Skin Care Routine For Gym Goers | August Must Haves
The perfect post-gym grooming routine
It’s an all too common practice. You’ve finished a workout, you’re spent, and all you want to do is get the hell out of the gym. So you rush-rinse in the shower, throw on your clothes and head out the door without a second thought.
This is fine for your muscles, but a problem for your skin. After intense heat increases, excess sweating and skin abrasions from clothes and yanking your face over the pull-up bar, your body is in need of a little TLC – and not from the cheap, gym-provided multi-wash.
You may have excellent form in the gym, but it pays to make sure your form outside is just as on point. Follow our fuss-free guide to make sure you leave the changing room looking better than when you came in.
Lightly does it
You may pound the punch bag on the gym floor, but your palms need to be far gentler when pawing your mush. Let the scrub do the work and exfoliate in gentle circular motions. “Use a light scrub to get rid of the sweat and grease that will have built up during the work out,” says Hari Efthymiades from Ruffians Barbers (ruffians.co.uk).
Body of work
As noted above, cheap gym body wash isn’t doing your skin any favours, so ensure you add a travel size tube to your washbag. “Choose a product which is packed full of vitamins to leave the skin cleansed, refreshed and hydrated,” says David Olsen, VP of grooming at Mr Porter.
There will be (increased) blood flow
Much like your muscles, your hair is in a fragile state post-workout. “When you wash your hair, your scalp will be oxidised, says Efthymiades. “The exercise will have stimulated the blood flow to your hair follicles, so it's important not to use an anti-dandruff shampoo or any other shampoos which stimulate blood flow to the scalp.” Use a standard moisturising and cleansing shampoo to bite through the grease build-up from the workout.
You booze, you lose
After you’re done washing and preening, it’s time to apply the finishing touch. “Polish off your post-gym grooming regime with a light moisturiser, which hydrates the skin and also includes SPF 30 to protect it,” says Olsen. And don’t forget: the hard stuff and training don’t mix. “If you use an aftershave balm, make sure this is alcohol-free, as it will dry out the skin,” says Efthymiades. Stay off the sauce until (at least) tomorrow.
Video: Amazon Grooming Guide: Post-Workout Skin Repair
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