Strutting across the court or field with sweat glistening upon your skin like glitter is great, and for a moment you will feel like a star. But, then, the sweat might dry, and then you might sweat some more, then and you might forget to wash your face until it’s too late. That’s right, there’s nothing like waking up and just knowing the mirror will expose all the new zits, peeling skin, bumps and clogged pores the morning after that spectacular win. Similarly, to many avid makeup wearers the sense of accomplishment which accompanies a perfect eyeliner flick or inner corner highlight fades to despair when they realize they’ve forgotten to take it all off before sleeping. I know both these feelings very well, so I’ve put together a few tips to improve the health of your skin because we don’t all have enough time to go through a proper 10-step night regime.

Tip 1: Makeup wipes will save your skin and save you time.

No7 Beautiful Skin, Quick Thinking makeup wipes.
No7 Beautiful Skin, Quick Thinking makeup wipes.

Pack some face wipes in your backpack or sports bag to wipe off makeup before or after the match along with any sweat after playing. Playing with makeup on is a bit risky because most of it will come off anyways, and the rest remaining on the skin will block the face’s pores’ ability to breathe.

If you aren’t an athlete, keeping makeup wipes at home will still be of use, helping to take off makeup quickly before going to sleep. Getting wipes which have added components such as acne fighting ingredients, the ability to brighten, or moisturizers will help eliminate a few extra products and benefit the skin.

Tip 2: Don’t strip your skin.

Purpose cleanser from Johnson and Johnson.
Purpose cleanser from Johnson and Johnson.

If face wash is more down your alley, then do so with something gentle such as Purpose cleanser after your sweat session or long school day. Stripping your skin with something harsh will make your face feel tight and possibly flaky later on. Especially if you’re someone who forgets to moisturize before bed, using a harsh face wish will really damage your skin. While oily skin may seem better off completely matte and dry, this lack of moisture will cause the oil glands in the face to overcompensate by producing even more sebum. 

Tip 3: Creams will do all the work overnight.

Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer
Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer

Which cream you use heavily depends on your skin type, but some form of moisturizer is absolutely necessary. Buying a two-in-one product such as the Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer which contains salicylic acid (an acne fighting ingredient) will take away a lot of the work and can be slapped on minutes before falling asleep. Spot cream containing either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will also work wonders overnight on open acne, only taking a couple seconds to dab on and about a minute to dry.

Other options include seeing a dermatologist and getting prescription creams to treat extreme acne, hyper-pigmentation, or super dry skin.

While we can’t all have perfect skin, it’s still important to keep it as healthy as possible. Just like we brush our teeth or take showers, keeping one’s facial skin clean and nourished is just as essential. So, go forth and beat your face down with heavy duty foundation or dance in your own sweat, so long as you remember to cleanse and moisturize soon after.

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