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Do You Need a Pre and Post Workout Skincare Routine?

How you treat your skin can be as important as how hard you hit those burpees.
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Going for a run, getting in a few om’s and downward dogs or pumping iron? Kudos! While you’re taking care of your body, it’s equally important to care for your skin — both before and after your workout. Here are our top tips, tricks and product picks for your pre and post workout skincare routine.


Step 1: Cleanse. Make sure your skin is free of makeup, since the combination of sweat, oil and makeup can clog pores and cause breakouts. Plus, who really wants to work out with a face full of moisturizer or mascara, anyway? Our Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser removes dirt, excess oil and even waterproof makeup while nourishing the skin with prebiotics.

Step 2: Tone. Toning the skin helps to further cleanse and purify it, sweeping it clean of any lasting debris that may be lurking around. A few spritzes of Hydrating Toner will help to restore moisture balance and soften the skin pre workout.

Step 3: Moisturize. Look for a lighter weight moisturizer (like our Nutrient-Charged Water Gel), which will hydrate the skin without weighing it down.

Step 4: Protect. The most important step in any skincare routine, anytime? SPF! This is especially important if you’re heading outside for a run, so you can protect your skin from harmful UV rays that may lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Look for a sweat-proof sunscreen, like Oil and Pore Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF 45.


Step 1: Shower. You wouldn’t believe how much sweat and grime can get trapped in your pores (and not just on your face!) every time you work out. Don’t skip the shower, so you can rinse off sweat, oil, and germs. Plus, it just feels really good!

Step 2: Wash Your Face. Yes, cleanse your skin again! That aforementioned sweat needs to be thoroughly removed so it won’t cause unsightly breakouts. Essential-C Cleanser is a good choice post workout — it’s a vitamin-rich, energizing cleanser that helps wash away impurities without overdrying the skin.

Step 3: Hydrate. Bring a boost of hydration back to your skin after your sweat sesh with a skincare one-two punch of serum and moisturizer. Start with a skin-quenching serum like Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence, then follow with a hydrating moisturizer like Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.

Step 4: Drink (Or Eat!) Some Water. Grab a glass of water after your workout to help replenish any lost moisture. Dr. Murad’s philosophy of eating your water definitely comes in handy, too — look for water-rich fruits and veggies to help your body absorb water more slowly and help the benefits last longer.

Okay, now it’s time to get your sweat on! Have a good workout!

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