It’s an unpleasant thing: we sweat. But there are ways to keep it from making your life unpleasant (if you have a date, always shower after exercising. No one likes a date that smells of onion- unless they love the smell on onion. . . but then you may be dating a weirdo or cannibal- use caution). I have a few tips on how I keep my skin clear, and mostly non-stinky, after getting my sweat on.
1. When I shower, I use a body wash. It helps clean up your skin and can help you avoid an unpleasant side effect of sweat: acne. I love Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, Pink Grapefruit. It has salicylic acid, which is what many face washes use to fight acne. And it smells great. For the manly men out there, or women who hate things that smell like joy, Neutrogena also makes a Body Clear Body Wash that’s unscented. But it smells a bit like medicine. So if you want to be a manly, medicine smelling man (or woman!), that’s the one for you.
Stinky Medicine Man One
2. Sometimes oil is a great cleaner. Sounds like I’m a crazy person, right? Well, yes. BUT the oils can actually bind to the oil on your skin and whisk it away, without drying out your skin. I often use an oil cleaner after I exercise since it doesn’t dry my skin. Don’t believe me? Read this quote from a doctor I’ve never talked to from an article I read (seems legit, right?):
No matter the skin type, cleansing oil mixes with the preexisting oils already on your face, according to cosmetic dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ariel Ostad. “Some of these oils can either be naturally produced sebum or those from makeup and other products. When you rinse it all off, the ‘good oil’ takes those ‘bad oils’ and dirt along with it,” he told HuffPost Style (Oliver, 2014)
Wanna read that article? It was pretty interesting. Here’s the info:
Oliver, Dana. November 17, 2014. “What The Heck Is Cleansing Oil, And Why Is Everyone Obsessed With It?” The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/17/what-is-cleansing-oil_n_6158450.html
I currently use Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil For Dry Skin. It keeps my skin clear, but also leaves it soft and not dried out.
Often I wash my face with this first, then use an acne wash before bed to prevent clogged pores that make me look like I’m suffering from some sort of face plague.
3. Lotion, lotion, lotion. My final step after the shower is lotion. It keeps my skin from getting dried out, and it calms any irritation after exercising. I always shower immediately after exercising. That way I’m not sitting in sweaty clothes for too long. And after getting clean I put the lotion on IN THE SHOWER. I towel myself off just enough for my skin to be damp, but not wet. Having the humidity of the shower, and the damp skin, allows me to lock the moisture in when I put the lotion on. Your skin can really dry out when you sweat and shower, since you’re washing/sweating away the natural oils. But locking in that moisture right after the shower keeps me from getting dry skin (and here in Las Vegas, it’s an even bigger issue since it sucks moisture from you like the casinos take your money and dieting robs you of joy). Right now I’m using Suave Smoothing with Cocoa Butter and Shea Body Lotion, because I like saving money and that stuff WORKS!- but I also use Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil for Hair, Body, Face. Both work very well for dry skin. Although- if you use the oil I would do so right before bed- I have no idea what they mean by “dry oil”- but it isn’t dry. It’s oil. And it can take some time to really sink in. So, not for use before you put on your fine silk gown (or whatever it is normal people wear these days)
Sometimes diet and exercise can wreak havoc on your skin and body. Determining how to combat that to become your better, awesome self, is important- especially if you want to have friends. Fitness is more than being able to run a mile (or meander a mile if you’re me)- it’s also about taking charge of your life and being comfortable in your own skin.