Every doctor will tell you that getting in a good workout every day, or at least a few times a week, can result in some serious positive life changes. From trimming weight to boosting endorphins, working out can lead to happier and healthier lives. However, what most doctors won’t tell you is that there are certain post-workout activities you can add to your routine to ensure your skin and body remain healthy and supple for years to come. The doctors and professionals of the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena have gathered their top 5 tips in maintaining healthy skin after a hard sweat-session.
#1: Pre-Shower Body Exfoliation
Once a week, a pre-shower dry brush body exfoliation is a great way strip the skin of dead skin cells. Simply massage a dry exfoliation pad in small circular motions across your body. If the dry brush is too rough on sensitive skin, try using the brush with a bit of body oil added.
#2: Facial Massage
While you’re cleansing your face in the shower, or after a workout, spend a couple extra minutes really massaging your cheeks, chin and forehead. This extra massage stimulates blood flow and promotes healthy circulation throughout your face.
#3: Lather Up with This, Not That!
A lot of moisturizers, although they may smell nice, contain ingredients that can be counter-productive to moisturizing skin. To ensure you’re moisturizing skin well, opt for an oil-based moisturizer.
#4: Boost Your Water
You’ve been told that drinking, on average, 64 ounces of water a day is ideal, but actually sticking to drinking this much can indeed be challenging. Add a boost to your water with antioxidant rich berries for an additional skin-boosting benefit.
If you could take away one single piece of advice from this post today, that is to never go a day in the sun without using SPF. Especially if you will be spending time in the sun following a workout, it is essential to re-apply after a mid-day shower or facewash. The reapplication of sunscreen is just as critical to applying the sunscreen in the first place. If you are regularly in the sun, reapply a small layer of sunscreen every 3 hours (and don’t forget your hands, neck and chest, too)!
Adding these small changes to your daily routine can help you notice small transformations in your skin. If you feel as though you may be experiencing skin issues that are not being addressed with a healthy diet and exercise, consider consulting with a professional at the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena. The doctor’s and cosmetic consultants at Comprehensive Dermatology specialize in skincare related to the signs of aging, in addition to helping resolve common skin issues, and they can help you achieve beautiful, healthy skin year-round.