Lately I’ve been working out 4-5 times a week (woo!) but, as someone with reddish, ruddy skin I still wear makeup to the gym because I don’t feel comfortable going bare-faced. Is this terrible? Am I making my skin worse?
I’m always the first to admit that I usually wear mineral foundation when I work out. I have rosacea (a slightly red face) and I’m definitely self conscious about it, so I totally understand why you (or anyone) with skin issues would want to be a little covered up! Truth is, I’ve found that wearing a little LIGHT foundation while I sweat doesn’t break me out or cause any irritation…as long as I promptly wash my face as soon as I get home. Here are a few guidelines:
- Only use a lightweight, mineral foundation: Mineral foundation usually doesn’t include ingredients like chemicals dyes, fragrances or mineral oil, which can sometimes irritate skin. Most dermatologists will agree that mineral makeup is much less likely to cause a reaction for anyone with sensitive or problem skin.
- Skip the mascara, eyeliner, blush, etc.: I’m telling you that it’s mostly OK to wear makeup while you workout, but that really just means a little foundation and maybe a little dab of concealer on any zits…that does NOT mean you so go all glammed out. That will 100% be bad for your complexion.
- Wipe your face down with cleansing wipes: Once you’re done, I suggest using a makeup wipe (preferably with a little salicylic acid) just to make sure the foundation isn’t clogging your pores.
- Wash your face properly as soon as you get home: Make sure you follow your normal cleansing routine as soon as you get home because you don’t want your makeup sitting on your face mixed with sweat (yuck).
- If you’re working out outside, SPF doesn’t count as makeup: There are PLENTY of oil-free, sweat-resisitant sunscreens so if you’re working out outside make sure you lather up. SPF = wrinkle prevention and, of course, cancer prevention.
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