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FAQ's Pretty Athletic - Pro Athlete and Sports Womens' Skincare


Why is it important to cleanse post-workout?

During exercise, your body perspires, releasing salty sweat, mixed with natural lipids and sebum, on to the surface of the skin where it evaporates and cools the body. Once you stop exercising, you start to cool off, you stop perspiring, and the sweat dries up, leaving the salts behind, alongside the lipids, as a thin film of residue over your skin. Most of these bacteria won't do you much harm on the surface and in small numbers, but if they multiply around hair follicles and inflame pores then they can lead to acne-like spots developing. So it is important to have a gentle cleanse after exercising to remove the salt and oils and stop the spread of these skin bugs.

Does not showering immediately after exercise cause "bacne" (spots / sweat spots on your back)?

Not washing after exercise can increase the risk of folliculitis (which is what 'back acne' consists of for most people) due to the fact that the sweat and skin-secretions (salts and lipids) produced with exercise are not removed. Skin bacteria already present on skin tend to like living in a moister environment with some of the lipids that your skin naturally produces (sebum) to feed off. So not washing regularly after exercise leaves the components that bacteria like present on your skin. So a light wash after a cool-down post-excerise always helps to reduce the chance of folliculitis. 

What about "buttne"?

Your buttock's skin is pretty much like your back's skin, so the advice for showing post-exercise applies here too. In addition, remember that most people keep their buttocks covered with clothing, so this area probably gets a few degrees hotter than your back and therefore sweats more and may produce a bit more sebum when you exercise. 

What's the best way to get rid of breakouts and sweat spots on the body?

Regular cleansing is always useful for all areas of skin, but not more than once a day - too much washing can have a detrimental effect by stripping away too much of the natural sebum that our skin uses as a defense against the outside world. Moisturising cleansers are useful in this regard, and not just plain soaps which can be quite harsh. Scrubbing vigorously at the skin is unlikely to be useful either - rubbing hard will irritate and inflame skin and hair follicles. Gentle circular motions are best, with gentle pressure. And where there is hair growth, then cleaning in the direction of the hair grain - like stroking a cat - going down your legs and arms, and not up-and-down repeatedly, is better as it will not irritate the follicles by forcing them the wrong way.

What are the best skincare products to use if you're exercising frequently / daily?

Use products that are not too drying - plain soaps remove too much of the useful sebum layer. So a gentle cleanser, like Pretty Athletic's Purifying Gel Cleanser, is good, followed by a moisturising product to keep the skin in a good condition. Spots would hopefully fade with time if you find the right regimen for your skin. Don't overdo the cleansing! 

What is the best practice regarding sun protection when exercising?

When exercising outdoors, especially in hot sunny weather and round the hours of midday, sun protection is key to prevent sunburn and skin aging caused by the UV rays in sunlight. Applying a SPF 30-50 containing product 20-30 minutes before outdoor exercise is key to protect your skin. And if you are out for more than an hour at a time, re-apply sunscreens as they tend to get washed off by your perspiring. Once you have finished your exercise session, shower off the excess sunscreens, as they won't help your skin being left in place, alongside the natural sebum and salt present from drying sweat, helping to make a nice environment for skin bacteria to multiply.

I get rashes under my armpits when/after working out. What can I do?

Two things could be happening here - the friction from rubbing clothes could be irritating your skin, so wearing loose clothing is helpful. The other element could be sweat causing a mild eczema rash. Wash gently soon after exercise, let the area dry off, and use a light moisturiser to soothe the skin.

Can you get acne from sweat?

Sweat can make your skin a nice environment for bacteria to grow, and that can inflame skin pores/hairs. So wash after exercise, and clean your gym kit regularly!

 Is “runner’s face” a thing?

There's two things to consider here. One is the length of time you are spending outside in all weathers, often with little protection from the elements. The combination of extra UV exposure, plus cold, wind, & rain elements will lead to a "weathering" of your skin more than the couch potatoes who stay indoors all day long. But you could say the same about cyclists, fishermen, farmers, sailors who spend lots of time outdoors too. So use SPF when it's sunny, and regularly reapply it, plus stay covered up with head gear, and try to avoid the worst of extreme weather (really cold, windy etc) The second thing is, given your physique will probably be leaner, with less facial fat especially as you age (sorry, everyone does) you might look a little older than your couch potato friends, as subcutaneous fat makes skin look younger.

Is sweating good for your skin?

Exercise and the skin are intricately linked and regular exercise helps to keep the body and skin healthy. Increased blood flow to the skin during and post-exercise helps to provide an oxygen-rich environment to keep your skin in top condition.




What is the best face wash for after exercising?

Our Cool Down gel cleanser has been specially formulated for sweaty skin. It is soothing and cooling, contains prebiotics and is pH balanced.

What is the best body wash for after a workout?

Our Instant Refresh shower scrub is SLS free, and carefully formulated to gently cleanse the skin without drying or irritating the skin.

I'm looking to purchase some new gym skincare. What do you recommend?

You can't go wrong with our cooling gel cleanser (Cool Down) and gel moisturiser (Sweatproof)

What's the best face wash for runners?

Our Cool Down is cleanser is a big hit with our runners. Check out the recent reviews!

I'm looking for a pre workout skincare routine. Can you help?

Absolutely. You've come to the right place! Please take a look at our Collection, and if you have any questions at all please email us at info@prettyathletic.com

I'm looking for a post workout skincare routine. Can you help?

Absolutely. You've come to the right place! Please take a look at our Collection, and if you have any questions you can email us at info@prettyathletic.com. We aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours (Monday-Friday)

Do you make skincare for athletes?

Yes. We make skincare for all active women, from the 'everyday athlete' to the professional athlete. Please take a look at our Athlete page for a list of those professional athletes who trust our skincare products to keep their skin in top condition.

Do you offer discounts to new customers?

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What is Vegan Society certification?

The Vegan Society is the global, gold-standard mark which demonstrates that the products are free from animal ingredients and animal testing.

Are Pretty Athletic products all natural skincare products?

All our skincare products are a minimum of 95% naturally derived. (Our face products are at least 98% naturally derived)

Where are Pretty Athletic products made?

Our products are formulated and manufactured in Suffolk and Dorset, England.

Are Pretty Athletic products paraben free?

Pretty Athletic do not use synthetic fragrance or colours, pore-blocking petrochemicals, silicones, sulphates, PEGs, TEA/DEA, parabens, or animal ingredients in our products.

Are Pretty Athletic products SLS free?


Do Pretty Athletic products contain synthetic microbeads?

They do not. Our Instant Refresh shower scrub contains natural raspberry seeds and jojoba oil microspheres.

Are Pretty Athletic products easily absorbed? 

All our products are super lightweight and quickly absorbed.





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