One of the concerns a lot of ladies have about exercising is whether or not it will affect their skin – definitely a fear based in reality!
With the exception of the last few months (during which I realized I have a milk intolerance…which may also have led to uncommon breakouts) I have pretty clear skin. I’m a CRAZY person about the products I use…and I use lots of them! That said, I don’t want to waste my time, or money, on products that don’t work. Nor, for that matter, would anyone else.
As an athlete, I know that I will be sweating – a LOT. In combination, the friction of tighter fabrics and germy surfaces (gym mat, dojo, dojang, ring etc) can lead to breakouts and infections…not just on one’s face, but really anywhere you might be constricted, exposed, or especially soaked.
One of THE best remedies I have ever found is one I made myself. I got so frustrated from trying traditional products (which can help, but didn’t seem to do enough) that I turned to three of my favorite natural ingredients and mixed my potion:
- Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree)
- Clove Oil
That’s it. Literally.
I took an empty, dark-colored (better to maintain the oils) spray bottle, added 1/2 to 3/4 water, plus tea tree and clove oil. The clove I used a hair less of, but it’s also antibacterial and an amazing topical solution for breakouts (diluted.)
It will have a scent to it, but it’s so effective, I just don’t care! For activities like cycling or spinning this is also great for your clothing…because infections and breakouts are NOT uncommon (whether people talk about it or not!)
Both oils are powerhouses on their own, and they will keep germs at bay – with an active Life, you will have plenty of exposure so this can help you fight them off naturally. 🙂