Here’s why you need to wash your face after a workout

Greetings from Sunny yet chilly New York!

Spring has yet to arrive in the city. Can you believe it will snow here on Saturday? 🙈

Ok, enough with my grievance over this weather and on to the post.

When we exercise, especially during hot yoga at a studio it is hot AF, so your blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the skin. Sweat is one of the ways the body tries to cool itself down. Bacteria and oils also accumulate during a workout, and when they linger on your skin, you may be more prone to breakouts.

However, breaking a sweat does have potential skin-boosting benefits. Working out is incredibly beneficial for your skin.  People who exercise regularly, roughly three hours per week had a healthier, thinner outer-layer and thicker dermis layer (a combo that helps prolong the appearance of wrinkles and reduced elasticity). Multiple studies have shown that regular to moderate exercise may initiate anti-aging processes in the skin by enhancing blood delivery.

Here is the right way to cleanse post workout:

Do not wipe your face with a towel after a class instead wash the skin gently with an oil free cleanser, or Micellar water.  This way you can ensure you are removing bacterial and sweat residue that’s accumulated during your workout. Also, it’s helpful to cool off skin to prevent breaking of blood vessels and return skin temperature to a normal level quicker. Even if it’s just a quick splash of water, get into a habit of rinsing off your face. Washing your face immediately after the workout should be non-negotiable.

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