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3 Skincare Tips for Athletes

Chances are when you are working out the last thing you are thinking about is your skin, but sweat, body oils, makeup and sun don’t play nicely together. The following are three tips by my resident skincare and makeup expert – my teenage daughter who is a gymnast and summer swimmer.

1. Always remove makeup before any physical activity

makeup remover wipes Whenever you are involved in any type of physical activity (sports, running, biking, etc.) be sure to remove your makeup. Sweating is a natural thing, everyone does it, but makeup and sweat don’t mix.

Not only does makeup clog your pores,  it will look like a mess by the time your workout is done. It is never attractive to have foundation dripping down your face and raccoon eyes. If you must wear makeup, try to limit yourself.  Wear a good waterproof mascara and apply it only on the top lashes. Your cheeks will naturally be flush and try using a lip stain for your lips.

Recommended : CoverGirl Waterproof LashBlast Mascara (Black) & Benefit Benetint cheek and lip stain.

2. Put your hair up

ponytails If you have long hair, listen up and grab your hair ties, bendy clips and/or headbands. Your hair has natural oils in it that can cause you to break out. Yes, I know you all are thinking, seriously? My hair can break me out? Well think about it, when you workout, you sweat and your pores open up. Your hair contains oil that will get in those pores if your hair is in your face resulting in blackheads and pimples. That is why you should always tie back your hair and any bangs or stray pieces. It will also keep it out of your way, so you can focus on what you are doing.

3. Wear Sunscreen

sunscreen If you happen to be involved in any outdoor sport or activity, wear sunscreen! I know that everyone under the sun (no pun intended) would like a tan, but the sun’s harmful UV rays will do more damage than you would like. Try to use an SPF 30 or higher. For your skin, a spray is the easiest way to go. It is fast and effective. No more white, smelly lotion to rub in, just spray and let your skin absorb. For your face, they make face lotions that have SPF in it, but they usually only have SPF 15 in them. They work fine, but if you plan on staying out in the sun for any length of time, you should use something higher than that. Now don’t forget your lips – they burn also – and trust me, it isn’t fun. It is easy to find lipbalms with an SPF in them, check your nearest drugstore.

Want more makeup and beauty tips that are age appropriate and won’t break the bank? Visit my daughter’s site at

And for those of you wondering, we did not receive any compensation or product mentioned in this post. There are affiliate links, but all opinions are based on our own personal experience.

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