We help you make sport as healthy for your skin as it is for your body.


The nitty-gritty


What
How to take care of your skin before, during, and after sport

Why
For skin that stays moisturised and pores that remain unclogged, despite the sweat and toxins

How
Regular moisturising, showering, and exfoliating

 

Whether it’s your weekly football game with your friends, or early morning yoga sessions, you probably believe you’re taking good care of your body. We’ve prepared the following guide - for elite athletes and beginners alike - because the “mens sana in corpore sano” motto also applies to your skin.

Before

Outdoor sports: protect yourself from the sun
If you regularly engage in outdoor sports, we strongly recommend you use sunscreen. Indeed, while a red face after a training session is generally due to your body evacuating the heat you’ve generated, it might turn out the redness is due more to sunburns than effort. Sunscreen can also replace your moisturising cream if you’re exercising in normal weather conditions. Combining both a moisturiser and sunscreen is only really necessary when you are experiencing extremely cold temperatures.

If necessary: moisturise your skin
At this stage, we won’t repeat the numerous benefits of moisturising creams for your face. As a seasoned cream user, you might still wonder if it’s at all useful to apply cream before training. In most cases, it isn’t. However, in specific situations, a moisturiser can provide an efficient barrier to protect your skin. For example, against the aggressive mix created by cold temperatures and the salt in your sweat.

On the appropriate use of deodorant
Some like to apply deodorant before any physical activity, which we can understand, as it is common knowledge that those who sweat the least come across as not being as affected by the effort. An efficient way of playing mental games with your opponents.

During

Always remember that to the victor go the spoils. Also important and worth remembering is to stay hydrated by regularly drinking water.

After

Whether you’re a morning runner or an after work athlete, make sure to wash all the perspiration off your body.

First step: shower
Start by taking all your sweat-drenched clothes off as soon as you’re done training, and head to the shower. First off because the smell of sweat is rather unpleasant for you and the people in your vicinity, and also because the sweat that stays on your face can dry your skin due to its high salt content. A shower will wash it off. Use mild products that are suitable for your skin type, so as to respect your epidermis’ balance. If you refuse to shower at your gym because it’s too dirty, then it’s about time you changed gyms.

Second step: wash your hair while you’re at it
Sweat is as toxic for your head as it is for the rest of your body. Regular training implies washing your hair more often than usual to eliminate impurities. Cleaning and washing your face, body, and hair should be considered an essential step of your workout regimen.

Third step: moisturise your skin
Once you’ve cleaned your skin of toxins and sweat residues, we recommend moisturising your face and body, in particular the areas that tend to go dry. Moisturising creams compensate for the water and nutrients your skin loses when you exercise. Dr Bronner’s organic lotion is suitable for your face, body, and hands. Its practical format will conveniently fit into a sports bag, and its peppermint scent will wake you up and refresh you, if necessary.

Fourth step: control odours to stay inconspicuous
There are very few things more annoying than a man who trains and brags about it in the office and on social media. Because you are a man with class, you understand the value of discretion. As such, if you exercise before work, applying deodorant after your shower will eliminate any potential resilient odours. We recommend using aluminum- and alcohol-free deodorants only, as they are less aggressive for your skin.

Fifth step: remove dead skin cells with an exfoliating product
Exfoliate once a week. There are specific products both for your face - such as our konjac and binchotan sponge - and your body. Exfoliating will unclog your pores from the toxins evacuated when your exercise.

Once again, don’t forget to drink. Not only to compensate for the water lost by your body, but also because your skin’s hydration relies on what, and how much you drink.

The benefits of sport for your skin

Don’t let our previous recommendations scare you into putting away your gym clothes and tearing up your membership card. That would be a terrible mistake, because it turns out exercising has various benefits for your skin. Through sweating, it eliminates toxins as well as the impurities clogging your pores. A good training session will also oxygenate your skin tissue. Regular exercise is remarkably helpful when it comes to fending of premature ageing. Which explains why David Beckham doesn’t look anywhere near his real age of 41. And finally, it is common knowledge that sport is excellent for stress-relief. Until you have to kick a penalty to qualify for the European Football Championship semi-finals that is...

While our tips will certainly not make you run any faster or longer, and won’t even guarantee you pick the winning team, at least you can rest assured your skin won’t suffer from your efforts.

And last but not least, the only place where you should worry about leaving your mark is the after-game festivities.