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How To Maintain Clear Skin While Swimming

2 MIN READ • 11th April 2016

Our expert Sam Sargent reveals how to avoid common problems brought on by exercise

Swimmer’s skin

Chlorine and other chemicals that are commonly found in pools play havoc with the skin, so when you get out of the pool, remember to take a shower immediately, and follow with a full-body application of 100 percent pure and organic plant oils, so as to nourish and rehydrate the skin. If you can find a pool that doesn’t contain such a high percentage of chemicals then great, or if it’s warm enough to swim in the ocean, lake or sea, even better.


Sweat spots

It’s important to support the natural function of your skin before and after your workout so that your skin can do what it is designed to do. I know it’s tempting to want to look your best at the gym, but wearing a face full of make-up is not doing you any favours, and will only exacerbate the issue of face acne caused by sweat. If you must wear makeup, then apply a light layer and ensure that it is a natural and organic brand that contains natural ingredients only. After your workout, remember to cleanse and nourish your skin. Choose natural plant-based products [AEOS specialises in these] that encourage the skin to absorb the nutrient-dense plant oils that help to balance excess oil production.


Red in the face?

Rosacea is such a complicated issue, usually representative of an underlying issue that needs addressing, so there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Each case seems to be different. However, by switching to a completely natural skin care regime and avoiding those foods and stressors that exacerbate the condition it can be alleviated and you needn’t have to suffer. If you do experience rosacea when working out, then perhaps look at the type of skin care and other cosmetics that you have applied to your skin.


Body blitz

Make it a routine ritual after your workout to jump straight in the shower to wash away sweat. Sweat contains a combination of urea, uric acid, ammonia and lactic acid, that the body naturally eliminates, however it’s not a cocktail of ingredients that you want laying on the surface of your skin, especially if your workout gear is made from synthetic materials. If chest and back acne is an issue for you, then try 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo gear that allows for more air flow. Another great tip for helping to promote soft, smooth skin on your body, is to get into the habit of daily dry skin body brushing first thing in the morning before your shower. Dry skin brushing stimulates circulation, increases cell renewal, cleans the lymphatic system and removes dead skin layers, just to name a few of the many benefits. Remember to choose a natural tampico brush, as synthetic bristles can scratch your skin, and always brush towards the heart in long smooth strokes. Take care with sensitive areas and do lighter strokes around your chest.


Outdoor wear

When you’re training outdoors, choose a sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide or non-nano titanium dioxide. Avoid those that contain fragrance, oxybenzone, PABA, alcohol, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, salicylates, mineral oil, TEA, DEA, MEA and propylene/butylene glycol as these ingredients are linked to dryness of the skin, allergic dermatitis, photosensitivity, cancer, skin ageing and acne.

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