How To Calm Flushed Skin After A Workout
Sweating, heat or even germs on gym equipment can cause spotty outbreaks, red patches or dry skin. So taking care of your skin during and after a work-out is important.
DURING A WORK-OUT
Physical activity raises our body temperature, dilates our blood vessels and increases our heartbeat. To stop ourselves from overheating, our bodies sweat and our skin reddens.
# Refresh yourself: to avoid flushed skin, try to keep your body temperature down. Invest in a mist so that you can spritz your face whilst you exercise.
# Keep hydrated: drink lots of water before (and after) your work-out! When muscles contract, they emit heat and lose water. They need to be rehydrated. Ditto for our skin, if we don't want it to dry out. So keep your water bottle to hand during and after your work-out, so that your body stays well-hydrated.
AFTER YOUR WORK-OUT
# Stretch: A good stretch lowers body temperature, cools a flushed face and prevents stiffness. As your heart rate calms, so will your skin!
# Pamper your flushed face: sweating causes water-loss, so treat yourself to a soothing mask designed to calm and deeply moisturise your skin.
Opt for sensitive skin products, packed with ultra-soothing ingredients. Products that contain thermal water, zinc or liquorice extracts work a treat on red skin.
Alternatively, you can reduce flushing by misting your face with rose or green tea water or apply some aloe vera gel for its refreshing, calming, anti-inflammatory action.
# Chill out: cold lowers skin temperature, so place a cool, wet flannel on your face for a few minutes to de-flush your complexion. If you can bear the freeze, wrap some ice cubes in a towel and press it on your neck - replace ice cubes with a bottle of ice-cold water if needs be. It'll cool the blood that reaches your face and stop flushing in it tracks!
THE PERFECT POST WORKOUT BEAUTY ROUTINE
# A REFRESHING SHOWER
It goes without saying that the first thing we want to do after a sweaty session is to jump in a shower. It helps to lower our body temperature and slow down our heartbeat. Make sure it's not steaming hot, as it could damage the sebum that forms a protective film on our skin. It's also wise to avoid classic soaps as they can harm the epidermis. Opt instead for a nourishing shower oil. And don't forget to use a deodorant before you get dressed!
# NOURISH YOUR SKIN TO KEEP IT HYDRATED
When we exercise, we sweat out not only toxins but also lots of water. This can leave our skin feeling dry and tight. We know that we need to drink lots of water after a workout, but our skin also needs a good dose. This is because well moisturised skin is not only healthier but also better protects us from the elements! Opt for a rich, creamy hydrating body lotion or dry oil to boost your skin's hydrolipidic film and a lighter moisturiser for your face.
# MATTIFY YOUR SKIN FOR A GLOWING COMPLEXION
Showers don't always stop us from sweating buckets - sometimes our body temperature takes a while to lower after a workout. We can still look bright red for up to an hour. So dig out your mattifying wipes to suck up any sebum and remove excess shine. Follow by applying a BB cream. Being a skincare meets make up product, it'll moisturise your skin, even out its tone and brighten your complexion in a flash.
# CLEVER MAKE UP
No need to pile it on after a workout... The idea is to keep make up to a minimum, so that you don't suffocate your skin or find that your make up won't set because you've not followed the above! A coat of mascara and a touch of dry shampoo on your roots will leave you looking fresh and flawless!
Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.