The ability to stick to any plan for weight loss often requires a lot of discipline and determination. But when you are successful at your plans, it may sometimes have a trade off. Be it a diet plan or a regular exercise routine, did you know that they might be hurting your skin? Here are seven ways how your weight loss plans may be hurting your skin and what products you can use to protect it.

1. Working out under the sun

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If you think that it’s not necessary to put on sunscreen on your face and arms while going on a hike or a run during the day, you’re wrong! Exposure to sun could speed up ageing on your skin – even if you’re out only for 20 minutes each time.

Solution: Put on sunscreen at least 10 minutes before heading out the door. Because we understand how troublesome it is to rub sunblock all over your body, we recommend a sunscreen in spray form!

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Try: Biotherm Body Sun Care

It’s easy to use, perfect for when you’re rushing out the door to go for your run or hike. Just spray it on your face, neck and arms and you’re shielded from the sun! What’s more, if you need extra coverage on hard-to-reach places like your back, a spray will be much easier to use compared to lotion-type sunscreens.

2. Loss of moisture from perspiring

While perspiring is one way to get rid of toxins in the body, you will also suffer a lot of moisture loss. In the long run, you may find your skin less bouncy than before.

Solution: Replenish your skin with moisture after your workout.

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Try: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (SGD52).

With an improved formula, this product has a gel-like consistency that makes it easy to apply, and not as heavy as a regular cream.

3. Massive weight loss causes skin to sag

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Your workout is going great for you, yay! However, if you’re losing a huge amount of weight, you might notice that your skin will start sagging. Don’t worry because there are products that can help you improve it. Furthermore, the most important thing is that you’re healthy.

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Try: Puressentiel Express Firming Cream

The cream is alcohol-free and infused with essential oils and caffeine that naturally helps to firm up the skin.

4. Dry skin from using gym’s body wash as face cleanser

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If you’re one of those people who goes to the gym during lunch time, chances are you’ll just take a quick shower so that you can get back to the office on time. You’ll may probably end up washing your face with the soap in the dispenser (which is a no-no, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do!)

Solution: Invest in a moisturising facial spray to spritz on your face after shower to hydrate your skin.

Try: Laneige’s Water Science Mist (SGD28)

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This refreshing mist helps to thoroughly moisturise skin, and is something handy that you can leave on your office desk to use after lunch workouts.

5. You shower more than twice a day because of post-workout showers

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Yes, it’s important to hop into the shower after your workout. Nobody wants to leave the gym with a post-workout odour. However, showering too often can also cause the skin on our bodies to be drier as we are constantly stripping off its natural moisture.

Solution: Use a body lotion to moisturise your arms and legs after your post-workout shower.

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Try: The Body Shop Pina Colada Body Sorbet and Butter

From the latest collection by The Body Shop, these body moisturisers’ scent is inspired by the pina colada, and aren’t just hydrating, but also smell like a summer holiday.

6. Clogged pores

If you’ve been noticing that after a series of workout sessions, your skin is getting greasier and more prone to breakouts, it’s time to remove that makeup before your workout!

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Try: Biore Cleansing Wipes

These facial towelettes come in little packets with 10 sheets in it that you can dump into your gym bag. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it sure does a great job in taking off your makeup! Don’t forget to follow up with your regular skincare routine once you reach home.

7. Ineffective diet plan

You’ve done all the necessary steps to make sure your skin is well taken care of. But its still not looking the best that it should. Then perhaps it’s time to revisit your diet.

Solution: If you are dieting, make sure your diet plans are power packed with nutrients, vitamins and the protein that you need. If they are not, it’s time to add more greens to your diet, or plan it in such a way that you have a balanced one.

Lastly, don’t forget to drink water! A great way to get yourself to drink more water is to add fruits in them. This will give the water some flavour.