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!




Why Is My Skin So Dry? October 18 2013

If we were given a dollar every time we heard this, we would have $17.50 (a child also asked and they got a 50% discount). Why is my skin so dry, you ask? It’s usually due to the change in seasons. Your skin is exposed to different elements all year round and sometimes it needs a little help catching up.

Cold weather can especially upset our complexions. Leaving the warm heat of your car, to the harsh breeze outside and then back into a heated office… will leave your skin dry, itchy and uncomfortable. The combination of wind, central heating and low humidity severely dehydrates the skin.


So how can you prevent this?

  1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Lather yourself in moisturiser twice a day. Keeping your skin hydrated will prevent itchy, flaky skin.

  2. Try to avoid extremely hot showers. A warm shower with a softening wash is far gentler on your skin. 

  3. Drink 3 litres of water every day. Your skin is a living, breathing organ so treat it that way! You need to give it the nutrients it needs and water is number one. Increase your water intake to keep your skin soft during the colder months. 

  4. Cut the junk. Try to eliminate sugary foods. The breakdown of sugars damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm.  

  5. Use face masks. If you worked 9-5 without a lunch break, you’d be exhausted. Well your skin works 24/7 battling different elements – the least you could do is give it a 15 minute break!

If it’s too late for prevention and your skin has already buckled under the breeze… then exfoliation is key! Gently exfoliate your face in a circular motion to get rid of the dead skin cells and then moisturise religiously.