GYM SKINCARE GUIDE FOR YOUR 20s
Gym Skin Goal: Protect & Replenish. Prevention is better than cure
Taking care of your skin in your 20's is the equivalent of laying a solid foundation for strong robust structure that will stand the test of time. Whether you want to ensure wrinkle-free skin for the future, combat problematic skin or simply to maintain long-term skin health, implementing a daily skincare routine is crucial pre and post a sweaty CrossFit session.
Prevent premature ageing by removing bacteria buildup at the end of the day regardless of how late it is. If you’ve come in from a night out your skin will thank you in the morning and you will probably sleep better.
Protect your skin from free radical damage due to lifestyle choices in your 20’s. Long hours, late nights, stress as well as alcohol and pollution all contribute to oxidative stress on the skin. Effects of this will vary from dark circles around the eye’s, congestion, dehydration or dull sallow skin. Boost skin through use of anti-oxidants such as vitamins D, A, C and E together with phytonutrients like White Tea, Green Tea, Baobab and Resveratrol which are incorporated into moisturisers, serums, SPF’s and taken orally. Replenishing vitamins and antioxidants lost due to oxidative stress will protect skin from damage.
To prevent damage, AVOID the use of manual or ablative exfoliators. We now have safer choices to hand which will effectively remove dead skin cells and sebum without compromising healthy cells or causing sensitivity. Use AHA’s or BHA’s (if necessary) which are often incorporated into cleansers, toners or masks and are a safe alternative for removing congestion, maintaining pH and promoting healthy skin.
Protect your skin against UVA and UVB damage 365 days of the year through daily application of SPF. UV damage is not only linked to pigmentation, it incorporates lines and wrinkles, deep dehydration and mutation of DNA structures. Protecting what you have in our 20’s is crucial for skin health. The power of SPF is never to be underestimated, consider it a game changer for your skin.
Cleanser: Use our sulphate free cleanser chosen according to skin type. Including a mild AHA or BHA at this phase would be beneficial for oily or problematic skin. It’s important you follow a daily cleaning routine for your face.
Moisturise: Ensure your moisturiser contains humectant ingredients which encourage your skin to attract and retain moisture. Boost efficacy by opting for a moisturiser with high levels of anti-oxidants to replenish lost nutrients and protect your skin against free radical attack.
SPF: The UV Rays are one of the most harmful elements your skin is exposed to. Daily application of a broad spectrum (protects against UVA & UVB) SPF is a non-negotiable. Apply this generously not forgetting to incorporate neck and ears.
Cleanse: Stop going to bed without removing your oils, pollutants, dead skin cells and other debris will contribute to premature aging, breakouts and a sallow appearance.
Tone: Include a toner that works to balance your skin’s pH and slough off dead skin cells by adding exfoliant ingredients such as Lactic, Glycolic or Salicylic Acid.
Eye Gel: Use an eye gel at night to help maintain moisture and stave off the signs of ageing from the age of 21 when collagen and elastin production start to be affected .
Moisturise: Apply your antioxidant moisturiser to replenish depleted nutrients preventing skin damage through oxidative stress.
Exercise Skin Misconceptions
Fitness fanatics are reluctant to apply serums and creams before exercising. A cleanse and tone, followed by a lightweight hydrator, will address the basic needs of skin during a sweaty workout.