Ah, exercise. If you’re one of the many people who actually manage to drag yourself to the gym then a) we salute you, and b) no, we really do applaud your efforts. Like, seriously.
That being said, when you actually find the time to burn off last night’s takeaway, it’s more than likely that it’s straight after a long day at work, right?
With that in mind, there’s a pretty high chance that you’ve sweated out that stuffed crust Margherita with a face full of foundation left on from earlier in the day. Nice.
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If you’re anything like us and you force yourself to hit the gym straight after work (with the thought of those post-run carbs spurring you on, obviously) then it’s probably worth considering the effects that the combination of makeup and sweat can have on your skin.
SPOILER ALERT: It’s not exactly good news.
OK, so we’ve all heard that wearing makeup whilst exercising isn’t exactly considered super skincare friendly, but is your fleeky brows, flawless contour and free weights combi really that bad?
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What Are The Risks Of Wearing Makeup To The Gym?
Dermatologist and all-things skincare expertDebbie Thomas tells us:
“When we get hot, several things happen to our skin. The first is sweating and the second is a slight relaxing and enlarging of the pores. Add a layer of even the best make-up on this and firstly you’ll end up with streaky make-up, but you’re also increasing the likelihood of a breakout.”
So, mascara running down your sweaty cheeks is one thing – but beware of foundations, powders and concealers, increasing the chance of blocking pores that really need to be able to sweat, sweat, sweat.
Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end there. It isn’t just sweat that endangers our precious pores; it’s the contact with hands, feet or the floor (if you’re a yogi) too. The skin can quickly become a breeding ground for the doomed bacteria that causes spots when it comes into contact with bicycle handles, weights and gym towels.