Aaron AD June 05, 2017
Finding the right cleanser is tough. There are so many different options available that it’s hard to know whether to opt for a foamy cleanser, a makeup removing cleanser, a cream cleanser or a gel-to-oil cleanser. With a wide variety of formulas currently available (and new ones cropping up constantly) it’s most important to match your cleanser to your skin type and skin needs. If you work out frequently, then your skin has specific needs (and this goes above and beyond your skin type being dry, greasy, sensitive or combination). We all know that exercise, sun and sweat are great for body and soul, the problem is, they can cause skin damage. To keep skin healthy, especially after a workout, cleansing is crucial. According to Licensed Para-Medical Aesthetician Solisa Shoop cleansing removes dirt, oil and debris from skin while maintaining skin’s delicate PH balance and preventing spots. And when you sweat, your pores open up. This means post-workout is the best time to cleanse (but is also the time when your skin is most vulnerable to grime and grease). To cleanse without causing breakouts, it’s crucial to find cleansers that are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores.
Maintaining the Delicate pH of Your Skin
People often take moisturizing very seriously and have a much more relaxed attitude when it comes to cleansing. After all, moisturizers stay on your skin while cleansers are applied and quickly washed away. But both products are critical to maintaining the delicate pH balance of your skin and finding the right cleanser can really make or break your skincare routine. When you work out your skin sweats and when you sweat, it is even more important to use the products that maintain your skin’s pH. When you sweat you lose key minerals and vitamins. In fact, high-impact exercise fosters anti-oxidative stress, which causes collagen degeneration, elasticity and firmness loss. Sweating can also dehydrate skin and cause over-dryness. While we often turn to moisturizers as a solution for dehydration and replenishing lost minerals and vitamins, the truth is dehydration can be drastically improved by choosing the right cleanser. Opting for a cleanser that is moisturizing and does not further strip your skin of essential nutrients is a great way to keep a healthy glow.
Keep Skin Hydrated
Unfortunately many cleansers are packed with harmful chemicals that can do more harm than good to your skin. If you frequently work out and sweat, then you should make sure to avoid cleansers that dehydrate skin. In particular you should avoid anything that contains alcohol. Gervaise Gerstner, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, is sure to avoid any product that has alcohol listed in the first few ingredients, since they can be drying and irritating. Another ingredient to stay away from is sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. However, it is known to irritate skin and eyes, dehydrate skin and has even been linked to cancer. If you frequently work out and sweat, the last thing you need is a dehydrating industrial style cleanser. Instead, opt for natural vegan skincare and find a cleanser that hydrates while cleansing. A great way to do this is to opt for a hydra cleansing cream cleanser – this type of cleanser has a gentle and moisturizing formula and can help replenish moisture while cleansing your skin.
Hydra Cleanse Sweaty Skin with FRÉ
FRÉ’s “PURIFY ME” is a deeply nourishing and gently exfoliating cleanser that is free from SLS, alcohol, parabens and other toxic ingredients, and has moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties. PURIFY ME is strong on grime and sweat but gentle on your skin and deeply moisturizes and hydrates your skin while you cleanser. The secret ingredient in PURIFY ME is FRÉ’s unique Argania Active Complex© which combines nourishing Argan oil with the stem cells and leaf water of the Argan desert tree (also know as the Tree of Life). This special formula helps to preserve the delicate pH balance of your skin. PURIFY ME has a creamy formula and contains natural jojoba beads, which gently exfoliate leaving your skin soothed, hydrated and rebalanced after a sweaty workout. Best of all, PURIFY ME has a light and refreshing fragrance.
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