If you’re a bit of a gym bunny you’re doing your body a huge favour. Sweat sessions are about a lot more than just weight-loss, they’re about alleviating stress, keeping your heart healthy, getting rid of toxins and general health maintenance.
Perhaps the only downside to your gym routine is that it can wreck havoc on your skin. With other gym-goers grubby, sweaty hands all over gym machines, they tend to be riddled with dirt and bacteria. But you certainly don’t have to stop going to the gym altogether to keep your skin clean and clear, just follow our Rules of Gym Engagement to ensure your workout doesn’t lead to a breakout.
1. Always Use a Clean Gym Towel
Are you guilty of using the same gym towel for a week or more at a time without washing it? Stop! Any dirt and bacteria that you’re sweating out is going onto that gym towel so using it again is just putting the dirt straight back on your face. Invest in a few gym towels and use them no more than twice in a row.
2. Clean the Machine
Those spray guns and paper towels aren’t placed around the gym for nothing. Wipe down machines before and after use to ensure you’re not picking up dirt and bacteria from other people.
3. Don’t Touch Your Face
Try to keep your hands off your face to prevent transferring bacteria from workout machines onto your face. Easy.
4. Be Travel Size Wise
Those travel-size skincare packs aren’t just for holidays, they’re perfect to keep in your gym bag for a quick post-workout cleanse. Cleansing after a workout is a fantastic idea not only because you’ll wash off any dirt, oil and sweat but your pores are likely to be open, meaning the product can work deeper in the skin.
We have travel-size kits for every skin type meaning you can complete your three-step routine in the bathroom of your gym without having to carry your products everywhere you go! Plus they’re housed in a convenient cosmetics case so you only have to remember one thing. Check out the full range here: http://www.pevonia.com.au/shop/Kits-and-Travel-Size.html
5. Body Basics
Areas like your bust and back can experience breakouts just like our face so it is important to cleanse your body thoroughly after a workout. Our Anti Stress Bath and Shower Gel will help cleanse and hydrate the skin while scents like lavender and chamomile soothe and settle the mind. This one is particularly good if you need to wind down after an evening gym session.
6. Replenish and Rehydrate
Sweat helps remove toxins from the body but it also means you’re losing moisture. Make sure to drink plenty of water if you’re working out regularly and moisturize both your face and body.
If you’ve got your travel-size products handy, you can moisturise your face right after you cleanse and tone at the gym. If not, make sure to so as soon as you are able to.
After you’ve showered, try out Dry Oil Body Moisturiser for skin that’s cashmere-soft. If you prefer a more traditional moisturiser, try our Preserve Body Moisturiser or for serious de-ageing results, try the Mango-Passionfruit Body Balm.
7. Hand Helpers
Wash your hands after every workout. If you’re obeying our rules of gym engagement, you’ll be at the sink washing your face anyway so be sure to wash your hands first.
If you’re using weights a lot, you may find yourself with dry skin on your hands or even calluses. Prevent this by using a hand cream regularly. It may also be worth investing in some gloves. We love these ones from Nike and they’re only $19.99!
8. Feet Treat
Treat your tired feet to a soak in epsom salts, a massage, a good scrub and some moisturiser. Our Tension Relief Foot Gel is ideal for fatigued feet. It’s a must-have for any runner!
– If you’re not keen to be washing that many towels, most gyms have a system where they lend you a towel for a few dollars so take advantage of it!
– Forgot your cleanser? At the very least rinse your face with cold water right after a workout to close the pores
– When scrubbing your feet feels too much of a chore, try our Callous Free Dry Oil. It contains Salicylic Acid and Lavender Oil to soften and smooth.