It is likely that we can all agree that regular exercise makes you feel wonderful. Not only does it increase your physical well being, it gives you an incredible emotional boost. Don't believe us, give The DailyHIIT Show a try, it will transform your life! Think about it: when you know you are doing right by your body, you can't help but feel empowered. But, sometimes, there are side effects to working out that are a little less than desirable.
If you are fair skinned, for example, you may find yourself looking red as a hothouse tomato after your sweat session, making that workout to workplace transition more than just a little bit difficult. So what exactly is happening when you turn that beautiful vermilion? "During exercise, your body and muscles generate energy causing the blood vessels in your skin to dilate," Jessica Weiser M.D explains to Shape. "This allows the heat to escape through the skin and maintain a normal body temperature."
Well, turning red is certainly better than internal overheating! But if you'd like to take your rosiness down a notch, try some of these tips:
1. Exercise in a cooler environment
We are all for taking your workout outdoors during the nice weather but the heat could actually exacerbate the problem. If you are concerned about the redness of your skin, for whatever reason, you might want to consider working out at the gym until things become a little cooler. And don't forget to drink plenty of fluids. Keeping yourself hydrated will help keep redness to a minimum.
2. StretchTaking the time for a little stretching after your workout can help your body cool down. Gentle stretching will slowly lower your heart rate back to normal which will reduce heat energy and cause your blood vessels to constrict back to normal.
3. Try a milk soaked compress
This works in a way that is similar to the cold compresses you might use when running a fever. Soak a washcloth in cool milk and then apply to your face. "The cold temperature, pH levels and proteins in a milk compress all have a heat drawing effect on the skin, which lessens the redness," says Shereene Idriss, M.D. with Wexler Dermatology.
4. Take breaks now and then
If you're working out on your lunch break, for example, you might want to consider taking it down a notch. Save your super intense workouts for when you have a little more time. Try doing lower intensity exercise and taking short breaks at random intervals. While your heart rate will still be elevated but this will prevent things from getting out of control, reducing your redness before it even gets a chance to begin.
Do you get red after a good workout? How do you calm your skin? Share your tips with us!