Skin Care for Outdoor Athletes

This one is for all you runners. Actually, this post is for anyone who breaks a sweat while outdoors.

It’s spring and with summer around the corner, it means people are getting back to their outdoor exercise routines. Whether it’s running or cycling – there are some things you should know in order to keep your skin in tip top condition.

It’s an idea to avoid wearing any makeup during exercise. This advice goes for indoor and outdoor activities. Your pores are more susceptible to any makeup on the skin (this goes for foundation, running mascara, powders – you get the idea) and can lead to break outs. We understand the need to put a fresh face forward, though. There are some makeup brands out there that are especially formulated for people who sweat. Check out Sweat Cosmetics or JJ Cowgirl.

Before a morning run, wash your face. I used to think keeping the remnants of nighttime moisturizer would be good for my skin but nope. It makes it harder to sweat. Rinse your face with warm water and apply sunscreen 20 minutes before exercising. For those who are sunscreen sensitive (i.e. it causes redness or burns when you start sweating) experiment with using a physical sunscreen (sits on top of your face) as opposed to a chemical one (absorbs). Sunscreen of course will be less effective the more you sweat so if you’re going on a long run or ride, be sure to reapply. Also use a hat and sunglasses for extra protection from the sun’s rays.

Don’t forget your lips! Use a chapstick with SPF and reapply regularly. There are plenty of natural brands out there. Check your local health food store.

After your run, be sure to wash your face. Use a gentle exfoliator such as SeaLuxe’s Goddess Grains. If your skin is prone to redness, use a cool damp cloth to soothe the skin. This will help reduce inflammation and tone redness. Tip: I will put a damp washcloth in the freezer before I go out on my bike so it’s nice and chilly when I get back home. I then give my skin a spritz of SeaLuxe Rose Goddess Nectar (its nourishing blend of rose and seaweed calms my skin).

Don’t have a hot shower. This isn’t good for your skin. Give yourself 15 minutes after exercising for your body to cool down (your skin included) before applying BB cream or foundation.

It’s also an idea to avoid exercising when the sun is blazing, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you can’t (we know long runs and rides can take place during those times) practice sun safety tips as mentioned above, and keep as much as your skin covered with clothing.

Happy trails and roads!