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Healthy Skincare Tips for Post-Lockdown Exercise
May 17, 2021 | Thomastown Physio
Quarantine forced a lot of us to change the way we exercise. But now that lockdown is easing and we are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ way of life, many of us will stick with our new ways of working up a sweat.
The biggest change to how we exercise is that so many of us have taken our workouts outdoors instead of to the gym, so it is essential to be even more diligent with SPF to protect against ageing UVA rays and UVB rays that burn the skin. If you sweat a lot during exercise, it is best to opt for a waterproof SPF and it should be applied 20 minutes before going outside. My favourites are from UltraSun and La Roche Posay. Here are some top tips for protecting your skin and reducing skin irritation while cycling, running, swimming, home workouts or if you are heading back to the gym:
There was a huge increase in the number of people taking up cycling during lockdown to see friends and that is set to continue as people cycle to work instead of their pre-lockdown tube, train or bus commute. If you are now cycling regularly, then it is very important to keep the inside of your helmet clean. Sweat, oils and dirt will collect on the inside rim from your hair and will then end up on your forehead, potentially causing irritation and breakouts so make sure you are cleaning it regularly.
Running is a great stress reliever and an easily accessible form of outdoor exercise. As such it became very popular throughout quarantine. Running can often cause an increase in breakouts on the body though, usually on the back and booty, because of the friction created by clothing mixed with sweat, oils and bacteria.
These four tips will go a long way to reduce the irritation to your skin:
If you have taken up swimming instead of going back to the gym, it is important to take extra steps to protect your skin. Prolonged water contact, particularly chlorinated water, damages your protective skin barrier, which results in the skin feeling tight and dry after swimming.
To prevent damage to the skin barrier happening in the first place, try incorporating these steps into your swim routine:
HOME WORKOUT CLASSES
WHAT IS “MASKNE”?
If you are planning on going back to the gym and workout classes, some venues will recommend that you wear a face mask. Face masks are wreaking havoc with people’s skin, a phenomenon dubbed ‘maskne’. Face masks trap moisture, sweat and bacteria on the skin, which inevitably clogs the pores and leads to breakouts and irritation on the cheeks and chin.
3 Tips for Avoiding Maskne
As we continue to adjust to a new normal, many of us will continue the exercise routines we started in lockdown. It's been a stressful time for everyone, and your skin isn't immune to the side effects of this new lifestyle! Use this guide to help reduce skin irritation after your new exercise routine, and avoid unpleasant maskne by working in these tips into your skincare regimen.