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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | Should You Wash Your Face Before or After a Workout?

Should You Wash Your Face Before or After a Workout?

We all know working out is great for your body, heart, and mind. But how does breaking a sweat affect the skin? The truth is that the appearance of glowing, dewy skin after a workout starts with the regimen before heading to the gym. If you are prone to post-workout breakouts, it is time to change how you treat your skin before your workout.

Wash Your Face Before

Taking off your makeup and properly washing your face before going to the gym ensures that you have a fresh face with no debris in your pores while you workout. Some may think that washing your face after you workout serves as best for your skin, but it is actually the other way around. “The best way to do that is to make sure that before you exercise, take off your makeup and wash your face thoroughly and then tone it thoroughly,” said Dr. Schultz.

Toner Before Toning

Before heading to the gym to tone your muscles, don’t forget to tone your face! Toner is used as a follow up cleaning tool after a cleanser in order to remove any leftover makeup. Think of the two as a dual packaged deal, where toner finishes your facial cleaning routine. Having completely clean skin before working out will ensure that any debris in your skin won’t effect your post-gym skin.

Secret Sweat Tip

If you have a completely clean face prior to working out, you won’t have to worry about rubbing any grime back into your pores. But if you don’t have the chance to cleanse your face before, try not to wipe away sweat from your face. Wiping around the sweat on your face and brows actually rubs any leftover makeup and dirt into your pores. This action will result in clogged pores and acne breakouts post-workout. Instead, try gently dabbing sweat off your face with a cotton towel.


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