Living an active lifestyle often means you'll be exerting a lot of energy and sweating in the process. This is why taking care of your skin is arguably more important than on your rest days. So, whether you’re running, swimming, cycling, playing football, tennis, rugby, or any other activity, there are some simple steps you can take to look after your skin:
Sweat is the body’s natural method of cooling and detoxifying, but if left to sit on the skin, bacteria forms and breakouts can begin.
You should always try to shower immediately after your workout, however if you are pressed for time… wipe off sweat once you’re finished with a microfibre towel to help prevent blemishes and skin infections.
Change out of your wet clothes as soon as possible, too.
Showering with a pH balancing body wash is a great way to cleanse your skin without stripping it of the much needed natural protective moisture barrier, meaning it won't dry out.
2. UV PROTECTION
Anytime you exercise outdoors, it’s crucial to remember sunscreen… especially during the summer in the UK, or anytime you are training in warmer climates, such as a warm weather camp.
A minimum of factor 50 gets the job done for the face and often-forgotten areas like the back of the neck, ears, and nose. You’ll be protecting your skin from premature ageing, uneven skin tones, and even reduce risk of developing skin cancer.
Look for a water resistant sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB blocking. If you are in and out of the water as part of your training, you may need to apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day.
You’ve probably never considered the impact your towel has on your health. However, towels are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, so just imagine what your sports towel looks like under a microscope.
The last thing you want after a warm shower is to expose your open pores and skin cells to bacteria and toxins. Not to mention, old towels can also become less absorbent and rough over time. Wash your towels regularly to protect your skin.
Your skin is constantly renewing itself and exfoliation helps the process along. A good microdermabrasion scrub can help remove the top layer of dead skin cells before they clog up your pores.
Collagen is widely known for the benefits it provides to the skin, which is why U Perform has a specific Bioactive Collagen Peptide® for skin health in its Active Collagen formulation.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s the main component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles.
Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Read our section on Active Collagen to find out how this product supports your active lifestyle.
Collagen is a major component of your skin. It plays a role in strengthening skin, as well as in elasticity and hydration. As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of lines and wrinkles.
Several studies have shown that collagen peptides may help slow the ageing of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness. One review of 11 studies, focusing mostly on women, found that taking 3–10 grams of collagen per day for an average of 69 days led to improvements in skin elasticity and hydration.
Active Collagen works by stimulating your body to produce collagen on its own. Additionally, Active Collagen may promote the production of other proteins that help structure your skin, including elastin and fibrillin.
Active Collagen is ‘Your Proven Advantage’ when it comes to promoting optimal skin health … but don’t just take our word for it. Why does science suggest you should take Active Collagen as part of your nutritional strategy?
Based on two independent studies involving a total of 177 women aged between 35-65 taking 2.5g of the Bioactive Collagen Peptide® called VERISOL® for 8 weeks… there are 3g of VERISOL® in Active Collagen.
The following results have also been approved by FSE (Food Supplements Europe) who regulate claims on all supplements.
AFTER 4 WEEKS
- 15% increase in skin elasticity
AFTER 8 WEEKS
- 65% increase in pro collagen production
- 18% increase in elastin
- 20% reduction in wrinkle volume
U Perform’s Active Collagen has been formulated with two Bioactive Collagen Peptides® to ensure your active body is supported both internally & externally. Promoting optimal skin health and the health of your ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones.
Everyone’s skin is different, and we all have different skin goals. Thankfully, there are a wide range of vitamins and other nutrients that can help maintain normal skin health.
Dry skin has multiple potential causes, including ageing, dehydration, allergies, seasonal changes, and micronutrient deficiencies. Here are the best vitamins for dry skin:
Blemishes and pimples have many different causes, some of which can be hard to put your finger on. Thankfully, there are certain vitamins and minerals that can help clear up your skin like:
One of the most obvious (and feared) signs of ageing is the changing of our skin. Fine lines, dehydration, reddening, and hyperpigmentation are all common and inevitable signs of getting older, but it doesn’t have to be so dramatic (or premature).
Keep topped up on the following vitamins to help maintain and support normal skin health, even as you get older:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B3
Glowing skin = healthy skin. That’s why you automatically assume someone is healthy if they have that dewy, glowing skin we all desire. Here are some of the vitamins that help keep our skin in good overall health:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B3
Active Balance is ‘Your Proven Advantage’ when it comes to protecting your skin... but don’t just take our word for it. Why does science suggest you should take Active Balance as part of your immune system boosting nutritional strategy?
There are numerous studies on the impact that vitamins and minerals have on our skin. Many have also proved that vitamin C has a beneficial link to collagen synthesis in the skin.
“Skin fibroblasts have an absolute dependence on vitamin C for the synthesis of collagen, and for the regulation of the collagen/elastin balance in the dermis. There is ample in vitro data with cultured cells demonstrating this dependency.” (Juliet M. Pullar, et al.2017).
Active Balance, offers a convenient way of complimenting your diet with 71 vitamins and minerals, alongside fruit and plant extracts, amino acids and prebiotics, to restore and rebalance the body’s overall wellness.
Unlike most multivitamin supplements, Active Balance is a science-led, evidence backed premium formulation that uses generous amounts of vitamins, minerals, plant, fruit, and herbal ingredients to specifically meet the daily demands of an active body.