is training with makeup on really that bad?

I have been training with makeup on for a few years now and I have had my fair share of unsolicited opinions about what I should and shouldn’t be putting my face. Of course, as a young woman, unsolicited opinions about what we wear are nothing new. But is makeup at the gym really as bad as people think?

Basically, when you exercise, you get hot. And when you get hot, you sweat. And then your foundation mixes with the sweat and gets all up inside your pores, which are extra open, in order to cool you down. Because you’re hot. Sounds simple right? Exercising with makeup on clogs your pores. So, in a nutshell, is wearing makeup to the gym bad?

The answer isn’t that simple. You have to remember that for some people, going to the gym is a terrifying experience. The benefits of going to the gym, even with makeup on, totally outweighs not going to the gym at all. So if you need makeup to feel comfortable at the gym, go for it! Another thing to remember is that eye makeup is unlikely to cause a problem unless it starts running down your face, and lipstick is totally harmless as long as you don’t mind it getting all over your drink bottle.

If you’re heading to the gym on your way home from work or on your lunch break and you already have a full face of makeup, it might be a good idea to carry some makeup wipes in your gym bag so you can take off your foundation before you get started. But if you really can’t handle being in the gym without some sort of coverage you can try using a powder instead of a liquid foundation as it’s less likely to clog up your pores. It may not last through the workout depending on how sweaty you get, but in the long run your skin will thank you. And if you can’t avoid training with your glam on, just make sure to exfoliate and properly clean your skin afterwards.

And remember, if it’s not your face, it’s not your problem. 

4 thoughts on “is training with makeup on really that bad?

  1. I love it! Good arguments for wearing makeup, especially the last! Actually I don’t know that you do risk clogged pores – after all, you’re going to have a shower after so you can take it off in a nice steamy environment, then reapply fresh after you’ve cooled down.


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