Why You Shouldn't Wear Make-Up During Exercise October 25 2013

We've all heard that wearing make-up during exercise is bad for our skin. Many studies have shown that wearing makeup while exercising can ruin your complexion.

When our body temperature rises during exercise a few things happen to our skin. Other than just sweating, as skin becomes warm it also becomes slightly relaxed and pores enlarge. When make-up is applied to skin at this state, even the best foundation will create a streaky effect and increases the chances of a breakout.

During a good workout, your skin needs to be able to breathe. The heat along with your sweat will open up your pores and skin will become blocked with nasties. Your skin becomes a muddy mess of bacteria, dead cells and make-up. Not everyone reacts by getting spots, but most will experience blackheads, skin dulling and contributes to uneven skin texture.

Before a strenuous workout skin should be cleansed and a light moisturiser should be applied because free radicals are created when we exercise. Post exercise, skin should be cleansed lightly to wash off sweat and any germs you picked up at the gym. A cleanskinco mask is a great way to moisturise within a few hours after the gym.

If you shudder at the idea of exposing your natural skin, try to use an oil-free, light tinted moisturiser or BB cream. After your workout, cleanse your face as soon as possible before your skin cools down and your pores become tightened. Once your pores tighten, you’ll be trapping in the make-up, sweat and grime in the pore opening which leads to breakouts. Also, replace mascara and eyeliner with an eyebrow and lash tint!