How running affects the condition of the skin of the face
Let’s start with the good news. Running stimulates blood circulation and activates the supply of cells with oxygen, and with it, they receive useful substances. During training with sweat, toxins and toxins are removed from the skin, and cell regeneration processes are launched.
At first glance, it may seem that the skin is happy with all this, we run and get younger, but now – unfortunately, the body perceives sports loads as stress.
During running, the sebaceous glands work at the peak of capabilities, provoking an abundant release of sebum (sebum) and moisture (sweat). The pores open and, together with dry air, attract dust and microorganisms to the epidermis.
Under the influence of ultraviolet radiation, the epidermis loses moisture and collagen. Skin reserves decrease, pigmentation, dryness, and wrinkles appear. It’s at best. At worst, as a result of regular prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation, skin cancer can develop.
The maximum that we can do for the skin during sports is to help, at least not interfere.
What to apply to the face before jogging
Cosmetologists recommend periodically giving the skin a break-even from care products. Training is the most suitable time for this. But if “bear” skin makes you uncomfortable, apply a light moisturizer – a water-based cream, serum, or fluid.
During sports loads, the skin does not need active means. The main task of care cosmetics is not to clog the pores and retain moisture in the epidermis as much as possible. Hydrofixators – glycerin, aquarium, collagen, ceramides – will help to cope with this.
If you suffer from weathering of the skin during winter jogging, dryness, and tightness, choose a nourishing cream with vegetable oils, fatty acids, lipids, ceramides, and cholesterol.
Many brands have a line of cold creams (cold cream) – special products for winter care based on water and wax. Cold cream protects the skin from cold air, weathering, overdrying, softens, nourishes, and relieves irritation. The product forms a thin protective film on the face, which becomes a barrier to the negative effects of the environment.
Cream with a sun protection factor of at least SPF 30 – must-have for supporters of sports and outdoor activities. It does not matter whether you run under the scorching sun or in the cold. We are subject to the negative influence of ultraviolet radiation in any season. Choose products of light texture, oil-free basis, to avoid clogging pores and the appearance of comedones.
Pay attention to moisture-resistant sunscreens for athletes who do not wash off later – it is important for long races and pieces of training. The packaging of such a product must indicate “waterproof” or “water-resistant.”
Manufacturers of sports sun protection promise the effect of the cream for at least 80 minutes after application, even when immersed in water. Such tools can be found at Sun Bum, Blue Lizard, Neutrogena, Elta MD, Sun Blocz, Christina Moss, Missha, KINeSYS, Hawaiian Tropic.
At any time of the year, the runner will need a hygienic lipstick or lip balm – protection against weathering, drying, and cracks on the lips. Give preference to products with oils, vitamins, and nutritional components. Do not use products with a glossy or lacquer finish – a sticky texture will only interfere.
Can I use makeup
We have already found out that during running, the skin is vulnerable and independently tries to get rid of all the harm accumulated in it. Now imagine that all the “places of exit to the surface,” i.e., pores, we cover with a layer of foundation, add blush, bronzer, highlighter, and other “means of prime necessity” on top.
All this cocktail of skin sebum, dust, and decorative cosmetics the skin absorbs like a sponge. Consequences – “black spots”, irritation, acne.
If it so happened that without make-up, you are in any way or an “essential workout with essential people,” here are some life hacks on emphasizing beauty without compromising the skin.
Before a low-intensity workout, you can apply a thin layer of light BB cream (BB – beauty balm) on a water basis. This type of decorative cosmetics is a symbiosis of care cream and toning pigments, so the cream has a caring effect and helps to hide the shortcomings a little.
A good solution in this situation would be mineral powder. Its components are less aggressive than the components of ordinary powder and do not clog pores – that is why mineral cosmetics are used for problem skin. The tool will help to cover redness and imperfections slightly.
Some pharmacy brands offer sun protection in the format of a tinted moisturizer – sunscreen moisturizer with light toning properties. So you “kill two birds with one stone” – you get the necessary protective SPF and cream that slightly evens out the tone. Examples of tools in this format include Bioderma Photoderm AR SPF50 30, Holy Land Sunbrella Demi Make-Up, and Avene Sun Tinted Fluid SPF50+.
Under the eyes, apply a little concealer and easily blend it with the pads of your fingers. If necessary, add a couple of drops of the same product around the corners of the mouth, at the wings of the nose, and on the specks that embarrass you.
Eyelashes can be slightly emphasized with water-resistant mascara.
What to do while running
Here it would be more correct to say what NOT to do while running.
The most important recommendation is not to touch the face with your hands. Otherwise, a cocktail of dust and microorganisms will penetrate even deeper into the pores.
Try not to wipe the sweat from your face with your hand. It is better to wet it with a paper napkin or a moisture-absorbing cloth bandage worn on the wrist. The bandage must be washed after each workout because it quickly turns into a hotbed of bacteria.
In no case do not touch the inflammation if they are on the face. Otherwise, a couple of such “comrades” will quickly run to the call.
What to do after a workout
To begin with, thoroughly clean the face. In other words, wash well. Pleasantly cleanse and do not irritate the skin soft “washes” – gels, mousses, and cream gels for washing.
Do not use face products with abrasive particles, scrubs, gels-peels – the skin is sensitive at this moment, grains can irritate and injure the epidermis.
If it is not possible to wash in the usual way, for example, at competitions, get cleansing facial wipes in your sports cosmetic bag. They resemble tiny thin towels impregnated with a special cleanser, often with the addition of antibacterial, moisturizing, or nourishing components. One napkin is enough to get your face in order, or two if you’re with makeup.
