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Protect Your Skin Against the Negative Effect of Sweat

Sweating is good for you, as it helps keep you cool. It also moisturizes the skin. However, you don’t want to leave sweat on your skin longer than you have to.

The primary risk is that sebum and dead skin can accumulate, clog your pores, and cause irritation. And for some people, this can result in an acne breakout.

Fortunately, there’s nothing challenging about caring for your skin after a workout. Do the following:

  • Take immediate action: The sooner you wash your skin the better off you’ll be.

  • Use a deep cleanser: Don’t assume that a quick rinse is all it takes to wash the sweat from your skin. A deep cleanser is a must.

  • Implement an exfoliation routine: This goes a long way in removing oil, bacteria, and dead skin that can irritate the skin and cause acne (among other problems).

Once you find a post-workout routine that works for you, stick with it. You’ll soon realize just how simple it is to protect your skin against the negative effect of sweat. Not to mention the fact that a shower is also refreshing. It’s just what you need to start your recovery.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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