Any dermatologist will tell you that wearing makeup while working out is a bad for your skin. “When exercising, sweat mixes with your makeup and forms a sludgy mix that can block pores, which in turn backs even more oil and salts into them,” says New Jersey-based dermatologist Dr. Richie Lin. “The bacteria that live in pores feeds off this mix, multiplying and eventually leading to acne.” Worse still, according to Idaho-based dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, founder of Epionce Skincare, these clogged pores “can lead to itching and a red, bumpy heat rash called miliaria.” Not good.
And as for other makeup, like lipstick and mascara? You can forget them lasting during a sweat session—in fact, we’re guilty of both wiping lipstick off mid-run as well as sporting serious raccoon eyes while racking our weights.
However, now there’s a new crop of makeup designed to alleviate all of your gym-going and makeup-wearing concerns. (Emoji hands to the sky!) Both Katherine Cosmetics K-Sport and Rae Cosmetics offer oil-free products formulated to be worn while you work out. “You’re not going to wear a full face of makeup like you’re going out on the town,” says Rochelle Rae, a makeup artist and founder of Rae Cosmetics. “But you may want to get a glass of wine after or go straight to the gym from work and not worry about your makeup smearing everywhere.”