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You are what you deepest desire is. As is your desire, so is your intention. As is your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. ~Upanishads text.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Anti-aging Practice: Washing your face BEFORE EXERCISE?

Have you ever gone to the gym right after work? Ever see ladies working out with makeup on? I can answer YES to both of these questions and can honesty say that I have been guilty of "working out with make-up on"! Yes, I confess....

Do you wash your face prior to working out to remove the makeup and/or the oil and grim that has built up from the day? WELL, WE SHOULD! Instead of arriving at the gym, changing into gym clothes and jumping into a workout start your workout with a clean face.

Normally, most people tend to focus on cleansing their face AFTER a workout. However, studies have shown that in addition to washing our face after a workout, we should properly cleanse our face BEFORE a workout as well. When you are working out and begin to sweat, your body releases toxins through your pores. When we wipe the sweat from our face, the make-up and/or the grim from the day, can get pushed deeper into your pores and ultimately clog them.

To best preserve the skins radiance and keep our deep pores clean:

PRIOR to working out: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water or cleanse with a disposable make-up remover pad. (These are really easy to use at the gym!)

AFTER working out: Do a gentle cleanse and splash your face with cold water to seal your pores.

I stock my gym bag with make-up remover wipes for a quick and easy cleanse or the pre-treated face wash pads work really well also!

For make-up removers, I like:

1.  COMODYNES MAKE-UP REMOVER Towlettes Face & Eyes (Sensitive & Dry Skin) sold at Trader Joes
2. Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes - 30ct. sold at Target
Both of these contain natural ingredients and are soothing to the skin! 

This is a great practice to have and I'm so glad I've incorporated it into my pre-workout regiment.  Have you?


  1. It would be a good idea to actually document your claims rather than just say, " studies have shown". What studies? I would like to know.

  2. hah i totally agree with the other comment. Although what you say makes sense i don't see why you would say "studies show" when you've got no proof of it.



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