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Working out with makeup ?
Skin Institute
November 10, 2015

We all know that wearing make-up whilst exercising is bad for our skin, so why do we still see gyms full of women wearing a full face of carefully applied cosmetics?

It’s unnecessary and can have undesirable effects on your complexion.

Some of us do this because we exercise straight after work or during our lunch break. But for others it’s a lack confidence in stepping out of the house au natural. Whatever your reason, there are bigger reasons to ditch the cosmetics during your next workout.


Make-up + Sweat = clogged pores.

When you perspire during a workout, your pores open naturally to expel sweat and toxins. When you wear make-up it can trap the sweat in the pores, causing them to clog, and increasing the probability of a breakout. Not everyone will get spots, but many will get blackheads and possibly uneven skin texture. Your skin is the biggest organ you have. It needs to breathe during exercise to allow it to detox.


Follow Kelly’s pre-workout skincare regime for healthy, glowing skin all year round:

Cleanse your skin with a gentle facial cleanser

Gently massage a small amount of daily moisturiser into your skin

If you are exercising outdoors, be sure to use a zinc-based sunscreen

Once you’ve finished your workout, it’s essential you cleanse your skin to remove the build-up of bacteria in your pores


What’s the Alternative?

If you really can’t cope with the idea of a bare face while working out, mineral make-up is a good option as it contains anti-bacterial ingredients and allows your skin to breathe.

Exercise alone can reward you with an exquisite complexion…. glowing skin, rosy cheeks and clear eyes. So whether you wear make-up or not, if you’re exercising, you’re doing good for your body and soul. But we challenge you to remove your make-up before you train and love the skin you’re in.

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