Many of us have made New Year's Resolutions to live a healthier life this year. Here are tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated at the gym and prevent skin infections.
1. Wear moisture-wicking clothes at the gym.
2. Wipe down the shared gym equipment before you start to use it so you don't transfer bacteria, oil, and sweat onto your skin.
3. Wear sandals or flip flops in the shower, locker room, and around the swimming pool. Don't go barefoot or you could increase
your risk of getting athlete's foot.
4. After your workout, take a short shower using lukewarm water. Use a gentle cleanser and don't overscrub. Don't share soap,
towels, razors, etc.
5. Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer right after you get out of the shower.
6. Wash your workout clothes, towels, and gym bag. Disinfect sports equipment.
7. Drink water to stay hydrated.
8. If you workout outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen (SPF 30+) and lipbalm (SPF 15+) a half hour before you go outside.
Reapply sunscreen about every two hours or more often if you get sweaty or wet. Wear wraparound sunglasses or goggles with
UV protection to help protect the delicate skin around your eyes from sun damage. If you exercise outdoors on a cold day, dress warmly to protect your skin from frostbite. In the summertime, wear sun-protective clothing.
If your skin itches, burns, or becomes infected, schedule an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.
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About Dr. Margaret Ravits
Dr. Ravits is a caring, board-certified dermatologist who has many years of experience treating patients. She and her
wonderful team of board-certified dermatologists offer high quality, comprehensive treatment of skin, hair, and nail
conditions to adults and children in their River Edge and Hackensack offices. Along with her private practice, Dr. Ravits is a Senior Attending at Hackensack University Medical Center where she previously served as the Chief of the Division of Dermatology. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NY-Presbyterian Hospital.
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