Any bloke who puts a shift in at the gym often comes across redness, irritation and inflamed skin. It's not an uncommon thing for us to get a bit red during exercise (that's the point after all), so, instead of panicking, make sure you take on plenty of fluids, to keep your skin as hydrated as possible from within. It may also be a good idea to check out some skin boosting vitamins if you're a regular gym goer. but, unlike water, this is totally optional.
If you're anything like me, the thought of using the standard gym shower gel during a post-workout shower will make your toes curl. Not because they're necessarily bad for you. But gents, let's face it, we want more! Likewise, you lose a lot of sweat and heat through your head, so a mediocre shampoo isn't going to win you any favours when you want to look decent after a good heavy session.
So chaps, let's begin.The first thing I'd recommend is a good men's body wash.Getting clean and feeling fresh are essential to your post-workout cleanse. A good body wash also cleans out your pores and revitalises hair follicles, meaning you'll avoid a nasty stench later on in your day caused by bacteria and odour build up. We also want to avoid very stringent body washes, as we only want to remove sweat and dirt, not our natural skin oils.
Keeping it simple, next with a softening face wash for men. Avoid face scrubs directly after exercising, as your skin will most probably be red and irritated already. Don't give it any excuse to look more angry and use a calming face wash, you can achieve a great clean, whilst soothing your complexion.
Before you step out the shower, deploy a good quality men's shampoo. As previously mentioned, doing so will leave your hair fresh and hydrated, as well as clean any bacteria build up on your scalp, often escalated during exercise.We're aiming to clean and hydrate both our hair and scalp. We don't want a dry, itchy scalp that flakes off onto our work suit.
"Key skincare tip: Don't rub yourself dry with a towel. Doing so will anger your skin, which by now will be quickly recovering from the vigour of your workout. Pat dry your skin all over with your towel."
A Post workout moisturiser is the key to this routine. As well as resetting your skin's natural barrier against toxins and levelling its natural PH balance, a good quality moisturiser for men will really relax your skin, which often becomes dry and tight during exercise. Remember to choose a moisturiser that is suited to your skin type and apply a couple of drops across the entirety to your face and neck.
By now, time will be of the essence, we also don't want to give the impression we're running a "day spa" in the locker room. So it's time to sort the hair out, a good quality paste gives a natural look and ultimate hold.
For the bearded gent there is one more step: As we've already moisturised, we don't want to lather up in a slippy beard oil. A Beard Balm will soak in faster and nourish better, also the mild fragrance is more distinctive in balm than oil.
And thats it! We've gone from sweaty athlete to well groomed gent.