Wimbledon fortnight is nearly at a close for another year, in fact as I write this post Murray is playing Nadal for a place in the final this weekend and again it’s come down to one of those ‘will he, won’t he’ edge of the seat kind of moments we have become accustomed to observing in the last few years!Like so many things in life, tennis requires preparation, practice, perseverance and concentration to achieve great results and although my tennis really will never be great, my skin care routine has been perfected to suit my needs when exercising, taking a less is more approach to keep skin clean and healthy. My top tips for a no-nonsense sporting skin care routine?
- Adequate skin hydration starts from the inside so drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising to replace any lost through perspiration and exertion.
- Take sunscreen whenever your are taking part in outdoor sports - even in the winter or on cloudy days UV levels can be higher than expected.
- Avoid moisturising prior to exercising allowing skin to breathe and helping avoid stinging eyes from the inevitable mixing of product and perspiration.
- Remove or avoid wearing make-up when exercising, again allowing skin to breathe freely.
- Wear clothes which feel comfortable, are fit for purpose and let your skin breathe. Proper footwear will help avoid rubbing, injury and excess perspiration.
- Pack a gym kit to include essentials such as plasters, wrist support and antiseptic spray to take care of those sprains, grazes and blisters as they arise.
- Take travel size versions of your usual products to help maintain a consistent skin care routine. This should include staples such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner, all over body moisturiser plus your usual facial cleansing basics. Keep them in your gym bag and refill as necessary.
- If you swim regularly wear a cap to protect hair from excessive damage and rinse the body thoroughly to remove the dreaded skin-drying chlorine.
Getting your skin care basics right means you can forget about the details - just grab your gym bag and focus on the important task of honing those sporting skills!