So the New Year brought about New Resolutions and Im sure yours was to get fit, right? It's always better to go au natural when working out, but some women still insist on getting glammed up before hitting the gym. Fashion aside, the question remains: Is it OK to wear makeup while working out?
Tyra Banks roughting it during her workout.
Kim K. roughing it druing her workout.
Decide here and now to excercise without makeup on. Um, who are you trying to impress? First of all, let us just say that if you're going to the gym and working up a sweat, you have a right to look as bad as you want - we are big believers in hitting the gym to work out, not to win a beauty contest. Second, you dont want to be remembered as the girl with smears, drips and splotches of makeup on her face.
Besides that, wearing makeup and sweating isn't a good combo. The reason for this is fairly simple. When we exercise, we increase the volume of blood to our skin and when we get warm, our pores open wider. Sweat can then get into the pores and clog them, and having foundation and makeup on top of that can spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r for our skin - causing bacteria build-up and other ugly side effects.
Ok, so, maybe you're meeting an old friend there (or hoping to meet that cute guy by the free weights), and you want to look your best. Or, perhaps you just like to look good no matter what you're doing - there's nothing wrong with that either!
Since you just can't bear to leave the house naked, we can help! Here are a few tips to help you get through your workout with a pretty face:
- Concealer - just wearing a touch of concealer under your eyes will hide a lot of flaws.
- Waterproof Mascara - this will save you from Raccoon eyes.
- Tinted Moisturizer - while you're working out, you want to put moisture back into your skin.
- Lip Gloss - using regular lipstick will only dry your lips; go with the gloss and glaze.
Whether you choose to look fashionable with or without makeup on, keep in mind that sweat, germy gym equipment and outdoor pollution can all clog your pores. So, after a good workout, be sure to give your face a good cleansing. As always, rehydrate with plenty of water as you exercise. Your skin will reward you with a nice glow and luminous appearance.