More often than not, the first thing you want to do after a tough workout is shower and freshen up. We hear ya! But fitness fanatics, beware: One surprising part of your post-workout beauty routine might be damaging your skin. (No time for a shower? Here’s how to look, feel, and smell fresh after your sweat session.)
No matter how badly you want to revive your sweaty hair after exercising, dermatologists recommend avoiding hair products like hairspray after a workout. Why, you ask? “As your body is still warm, these products will melt and travel downward to your face and clog pores,” New York-based dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman told Byrdie.
Even worse, these products can cause acne and irritation in the long run. Clogged pores difficult to de-clog, and as a result, you’re much more likely to get blackheads, whiteheads, and acne, according to Dr. Todd Plott. Check out even more sneaky reasons for your acne breakout.
Bottom line: While you might want to get your hair in great shape after shaping up your body, put the products away.
Looking for more post-workout advice? Dr. Engelman suggests avoiding heavy, pore-clogging makeup after a workout, too. If you can’t do without a face touch-up, opt for light makeup products like tinted moisturizer, instead. Just look at this way: You’ve never had a better excuse to “let your natural radiance shine,” she said.
That’s not the only gym mistake you’re making. You should never, ever do these things after a workout, either.