Skin care is extremely important for any woman, but it should be a constant concern to those of us who exercise regularly. And although it’s sometimes counterintuitive, we might end up noticing that exercising sabotages our efforts of having a neat and bright skin.
The first step towards appropriate skin care should be hydrating ourselves correctly.
While exercising, we lose water through sweat, which is a completely natural process during physical effort, so it’s essential that we keep ourselves hydrated correctly. If we exercise on a daily basis, we need to add almost an additional liter of water to the recommended 2.3 liters of water. If we exercise at high temperatures or for long periods, we need special electrolytes drinks.
People who exercise often deal with acne, either on their faces or on their bodies, and this is such an annoying subject which invariably affects us all.
Apart from strict personal hygiene (sporting equipment washed at high temperature after every training session, shower after every training session and using a towel during practice), a face protecting cream can do wonders for your skin, as it protects it from dirt and dust. I went to a dermatologist and got a recipe for an antibacterial cream and I suggest you go see a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon in order to receive proper skin care advices. And don’t forget that once a year you should change the cream.
If you exercise outdoors, it’s very important that you apply sunscreen with a high protection factor on your face, neck, cleavage and arms.
This way, you’ll avoid getting sunspots on your skin, as well as premature skin aging. And yes, you should definitely use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy outside.
Facial skin is the one that gets to suffer from serious exercise, and this is exactly why it needs the most attention, so we don’t end up looking great from the back and like a mummy from up front.
This is why we need a hydrating mask once a week, a good face cream and an even better one for the eye area. Microdermabrasion won’t hurt from time to time, as well as a treatment to increase the skin’s elasticity. My facial routine includes applying an eye cream and a face cream and a facial mask once a week. For proper skin care, you need to set an appointment at a medical clinic specialized in dermatology or aesthetics.
Body skin should also be moisturized intensely after training sessions.
Choose a good moisturizing cream with a light texture. Even men who exercise should take better care of their body skin, because no matter how fit they are, it’s not pleasant to touch a dry and scaly skin. I use the fragrance free type of body cream, that doesn’t contain parabens and has an oil free texture, because I don’t like to feel my skin oily, but if you have dry skin, you need body butters or highly moisturizing creams.
#6 Corns are the worst nightmare of people who work out, because treating them requires a correct program, otherwise we risk ruining our training session.
It happened to me before not to be able to work out because of an under the toe nail corn or a bad pedicure. Therefore, apart from proper shoes and protection gloves, it won’t hurt to apply on your cuticles a keratolytic solution (which you can buy from the pharmacy or professional make-up stores) which softens the cuticle and the corns under the nails. For the sole corns you can use special creams, insoles or special socks, but based on personal experience, constantly applying cream on your soles at night, as well as a fine foot file can do wonders if applied on a regular basis.
#7 Last but not least, for proper feet care, we need to have our pedicure done regularly.
Whether it’s at the salon or at home, we should pay attention to the form of the nail (when exercising we need to keep them short) and to the correct removal of the edges (which shouldn’t be cut carelessly).
Skin care is almost as important as a healthy diet and a regular exercise program. You don’t have to spend fortunes on expensive creams, but it’s important to always care about the state of your skin.