Exercise and Skincare: How to Care for Your Skin Before and After a Workout

Exercise and Skincare: How to Care for Your Skin Before and After a Workout

Exercising can give your skin that healthy glow, but it can also trigger breakouts if you don't maintain a proper skincare regimen. Sweat and dirt can clog pores during a workout, leading to breakouts and blackheads. Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep your skin looking clear and bright,--even after a hard workout.

Pre-Workout Skincare

Before you start your workout, wash your face to remove any makeup. When you sweat, your pores open, and if you're wearing makeup, the combination of sweat and oil can clog your pores. This can cause unwanted breakouts. A great way to make your pre-workout skincare routine easier is carrying disposable makeup removing wipes in your gym bag. If you'll be exercising outdoors, be sure to apply an even layer of sunscreen beforehand. For the best protection, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher and use as directed.

If you exercise in a gym, pay special attention to the equipment you'll be using. Exercise machines are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you touch your face or body during your workout, you'll transfer bacteria directly to your skin, which can lead to breakouts. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to wipe down all equipment you use with antibacterial wipes before use and avoid touching your face during your workout.

Post-Workout Skincare

Once your workout is finished, avoid wiping sweat away from your face with your hands. This can introduce bacteria and dirt into your open pores and lead to a breakout. Instead, carry a clean gym towel and use it to pat your face and neck dry.

Once you've finished exercising, it's important to get out of your sweaty clothing (wearing it too long post-workout can lead to clogged pores and body acne.) and wash your face as soon as possible. Once your face is clean, follow-up with toner and then use a moisturizer to re-hydrate your skin


Exercise is good for your body and your mind, but it can easily wreak havoc to the appearance of your skin if you don't care for it properly. Fortunately, these easy pre- and post-workout skincare tips can help ensure that your skin stays healthy, beautiful and glowing even on your hardest gym days.