3 reasons you should NOT wear makeup to the gym

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By: Rosy Cordero

Exercise is an activity meant to keep your body fit and healthy, but so many girls ignore the importance of keeping one thing healthy during workouts: their skin. Sure, we all want to look as though we're unfazed by that CrossFit box session, so a little foundation can't hurt. Or maybe we just don't have time to remove makeup from the day before jetting off to a dance class.

There are many ways you can get glowing skin without sacrificing the health of your body's biggest organ. C'mon, the natural flush you get when busting out your best squats is better than any blush on the market! We spoke to Miami-based dermatologist Janelle Vega, M.D. of Mayoral Dermatology and Indie Lee, skincare expert and founder of her namesake skin care line, Indie Lee to give you the scoop on why you need to scrub it all off before a workout. Get ready to take notes.

It Clogs Your Pores
"Sweat is released through visible pores in the skin," says Dr. Vega. "When makeup covers those pores, that barrier doesn't allow the sweat to make it to the surface of the skin, which can lead to clogged pores. The trapped debris and bacteria are a perfect breeding ground for acne bumps and zits." But don't get it confused-sweat is not the enemy! "Sweating is like a free steam facial for your skin," says Lee. "The worst thing you can do is block your pores during this natural detox. Remove makeup before breaking a sweat so skin stays as clean and as healthy as possible."

You Don't Want Acne
Your daily SPF can actually be troublesome in this context. No good deed goes unpunished, huh? "Sun protection is very important, there's no doubt," says Lee. "But sunscreen absorbs into open pores more easily when you sweat. Three-quarters of all sunscreens contain harmful ingredients that can travel directly into your bloodstream, creating long-term health risks. Chemical ingredients in sunscreen have been linked to skin reactions including acne, burning, dryness, itching, redness, and swelling." But this is no excuse to go without SPF if you're working out during the day. "Instead, opt for healthier sunscreens when active while the sun is out," says Lee. "As I always say, read your ingredients. I also recommend wearing clothes that have SPF in them for added protection without the negative side effects."

You're Naturally Beautiful
A clear complexion comes from loving and taking care of your skin with the proper daily beauty regimen. Have you noticed more and more celebrities aren't afraid to share their #iwokeuplikethis images on Twitter and Instagram? Get inspired! "If you're prone to redness or rosacea, apply a toner or facial mist with anti-inflammatory properties prior to exercising," says Lee. This will help alleviate redness during and after your workout. TryIndie Lee's CoQ-10 Toner, which offers a soothing blend of chamomile and CoQ-10 to keep skin protect and hydrate your skin."

Caring for your skin doesn't end once you leave the gym. "Your sweat is acidic by nature and can knock your pH balance out of whack if you wait too long to shower after working out," says Lee. "Clean skin with a gentle formula that not only removes dirt and impurities, but also balances your complexion."

Ready to bare your skin for today's workout? Don't make us beg!

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