Taking care of your skin after breaking a sweat

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Here, we give you a few things to take into consideration when it comes to showering after a workout or a run.

Once you start to cool off and you stop perspiring, the sweat dries up, leaving salts behind alongside the lipids as a thin film of residue on your skin. This residue is the perfect environment for natural skin bacteria to multiply. This is why it is important to have a shower after exercising to remove the salt and oils in order to stop the spread of this bacteria.

If they multiply around hair follicles and inflamed pores, they can lead to acne-like spots developing.

However, going overboard and showering too frequently in a day can also be harmful.

If you over-cleanse the skin, removing too many of those lipids that are part of the body’s natural skin defenses, it can lead to dehydration and irritation. Avoid harsh soaps and gels, or scrubbing the skin too roughly. Try match your exercise times to normal washing times – that is, either in the morning or in the evening.

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