Gym skin : before and after

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_Gym workout

The act of enclosing oneself in a collective setting in order to burn calories.

crédit Vogue Paris

The gym, a sweat bath of sorts...

What nobody told me about Canadian women is that they’re uber sporty.  Paris did NOT prepare me for that one! At my first spin class, there was no way to extricate my butt from that seat... like no chance.  My girlfriends exchanged glances that seemed to say, figures... she is Parisian after all.  Just then, scenes from Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” came to me like a revelation.  Images of hoisting myself up, and getting stuck in those wheels...

This whole gym thing was not only a shock to my ass however; my skin suffered a blow of measurable proportions as well... irritations, redness, and the occasional breakout that was reminiscent of my youth, all signaled that this new way of life demands specific skincare troubleshooting.

 

Sweat Cons

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During exercise…

…skin loses its hydration via evaporation.  Dehydrated skin is skin that reflects markings and spots more keenly and makes wrinkles more apparent.  

… the body regulates its temperature.  As body temp increases, so does the blood flow towards the surface of the skin, which in turn dilates blood vessels to cool down the vital organs.  This is all fine a dandy for our heart and our kidneys, but for the face - not so much!  We tend to blush as hard as if Bradley Cooper were standing over us making sweet eyes.

… skin becomes more vulnerable to premature aging.  On the one hand, sweat accelerates the UV damage to collagen and the appearance of wrinkles.  On the other hand, the heat activates melanocytes, those skin cells that are responsible for producing age spots, as a defense mechanism... AKA “Runner’s Face”.

 

Golden Rules

Before: Cleanse Your Face

To be or not to be... pretty: that is not the question.  When we workout, our makeup mixes with our sweat, clogs our pores, and gives birth to a hot mess known as cosmetic acne.  

It is therefore imperative that we cleanse before mounting that bike.  And if the instructor happens to be too hot for you to show up after a late night without your trusty arsenal of concealers and blushes?  Opt for a light BB cream, which would guarantee a healthy complexion without all the heavy clogging.  

During: Protect Your Face 

Since our skin is more sensitive to UV rays during exercise, it’s important that we apply sunscreen.  It’s also a good idea to avoid touching our face during a workout.  Oh and one last thing: we need to drink water as we go in order to replenish all the water we are sweating out.  

After: Hydrate the Skin

Cleansing straight away after a workout helps stop the sweat from sticking to sebum and clogging the pores.  Because skin is sensitive, choose something non-abrasive and mild, and use with warm water so as to protect the natural oils in the skin, which hot water can strip away. 

Next, keep the routine simple: serum plus moisturizer, ideally something rich in hyaluronic acid so as to rehydrate the skin.  Save the more intense stuff for nighttime.  Avoid overdoing it on the makeup: pores are still dilated and are therefore more susceptible to obstruction.   

 

pre-workout routine :

Avène - Eau Thermale

The thermal water cult.  I’m sure you know all about it but it’s worth mentioning it once more; thermal water appeases and refreshes the skin after being in the sun, an irritation, mere makeup removal or even a surgical procedure.  

Laroche Posay Hyalu B5

A pro-skin recovery formula featuring two types of pure hyaluronic acids, vitamin B5 and madecassoside, to help plump the look of skin, repair skin's barrier and activate skin renewal.

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Fre Protect me - Defense Facial Moisturizer

A hypoallergenic formula that is non-comedogenic and ophthalmologist tested, so it won't clog pores or sting eyes. SPF30, water resistant for up to 80 min & fast absorbing. Ultra-light texture. It shields your skin from the harmful effects of sweat and environmental conditions. Last but not least, it protects your skin from the sun's damaging UVA, UVB and IRA rays, and from other environmental effects such as air pollution. Cherry on the cake? Smells amazing!

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IT cosmetics - Your Skin But Better™ Crème CC+™ avec FPS 50+

My natural skin but better. Color-correcting cream with anti-aging serum and SPF50+ UVA/UVB borad-spectrum. Increase hydration, smooth texture and brightens. OMG I look f*** good!


post workout routine:

Fre Purify me - hydrating facial cleanser

This nourishing facial cleanser will de-stress, hydrate and rebalance your skin, even after the toughest workout.

Fre Revive me - Deep Replenishing Serum

Revive Me is a daily treatment serum made for active skin that frequently sweats and exercises. It promotes a healthy energized glow, keeping skin hydrated and nourished with minerals and vitamins. Revive Me combats the short and long-term damage caused by exercise and harmful environmental conditions: premature aging, dryness and skin fatigue. It also improves the natural regenerative and resilience capacity of the skin's stem cells, rejuvenating the skin and creating a glowing complexion.
 

Uriage Roséliane anti-redness rich cream

For maximal hydration. Very rich in texture, it leaves my skin oh so soft.  For oilier complexions, one can opt for the lighter Uriage Roséliane SPF 30.
 

Fre Protect me - Defense Facial Moisturizer

A hypoallergenic formula that is non-comedogenic and ophthalmologist tested, so it won't clog pores or sting eyes. SPF30, water resistant for up to 80 min & fast absorbing. Ultra-light texture. It shields your skin from the harmful effects of sweat and environmental conditions. Last but not least, it protects your skin from the sun's damaging UVA, UVB and IRA rays, and from other environmental effects such as air pollution. Cherry on the cake? Smells amazing!

IT cosmetics - Your Skin But Better™ Crème CC+™ avec FPS 50+

My natural skin but better. Color-correcting cream with anti-aging serum and SPF50+ UVA/UVB borad-spectrum. Increase hydration, smooth texture and brightens. OMG I look f*** good!
 

Supergoop 100% Mineral Invincible Setting Powder

Meet Supergoop Powder, a 100% mineral invincible setting powder with SPF45 and a perfectly matte finish. I use it every single day and it is crazy amazing.

 
See The Light...

All is not bleak: exercise does have a positive side. The POST-WORKOUT GLOW IS REAL. When your heart rate increases, the skin gets a burst of nutrients and oxygen, which gives it an awesome glow... one might say of orgasmic proportions!
It’s up to you which sport suits you best.