The gym is the place to sweat and show off your latest workout gear. These days, lipgloss and makeup while exercising is the norm. What many of us don’t know is the damage it brings when it starts to melt on your face. The skin’s surface is filled with tiny pores. However, they can gather dirt and toxins especially when we wear makeup when exercising. There are two types of pores in the skin’s surface that serve different functions:
|Hair Follicles||Sweat Pores|
|Also known as eccrine sweat glands||Also known as apocrine sweat glands|
|Found all over our body except for the palms of our hands and the soles of the feet||Found everywhere on the surface of the body but more concentrated in the areas of the arm|
|House oil glands, otherwise known as sebaceous glands or pilosebaceous units, which are vital in lubricating the skin.||Acts as the duct for sweat glands and is important in cooling down the body.|
Sweating is our way to expel toxins from the body and clean out our pores. When we sweat, the pores relax and enlarge. Therefore when a thick layer of foundation or even the slightest foundation, you can clog these pores and block the skin’s ability to breathe. Bacteria get trapped and conditions such as irritation, breakouts, the dreaded blackheads, acne, and keratosis pilaris form.
However, if you simply can’t go out bare-faced to the gym, some alternatives won’t damage your skin.
- Cleanse your skin before working out
- Wear waterproof mascara and lip gloss
- Groom your brows and pull back your hair into a loose ponytail
- You may wear a powder foundation made from natural formulas to the gym.