Living in South Florida, you probably know how damaging saltwater is to your skin. But you may not realize that the sweat that cools your skin during a workout can be just as damaging! The salt, dirt, bacteria and other elements in your sweat can cause you to break out.While working out is a great way to take care of your skin & body, you absolutely need a post-workout skincare routine to make sure it stays healthy and glowing:

Get Out of your Sweaty Clothes

Even if you wear loose-fitting clothing to work out in, your clothes will trap sweat and grime against you. Your best option is to bring a change of clothes to the gym. If that isn’t an option or you forget your clothes, at least shower so you can get the majority of the sweat off of you — even if you do have to wear the same dirty clothes to go home.

Don’t Use Scrubs or Harsh Soaps

Dont use scrubs or harsh soaps

You may want to try to scrub off all that nasty sweat and dirt after your workout. But your skin will be more sensitive post-workout, and scrubs and harsh soaps can do more harm than good. Use a gentle cleanser on your face after every workout, and look for an antifungal soap to add into your showering rotation along with antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean.

See your Dermatologist

When you’re experiencing skin breakout, skin irritation, or rashes after long weeks of workout, it’s best to visit Reflections Dermatology Orlando, or a clinic near you right away. A licensed dermatologist can assess your skin and identify the source of skin alterations, such as an allergy to home gym equipment that comes in contact with the skin.

Your dermatologist may prescribe medications to prevent skin inflammation and non-invasive skin treatment for mild to moderate skin problems. For severe skin problems, long-term medications might be required or invasive skin treatments.

Here are the different skin treatments performed in a dermatology clinic:

  • Microdermabrasion: It’s a great option for treating age spots, brown spots, and dull skin brought about by intense workout.
  • Facelift: It treats sagging skin brought about by old age or weight loss.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: It improves texture, treats sun-damaged skin, and removes fine lines and acne scars.
  • Chemical Peels: It’s an acid solution that removes the skin’s uppermost layer for smoother skin and fewer wrinkles.

Hydrate Your Skin

One of the best ways to hydrate your skin is by drinking enough fluids before and after a workout. It’s crucial to drink water and avoid too high-caloric drinks like soda and juices. Aside from water hydration, there are other ways to ensure that your skin is hydrated such as the following:

Skin Moisturizer: Moisturizers and creams help hydrate the skin. They usually contain moisture-sealing properties, locking in moisture in the skin and avoid dryness and dullness. These skin preparations are best applied after a bath while the skin is still soft and the pores are clean and open.

Eating Fruits and Vegetables: A balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables helps hydrate the skin. These foods are rich in natural water and vitamins and minerals to help rejuvenate your skin and muscles after hours or days of an intense workout.

Avoid Working Out After Laser Skin Treatments

Avoid working out after laser treatment

If you really want to look your best, laser skin care treatments in Coral Gables can eliminate blemishes, tighten up your skin, and overall keep you looking great. However, after a treatment, you will need to avoid heavy exercise. Otherwise, sweat and other irritants can damage your skin. Every treatment has a different downtime, so be sure to follow all directions given by your skincare technician after treatment at Body Details!