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It’s no secret that a great workout is good for your health. It’s also no secret that workouts can sometimes contribute to unwanted breakouts, dry skin, and the appearance of fine lines. While seemingly unavoidable, there are skincare routines you can practice after your workout to keep you hydrated and luminescent. We asked Dermatologist’s Choice founder and award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B, for recommendations for avoiding post-workout acne, preventing wrinkles, and maintaining glowing skin. Here’s everything you need to know.
According to Dr. B, “Leaving excess sweat on the skin can lead to infections and clogged
pores which cause stubborn acne.” So after that hardcore cycling class, the last thing you should do is go straight to lunch without cleansing. “Immediately after exercise, when the face is sweaty and oily, use Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to cleanse your pores of sweat and oil to prevent and treat acne breakouts and fine lines.” What’s a glycolic peel cleansing pad, you ask? These powerful pads cleanse and remove sweat, oil, and debris that collects on your skin during a workout. The result is almost immediate, and the application is easy. Just store a pack in your gym bag so you can cleanse your face quickly and go get that post-workout smoothie bowl!
Let’s break this down: Glycolic acid is a non-toxic, all-natural, safe-for-all-skin-types alpha hydroxy acid, naturally derived from sugar cane. Dr. B shares, “Glycolic acid penetrates into the dermis (the second layer of skin) where the collagen is (and where the wrinkles are)... Once you get to the second layer, you force the body to rejuvenate the collagen we lose as we age. It takes off a dead layer of skin as well and cleans out the pores. It’s also gentle enough to be used daily and even on sensitive skin. It is the natural, over the counter competitor to Retin-A.” Once applied to the skin, it enters the pores and activates a cell renewal process, breaking down the “glue” holding the top layer of skin together, so that the fresh layer can emerge. When the top layer of skin falls and flakes off, it removes unwanted acne, fine lines, and skin pigmentation. Essentially, you make way for a “new” layer of clearer, brighter skin! That’s pretty amazing.
It should be noted, though, that not all glycolic acid is made equal. “A non-neutralized glycolic does tingle and may cause redness, but it also works,” Dr. B says. “The stinging is because it is an acid. It goes into the pores and takes off a layer of skin…getting the dead layer of skin off looks better. It’s working better if you see mild irritation and/or some redness.” Many products on the market today advertise “pure” glycolic, but in reality, these products are neutralized (made ineffective) because the manufacturers think that the tingling effects of strong glycolic will scare off consumers. The reality is glycolic can’t hurt or burn the skin—it’s completely safe. These neutralized products sound flashy but won’t do anything for your skin. But, when you feel the tingle (like you will with DermChoice products), you’re only hours away from clearer, brighter, and healthier skin.
Showering frequently or after every workout dries out your skin by stripping it of the natural oils and moisture. We are not saying you should walk around with a post-workout sweat smell by skipping the shower post that intense cycling or bootcamp class. But there are preventative measures you can take to make sure your skin stays moist, your body stays clean, and your friends and coworkers stay happy to be around you. Meet Pre-Bath Oil. “I developed the Pre-Bath Oil after a patient with eczema (clinically irritated and dry skin) could not find relief from over-the-counter lotions and prescriptions,” Dr. B said. “The patient told me he applied the oil before entering the shower and experienced relief right away. That’s when I knew we had a winning formula, and I have been recommending the Pre-Bath Oil to all my patients with dry skin ever since.” This easy-to-use product is far more effective than lotion for those who shower daily. Just apply it all over your face and body before entering the bath or shower. This will create a protective barrier on your skin’s surface. Plus, oil penetrates deeper than lotion, so the Pre-Bath Oil will thoroughly moisturize the deeper layers of your skin, soothing dryness and irritation.
Bonus: DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance. Their products are certified cruelty-free and formulated with natural and organic ingredients—and they actually work. Talk about a win-win!
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Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.