Skip the gym soaps and cleansers, because your face and body deserves only the best. Find out why the Cetaphil Ultra Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is your new fitness buddy.
A workout does a body good. However, apart from keeping the muscles in fine form (remember: this means differently to many people), regulating the flow of hormones, and sustaining a happy disposition, a sustained sweat session does wonders for the skin. Whether it be that healthy glow, purging of toxins, or helping prevent and reduce signs of aging, the benefits of fitness are more than enough reason to not only get into it, but keep at it even when the pull of lethargy is too hard to resist. Endorphin rush aside, there is a lot to consider in terms of skincare when working out. Beyond the requisite stripping off of any products before hitting the gym, there are necessary considerations to keep in mind well after breaking a sweat.
“Sweat is the best cleanser,” begins Ellen Marmur, M.D. in a conversation with Mind Body Green Lifestyle. Now, while this is important while working out, this doesn’t hold true after. Dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D. warns, “The longer sweat is on your body and face, the increased it [can] get in your pores and attract things like dead skin cells and bacteria.” And with already open pores from all the physical activity, the last thing you want is to clog them with irritants that could lead to break outs. The solution is simple according to the skin experts: Cleanse your face and body after a work out. But before you relent to just the bare minimum of wash and go, be warned that this is a routine you shouldn’t skip or rush.
So, before you hit your cool down ritual and stretches, read on what steps and products you will need to level up your post work out skincare.
Cleansing? Be Ultra Protected
If pressed for time, the least you can do is dry your skin with an absorbent towel or cleansing facial wipes. But as the dermatologists will insist, a full face and body wash is imperative. Some will suggest double cleansing Slough of dirt and impurities with lukewarm water, a mild shower gel, face wash, details Dr. Jamuna Pai to Vogue India. Some suggest double cleansing with an oil cleanser that targets sweat and a soap bar, gel, or foam with a salicylic acid base for that effective wash.
The main point is to maintain the natural moisture of the skin, so anything with sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate is a big no-no. Whether it be an anti-bacterial cleanser, a gel-based face wash, or a gentle milky soap bar, it is imperative to do one’s due diligence and read up on the label of products you pick up. If anything, this is where you shouldn’t make a compromise.
Backed by science and trusted by dermatologists, there now exists a better solution when it comes to hygiene in the new Cetaphil Ultra Protect. In this innovation, the antimicrobial cleansing bar combines the benefits of 99.9% germ protection and moisturization designed for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. With its 3D Derma-Mimic Technology, the skincare expert tried-and-tested formulation repairs and strengthens the skin barrier, making it instantly protected and hydrated.
There is a reason why after over 75 years, Cetaphil remains at the top of their game, and with its continued commitment to gentle and effective skincare with the Cetaphil Ultra Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar, there is more reason to keep that glow well after the pumped up blood settles to a steady stream after one’s active rest.
There is a lot of focus on the face when it comes to skincare, but when it comes to a active lifestyle, everything that perspires is prone to infection. Apart from the obvious hygiene, it is important to be liberal with the post gym shower time. Armed with an anti-bacterial soap, such as the Cetaphil Ultra Protect Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar, you not only tick off the required scrub down, but the common fungal acne on exposed skin will not see the light of day. Needless to say, chuck those gym cleansers and soap bars, because apart from a dilution of effectivity, the pandemic has reinforced a lesson on close contacts. So, always bring your own products.
Lock In The Good Stuff
There are other things to be mindful of when freshening up after your sweat session. First of all, pat down and don’t aggressively wipe your face and body. This also means skipping the exfoliants as the skin is mighty sensitive and prone to abrasions. This is precisely why the Cetaphil Ultra Protect will work wonders, because it is mild but also made for that ultimate hydration.
To keep the skin hydrated, you will want to consider a lightweight, water-based moisturizer or serum to lock all that nourishment in and temper redness respectively.
It goes without saying that beyond the confines of passion and perspiration for advocates and enthusiasts of fitness, there is no room for laziness when it comes to making sure you are at your best. From the endorphins to the fresh feeling after a post workout shower, your best partner to ensuring that skin is at its tip-top condition is a daily focused skincare routine. The rewards outweigh the routine, and with the ultimate and ultra protection, this is where you will truly look and feel good.
The new Cetaphil Uultra Antimicrobial Cleansing Bar is now available at the official Cetaphil Philippines stores in Lazada and Shopee. You can also find Cetaphil products at Mercury Drug, Watsons’ stores, and supermarkets nationwide.
For more about the new Cetaphil Ultra Protect and its gentle line of products for sensitive skin, follow Cetaphil Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.cetaphil.com.ph.
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