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What Not To Do For Your Skin When Working Out

December 07, 2021

What Not To Do For Your Skin When Working Out - Episode 83 of the Korean Beauty Show podcast

Episode Title: What Not To Do For Your Skin When Working Out 



Episode Description:

Today we’re looking at what you should and shouldn’t do at the gym and while working out when it comes to your skincare and makeup. 

 

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Question of the Week:What’s one thing that’s really trending in K-Beauty in Korea that isn’t trending in the west?

Pads. (Think COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads, not sanitary pads)

In Korea, nearly every brand seems to have their version of pads - exfoliating pads, ampoule pads, toner pads, calming pads, hydration pads. Koreans are going absolutely crazy for pad products at the moment. 

In offline stores there are literally whole cabinets devoted just to pads. IF you have a look at any of the online rating sites in Korea, they are always up there in the best-seller lists. 

I think one of the reasons they’re not as popular overseas is likely because they’re not very environmentally friendly? That’s just a guess. But they definitely are nowhere near as popular abroad as they are in Korea.  

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Why is Makeup When Working Out a No-Go? 

It probably goes without saying that makeup forms a barrier on your skin that covers your pores (…which is why we’re wearing it in the first place, right?! Visible pores, no thanks)

Unfortunately, when it comes to working out, your makeup mixes with oil and perspiration, which can contribute to congestion in the pores, as they are blocked and thus unable to release sweat. Skin that is blocked like this can easily lead to breakouts and, in turn, uneven skin.

 

What Not To Do For Your Skin When Working Out - Episode 83 of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast

 

Working Out in Summer

If you’re working out in summer (or outdoors), wearing makeup is an even worse idea.

In summer, pores are already widened thanks to the humidity, meaning any ingredients contained in your makeup will make it directly into your skin. This might not be so much a problem if you’re wearing a Korean BB Cream likeSkin79’s Golden Snail Intensive BB Cream, which has a formula that looks more like a skincare product than makeup, but it’s safe to say that most of us don’t check this.

Instead, it’s best to work out with a clean face that has a light skin lotion applied over the top, so that any ingredients in your skincare products that are absorbed by the skin while you’re working out are beneficial for it. Ditto, drinking water throughout your routine to rehydrate your body and skin.

 

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Towels

One thing that might surprise you that can contribute to breakouts at the gym is the towels.

As they are laundered in bulk, gym towels are often washed in commercial strength chemicals, which can contain harsh detergents or even bacteria that live in the fibres of the cloth. Avoid wiping your face with these towels and avoid touching your face while working out too, as bacteria can be transferred from the machines in the gym to your face this way.

 

Hydrate

If you don’t drink enough water you can experience dehydration, dry mouth 

Face Masks while working out - terrible for the skin but unfortunately a necessary evil in many countries at the moment 

 

In Summary

Although it’s tempting, particularly after a long day at work, avoid wearing makeup to the gym. Rather than going completely bare faced, apply a light lotion to aid with hydration and a sunscreen to avoid UVA / UVB exposure if you’re working out outdoors.

 

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"Unfortunately, when it comes to working out, your makeup mixes with oil and perspiration, which can contribute to congestion in the pores, as they are blocked and thus unable to release sweat."

- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show podcast

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