5 INGREDIENTS TO HELP WORKOUT STRESSED SKIN GLOW
alright now ladies...we all know that chasin' the glow can be a feat in it of itself; between our skin type (dry, oily, combination), the environment (weather, temperature, pollution), and hormones--don't even get me started on hormones--there are a lot of factors that we have to consider when choosing products to properly care for our skin.
now add in EXERCISE.
as much as exercise effects our bodies, and even our skin in some awesome, health boosting ways--hello post workout glow--it also can throw a hurdle in the race for clear, glowy skin due increased oil production from heat and sweat which can lead to redness, dead skin, and clogged pores.
with that, here are five essential skincare ingredients to help love your skin through the sweat life:
vitamin c has a TON of benefits to our skin when applied topically; from collagen synthesis, maintaining skin strength and integrity, wound healing and free radical and UV protection, it's no wonder it's a powerhouse ingredient.
now, in regards to how it can help skin recover from workouts, it acts as an anti-inflammatory which reduces redness. because I don't know about you but, I want my cheeks to be rosy, not a hot tamale!
there are plethora of different vitamin c serums out there to choose from which can make it quite overwhelming but, one of your best bets in regards to potency, absorption, and effectiveness would be L-ascorbic acid with at minimum concentration of 10%.
adaptogens have been a buzzword all over the market lately making a lot of people ask, 'what the heck are they anyways?' well, adaptogens are non-toxic plants that can help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological.
examples are, ashwagandha, reishi, and ginseng, but also include more common ingredients like aloe vera and rosemary.
they have been a big talk in the wellness and nutrition world and, have made their way over to skincare as an ingredient to help address skin stress, exhaustion, and inflammation, which in turn can help with redness and breakouts; both of which can increase as a response to sweat and oil build up from working out.
spf (physical sunscreen)
It's no secret that one of the best preventative practices to keep skin healthy is to wear sunscreen. this is even more important if you're doing your workouts outside (even if it's cloudy out).
spf protects your skin from UV rays which can cause burning and premature aging.
there are two types of sunscreen on the market, physical and chemical.
physical sunscreens use minerals (like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) to create a barrier on the skin that filters out UV rays. chemical sunscreens use, you guessed it, chemicals (like avobenzone and/or oxybenzone) to absorb and scatter UV rays.
now the reason I recommend using a physical sunscreen over a chemical one is because chemical sunscreens have been under significant scrutiny as of late in regards to safety by the FDA; claiming that the chemicals can absorb into the bloodstream and negatively effect health.
so air on the side of caution and choose a physical spf!
exfoliation IS KEY to keeping workout stressed skin glowin'! AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) are chemicals that help breakdown the 'glue' that holds dead skin cells together on the outer surface of the skin so the skin cells can slough away leaving it smooth and soft. this is essential for skin that's exposed to sweat and heat as it causes you to produce dead skin and clog pores at a faster rate.
. If you're looking for more of an anti-aging acid you want to lean more towards AHAs like glycolic acid, which not only exfoliates but helps skin lock in moisture. If you're more breakout prone, BHAs like salicylic acid, are a better choice because they penetrate deeper into pores making sure to clean out the oil that causes breakouts to form.
If you want the best of both worlds, there are products on the market that have concentrations of both so you can kill two birds with one stone. that's what I like to do!
you can use a cleanser and/or toner with AHAs/BHAs for a gentle daily exfoliation or you can use a weekly treatment that houses higher concentrations of the acids.
I like to use a toner in the summer because my skin tends to be oilier in the summer due to higher temps, but during the winter I use a weekly treatment 1-2 times per week.
hyaluronic acid and/or squalene
now while exercise can cause an increase in oil production that doesn't mean you should skimp on moisturizing! but instead of going for oil based products which could potentially clog pores, reach for a product that's main moisturizer is either hyaluronic acid or squalene.
hyaluronic acid is already found in your skin naturally, it holds in water to keep it plump and hydrated so using a moisturizer or serum with it just supports that process. squalene on the other hand mimics your skin's natural oils without increasing overall oil production.
both of these ingredients are awesome ways to keep skin hydrated without clogging pores and causing breakouts.
and there you have it!
skin just glowin' through the sweat life.
that's all for today! I hope you found this informative and helpful when looking for ways to support your skin through your active lifestyle. thanks so much for reading.