Hackney Festival of Fitness – Taking care of your skin post-workout

We’re excited to announce that our new partner, FOREO, will be hosting our first ever freshen up station at the Hackney Festival of Fitness! Be sure to check out the perfect place to freshen up after your workout or run. Download the festival map to find FOREO Freshen Up Station – click here to download.

Whether you’re taking on a Virgin Active REVOLUTION spin class or stretching it out at Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga, working up a sweat can feel great, but what can you do to take care of your skin post-workout?

Our partner FOREO, the Swedish wellness and beauty tech brand, has some great tips to keep you looking fresh-faced and glowing.

What happens to our skin when we exercise?

Before we get to the solution, it’s good to know what actually happens to your skin when you sweat.

Clogged pores: leaving sweat on your skin leads to clogged pores, which make skin susceptible to breakouts.

Blemishes: Sweat is an activator for blemish-causing bacteria to thrive, grow and settle into pores.

Dehydration: The sodium in sweat dehydrates skin, which can cause irritation.

Photo sensitivity: When sweat is present on the body, you are 40% more susceptible to UV rays and sunburn, compared to when skin is clean and dry.

A Handy Mid-Workout Tip

To prevent picking up any nasty bug and protect your skin at the same time, be sure to keep your hands away from your face during your workout.

Giving your hands a thorough scrub with hot, soapy water on a regular basis isn’t a bad idea either! Look out for the FOREO station in the Festival Village, they’ll have all you need to keep your hands and face clean as a whistle.

Look out for the FOREO station in the Festival Village (click here to download map).

Catching The Afterglow

If you want to achieve that radiant glow, the first thing to do after you finish your workout is to rid your skin of dirt: “Washing your face immediately after the workout should be non-negotiable,” says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Dermatology.

But the splash-and-dash technique will not rid your face from the viruses and bacteria that may have climbed into your sweaty pores: “You should do more than gently wipe your face dry after class,” says Elizabeth Hale, M.D., NYC dermatologist and co-founder of Complete Skin MD.

“Bacteria and oils also accumulate during a workout, and when they linger on your skin, you may be more prone to breakouts,” she added.

At the freshen up station, make sure to have a go in the post-workout mist shower.

Choosing a Proper Face Wash

Adding a face wash that’s suitable for our skin is just as important. For a post-workout boost, celebrity aesthetician and skincare expert Renée Rouleau recommends choosing a mild gel cleanser, “as this will help thoroughly remove oil, toxins, and sweat.” She also cautions us to “avoid cleansers that contain Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. These ingredients will pull water out of the skin’s cells, leaving it dehydrated.”

As tempting as it may be to jump straight into a hot shower, it’s important to avoid making the water temperature too high. Hot water can dry out the skin, especially when it’s already warm from your workout. Pat your skin dry when you’re done washing your face, as too much rubbing can irritate it.

Speak to one of the brand ambassadors at the Freshen Up Station in the Festival Village for advice and a mini facial (click here to download the Festival Map).

Getting your kit right

Something else to keep in mind is what to clean your face with. Do you go old-school with a washcloth? Use your hands? Or maybe, you go for something a little more specialist. One option is FOREO’s LUNA face cleansers and massagers, which made a huge splash when they burst onto the scene a few years back.

Combining a cleansing brush and anti-ageing massager, it’s been expertly designed for post-workout skincare, gently removing 99.5% of dirt, oil, bacteria and sweat. With ultra-soft silicone bristles, it caters to sensitive post-workout complexions by being gentle on the skin. Even better, these bristles are up to 35 x more hygienic than cotton towels or nylon bristles.

FOREO will be hosting our first ever freshen up station at the Hackney Festival of Fitness! Featuring;

  • The most refreshing ever post-workout mist shower
  • Cleansing stations to get rid of all bacteria gathered during your exercise
  • Incredible selfie wall to capture the that post-workout glow
  • Brand Ambassadors on hand to do product demos and mini post-workout facials

Want to join us for more of the Hackney Festival of Fitness?

Friday, £15 – Wind down and workout! Fitness, stretch & mobility plus Open Air Cinema on Hackney Marshes. Get your tickets here.

Saturday, £35 – East London’s best fitness experiences with Virgin Active’s pop-up spin studio,APP World Tour stand-up paddleboard pool, Ministry of Sound FitnessSweat & Sound yoga & meditation with live orchestra, and more! Tickets available, here.