Whether you’re working out or carrying a head full of hair, sweat happens. Sweating is a natural bodily reaction (as we all know) however it’s not as bad (and gross) as we think. What if I told you it could be a little beauty secret… yes, add sweating to your skincare regimen. Although many people believe that sweating is terrible for the skin, I am here to end that myth.
Sweating is one way the body detoxes the skin. This is inherently a good thing because the body is releasing all of the impurities clogged inside of your pores. The toxins held beneath the surface are flushed out in the form of sweat. The minerals and salts released work as a natural exfoliator while the water briefly hydrates and cools down the skin. Now I am not telling you to turn off your air conditioning and sweat all day. Instead, I am encouraging you to get more physically active. Sweating through exercise is the most beneficial because it improves your circulation and your health. Saunas and steam rooms are great as well, but they do not reap all the benefits you get from exercising.
All good things must come to an end though, and with sweat, the benefits end very quickly. Once you start sweating, it is important to not allow the sweat to sit on top of the skin for an extended period of time. As previously noted, sweat releases the body’s toxins, so if left on the surface, it can be detrimental. (But really, who wants to leave toxins on their skin?) Those same toxins can clog your sweat glands, ultimately preventing sweat from doing it’s primary purpose: cooling off your body. If not washed off, the pH of your body can slightly shift, and your skin can be more susceptible to irritation and or rashes. Sweating does effect the hair as well: salt from sweat can cause the hair to dry out. To prevent this from happening, you can spritz your scalp with Sea Breeze for a light cleanse, or you can rinse out your hair.
As we can see, there is good news and bad news to sweating. However, I think we all can agree that it’s not as terrible as other skincare gurus make it out to be. Yes, it can cause skin irritation, but that’s only if it’s left on the skin for a long time. Come on people, sweating is literally a free exfoliator because your body does it naturally. Not only does sweating cool down your body, but it also can be a little beauty secret. So the next time you break a sweat, relax, and enjoy a mini skin detox.