Runner Skin Care

Skincare for Runners

For boosting fitness, maintaining a healthy body weight, or keeping those feel-good endorphins flowing, nothing beats jogging. Whatever your level, it really is one of the most accessible forms of exercise out there – in every sense! But no matter whether your goal is to get fit or smash that personal best, it’s important to take care of your skin during and after exercise. Here are FOREO’s top tips to take care of your face while you take care of your body. 

Run Bare

Go bare! In other words: remove all makeup before you hit the treadmill or track. Make-up forms a clogging film over the skin, which can cause inflammation and irritation in your pores. As you exercise, your body temperature increases and your heart rate rises, causing your pores and sweat glands to open. They start releasing sweat, in an attempt to cool the body down, however, make-up can prevent sweat from leaving the pores, leading sweat to leak into the surrounding skin, where its acidic nature can cause redness and heat rash. 

No time to squeeze in that lunch hour run and fix your makeup? Recent years have seen an expanding range of non-comedogenic cosmetic lines – or ‘athleisure beauty’ – that won’t block pores. No, they’re not ideal – but they’re a whole lot better than compromising your running routine.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!

When it comes to running, hydration is a must! Whether amateur or elite, drinking enough before you set out, topping up on the go, and rehydrating post-workout not only helps your body thermoregulate, it also lubricates joints and optimizes muscles, keeping cramps to a minimum and reducing risk of injury. But in addition to checking water intake, skin-savvy runners should also ensure that their skinis hydrated – particularly when exercising in cold, dry, moisture-sapping climates. Cold winter air, especially when combined with low humidity, saps moisture from the skin, leaving it dry, flaky, and irritated. Lock in moisture and keep skin quenched by applying a light moisturiser both pre- and post-workout.

Be Sun Safe

There’s no better feeling than running outside in the glorious sunshine! But at any time of year, exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage skin. While it may be easier to remember to reach for the sunscreen during summer months, overcast runs can be just as dangerous: according to Skin Cancer Foundation, “The dangerous days aren’t just the ones that are hot and sunny. Up to 80 percent of UV rays can penetrate clouds.” That means proper sun protection is a must –every time! For face andbody, outdoor runners should look for water-resistant sunscreen formulas (we love Supergoopand Coolafor being light, non-greasy, and quick to absorb), and for exercising in high-intensity sunshine consider a visor or hat.

Sweat… And Cleanse

However you exercise, sweating is inevitable, and while this is an important bodily function for removing toxins and impurities, leaving it on the skin can result in clogged pores and dehydration” explainsGP and Dermatologist, Dr Anita Sturnham.

FOREO’s cleansing devices feature silicone touchpoints and T-Sonic pulsations, allowing for a cleanse that is still gentle, but deeper than anything your hands can provide. The FOREO LUNA mini 2removes 99.5% of dirt and oil – including makeup residue – ideal for a pre-workout cleanse, as well as removing sweat and pollution particulates after your run. If this isn’t enough to convince you, it's also small in size, waterproof,  has 8 adjustable pulsation intensities for customized cleansing, and provides 300 uses on one full USB charge. LUNA mini 2 has a soft silicone head that’s 35X more hygienic than nylon bristles for a bateria free gentle cleanse, restoring sensitive skin that has been exposed to cold winds or still flushed with post-run redness.   

Tailor your skincare

It’s just as important to tailor your skincare. GP and Dermatologist Dr. Anita Sturnham recommends looking for detoxifying ingredients such as salicylic acid in your post workout cleanser.  After you cleanse, apply a water based antioxidant loaded toner to rebalance skin PH and a hydrating serum, rich in ingredients such as squalene, hyaluronic acid, ceramides to really rehydrate the skin. Finish off with a light textured, peptide and emollient based moisturiser. Ingredients such as safflower, apricot kernel and squalene are fabulous for locking in extra hydration, perfect for parched post-workout skin. 

Don’t let skincare concerns keep you from being your active, healthiest best. Look after your skin – and keep running!