Updated: Feb 16
Skincare is an important routine that shouldn't be overlooked and I often get asked questions around skincare from clients... So check out my 6 tips to help towards better skincare.
6 Skincare Tips...
Tip One: Drink Water & Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is important for the skins appearance, helping to address the skins dullness by fighting the build-up of dead skin cells, while also helping to rid the skin of toxins and avoid the build-up of oil and acne.
Tip Two: Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Now, staying hydrated and eating healthily may seem like tips from a mean PT trying to get you to eat your 5-a-day, but I promise these things genuinely help towards healthy, brighter looking skin. This is because the antioxidants in fruit and veg help to protect the skin against cellular damage caused by free radicals (unstable atoms that damage cells and lead to illness and the aging process).
Tip Three: Always Wear an SPF
Sun exposure has huge implications on our skin. It can cause fine lines, wrinkles to become more pronounced and in severe cases lead to skin cancer. The sun's rays weaken the natural elastane produced in the skin, which causes the premature wrinkles, and also leads to the production of brown spots.
Wearing an SPF can help prevent the damage caused by the sun and should be worn all year round! That's right, not just the summer... but our fine English winter too as 80% of the sun's rays can penetrate through clouds.
Tip Four: Wash Your Face
This is essential! Though this may sounds obvious, regular face washing is often overlooked.
I wash my face morning and night with a gel wash and electric cleansing brush to remove make-up, dirt and excess oil - especially after a sweaty gym session! I'd usually follow this up with a hydrating moisturiser (my morning one contains SPF!)
Just a side note - avoid wearing make-up during exercise! It will clog your pores and promote excess oil production leading to spots and breakouts!
Tip Five: Avoid Touching Your Skin at the Gym
It probably won't come as a surprise to you, but gym equipment can be pretty dirty! So one of my biggest tips is to NOT touch your face after handling gym equipment without washing/sanitising your hands first (even more important with the current COVID pandemic)!
Gym equipment is the breeding ground for bacteria and not everyone cleans it once they are finished. Avoiding touching your face will help to prevent skin breakouts and spreading bacteria.
Tip Six: Change Your Pillowcases - Regularly
On average you spend 6-8 hours a day lying on your pillowcase. Now you may wash your face everyday, but the chances are you don't wash your hair everyday. When you work out your hair can get sweaty (mine certainly does!), or when you walk the dog, or lay in the sun... you get my point. The oils from your hair can transfer onto your pillowcase, therefore you need to change and wash them regularly - I would suggest every other day.
And that's it, my six tips for better skincare. I hope these tips help you, but remember I am NOT a skincare expert, just a personal trainer talking from experience.