I’ll be the first to admit that when I first started getting my cardio on, I kind of… overdid it (specifically with the sweat factor). I figured, the more- the merrier. WRONG. Too much sweat is NOT the way to go for flawless skin. That and- I was getting overly exhausted trying to produce more of it. So… whoops? Many of us don’t realize this but there is actually a proper way to sweat for gorgeous skin. And some of you may even be thinking that sweat is the culprit of your breakouts. And you may very well be right. However, it could simply be because you’re doing it all wrong.
So, you’ve come to the right place. Because hopefully I’ll be saving you from creating (or continuing to create) a disastrous mess on your face. With that said, let’s take a look at how to get the right amount of sweat for optimum simply dewy results.
What Is Sweat And Where Does It Come From?
Sweat is mainly composed of water, sodium, chloride, and potassium. It can come from two different glands- eccrine and apocrine. The eccrine glands (mostly concentrated in our palms, soles, and forehead) secrete perspiration to maintain our core temperature of 98.6 degrees. Whereas the apocrine glands (concentrated in the armpits, groins, and breasts) release sweat as a response to emotional stress or stimulation through physical activity. While the eccrine glands release odorless sweat, the apocrine glands not only produce odor but they also release proteins and fatty acids into our sweat.
How Does Sweat Benefit Your Skin?
Although not a significant amount of toxins are released through sweat, it still excretes 1% of harmful toxins from your body such as BPA, along with alcohol, cholesterol, and salt. It also allows your pores to open up and release buildup such as bacteria, dust, and oils. And apart from removing impurities within your skin, sweat can also protect your skin from bacteria such as E. coli and staphylococcus aureus. It does this by secreting Dermcidin– an an antibiotic peptide that helps heal wounds such as small cuts and scratches. What a neat fact huh?
Before, During, and After Sweat
To actually receive the benefits sweat has to offer (like releasing yucky impurities from your pores), you must do the following:
Before– Your face should be cleansed to reduce any grime already on your skin. This includes making sure your face is rid of any makeup in order to avoid blocked pores and breakouts. To reduce rashes and irritation, it is also best to wear moisture wicking and breathable clothes.
During- Sweat needs to be moderate in order for it to be beneficial. Excessive sweat may cause skin infections, eczema, and rashes as the moist environment creates germs that make their way into your pores. Also, make sure to drink enough water while sweating, as not enough can impact your body’s process of detoxing.
After- Cleansing your skin afterwards is necessary to remove anything that purged through your pores or hair product that may have run down your face. If your face is not cleansed after sweating- the combination of sweat, heat, excessive oil, and congested pores may encourage the production of Malassezia folliculitis – a type of acne characterized by itchy, sensitive, and inflamed pimples. It is usually found along the hairline, jawline, forehead, neck, and back. Those who are physically active also tend to produce more dead skin cells than those who are not, so it’s important to exfoliate. In order to reduce skin irritation, it’s always best to use lukewarm water when washing up and patting dry. Then follow up with a good moisturizer and calming mist for best results.
Sweat Moderately Through…
- Brisk Walking
- Light Jogging
- Rock Climbing
- 30 min cap on intense exercises
- Housework (such as vacuuming)
- Dry Sauna
Negative Effects of Improper Sweating
Again, sweat really only produces acne if you do not cleanse your face, if you wear the wrong clothes, or workout on something that irritates your skin. Can you come up with any other forms of moderate exercise for proper sweating? Comment below, and happy sweating gals!