As someone who is always on the go in between appointments with clients, meeting with friends, running errands, and filming for my virtual classes, I'm often faced with the difficult question of how to maintain my skincare routine. When should I cleanse? Do I remove my makeup? When do I apply my moisturizer? Should I even wash my face? It's a very complex puzzle and I'm sure some of you have the same questions. Read on below for the answers!
Working Out First Thing in the Morning?
If you're like most people who wash your face at night before going to bed then you can likely skip the soap in the morning. Skin becomes easily irritated by excessive washing, especially if you're prone to acne and rosacea. It'll be best to save the routine for post-workout.
Later in the Day, Cleanse Before Working Out
Remove any skin-care products and makeup that you've put on before any sweat session. During a workout, your pores are opening up when you sweat and you don’t want any of the dirt that's sitting on top of your skin to get inside your pores. Of course, overwashing is still a concern, so use a cleanser with a gentle surfactant and hydrating base. A cleanser with probiotics is beneficial before (and after) a workout since heat and sweat may disrupt the balance of good bacteria.
If You Must Wear Makeup, Make It Mineral
I understand the pressure to have flawless skin but if you're going to wear makeup it should be mineral. Mineral makeup doesn't contain chemicals that tend to be most irritating to the skin and some have ingredients that will actually nourish it.
After Your Workout, Cleanse Again
If you’re working out during the afternoon, don’t repeat your whole morning skin-care routine after the workout. Just do a gentle cleanse, hydrate with a Helen Rose's Rose Water Toner, and apply sunscreen (always!) If you work out in the morning or at night, do your full skin-care routine right after the workout so you don’t end up washing your skin a second time when you get home.
Remove Workout Clothing Right Away
Yes, body acne is a thing! Try to wear clothes that are moisture-wicking and loose, and make sure to change into new clothes after your workout. If you end up getting body breakouts anyway, a chemical exfoliator and a body wipe will help eliminate dead skin cells, build-up, and sweat that are clogging your pores.
Add A Weekly Facial + Your Back
Regardless of your schedule, a monthly facial or starting your Sunday morning with a weekly home treatment is key. And don't forget to include your back!