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.

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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.

Is There Any Long Term Damage Of Wearing Makeup To The Gym?

So, we’ve established that the mix of exercise and makeup can cause uneven skin tone, acne and enlarged pores. Great. But what if forgoing makeup simply isn’t an option you’re willing to take? The fear of bumping into someone you know while you’re wrestling with a kettlebell is one we all take VERY seriously.

Most of us spend absolute fortunes on serums, moisturisers and so-called miracle lotions that promise to give our skin the glow it longs for. So surely, working out in make-up just reverses all our hard work?

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‘Not necessarily. The body’s natural, physiological reaction to exercise is to generate sweat and heat, and even though working out in make-up can cause breakouts, there is no evidence that it will lead to accelerated or premature ageing.’

Reveals Dr. Mahto, a skincare specialist.

So, if you’ve been guilty of this skincare faux pas and you’re looking to avoid getting pimples, now you know better.

But if you’ve already put that effort in by dragging your booty to the gym, the last thing you need to worry about is that your makeup will damage your skin long-term – it won’t!

Now, can someone get us those post-run carbs, PLEASE…