How to do… Post-Workout Skincare

Your post-workout skincare routine should always start with cleansing to wash away sweat and bacteria and prevent your pores from clogging. Clogged pores can lead to breakouts called “sweat pimples”, as well as blackheads and white heads. Sweat contains salt which can cause skin irritation and dehydration, so it’s important to do this as soon as possible after completing your workout – ideally within 15 minutes. 

Working out can create a breeding ground for bacteria on your skin, especially in confined spaces like gyms or with groups of people. Wash away sweat, bacteria and dead skin cells with a good quality antibacterial cleansing bar to minimise the risk of breakouts. 

We recommend the Smart Ass Cleansing Bar, which is formulated with multivitamin and mineral complexes to bolster the skin’s natural defences. It also has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect post-workout skin snack! 

Showering after exercise should also be an important part of your post-workout routine. It not only gets you clean and protects you from breakouts, but it can also help your heart rate and core temperature naturally decrease. Taking a lukewarm or cool shower works best. 

Interesting Fact 

Did you know that regular blasts in the shower with cool water can give your immune system a quick boost? Studies have found that taking a daily shower that starts warm and ends with a 30 to 90 second burst of cold water significantly reduced the number of sick days that participants used at work. 

Post-workout skincare routine

Smart Tips 

🥛Always clean your face with tepid rather than hot water, as hot water can cause skin redness and inflame rosacea. You need to cool your skin down to prevent breaking blood vessels and return the skin to normal temperature. 

🥛Don’t wear makeup to go to the gym – your skin needs to breathe! If it’s something you can’t live without then try a tinted moisturiser or mineral makeup instead. 

🥛Don’t use harsh chemical-filled cleansers after exercise, as this can cause skin irritation and redness. 

🥛A final rinse with cold water after cleansing can give your skin a heathy glow, as cold water tightens and constricts the blood flow. 

🥛Keep hair off your face as much as possible this to prevent oils, hair products, and other pollutants from getting into pores. 

🥛Finally, and most importantly – try not to touch your face! Gyms are full of other people and bacteria and it’s super easy to spread bacteria from your hands to face, hence why it’s also important to keep your hair tied back. 

Best Post-Workout Skincare Products

Our Smart Ass skincare products are formulated with your lifestyle in mind. Gentle enough to prevent irritation and breakouts, and powerful enough to nourish and balance your skin, they’re the perfect partners for a post-workout pamper.

Check out our favourite goodies to follow up your workout:

Luxury Cream Cleansing Bar

Face Envy Superfood Face Cream

Balance and Revitalise Shampoo and Body Bar