The mandatory gym selfies crowding our Instagram feeds have really added to the pressure to look our best even when we are slick with sweat. In addition to choosing snazzy workout clothes over baggie t-shirts and sporting the perfectly sculpted ponytail, a lot of people are now wearing makeup to the gym. However, dermatologists and skin experts warn that the momentary social media validation may not be worth the long-term damage caused to the skin. Here’s why working out with your makeup on isn’t a good idea:
- Clogged Pores: The layer of makeup sitting on your skin can seep into your pores due to the heat generated by acceleration in body’s metabolic rate, resulting in clogged pores.
- Increased Breakouts: The clogged pores restrict the skin’s ability to flush out toxins through sweat, triggering increased breakouts. In the long run, this can lead to a chronic problem of acne.
- Premature Ageing: Having your skin covered with makeup while working out can inflame it and chronic inflammation is cited to be one of the primary root causes of premature ageing.
- Larger Skin Pores: The debris of makeup sitting on your skin causes the pores to stretch. Over time, this can lead to visibly larger pores.
The bottom line is that exercising with a layer of makeup can make your skin duller. That’s definitely not a smart bargain for social media likes. But we understand that for some, makeup is not just about looking great but feeling great too. So if you can’t quit wearing makeup to the gym, here’s what you can do to make sure it doesn’t damage your skin:
- Cleanse your face with a good makeup remover before you head out to workout
- Apply a light moisturiser or a revitalising skin serum to keep the skin hydrated and moist
- Restrict yourself to using a light tinted moisturisers that can add a dewy finish to your face. Top it up with a layer of mineral powder to even out your skin tone and finish the look with a lip balm. Remeber, a foundation is a big no-no!
- To hide blemishes and spots, use a spot correcting formula instead of a heavy-duty colour corrector
- Replace your full-blown eye makeup regime with a waterproof mascara. Make sure you pick a waterproof one so the sweat doesn’t cause it run into your eyes
- Remove whatever light makeup you are wearing the first thing after you finish your session, allowing your skin to breathe freely
The bottom line is – if you must wear makeup to the gym, make sure you use only non-comedogenic products that are light and non-greasy.