How to Wear Makeup to the Gym (Without Ruining Your Skin)


Deanna First

When we go to the gym, we’re there to sweat it out, to feel better about that extra slice of pizza we ate last night, and/or to just feel like we’re investing some time into self-care. What’s not top of mind? Our beauty routines. But while we may not apply a face full of makeup before a workout, we do often head straight to fitness classes after work. And it’s rare that we do a full double cleanse or even a quick wipe with a towelette to get rid of the day’s statement lips and strobed skin before walking into spin class.

It begs the question—are we ruining our skin while caring for our bodies? “Heavy makeup may trap sweat and oil from leaving your skin,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. “In some cases, this can cause irritation and low-grade inflammation or even acne flare-ups.” But that doesn’t mean you have to go completely bare-faced.

Below, Zeichner and pro makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci give us their skin-healthy tips for working out, whether you go to gym straight after waking up fresh-faced or you can’t live without your mascara.