Don’t Sweat It
Nothing feels as healthy and restorative as a good sweat. You feel refreshed and renewed, like a whole new person. And while we love getting steamy during our Ro’rides, we always kind of wondered whether this was really the best thing for our skin.
Sweating, of course, is totally natural. It may not be the chicest thing when you’re in a meeting or on a date, but when you’re killing it on that bike? Well, we like to think you look amazing. It’s basically physical evidence of all your hard work and dedication.
While you may have initially thought that all that perspiring wasn’t good for your skin, in fact the exact opposite is true. Studies have shown that the act of sweating – whether in the studio or out cycling through the city – can actually help your body to remove impurities from your skin. It also aids in protecting your skin from harmful bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. How does it do this? When you sweat, your skin also expels a natural antibiotic known as Dermcidin that keeps things health. How cool is that?
No wonder we’ve been hitting steam rooms and saunas for centuries. Sweating is not only a natural detoxification pathway for bad things lingering in our bodies but also an ideal way to keep our skin glowing.
Although it does have all these benefits, there is one thing that can be problematic with lots of sweat: letting it sit on your skin for a lengthy period of time. Think about it. We just talked about how sweating is great because it carries all the baddies, all the enemies of the glow out of your skin, right? Well, if you let it sit for ages, all that grime will settle back into your skin. This will leave you with milia, rashes and breakouts. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
So, what do you do about it? Thankfully, the solution is easy! Wash your face (and your body, as your back, chest and shoulders can also be prone to breakouts if you’re not careful). It might sound like overkill, but it’s actually best to wash your face both before and after your sweat sesh. And minimising the makeup you wear in the studio can also help, as you’ll have less stuff hanging around that can clog your pores.
If you aren’t up for a whole face washing routine before and after you hop on the bike, some great natural face wipes can do the trick. A quick swipe across your face will have you ready to go in no time. And, once you’ve sweated like Niagara Falls during those 45 minutes of pyramids and climbs, be sure to cleanse properly with a refreshing and hydrating cleanser.
Trust us: Your skin will thank you.