Here's Exactly How to Take Care of Your Skin Post-Workout

There are a lot of skincare benefits associated with working out. "Exercise helps maintain healthy levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol," esthetician and founder of Stacked Skincare Kerry Benjamin explains. "A high cortisol level could lead to breakouts or cause the collagen in your skin to break down, which can increase wrinkles and sagging. A good workout will actually help your body in the production of collagen, and this keeps your skin firm and supple." She adds that aerobic exercise gives your skin a hit of oxygenated blood, which is critical for glowy skin.

However (because of course there's a however), if you don't take care of your skin after you work out, the sweat and dirt can cause you to break out. "The longer sweat is on your body and face, the increased chance it get get in your pores and attract things like dead skin cells and bacteria," says Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist. Cool. Just what we wanted: a side of breakouts with our SoulCycle. We asked Benjamin and Bhanusali to share their tips for creating a solid post-workout skincare routine. Keep reading to see their advice.