To Makeup, or Not to Makeup. THAT is the question!
If you’re like me, you sometimes struggle with one of the most important questions a woman asks herself before heading out to the gym… to wear makeup, or not to wear makeup? I mean hey, when it’s “that time of the month” and we suddenly get a few new friends on our chin, it’s only natural we’ll want to cover them up. But is wearing makeup to the gym really as harmless as we think it is?
Survey saaayyysss: Nope! And based on our own serious research… AKA our instagram poll, most of you choose not to wear makeup to the gym anyway, so good job!
Dr. Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson says, 'Ideally, it's best to avoid wearing makeup to the gym, sweat and increased temperature brought on by exercise can lead to open pores which can become blocked by particles of makeup. This can easily lead to breakouts and, in turn, uneven skin texture.' We want to wear makeup to COVER our blemishes, not add more. Plus, it’s not just gunk clogging our pores, it’s also all of the things we touch while we’re at the gym that can wind up on our faces, and in those instances, makeup acts like glue.
Talk about an unwanted relationship…
What’s a girl to do? For starters don’t wear a full face of makeup to the gym!
Wearing makeup (and we’re mostly talking about foundations and heavier formulas) to the gym is not the wisest option, but if you really feel like you need something, and we’ve all had those days, we’ve got a solution for you. Try a sun protectant. I know, you’re probably thinking… um, what?
But hear me out!
Since wearing an SPF or non-comedogenic moisturizer is always recommended, especially when you’re exercising outside, we advise picking one with a bit of a tint, a little color to help cover those pesky blemishes. And with so many different types of SPF and sun protecting moisturizers on the market these days, it’s easy to find one that has it all: anti-aging benefits, full UV spectrum protection, and for those of us who like to seriously sweat up a storm, you can also find one that won’t sting your eyes, or leave a white-cast. So, why not get the best of both worlds, and ditch the makeup for dermatologically approved skincare with a tint?
After all, who says you can’t look hot AND sweaty?