Look around. Women are ruling the roost. Women athletes are taking the front stage and becoming inspiring role models for the new generation. And if you’re one of them, we couldn’t be prouder. We know that hard work and challenges you face every day, and we also realize it’s not easy.
As you pick bat-to-bat and sprint-to-win, the sweaty complexion is unavoidable. Sports and skin may not be best friends, but your challenging workout need not be tough on your skin. Exactly why we’re here to make your life a tad bit easier. Whether indoors or outdoors, your beauty routine has to change to factor in your lifestyle in sports. This is especially true when it comes to outdoor sports where sun damage, pollutants and external aggressors come into play.
Lest you break out into blemishes, acne or other skin issues, you need to tweak your beauty regime that suits your life.
As just you meticulously choose your sports gear, it’s time to choose the right gear for your skin too. Here are 8 super handy tips to keep you ahead of the game, always.
Cleanse, cleanse, and cleanse.
For all sports pros, the most essential and significant part of your skincare routine is cleansing your skin. When you’re on the go, you tend to sweat, which clogs pores and thus becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and breakouts. Use a lightweight cleanser to wash your face. If you have oily skin, use a cleanser with Glycolic Acid or Charcoal. For those with dry skin, use a cleanser with Ceramides. And if your skin is sensitive, then opt for a cleanser enriched with Aloe Vera or Chamomile. Do not forget to cleanse the back of your neck.
Stay sun safe.
This is one important step that you should never forget. Playing sports outdoors is harsh on the skin. Even when the weather is pleasant or chilly, your skin is still at risk of sun damage. Remember, just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it’s not there. A waterproof sunscreen works well if you’re into sports. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50+. Apply sunscreen generously on all parts that are exposed. Do not forget to apply it to the back of the neck.
When you’re into sports, sweat is a given. Which means there are chances of clogged pores. That’s why exfoliation is so important. It helps remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface and renew your skin giving it an undeniable radiance. Exfoliate every 10 days, but remember never overdo it as it will leave your skin feeling raw and tender. Click here to buy one.
Once you cool down, and your skin is no longer looking flushed, clean your skin and apply a moisturizer. This will hydrate your skin and keep it from getting dry. Get one that is infused with Vitamin C or Vitamin E. If you have excessively dry skin, you can even consider baby oil or natural hydrating agents like coconut oil.
Give your skin a much-needed boost with a face mist. Post an athletic session, skin can feel sweaty and warm. A soothing face mist will help perk your skin giving it the instant hydration it deserves. Opt for calming ingredients like rose, lavender or mint and uplift your skin.
Always keep a towel handy to wipe your sweat. Do not use your palms as the germs from your hands can get transferred to your skin, causing infections. Also, never underestimate the power of clean towels. Towels are a breeding ground for germs, so make sure you wash your towels daily and use only clean ones.
When you sweat, you lose a lot of water. So while your hydrate your skin from the outside with moisturizer, it needs a boost from the inside as well. Make sure you drink water and replenish your body’s moisture levels. Water does wonders for your skin and your body. Add mint leaves and a wedge of lime to your water for added zest. Yu can also buy some readymade sports drinks. And while you load yourself with H20, don’t forget to eat healthy too.
Care for your hair.
Sweat can not only cause havoc on your skin but on your scalp too. Make sure you wash your hair with a shampoo to remove the dirt and grime. A clean scalp is highly essential. Dirt and impurities can cause dandruff, leading to acne and breakouts. Use a good shampoo and a gentle conditioner to care for your hair.
So champ, we hope these tips will help you ace the skincare game. As India preps from ICC Women’s World Cup, we are waiting with bated breath for the adrenaline rush, for the victories, for the cheers. And as you put for best face forward and face the world, remember we’ve got your back. Game on, girl!