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Showering After Workout - Essential for Skin


Discover why showering after a workout is an essential and important skincare routine for maintaining skin health and avoiding sweat pimples, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, and hair loss. This simple step can get you up to speed on healthier skin and prevent skin issues.


Why is showering after a workout important for your skin?


When you workout your skin gets more blood flow that helps regulate your body temperature, which also dilates your skin pores and makes them more vulnerable to outside contaminants, makeup (if used), and your own sweat.

These factors block your pores if left in your skin for hours and humidity created from your sweat harbors bacteria that leads to many skin concerns. Showering right after a workout removes all of these skin irritants, bacteria, and fungus that damage your skin health.



Importance of body wash and shampoo ingredients

Active people are always on the move and as such they don’t settle for anything less than the best for them. The same applies to your skin. The ingredients in skincare products play a crucial role in determining their effectiveness and overall impact on your skin. Many products don’t have what your skin and hair needs or their active ingredients are in low quantities that don’t work.

The right combination of ingredients can address specific skin concerns effectively. Different ingredients target specific issues, such as pimples, dryness, calluses, and more. Understanding the ingredients allows you to choose products that best suit your skin's needs.
Our products were designed by dermatologists who know which active ingredients work for a given skin concern. 
Avoid using products that their formula doesn’t contain active ingredients that are beneficial for your skin and specially formulated for skin in constant contact with sweat.
    Read ahead to learn why our products have specific ingredients that deliver results to achieve healthier skin and hair and you'll see results the moment you try them.
    an after workout body wash was specially designed for athletes' sensitive skin and its formula is a syndet soap, which removes all the culprits that were mentioned previously, without removing your natural essential oils that moisturize your skin.


    - Other body washes that aren’t syndet are more harsh on your skin and might damage the outer layer of your skin which leaves your skin exposed to exterior contaminants and dry to the touch.
    We wanted to create a body wash that removed sweat without harming your skin. an after workout body wash for acne is designed for athletes' skin that is prone to acne, our formula contains salicylic acid that prevents the initial stages of acne by removing the superficial layer of the skin and all that could block the opening of the pores - liberating them from a potential clog and therefore acne. It doesn’t dry your skin and you will feel refreshed and moisturized.


    For more information be sure to check out our blog post on How to choose the best acne body wash where we explain the specific benefits. 



    a shampoo for swim and sweat contains disodium and tetrasodium EDTA that rinses harsh minerals found in pool water or even in your normal shower water and sweat from your hair follicle and scalp making your hair stronger, healthier, and shiner.


    - Other shampoos that aren’t made for athletes don’t remove these substances that damage your hair's outer shaft and create porous hair that is prone to breakage


    Side effects of not showering after a workout


    Athlete’s foot


    The armpits, groin, and feet are areas that are more prone to bacteria overgrowth and consequently, you should always clean them thoroughly.

    Many athletes who walk barefoot in common areas are at risk of athlete's foot, a fungal infection that is easily transmitted and common in gyms or locker rooms. To prevent this condition wear sandals in common areas and in the shower, when showering use an after workout body wash to clean in between your toes and soles.


    Always pat dry with a towel your body, including your feet and I would advise using a hairdryer to remove any humidity in between your toes if you have previously suffered from athletes’ feet.


    For more information visit this article by the American Academy of Dermatology Association - How to Prevent Athlete's Foot.


    As for the armpits, if you don’t clean them after a workout they can start to smell (bacteria plus sweat and sebum release a characteristic odor). If you start staining your clothes yellow in the armpit area it indicates that you’re having a bacteria overgrowth and if your armpit hairs change color to yellow or white it is a fungal infection caused by high humidity and fungus. 


    Fungal infections


    The groin area is similar to the armpits but it is more susceptible to fungal infection if you don’t shower and dry the area afterwards. Jock itch is an itchy skin rash in the groin area that begins in the skin folds of the genital area and can spread to the upper inner thighs and may occur on both sides.

    To learn more about this type of infection visit this article. This fungal infection can also come from your athlete’s foot infection secondary to scratching. To treat this condition you should visit your dermatologist.


    Yeast infections


    Yeast infections are caused by candida, a normal fungus in your skin, that if it overgrows (sebum plus sweat are like super food to this fungus) leads to a skin rash in your groin area or any skin fold. Yeast infections are more common if you are diabetic and/or your immune response is low. 


    Prevent infections


    To prevent these skin infections just shower with an after workout body wash for sensitive skin or an after workout body wash for acne for oily and acne-prone skin, and pat dry these areas to remove all the humidity.


    Sweat pimples


    Sweat pimples are caused by sweat left for long periods of time which creates a perfect environment for bacteria growth and inflammation of your pores.

    For more information be sure to check out our blog post on How to get rid of Sweat Pimples? Guide for Athletes where we explain the topic in more detail.


    Hair damage or hair loss


    Many athletes don’t want to clean their hair daily to avoid hair loss. When you workout sweat accumulates in your scalp and if left it can cause inflammation that shows as itchiness and flakes. You need to prevent inflammation as it causes hair loss.


    For more information be sure to check out our blog post on How to Protect Hair from Chlorine? Athletes Guide, where we explain the topic in greater detail. 


    If you can’t shower after a workout try changing your clothes that are soaked in sweat, especially your underwear and socks to avoid excess humidity and all the side effects that were mentioned previously. It doesn’t replace a shower but it is better than not changing at all.




    Other benefits of showering after a workout


    Besides skincare, showering has other benefits for your body.


    Muscle Recovery: 


    Taking a shower with cold water can help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation after an intense workout. The cold water helps constrict blood vessels, which can alleviate swelling and promote better recovery.


    Mental Refreshment: 


    Showering after exercise can provide a sense of refreshment and relaxation, reducing stress levels and leaving you feeling rejuvenated. Haven’t you had your best ideas while showering and enjoying those needed post-workout endorphins?

    Temperature Regulation: 


    Exercise raises your body temperature, and showering helps bring it back to a normal level. This is particularly important if you've been working out in hot or humid conditions to prevent heatstroke.

    Improved Circulation: Alternating between warm and cool water in the shower can aid in blood circulation, promoting better blood flow to your muscles and throughout your body.


    Sleep Enhancement: 


    For those who exercise later in the day, a post-workout shower can promote better sleep by cooling down the body and signaling to your brain that it's time to relax and lower your stress levels.

    Don't forget to hydrate properly after exercising, as showering doesn’t replenish lost fluids during your workout.


    Is it better to shower with cold or hot water?

    Cold water is always better for your skin. It helps constrict opened pores and makes them less vulnerable to outside irritants.


    If you suffer from sensitive skin, hot water damages the integrity of your skin barrier, and skin allergens, and contaminants can enter and make your skin itchy and dry.


    Hair follicles are also damaged by hot water and can result in frizz. Hot water is better for relaxing your muscles post-workout. 




    Hot water helps increase your circulation to your muscles (by dilating the vessels that nurture them), removing lactate, the culprit of muscle fatigue, and delivering nutrients and oxygen that your muscles need after a workout. Read more about the physiology of lactate removal in this article. Too much hot water or a prolonged shower with hot water can lead to inflammation of your muscles. 




    What I would recommend is to start your shower with cold water to lower your body temperature, then use hot water briefly and finish with cold water that stops muscle inflammation and is healthier for your skin. If possible, always clean your hair with only cold water to seal your hair cuticles and avoid frizz.





    Showering post-workout is fundamental for skin health and even to avoid muscle fatigue. Take control of your skincare by preventing common athletes’ skin infections and see the difference with our product line. Not sure which product is better for you? Complete this quiz in less than 2 minutes and see which products are best for you.