How to protect the skin during training

Constant physical activity has several benefits: it helps maintain a healthy weight, encourages you to eat healthier and is also able to relieve stress by reducing anxiety, improving mood and self-esteem. .

However, not everyone may know that he is sport it also helps improve skin health.

Thanks to the increase in blood flow and oxygen resulting from physical effort, in fact, thephysical activity allows the the skin to be more radiant, bright and vital. However, it is good to follow some tips so as not to risk the appearance of training acne, sunburn, sores or infections.

Let’s explore the subject with the doctor Laura Colli, dermatologist and venereologist from Humanitas Mater Domini.

Protecting the skin: tips

remove make-up

Before you start training it’s good remove makeup. Thanks to perspiration, in fact, a layer could form that clogs the pores, favoring the appearance of acne.

Put on sunscreen

When training outdoors, in summer and winter, it is a good idea to protect your skin with a Solar creamin order to protect it from the harmful and aging effect of ultraviolet rays.

Use appropriate clothing

L’Clothes chosen must make it possible to avoid skin abrasions. For example, those who prefer plant-based fabrics should wear loose, soft and breathable fabrics. If you prefer technical and adherent fabrics, it is better to choose breathable, quick-drying and seamless fabrics to avoid skin trauma

Clothing should be washed after each workout, in order to avoid both bad smells, infections and bacterial proliferation. When you have finished exercising, you should shower as soon as possible, using a cleanser that removes sweat, oil and scaly cells, to prevent irritation and acne on your face and trunk. After the shower, it is good to apply emollient creams all over the body and soothing products on the areas that need it.

In the gym, use a towel

In the gym it is a good practice use your own towelto be placed on the seats and backrests of machines: moist skin is more vulnerable and can catch infections on contact with surfaces.

When it comes to footwear in gyms and swimming pools, it is important to use the slippers both in the changing rooms and in the showers, in order to avoid warts and bacterial infections.

Finally, fundamental is the disinfection of equipment before and after their use, and clean or disinfect the hands after each workout, avoiding touching the face during exercise, so as not to carry the dirt with which we may have come into contact with the face.

Cuts, scrapes, piercings and training

In the event of cuts, abrasions and piercings, it is a good idea to dress and cover the areas with a bandage when exercising: if the wounds risk becoming infected and reopening, the piercings and microdermals could traumatize the skin by clinging to the material.

Finally, if the piercings or wounds have not yet healed, it is important to avoid swimming in the pool, in the sea, in hot tubs and saunas, as they could become infected.

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