Do you perspire a lot? Well, I don’t. But I do know that perspiration, when combined with makeup, isn’t good news for our skin. In fact, it may result in pimples and in some instances, something call sweat acne. So perhaps it’s a good idea not to use makeup when you’re into any of the following activities:
1.When you are exercising or working out intensively
Makeup, especially thick foundation will melt and combine with the sweat to block pores and cause blemishes. This is sometimes referred to as sweat acne. It is really better to cleanse off makeup before exercising or if you really need to use makeup, apply it thinly or use loose powder or mineral makeup, which allows your skin to breathe better.
2. When you are in a hot sauna or steam bath
I don’t fancy sauna but I know some people like it because they claim it refreshes them. Or perhaps some indulge in sauna in the hope of losing some fats. What I do know is that you’ll perspire a lot when you’re in a sauna and hence, your makeup is going to melt and when that happens, it’s going to cause problems of block pores too. Some women may forget that they’re wearing makeup and forget to remove prior to going into the steam room. Well, this is why it’s always good to check the mirror often!
3. When you are out frolicking under the hot sun
Obviously, this is going to cause your makeup to melt in particular if you have oily skin. Hence, if you’re going to be out under the sun for prolonged period, then just skip the makeup but slather lots of sunscreen instead. And there’s always that pair of sunnies to help shield some of your uneven skin tone.
4. When you are doing housework
Okay, this is a bit ridiculous but I’m telling you as it has happened to me. I sometimes come back from work and proceed straight into my household chores, forgetting to cleanse my face before. I mean, I thought it made more sense for me to bathe afterwards. A few times I’ve noticed, my skin developed some small red bumps on the side of my face, where I tend to drip with perspiration. They were not pimples but noticeable enough. So now I know, it’s better to cleanse my face before doing my housework!
5. When you are eating a steamboat buffet and there is no aircon
I read an account from this local DJ who went for a steamboat buffet at a public foodcourt with no aircon and found her pores enlarged and her skin texture really rough like the sandpaper afterwards because a fan was blowing all the hot steam into her face. She later realized that the combination of heat and perspiration had taken a toll on her skin as she was wearing rather thick makeup during the buffet and it took a few days for her skin to be returned to normal. So the combination of heat, perspiration and makeup can be disastrous!
Well, I know I’m going to have steamboat buffet during the Chinese New Year. But I’m going to make sure that I don’t have the heat blown into my face for sure!