After washing, it is advisable to use a tonic. Choose products that include moisturizing and soothing components, antioxidants – extracts of chamomile, calendula, hawthorn, echinacea, bamboo, green tea, acai berries, aloe, seaweed.
Using cotton pads, do not stretch the skin – wipe the face with light movements. You can apply the life hack of Asian beauties – moisten your palms with tonic and wet your face with them.
After training, the skin is ready for active care. The processes of cell metabolism have started, the pores are open and ready to “absorb” the useful components of care products.
This is a good time to use cosmetics of certain lines – anti-aging products, creams for tightening the contour, creams with a detox effect, and brightening. Special products such as concentrates, serums, and essences applied under the cream will work well. Or use a basic moisturizer for your skin type.
But it is undesirable to use nutrients: there is a possibility that oils, which are often part of such cosmetics, will clog pores and provide you with a “disservice” in the form of comedones and “black spots.”
What to consider for problem skin
The basis is the same rules that we wrote about above – before jogging, apply a basic moisturizer and/or sun protection (necessarily oil-free – on an oil-free basis), after – thoroughly cleanse the skin with a non-aggressive soft wash and use a care product.
If the beautician recommended medical care, consult which remedy is best to apply after training. It can be a soothing cream (with tea tree oil, primrose, vitamins C, A, E, F, and group B, extracts of aloe, calendula, chamomile) or cream with anti-inflammatory and healing components (kaolin, boric and salicylic acid, zinc, magnesium). The composition of cosmetics for problem skin also includes substances that enhance the protective functions of the skin – panthenol, allantoin, azelaic acid.
After running, do not use peels with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA-acids – glycolic, lactic, citric, malic, almond, azelaic) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA-acids – salicylic) – leave them for other days when the skin is less sensitive.
An important remark: neither before, nor during, nor after running (and in general, preferably never), do not touch your face with your hands and do not squeeze out pimples. This can provoke the development of the inflammatory process and bring the infection.
How to take care of the body
The problems here are the same: active sebaceous glands, sweat, dirt, ultraviolet. The skin on the body and the face can be different – normal, oily, dry, combined. And she also needs to be looked after.
Before or on the day of training, we do not recommend depilation (electrolysis, waxing, sugaring). As a result of mechanical action in hair removal places on the body, the skin is injured – irritation and rubbing are inevitable.
If there is no way without hair removal, make efforts to heal the skin in these places rapidly – use panthenol, pantestin, or SOS moisturizers as much as possible.
Before going to training, it is not logical to apply a moisturizing body cream – you will actively sweat, moisture will mix with a moisturizer, and dust will cover the sticky surface.
But this rule does not apply to sunscreen – it can and should be applied to open areas (especially take care of the shoulders – they most often suffer from sunburn).
Choose a product with an SPF of 25-35, and if you have to run for a long time in the open sun, take SPF 50.
When preparing for launches, especially for long distances, do not forget about such faithful runners as Petroleum jelly or its more modernized version – Body Glide. These simple remedies save from rubbing and blisters in the most sensitive places.
The modern version of Vaseline – Body Glide – is available in a cream or stick form. The product is convenient to apply, and in addition to protective functions, its components moisturize and soothe the skin.
Choosing this format of protection against rubbing, pay attention to the product’s composition was beeswax, petroleum jelly, and vitamins. The product’s active ingredients soften the skin, and wax and petroleum jelly create a protective film on it.
After training – a refreshing shower and body care time. For oily skin, choose shower products without adding oils (usually transparent gels). Cream gels (often codenamed “pearl luxury,” “vanilla cream,” “silk bliss,” etc.) contain more nourishing components that can clog pores. A good solution would be refreshing light products with exfoliating particles.
If it is not possible to take a shower right away, use cleansing cloths for the body. Some brands produce 2-in-1 products – immediately for the face and body. Wipes are impregnated with a cleanser and help quickly cleanse the body of sweat, dirt (moderate), and dust. Showers, of course, will not replace, but in emergency cases, great help.
If you have time to conduct a care exercise within 30-40 minutes after a run, it will definitely work in your favor. During physical exertion, cell renewal processes are launched, and immediately after training, they better perceive the useful components of care products.
It’s time to use anti-cellulite cream balm to increase the elasticity and elasticity of the skin, moisturizing milk. Before that, you can additionally cleanse the skin with a scrub with small abrasive particles. This procedure will warm up the skin, activate blood circulation and enhance the effect of special creams.
Collect a sports makeup bag
What to do if immediately after training there is no opportunity to jump home and completely put yourself in order, and there are things and meetings ahead? Collect your sports makeup bag, which can be taken to training and left in the locker room, car, or work.
To optimize the place in the cosmetic bag, use miniatures of funds, travel formats, and probes – they are ideal for such cases.
Here are the tools you should have at hand:
- Cleansing wipes for the face. Especially useful after the races. Help to “interrupt” with purification to the nearest shower.
- Cleansing wipes for the body. Antibacterial wipes, preferably without alcohol (for example, children’s).
- Sunscreen. Apply before workout if running outdoors. In the arena you can do without it. The degree of protection is 25-35 SPF (50 SPF for especially sunny days).
- Body Glide. Save places prone to rubbing (armpits, groin, nipples). Be sure to have with you on long runs.
- Moisturizer for the face. Your favorite base cream, fluid or cream gel. Can be replaced with moisturizing serum or concentrate.
- Lip balm. A moisturizing balm with a slight shade that gives the lips brightness, or a colorless remedy, is suitable.
- BB cream/mineral powder/concealer. If you want to even out the tone a little and look fresh. The texture should be light, and the tool – non-commedogenic.
- Mascara. Basic, without the “stage effect”, better – water-resistant.
- Moisturizing body cream. Useful after cleansing to make up for the lack of moisture in the epidermis.