New Research Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Wear Makeup While Exercising

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Research shows that wearing foundation while exercising increases skin moisture and elasticity but may block pores and affect oil regulation, suggesting the removal of makeup before physical activity for optimal skin health.

A new study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology explores how wearing cosmetic foundation during aerobic exercise impacts skin and pores.

The study included 43 healthy college students (20 males and 23 females). Foundation cream was applied to participants on half of the face in two different areas (forehead and upper cheek). The other half of the face served as control.

Moisture increased after exercise in both the non-makeup and makeup zones; however, there was a greater increase in moisture in the makeup zones. This may be a result of makeup preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin. The elasticity of the skin increased after exercise, but to a greater extent in the makeup zones than in non-makeup zones.

The size of pores increased in skin without makeup after exercise, but not significantly in skin with makeup. This may indicate that wearing makeup may block pores. Oil levels increased in the non-makeup zones and decreased in the makeup zones, suggesting that it may be difficult to maintain proper oil levels on the skin when wearing makeup.

“For skin health, it’s best to exercise with your makeup removed,” said corresponding author Dongsun Park, PhD, of the Korea National University of Education.

Reference: “Influence of cosmetic foundation cream on skin condition during treadmill exercise” by Eun-Jung Yoon, Eun Hye Kwon, Joo Hyun Kim, Jesse Delacruz, T. Brock Symons, Sukho Lee and Dongsun Park, 06 March 2024, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
DOI: 10.1111/jocd.16205

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