If you’re someone who works out in the morning, you definitely want to wash your face BEFORE exercising. I know you’re probably thinking, “What’s the point? I’m going to have to wash my face again as soon as I’m done.” Yes, you are correct about washing your face after you exercise but allow me to explain why you should also cleanse your skin BEFORE you work out…
If you’ve used any type of ‘active’ products on your skin the night before such as retinoids (Vitamin A), alpha hydroxy/ beta hydroxy acids (lactic, glycolic, salicylic, mandelic serums), prescription skin care or acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide, then they need to be rinsed off of your skin prior to working out. Why? When you sweat, it will mix with these products which can cause redness, irritation and dryness which leads to inflammation. Sweat can also mix with sebum (facial oil) which leads to clogged pores. It takes just a minute or two to wash up before working out. Do it.
After your workout, you need to wash your face to cleanse away sweat and bacteria to prevent your pores from getting clogged. Do this within 15 minutes or so of completing your workout. Leaving sweat on your face after exercising can cause irritation and dehydration because sweat contains salt. If you’re short on time, you can use a baby wipe to quickly remove sweat and then rinse your face with some tepid water. But, make sure you do a proper face cleanse as soon possible. Baby wipes are only to be used in a pinch and make sure they are acne-safe and fragrance free! The one I recommend is Kirkland brand which is available at Costco.
Last but certainly not least, after washing your face remember to use your toner and moisturizer as well as SPF (if during the day).
Coming soon to PRIIA is Face Reality Skin Care! You’ll be able to pack acne-safe skin care products in your gym bag to keep your skin clear and healthy!