Makeup And The Gym: A Bad Combination For Your Skin


Some individuals get themselves all done up in makeup before heading to the gym. You might be making a huge mistake if you’re wearing makeup to the gym. Find out why it’s such a bad combination for your body and skin.

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Even Kourtney Kardashian doesn’t wear makeup to the gym. You shouldn’t either.

Stop Wearing Makeup To The Gym!

I get it, we all want to look good at the gym. We are going there to get in shape, so it only makes sense to try and look good while doing so. But you just might be sacrificing your perfect skin in the long term for that short term beauty in the mirror on the workout bench.

As skin care brands continue to target the “gym girl” they are doing so without letting you know what wearing these products during your fitness endeavors can result in. For those of you that are old school or more traditional, then you’ll recall that women almost always would remove their makeup before doing any type of physical activity. They chances of having a running makeup mess on their face was far more embarrassing than being seen with no makeup.

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According to an article recently posted in Teen Vogue, Joshua Zeichner, M.D., an NYC dermatologist and the director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital stated that “The small size of the pigment particles in liquid makeup can clog pores and lead to breakouts.” The use of makeup products while working out may also cause redness and irritation. It can often be much worse if you’re more prone to acne than others as well.

One thing I must stress here is that I’m not suggesting that you give up your gym membership or that you stop exercising. If anything, sweating during regular exercise is great for your body, helping you clear your pores since the sweat assists your body in purging both oil, dirt and toxins.

I always recommend using a light cleanser before heading to the gym or for a run. It will wake you up as well as help you wash away anything that could be further clogging your pores. There are a ton of options for you to choose from if you’re looking for something to use on a daily basis. In the future, stop worrying about what you look like at the gym, lose the makeup and focus on getting fit instead.

Makeup And The Gym: A Bad Combination For Your Skin
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Brandon Sirrico


Brandon Sirrico is a well-versed marketing expert with a background in finance. He holds an MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad from Northeastern. A former bodybuilder, he's a dedicated gym rat who provides many updates on health and diet as well as reactions to trending skin care topics.