Why You Might Want To Rethink Wearing Makeup When You Work Out

Why You Might Want To Rethink Wearing Makeup When You Work Out

We all want to look and feel our very best. And if you use makeup to enhance your looks, you might be tempted to wear it even when you work out. After a full day of work, school, and errands, a trip to the gym might be just what you need to break a sweat and work off some stress. But, it would be wise to go au natural for the sake of your face.

Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, a dermatologist at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York City told Medical Daily that sweating is one of your body's most efficient ways to detoxify itself. Sweating is a powerful way to flush out excess fluid, salt, and alcohol. “Sweat purges the body of toxins that can clog pores and plague the skin with pimples and blemishes,” Dele-Michael said. It stands to reason that covering the skin's pores while sweating likely interrupts this process.

The idea of putting your flaws on display might be a bit unsettling. But in the long run, the healthy glow you can get from letting nature take over might be the best makeup you need! Here are 5 reasons why you skip "the beat" when you hit the gym.

It Inhibits Your Skin's Ability To Sweat

Your skin possesses the natural ability to to cleanse and detoxify itself when you sweat. Wearing makeup hinders all of that. It is better to allow your pores to open up and breathe when you workout so that you may enjoy the full benefits of sweating.

It Can Cause Blackheads

Wearing makeup while you workout can block your pores and cause blackheads. It may also leave your skin dull and ashen. Getting rid of them can be a pain which could mean spending money on face masks, a trip to the spa, or even the dermatologist!

It Can Cause Skin Irritations

You might walk into the gym with a blemish-free complexion, but you may not come out with one. Makeup can cause an inflammatory response in the way of a rash, redness, and swelling. Blocked pores may lead to blackheads that result in acne.

It Can Worsen Existing Skin Conditions

The salt and toxins released from your pores when you sweat mixed with makeup can further irritate your skin. The itching and burning from Cystic acne and rashes like eczema will likely be aggravated by concealers, powders, and blush. Better to skip them altogether.

It Can Irritate Your Eyes

Mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, foundation, and concealer can all liquefy when mixed with sweat and run down your face into your eyes. This combination of products can cause redness, swelling, and painful inflammation. You may have to seek the advice of a physician if the reaction persists.

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