Wearing Makeup at the Gym: Cheating Your Way to a Flawless Face
Pre-gym priming? It’s a major no-no, but aside from your beauty efforts sliding down your face faster than the tears you’ll shed for that pesky pimple that just won’t go away, it can interfere with your determination to fit into those skinny jeans with ease.
It was recently reported that “more than a quarter of all British women wear a full set of makeup when they visit the gym,” resulting in burning fewer calories. And let’s face it, who wants to look like a sweaty hot mess when you have your favorite lipstick and powder down pat?
But packing on the cosmetic pounds does more harm than good.
“Wearing makeup at the gym is just about the worst thing you can do to your complexion,” says Dr. Ava Shamban, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA. “Combined with oil and perspiration, it creates a pore-plugging sludge that can result in blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, ashiness, and allergies. On the eyelids, unwashed mascaras, shadows and highlighters can plug the pores, creating little cysts called milia. And if you’re working hard, eye makeup can melt into your eyes.”
“When you work out, your sweat glands and pores open up to aid the body in cooling down and releasing heat,” adds Dr. Tony Nakhla, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California Irvine. “Imagine the cakey, muddy mess that ensures when those pores and sweat ducts are blocked by thick makeup products. The results are breakouts, bumps and blackheads."
Duly noted. But just like with your diet, everyone deserves a cheat day every now and then to feel their best. And while keeping your face clean, bare and moisturized with SPF is always the best choice, there are some simple tricks you can follow to keep your skin flawless without compromising your workout. Find out what the experts have to say below: