You already know that exercising is good for your body and mind. It makes you feel better, it gives you more energy, and it makes you push yourself harder.
Unfortunately, exercising too much may actually be damaging your hair and skin. If you’re a dedicated exercise junkie, there’s probably no chance that you’re going to change your exercise routine for the sake of your hairstyle or for smoother skin.
However, there are some things that you can do to protect your hair and skin from damage and keep your intense exercise routine in place. It may take a little effort on your part, but following these basic tips will make you look and feel better in the long run.
Hair Care Tips for Women
In general, women have more to worry about when it comes to damaging their hair because of exercise. That’s because women typically have more and much longer hair than men.
● Tie your hair up when you exercise, but keep it loose. Tying your hair up with too much tension will put a lot of strain on the roots of your hair and scalp, and that can make problems worse.
● Tie a cotton scarf or use a headband around your hairline to keep sweat off that sensitive area.
● Wash your hair after every workout. It’s important to get all of the sweat that can result in salt and dirt buildup out of your hair and off your scalp. Make sure that it does not have paraben in it because that will just add to excess buildup.
● Use a clarifying shampoo about once per week. You don’t want to use it every single day, so make sure you have a basic shampoo in addition.
● Moisturize your hair with a quality conditioner every time you shampoo.
● Use a leave-in conditioner once per week to restore your hair’s natural moisture.
Hair Care Tips for Men
Most men don’t worry about their hair too much as long as they still have it and it isn’t turning gray. Wash, condition and style is pretty much all most men do, and a lot of the time, that’s all that’s needed however, if you exercise a lot, you’ll need to do more.
● Buy a quality shampoo with a balanced pH level. If you’ve never paid much attention to what type of shampoo you’re buying before, start now.
● Avoid shampoos that contain sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. These will dry out your hair if used too much.
● Get a leave-in conditioner and use it on a weekly basis.
● Have your hair trimmed more often. If your hair starts to look dull and you notice split ends, a trim can make a huge difference. You don’t have to week four to six weeks to go back to your stylist or barber.
Exercise and Skin Care
Exercise isn’t necessarily bad for your skin on its own, but it can make you take certain measures in order to protect it and keep it looking its best. Men and women generally need to follow the same precautions when it comes to a heavy exercise routine and skin care.
You need to keep in mind that UV rays are around regardless of whether the sun is out. Some people have a greater predisposition to skin cancer than others but no matter who you are you need to protect yourself.
● Get into the habit of applying sunscreen if you exercise outdoors. Even if the sun isn’t very bright, sunscreen is beneficial. Pick sunscreen that’s sweat-resistant, and reapply your sunscreen about once per hour.
● Wash after every exercise session, and don’t wait to do it. It might seem obvious, but taking time to recover after a particularly intense workout in sweaty clothes is a very bad idea. Shower as soon as you can after a workout.
● Use a gentle, yet effective soap to wash. You don’t want a soap that’s so harsh it will strip all your skin’s natural oils. After all, if you exercise every day, you’ll need to wash every day.
● Use a separate facial wash when you shower after exercising. The skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on your body.
● Apply a basic body moisturizer after you bathe. You want to do this right after you dry off so the skin is still moist. That way you’ll seal in as much moisture as possible. Use a separate moisturizers designed specifically for facial use.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and founder of Gryffin Media. She loves spending time with her children and writing about all the fascinating things she learns from them. Her articles vary in topic from health, wellness and beauty, to family and even tech.