We are all aware of how important it is to stay healthy, and for most individuals, that means hitting the gym on a regular basis. And though physical activity is beneficial for your overall health, it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Working up a sweat is great when you’re at the gym, but not so great when you’re worrying about clogging your pores. AYA™ Medical Spa believes in treating your skin with the utmost care, so we’ve shared a few post-workout skincare tips that can help keep your skin clear and supple:
- Avoid Taking Hot Showers
After a long, grueling workout, there’s nothing better than the feeling of a nice, hot shower. Though it may help relax your muscles, it can also strip your skin of natural oils, and leave your skin dry and itchy. Instead, try taking a shower with warm water as this will help detoxify your skin.
- Gently Cleanse Your Face and Body
Typically after exercising, you may feel sweaty and sticky and you might be tempted to scrub yourself from head to toe to feel squeaky clean. It is important to avoid harsh scrubbing if you have sensitive or dry skin already. Therefore, opt for face washes that suit your skin type and use mild shower gels and a soft washcloth to clean your body.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Drink a lot of water to re-hydrate your skin and body following your workout session. Also, apply moisturizer after taking a shower while your skin is still damp. This helps to lock in moisture and keep the skin soft and smooth. After washing your face, use a light-weight moisturizer that will not clog your pores in your t-zone area, which is more prone to becoming oily. If you’re lacking moisture in your skin, we offer a moisturizing facial which focuses on restoring moisture to dry, dull skin through the use of specific compounds and creams.
- Hit the Steam Room
In addition to relaxing your aching muscles, steam can also unclog your pores, and remove any dirt from the skin that is preventing you from having a clear, smooth complexion.
- Skip the Tanning Bed
Avoid going to the tanning bed or any direct sun exposure immediately after you leave the gym. The UV rays can cause harm to your skin and may cause wrinkles and sun spots. To prevent direct contact, cover your face with protective clothing or apply multiple layers of sunscreen. To target areas of the skin that have been damaged by the sun, we recommend our Melanage™ peel which helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our special offers and skincare packages to help you rejuvenate your look before the holidays. From now until December 31st, 2014, we’re offering an additional 25% OFF already discounted treatment packages of 5 or more select treatments. You can choose from our menu of skincare services with a create-your-own-package deal or have one of our licensed estheticians customize a package especially for your skin needs.
For more skincare tips or to learn more about which of our treatments are best for you, contact us. Also, connect with AYA™ Medical Spa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the latest cosmetic and skincare news and updates.