If you are a fan of playing outdoor sports, the sun, the dirt, and the pollutants in the air will wreck havoc on your skin if you don’t give it the attention it needs. Here’s what you must have in your kit if the gold-standard of skin is your goal.
Never forget the sunscreen
Regularly applying sunscreen is a no-brainer. But if you are going to be braving harsh with rays shining directly on to your face, you need to up your sunscreen ante. Choose a sunscreen that’s broad spectrum, has an SPF at least 30, waterproof and can stay on your skin even if you are sweating buckets. Reapply every time you towel off or step out of the pool since being waterproof doesn’t make sunscreen resistant to wipe-downs.
Make cleansing a certain part of your skincare routine
Washing your face after a workout is not always necessary. But your face needs a good cleanse before and after you hit the outdoors. When your pores are already clogged, sweat and dirt will add another layer that is harder to remove. Keep cleansing towelettes on hands for a quick wipe down before you can get to the nearest sink.
Your skincare routine should include both mechanical and chemical exfoliants: scrub twice per week and book an AHA peel with your dermatologist every two months for glowing skin.
Hydration is key
Even if you don’t have dry skin, playing an outdoor sport will dehydrate your dermis. Layer on hydrating skincare products in order to create a barrier and really lock in moisture. Start with a serum, add a moisturizer, and then finish with a face oil. Keep a face mist onhand to give your skin a quick drink of water whenever it gets thirsty.
Fight the free radicals
Free radicals are the major cause of premature ageing and antioxidants are the only option to solve the problem. A Vitamin C serum will protect skin against the sun and repair damaged skin, so it is perfect for daytime wear. Supplement with antioxidant-rich foods such as grapes, berries, nuts and green tea.