Common Mistakes Against Beauty
7 Common Workout Beauty Mistakes
Bad habits need to be broken, particularly those of the workout variety, and while a trainer can correct your form, it’s harder to catch beauty mistakes that can wreck your hair and complexion. Here, leading experts weigh in on the common missteps working against you.
Mistake # 1: Not washing your face before you work out.
Why it’s wrong: “Wiping sweat during exercise grinds any makeup, dirt, debris or oil on the skin into the pores, which causes clogs and acne breakouts,” explains Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC dermatologist and creator of BeautyRx.
Solution: “The best way is to take off make-up and wash your face thoroughly before you exercise so you won’t clog your pores or cause acne breakouts,” he says. Instead of wiping or rubbing, try patting your skin with a clean, soft cloth.
Mistake # 2: Too-tight ponytails
Why it’s wrong: “There’s nothing more irritating than your hair falling out of your ponytail while you’re working up a sweat running, but too much tension can cause breakage,” says Jill Engelsen, senior stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon.
Solution: “Try twisting your hair up into a bun and securing it with a claw-like hair clip that has rubber on the inside to prevent slipping, or use a velvet scrunchie.”
Mistake #3: Using cotton headbands and bandanas to save your blowout
Why it’s wrong: “Cotton can only absorb so much moisture,” says Edward Tricomi, celebrity stylist and co-owner of Warren Tricomi Salons. “Also, holding that much sweat on your hairline is really counterproductive; you’re essentially locking the humidity right onto the hair.”
Solution: “Cut the leg off an old pair of black tights and use it as a headband,” he says. “The nylon wicks sweat away from your hairline and will keep it from saturating your hair. Just remove it immediately afterward, and blast the hairline with a hairdryer to revive your style.” For added lift, spritz with dry shampoo.
Mistake #4: Staying in sweaty workout clothes for hours
Why it’s wrong: “The worst thing you can do post-workout is wait to shower,” cautions Dr. Macrene Alexiaides-Armenakas.“Leaving sweaty, contaminated Lycra garments on your skin will lead to breakouts and infections.” She says bacteria thrive in these damp, hot conditions, and can double in population every 20 minutes.
Solution: “Wear breathable cottons wherever possible, and shower immediately afterwards,” she says. “Use medicated wash or wipes to avoid breakouts, and see your dermatologist if you get a persistent eruption, which may require medical attention.”
Mistake #5: Working out in full makeup
Why it’s wrong: “When you sweat, your pores open up to release bacteria, dirt, and oil,” explains Leyda, an aesthetician at Bliss. “Wearing makeup blocks perspiration, which can clog pores and cause breakouts, even around the eyes.”
Solution: “Make sure to remove your makeup and let your skin breathe at the gym. If you feel any bumps underneath, it’s time to book a facial.”
Mistake #6: Wearing non-waterproof mascara to the gym
Why it’s wrong: “Normal sweat isn’t usually troublesome, but heavy or flaky eye makeup — especially non-waterproof and fibrous mascaras — bring unwanted oils and debris which can cause blurry vision, burning and/or itching,” warns Dr. Susan Resnick.