While the mere mention of breaking out in a sweat, can make you actually break out in a sweat, you might be happy to hear that your sweat sessions aren’t all bad, in fact they can be beneficial to your skin. So if, like Gwyneth, you’re noticing that you sweat more as you hit your mid forties, we’ve taken a look at all the positives.
Sweating keeps pimples at bay
Since the pores open up when you sweat all the gunk and grime that has built up inside them is released. This means you’re less likely to suffer from blemishes and pimples which can be caused by clogged pores and bacteria on the skin.
Sweating can help remove toxins (in a roundabout way)
Contrary to popular belief sweating itself doesn’t really flush out a ton of toxins, that’s your kidney and liver’s job. But regular exercise (which makes you sweat) can help protect your liver and therefore assist it in it’s job of getting rid of things like alcohol and salt. These are detrimental to your skin so if you’re liver is functioning properly your skin will be rewarded too.
Sweating can hydrate your skin
Sweating can stop your skin from drying out. You may wonder how that can be when you’re losing moisture. But sweat produces a surface oil which can protect your skin from the elements and that continues even after you have washed.
Sweating can improve circulation
Saunas, steam rooms or a good sweaty workout increase blood circulation and good circulation is vital for healthy skin.
All that being said it doesn’t mean you want to sit around post workout letting the sweat sit on your skin. Sweat carries the grime and bacteria that has built up in your pores and you definitely don’t want to give that the opportunity to settle back in and make it’s dirty self at home again.
To reap the rewards of sweating you should follow a few simple rules.
1. Cleanse your face before and after your sweat session. Whether that’s at the gym, in a sauna or you are lucky enough to be sunning yourself on a beach somewhere.
2. No sink is no excuse for not washing your face. You should try to clean your face as soon as you possibly can after sweating to avoid the bacteria sitting on your skin too long. So carry some natural cleansing wipes to ensure you can wipe your face when needed. Or better yet, a cotton towel and a refillable water bottle.
3.) Use tepid water to wash your face as it can help close the pores. Just ensure you have cleansed your face properly first. You don’t want to close the pores and trap dirt in them.
4.). Go lighter on the makeup if you can so as not to clog pores.
5.) Stay hydrated. The more water your sweat has the less it will irritate the skin. So drink up.
If this article has inspired you to work up a sweat then you might like to read about the exercise trends that will fill you with joy and the simple ways you can squeeze a little more activity into your day.