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Healthy Feeling Skin Tips After Exercising

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A sweaty workout is good for mind, body and soul. But when it comes to your skin, an all-out aerobic exercise session can be a mixed bag—unless you have the right after workout cleansing and replenishing skin care routine.

Getting your blood pumping is great for circulation; you’ll get that healthy skin glow we’re all seeking. But all that sweating can leave you and your skin dehydrated (even if you drink plenty of water), and you’ll end up with increased risk of clogged pores.

Experts say that with the right cleansing and moisturizing steps, you can help your skin recover after a tough yoga, cycling or boot camp class — and take that hard-earned healthy skin glow up a notch.

Step One: Cleansing

After a workout, your top priority is cleansing. Cleansing to remove dirt and oil is important, according to the experts at Neutrogena®, because remnants of make-up and dirt can mix with oil and sweat, leading to irritation and clogged pores. So careful and thorough washing is essential.

Woman washing her face with NEUTROGENA® to help keep skin clear

It’s ideal if you go make-up-free at the gym to keep skin as clean as possible —but if you must have a little coverage, choose a light base such as Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Correct & Cover Pink Grapefruit Moisturizer, a subtle tinted moisturizer with a bit of salicylic acid to help keep pores clear.

But, whether you choose to sport make-up during your spin class or not, you’ll want to suds up immediately after sweating. You can choose any cleanser you prefer, but a pack of cleansing wipes offers the easiest spill-proof solution for your gym bag. Plus, the texture of the fabric wipes works with the product’s cleansing ingredients to gently remove all the sweat, dirt, oil and make-up from your skin.

Step Two: Moisturizer

Next step to post-sweat skin recovery? Moisturizer, which can replenish dehydrated skin and leave it smooth and radiant.

However, when you’re likely still sweating, you’ll want to make sure that any moisturizer you apply is non-comedogenic — meaning it won’t clog pores, which can cause breakouts.

Conventional moisturizers can be greasy because they sit on top of the skin creating a shield to prevent water loss and make it feel soft. A better strategy is to use moisturizers that deeply hydrate the skin from the inside out to lock in that glow and provide long-lasting suppleness.

One option is a product like Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Gel Cream, which features hyaluronic acid, a compound that exists naturally in your skin to help it hold onto moisture, and sinks instantly into the skin, leaving behind no greasy residue.

The final step?

Be sure to add the SPF product of your choice before you hit the streets!

Just as all that cardio will ensure a healthier heart, regular use of a broad-spectrum product that’s rated at least SPF 30 will ensure your hard-earned glow is healthy and protected. Daily sun care, when used with other sun protection measures*, is essential to prevent damage, premature aging and skin cancer.

*Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad-Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher, limit time in the sun (especially from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.

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