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No make-up while you sweat it out

health-and-fitness Updated: Jul 31, 2012 01:09 IST
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Women want to look good all the time. Some don’t spare themselves the pain of putting on make-up even when sweating it out in the gym. A UK survey revealed that seven out of ten women wear makeup to exercise. With famous sportswomen such as American swimmer Natalie Coughlin and British cyclist Victoria Pendleton becoming ambassadors for global haircare brand Pantene, the realms of beauty and fitness are now closely tied, and it seems women are feeling the pressure to look good even while they work out. The survey by UK retailer Asda says two in five of women questioned apply mascara before doing any form of exercise in public.

A total of 34% of gym bunnies apply foundation before exercising and 21% favour lip gloss. Other items are lip balm (19%) and fake tan (17%). One in four women admitted to spending longer than 15 minutes preparing for a work out session. But beauty experts are not impressed. “It’s important to allow your skin to breathe when you are exercising if you want your skin to be in great condition,” says beauty expert Simmi Ghai.

Sweat smudges make-up, resulting in blocked pores Beauty experts say it is not a great idea to use makeup before you hit the gym. You sweat when you’re working out, and your makeup could become runny. It could also block pores causing pimples. Avoid using foundation, mascara and lipstick when gymming. Let you skin breathe. A light water-based moisturiser and lip balm should be enough. Make sure that you hair is swept away from your face.

(Inputs by beauty expert Richa Agarwal)