You shouldn't wear makeup to the gym but know this if you do

If we could wear makeup 24/7, we would. Our obsession with bold lips, poppin’ highlighter, and voluminous lashes is real.

But it’s also important for the skin to have a breather every now and then, particularly when exercising. We’re all guilty of doing it but there’s some things you should know if, like us, you mostly hit the gym post-work without bothering to take your makeup off. 

Why is wearing makeup to the gym bad?

In order to understand why wearing makeup during your workout is bad for the skin, it’s important to know why exercise is good for the skin. 

Dermatologist, Dr Daniel Glass says: “Moderate exercise is generally good for your health and skin. Regular exercise has been linked to longer telomeres, which is a genetic marker of age – ie. exercise makes you genetically younger.”

You don’t have to huff and puff until you’re blue in the face to reap the benefits, but according to Lead Developer of Glo Skin Beauty, Amanda von dem Hagen, a little sweat will do your skin good.
As for post-workout, Amanda says to “wash your face with cold water to ensure your pores are clean and closed”. 

Well I’m going to wear it anyway, so now what?

Whether you wear makeup to the gym for a bit confidence or find getting on the treadmill chore enough without adding in an extra prep step, we understand not everyone can sweat it out in bare skin.

So if you are going to wear makeup to the gym, here’s some tips to make it sure you’re still being as kind to your skin as possible.
Charlotte Holmes, personal trainer and yoga teacher (who you may have seen whipping some bodies into shape on MTV’s Ex On The Beach: Body SOS) says to opt for makeup that’s lightweight and breathable. 

There are even some brands with products formulated specifically for working out. Clinique have just released a CliniqueFIT range and we’re loving the Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40 £29.50. For a mascara that won’t flake no matter what, Sport Waterproof Mascara £19 Eyeko is a must. And Charlotte introduced us to Sport FX, which has all sorts of gym-proof goodies from BB creams to brow pencils.

However, if you’re a morning time gym-goer Charlotte still recommends washing your face post-gym and reapplying your makeup if necessary. “Makeup meant for gym use shouldn’t just have normal makeup plastered on top – wash and re-do.”

Miranda Hart, KOBOX London trainer and personal trainer seconds this, saying “if you’re wearing makeup to the gym, make sure you cleanse your face right after.” 

And if you’re not wearing makeup specifically formulated for exercise “keep it as light as you can, maybe a BB cream, or a little concealer in the places that you feel you need it, but avoid heavy foundation.”

Now go forth and smash your 2018 fitness goals!

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Women's Magazine: You shouldn't wear makeup to the gym but know this if you do
You shouldn't wear makeup to the gym but know this if you do
If we could wear makeup 24/7, we would. Our obsession with bold lips, poppin’ highlighter, and voluminous lashes is real.
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