Post-Workout Tips

Workouts can sometimes lead to acne because of the heavy sweating and lack of immediate showering facilities.

On the other hand, if you’ve ever exercised, run in for a shower, and stepped out, you’ll notice that your hair tends to fall flat or even frizz. It’s true – in today’s day and age we have to fit our workouts in the wee hours of the morning (right before the whole family wakes up!), before a PTA meeting or right before an evening movie date. But your workout doesn’t have to spell doom for your social life. Today, we have for you our top 5 post-workout beauty tips. Practise these and you’ll never have to regret a pre-party workout ever again!

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Hair

If your workout isn’t very high tempo, or if you’re taking a low intensity workout break, then consider weaving your hair in a loose bun or ponytail. This will save you from the routine post-workout hair wash. Complete the look with a hair cream or serum and you are good to go. Keeping the messy look out, this will help in adding shine and style to your hair.

On routine workout days, pick mild shampoos and heavy duty conditioners to help retain moisture despite daily washing. You’ll be happy to know that you can wash your hair every day without any worries of drying it out.

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Skin 

A quick shower is definitely and most certainly preferred immediately after a workout; post which you must use a good deoderant. If you need to pack in a few chores before your post-workout shower, then at least wash your face with some cold water. Use a non-drying gel cleanser or a face wash in order to keep oil and sweat at bay.

Do not believe makeup pundits who insist on advocating a dry shower (powder and deo) routine after a workout. If you’re not sweating enough to warrant a post-workout shower, you’re doing something wrong.

Do not use very dry products on your skin as your post workout routine, you wouldn’t want a scratchy, flaky and itching skin. Moisturizers with ingredients, such as chamomile or white tea aid in keeping the skin calm by taking the pressure off the pores. The best way to hydrate your skin, during and post workout is to drink oodles of water.

Clothing

Sitting in your workout clothes hours after your workout session is not very healthy. Make sure that when you shower, you change everything – from your underclothes, to your socks, shoes, even hairbands and wristbands!

Shorts, three-fourths, full length track pants are all comfortable workout kit options. The shorts you choose should not be too tight. They should fit you well and not restrict exercise movement. The three-fourths’ or track pants should be blended cotton (for stretching comfort) or 100 % cotton fabric. The waistband elastic or drawstring should be covered and not too tight so that it doesn’t pinch and irritate your skin. Also look at dry fit T-shirts, cut -sleeves or basketball jerseys, sweat shirts (with sleeves or without sleeves will depend as per the weather conditions), and athletic tank tops. The best fabric to choose is dry fit, as it wicks moisture and keeps the skin dry.

Head To Toe

A head to toe routine post your workout session is a must. A few points, that you should consider:

  • Use disposable body wipes or medicated/herbal wet tissues right after a workout. This will help in removing excess oil from your skin.
  • Always carry a small towel with you to wipe the excess sweat.
  • Avoid touching your face time and again with bare hands to keep bacterial infections and acne at bay.
  • A foot deodorizer is a great way to clean your feet after a heavy workout.