Make-up doesn't belong in your gym bag

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

Most of us don't bother with make-up when we don't have a casting to go to. But many of us can be tempted to put make-up on when we're heading to the gym or going for a run. British Vogue explains why it is essential to resist the temptation.

"When we get hot, several things happen to our skin. The first is sweating and the second is a slight relaxing and enlarging of the pores. Add a layer of even the best make-up on this and firstly you'll end up with streaky make-up, but you're also increasing the likelihood of a breakout.

Your skin needs to breathe - during a good workout even more so. Mix in sweat, heat and open pores and over time the skin will become blocked. Not everyone will get spots, but most will get blackheads coupled with dulling and possible uneven skin texture."

The Business Model's Health & Fitness Consultant, Richard Bell, clarified some of the above for us.

According to Bell, saying that skin has to "breathe" is misleading personification. It doesn't have to "breathe," you just shouldn't put a bunch of stuff on your skin that will directly conflict with its ability to do one of the things it's designed to do: cool-off with sweat. Sweating is very good for your skin, as it allows your body to clean itself from the inside out.

Make up is fat-based, so it's hydrophobic (i.e. water-repellent). If you have a layer of fat over top of your pores, it will physically block sweat. This stops pores from doing their job; that's problem one. From there, there will be further increase in tempurature. Skin relaxes under those conditions to increase the open area of a pore, so it can sweat more efficiently, but again, it's being stopped. That change is enough to allow the possibility of foreign bodies (i.e make-up) entering the pore. 

That's where blackheads or pimples occur. It's the body's reaction to a foreign object inside a pore. The body has to get the object out, so it inflames, creates pus, etc. in an effort to flush the object out. That's why you shouldn't wear makeup when youre working out. You dont need some serum or anything, you just can't leave a substance on your skin that is, in essence, designed to cause problems with respect to skin hygiene.