Did you know that exercising can actually help us have healthier skin too?

Working out helps us maintain our weight, boosts our overall mood and self-esteem, and motivates us to eat healthier. All of this can and does do wonders for our skin.

However, how we treat our skin before and after a workout makes a difference.

Cleansing skin is the most important step in an exercise routine to maintain healthy skin. Not cleansing the skin after exercising can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to inflammation, which can lead to acne and breakouts, and, overall, a disrupted skin barrier.

Sweat is the biggest perpetrator when it comes to post-workout skin concerns. When we’re working out, sweat, oil, and bacteria can lead to congestion and breakouts if we don’t remove them. Additionally, if we’re working out at a gym, we’re also exposed to other people’s sweat and bacteria, so cleansing afterward is essential to keep skin healthy, clear, and glowing.

Luckily, adding in a few skincare steps before and after the workout — with products that you probably already use in your morning or nighttime routine — makes pre- and post- exercise skincare easy to add to any gym bag.


Whether we work out in the morning, daytime or evening, we’ll want to start with clean skin.

If you work out in the morning or midday, it’s always best to start with clean skin and sunscreen.

Keep a gentle cleanser in your gym bag for both pre- and post-workout cleansing since it won’t strip the skin of natural oils but will remove sweat and dirt from the workout.

For SPF — a must whether you’re working out inside or outdoors — look for a water- and sweat-resistant one.

If you work out later in the day, remove any makeup beforehand. If you’re working out with makeup, that is a huge no-no because not only are you going to be clogging your pores with all of the makeup but you’re also going to be sweating through it, so it’s just going to be the perfect storm for clogs and breakouts. Sweat mixing with makeup is obviously much more damaging to the skin, so take off all the makeup. We’ll give you a pass on the mascara.

If you have access to a locker room or bathroom where you can use your cleanser, go for it; otherwise, makeup-removing wipes will work in a pinch.


What products you put on your skin after a workout depends on what time of day you work out. In the morning, follow up with an a.m. routine; if working out at night, follow with your p.m. routine.

Either way, however, cleansing the skin is key. After working up a sweat, follow up again with a gentle cleanser to remove sweat, dirt, and bacteria.

The ideal choice is to take a shower right after exercising so the sweat can be washed from the whole body.

In the event, a cleanser isn’t available, at a minimum, wash your face with water just to make sure that you’re getting rid of any of the residues that built up on the face.

If you go to the gym and don’t have your full lineup of skincare with you, and you would like to know more specifically which items are worth carrying to your workouts so that it ties in appropriately with your daily homecare routine, let’s get connected for a personalized consultation that can easily take place virtually.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and something that works for one person might not work for another.

It is a lifelong commitment, and while you will see some results with facials, you must implement daily homecare, and a pre- and post care workout routine. 

Taking care of your skin is just like taking care of your body - it is part of a lifestyle. The best results will come with time.

Put intention into your skincare routine. Maintaining your skin is a lifelong commitment. Taking care of your skin is just like taking care of your body–it is part of a lifestyle.

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