What can I do to keep my complexion clear?
Running in hot weather can leave skin spotty, flaky and flushed. Use a cleanser before running to remove traces of dirt and pollution that might mix with sweat to clog your pores.
Next, apply a moisturiser with SPF protection. Opt for an oil-free, lightweight formula that won’t melt as you sweat – and don’t forget to treat your hands, too.
Post-run, your skin will be more sensitive because of the heat and sweat, so give it another thorough going-over, this time with an oil-based cleanser. “The oil lifts trapped sebum – the waxy substance released by the pores – to prevent breakouts,” says skin technician Sarah Chapman (sarahchapman.net). Make sure that you also exfoliate, so there are fewer dead skin cells to trap sweat and sebum.
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