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- Regular exposure to the elements (and sweat) means runners need to pay extra attention to their skin
- From cleanser to salicylic acid, these 7 products help to keep your skin healthy on your runs
- We spoke to dermatologists about their top product picks and why each step is important
You’ve got your workout kit sorted, sneakers to suit your gait, and the perfect playlist lined up. But what about your moisturizer? Although you may not realize it, moisturizer, along with a number of other skincare products, is an essential part of any running regime.
“While running has health benefits, its high-impact nature has been attributed to advancing skin laxity and overall aging of the face,” says Dr. Rhonda Klein, MD, co-founder of Modern Dermatology. “The repeated bouncing and pulling on the skin of the face can exacerbate the breakdown of collagen and elastin.” Those who run outside also expose their face to the elements, including pollution, cold temperatures, and the sun.
But don’t think you’re making a healthier choice for your skin by sticking to the treadmill. You’ll still be producing sweat and excess sebum. which can clog up pores. And there are downsides to exercising indoors, too. “Air conditioning and central heating can dry the skin out and cause irritation,” says Dr. Mary Sommerlad, a consultant dermatologist in the UK.
Although you might already have a morning and evening skincare routine, it’s important to also give your face a bit of extra attention before and after your run. We walk you through the most important steps, the products you should use, and whether it’s a good idea to wear makeup, below.
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