Sporting an active lifestyle and dedicating time to skincare are two ideas that don’t typically go together. However, in reality, athletes need a solid skincare routine all the more, especially because of the stress that physical activity can put on the skin.
Sweating, exposure to the sun, or even frequent cleansing can easily damage the skin, and these are things we’re sure all athletes do.
So this year, why not start forming new habits to protect your skin at every training session?
Here are five skincare tips to get you started.
1. Adding sunscreen to your daily routine
Many athletes train under the sun, especially football players, golfers, and swimmers. Because of this, they are exposed to UV rays that can be harmful to the skin — and often, they are exposed for long hours during their training sessions.
But even if you don’t train directly under the sun, unfortunately, no one is immune to UV exposure. Even when you’re working out indoors, like on a basketball court or a gym, UV rays can still harm your skin, cause inflammation, or lead to the breakdown of collagen.
With this, all athletes should be adding sunscreen to their daily routines.
Try out the YOU Beauty Triple UV Elixir for your daily sunscreen. It has SPF 50+, PA++++, and a broad spectrum that will protect your skin from UVA, UVB, and Blue light. Plus, it leaves no white cast!
2. Stay hydrated using moisturizers
Hydration is key for all athletes, and we don’t just mean the bring-your-water-jug-to-training type of hydration — we’re talking skincare hydration.
Many athletes, to keep their skin clean, especially after a long sweat sesh, will wash their face with their favorite facial wash. But given how often you might be hitting the court, the field, or the gym, all the sweating and washing can add up to dry skin.
Step up your skincare routine by adding a moisturizer after every facial wash. You can try out the YOU Beauty Biomecera Advanced Booster Serum, which helps strengthen the skin barrier and keeps our skin hydrated, smoother and radiant.
In addition, you can also try out the YOU Beauty Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream, which has Ceramide 1-3-6 to help maintain the moisture on our skin, even during a hard workout.
3. Don’t underestimate eye cream
While you may think you’re good to go with a good facial wash and moisturizing product, eye cream is another one that you can add to really level up your skincare game.
The skin around our eyes is actually thinner than the rest of our faces. Because of this, anything that happens to our skin, such as sunlight exposure or skin dehydration, can lead to early signs of aging around the eyes.
To prevent this, you can add the Advanced Youth Recharging Peptide Eye Cream to brighten your under eyes and keep the skin around them firm. It is charged with caffeine and Plantide X, which help reduce puffiness and fine lines.
If you’re working out to stay young, why not add another layer of youthfulness to your routine?
4. Treat yourself to face massages
If you’re an athlete on the go, we get it. Sometimes you just want to be done with your skincare routine and get on with the rest of your day. But when you have the time, treat yourself to some face massages.
Whether it’s at the end of the day or before going to bed, invest time in doing face massages, as this will help promote healthy skin, while also relaxing your facial muscles.
For this, you can even use a product to make it even more relaxing, like the Radiance Up! Antioxidant Serum. It has Symwhite 377, known to be a safe and effective ingredient that brightens and lightens the dark spots that you might get from frequent sun exposure.
5. Really understand your skincare products
Finally, the last tip you should add to your new year’s resolution is to understand every product you add to your skincare routine.
Every athlete has different training programs and different needs when it comes to their overall health. With this, and especially because of the saturated market of different products, the best routines and the best products for you will depend on how much understanding you give to this part of your life.
But, as you experiment and try out different products, you should also have some non-negotiables in your routine that you can always rely on, such as a skin cleanser like the Acneplus Low Ph Cleanser. This has a low Ph formula infused with Corn Mint Oil that cleans and freshens the skin.
Now that you have all the tools to help you step up your skincare game, you can definitely head into any workout or training session with the confidence that your skin will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.
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