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Running is already tough on skin, so why add insult to injury? We’re here to help you kick your bad beauty habits.
Wash After Wiping
No gym bag is complete without cleansing wipes. However licensed aesthetician Edyta Jarosz from Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City advises, “Remember that the ingredients in wet packaged wipes do not get rinsed off.” Adds Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, “Cleansing cloths remove makeup and dirt and are a good bet if you don’t have access to water, but do not substitute for washing the face.”
Mask In Moderation
Applying a facial mask can feel like you’re taking an extra careful measure to purify your skin. But only use a deep-cleansing or refining mask once per week. Jarosz warns, “Overuse of these could cause irritation and dryness. They are mostly recommended for oily skin.” The black moor mud in Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask ($58, sephora.com) draws out dirt, oil and impurities as it infuses skin with moisture and vitamins.
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Make PM Your Priority
Your skin requires a little more love during your evening cleanse. Jarosz says, “At night the role of cleansing is two-fold: to remove dirt and pollutants from the day; and to address concerns, such as acne or aging.” Peredo adds: “You can use a milder cleanser in the morning or just splash water.” However, if you have acne-prone skin: “Wash with a medicated acne cleanser morning and evening. After a workout, use a purifying cleanser to remove excess oil and bacteria.”
Never Miss Moisturizer
Now that you’ve cleansed, top it off with a moisturizer to maintain the health of your skin’s outer dermal layer, which works as nature’s barrier against free radicals—they contribute to aging and damage. “Use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type: Oil-free for acne-prone skin, hydrating for normal, and a rich moisturizer that contains ingredients such as shea butter for dry skin,” Peredo says. Before applying a cream, massage a few drops of The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil ($44, thebodyshop.com) to give skin a boost.
Seek Help From A Pro
Now you have an excuse to book that spa appointment: The doctor prescribed it! Peredo as well as Jarosz recommend monthly facials. Jarosz says, “It takes your skin four weeks to move through the full life cycle of skin-cell growth and exfoliation; a facial helps that process along. The treatment will keep you clean, clear and toned.”