If you are an athlete, either professional or amateur, chances are that you are already in tip-top physical shape, eat a well-balanced diet, sleep regularly, and are overall very mindful of how you treat your body. Even the most cognizant and meticulous athlete is bound to encounter acne, sunburn, a rash, dry skin, photodamage, or inflammation at some point in their career, which is why it is important to adopt a preventative skin care routine. We at AminoGenesis love to formulate new and improved products which can meet the needs of a diverse group of people, so below we have outlined the importance of moisturizing, toning, and cleansing your skin if you are an athletic woman.
Many people believe that wiping your skin with a washcloth and some warm water will clean your skin after a rigorous work out. However, washcloths can be very abrasive on the skin, and water alone will not remove all of the build-up dirt, oil, and sweat that collects in your pores during a work-out (American Academy of Dermatology). Additionally, many cosmetics and environmental impurities are not water soluble, and instead must be eliminated with a gentle skin cleanser that both cleans and hydrates the skin (Indian Journal of Dermatology), Skin should be cleansed at least twice a day (morning and evening) and after significant perspiration using water, one’s fingertips, and a non-alcoholic cleanser. Some dermatologists even champion cleansing skin immediately before working out, so as to minimize the amount of debris that can combine with sweat to clog one’s pores (Well + Good)
A daily thorough cleansing regimen is essential for everyone, but especially crucial for athletes who engage in contact sports, sweat profusely, or who are frequently exposed to the natural elements. For example, athletes are particularly susceptible to conditions like tinea versicolor (an overproduction of skin yeast that causes pinkish-tan patches) (American Academy of Dermatology), staphylococcus aureus, herpes simplex, and warts (Western Journal of Medicine) .
While certain conditions (such as staphylococcus aureus) are far too strong to be combated by a non-prescription cleansers and medicines, a good cleanser will still remove excess bacteria, pollutants, and dead skin cells that are lurking in your pores (Westlake Dermatology). A good cleanser also keeps some bacterium from entering wounds and lesions on the skin’s surface, thus minimizing the potential for viral infection and maximizing your time in the field. When exercising, skin releases excess sebum to keep the skin hydrated, and raises the skin’s ph. Within an hour after working out, the skin slowly returns to its more acidic level (4.5-6.5). A gentle cleanser, such as the AminoGenesis Really, Really Clean Cleanser, works to cleanse skin without interfering with the skin’s natural ph regulation (Skin Research and Technology)
A toner isn’t an absolutely essential part of your skin routine, contrary to popular belief. Those with naturally-dry skin should also skip toner, since it can further dry out the skin and cause the skin to overproduce oil, leading to breakouts and greasy skin (RealSimple). If you have naturally oily skin, sweat profusely, or vigorously exercise on a regular basis, then a toner will clean up any excess dirt and oil that a cleanser may have missed. Those who frequently workout or sweat profusely are more susceptible to a condition called pityrosporum folliculitis, a particularly-resilient form of acne that it caused my overproduction of skin yeast. The condition is characterized by pinhead-sized acne, usually in teenage to middle-aged individuals (Dr. Cynthia Bailey Skin Care, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology). Fortunately, using a toner once or twice a week after cleansing should be able to wipe away any stubborn dirt.
Chances are that no matter what sport you play, excessive sun exposure, chlorine exposure, and harsh antibacterial soaps and lotion have dried out your skin at some point in your athletic career. However, proper hydration is essential to maintaining skin elasticity and brightness, but can also keep some skin conditions like inflammation and itchiness at bay (Practical Dermatology). Overly dry skin can overproduce sebum so as to hydrate skin, leading to acne and clogged pores. In order to best regulate skin’s moisture, we suggest the AminoGenesis Therapeutic Facial Repair Moisturizer which makes of 17 amino acids to not only seal in moisture, but hydrate deep into the skin to ensure moisture throughout the skin’s layers.
Athletic women certainly place their skin under a lot of stress – excessive sweating, sun exposure, exposure to chlorine, and heightened access to bacteria and contaminants due to outdoors or contact sports. Nonetheless, an easy routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing can keep a good deal of skin conditions at bay so as to ensure that your skin remains healthy and beautiful both on the field and off. For the best results, we suggest using the AminoGenesis Really, Really Clean Cleanser which gently but deeply penetrates the skin remove deep-seated dirt, oil, and debris, and follow this with our Therapeutic Facial Repair Moisturizer which not only seals in moisture, but penetrates deep into the skin for long-lasting hydration.