Wearing Makeup to the Gym: How Much Harm Does It Really Do

Opinions on wearing makeup to the gym are incredibly varied. Some women swear by it, but others will go on and on about horror stories they’ve heard. It makes it difficult to tell what the facts are so that you can make a decision for yourself. Fortunately, OROGOLD can offer you a few simple tips and explanations as to why there are so many opinions. None of these will surprise anyone who invests their time in a good skin care routine, but it might never have occurred to you to think about what you knew in these ways. You can wear makeup to the gym. The catch is that you need to apply your skin care smarts when doing it.

Woman working out in a gym.

Pores and Exercise
If you’ve got problematic skin, then you likely already shy away from heavier makeup most of time. It can clog up your pores and make you more prone to breakouts. These principles apply to people with less problematic skin when working out. If you’re wearing foundation to the gym, then you won’t be able to swear and particular foundations are likely to sink into your pores as they open up from exercise. The fact is that the exercise itself is part of a healthy overall body and skin care routine. Body heat and sweat will open up your pores and make post-exercise exfoliation and skin care even more effective than skin care without exercise. However, you can’t wear foundation. You also run into the problem with foundation that sweat can make it run and disrupt your look in various ways.

Woman at the gym

Minimal Makeup
Sweat isn’t just going to mess up foundation though. This means you need to think about what kind of makeup you want to use at the gym. Focus on the smaller things that you can do. Focus on lip gloss or color that lightly complements your face rather than dramatic colors. Similarly, go for simple eye makeup. Eyeliner and mascara are fine, but you can do without eyeshadow. The trick with eye makeup is that your eyeliner and mascara need to be waterproof. Sweat will probably get in your eyes if you’re exercising, and non-waterproof eye makeup is likely to run. This isn’t a foolproof way around the problem though. Wear a headband or another means to keep sweat out of your eyes if you want to wear eye makeup, but remember it is better to do without the eye makeup if you can.

Woman cleansing her face

Cleanse BEFORE You Exercise
This may seem a bit counter-intuitive at first, but this is a good thing to remember. As we highlighted earlier, exercise opens up your pores through body heat and sweat. The same problem with foundation exists simply from not cleaning your face well before you go for a workout. Any accumulated grime can wind up clogging your pores. As a result, OROGOLD recommends that you find a good, light cleanser for use before any exercise routine you start. This will clean your skin and help you feel like your skin is cleaner and more vibrant before you set out. Getting into this habit can help you deal with any self-consciousness from using less makeup than usual at the gym.

There’s only one major question that’s likely left in your mind now. Yes, you can use concealer on problem areas. Just keep in mind OROGOLD’s suggestions and tricks when you use it at the gym. Less is more when it comes to makeup at the gym. No matter what anyone tells you, you don’t need to surrender looking good when you exercise. All you need to do is stay smart about it and aware of your skin’s needs.

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