you'll follow your prescribed skin care routine in the evening.
We get it, it's hard enough to find a time to exercise each day, so you're probably thinking, "Do I really need to wash my face that much?"
Sorry, but yes, you do. It may be tempting to sneak in a quick sweat session in without washing your face, but as you exercise, you're activating your sweat glands and opening your pores. A face full of makeup can irritate skin and clog pores, causing breakouts. So, even if it's just by using a cleansing wipe (we like Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes), be sure to remove all makeup from your skin and apply lightweight moisturizer to hydrate your skin while you sweat. And that post-workout wash is just as important — you need to remove the germs and sweat and whatever else you picked up from the gym or studio off your face ASAP.
This will be easy — and worth the effort — once you make it part of your routine, just like your workout.