How to Sweat and Detox Your Skin

Let's sweat out some toxins, shall we? 

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This blog post is completed in collaboration with CorePower Yoga; all opinions are 100% my own.

I think the term "detox" may now seem a bit overrated. It's been used everywhere, from beauty products to juices. But we often forget the most natural form, and likely to be the most effective as well, which is to simply exercise and sweat out the toxins in your body! And THAT, I don't think can be overrated.

I am not athletic nor am I anything close to a fitness model. But I know for a fact that exercising has been keeping me energized, improving my blood circulation, and generally healthier both physically and mentally! I also know that when I exercise and sweat, my skin releases the trapped toxin in my body, which cleanses it inside out. I love the glow I get after a workout!

Personally, I'm not a gym-goer; I much prefer attending classes, which is why I love being a member at CorePower Yoga. It has actually been my top choice since 4 years ago when I was living in Boston, before partnering with them this time around! I really enjoy them because unlike traditional yoga, CorePower Yoga offers classes that combine free weights and strength-training moves like squats and lunges. Plus, I don't sweat easily, and the heated rooms tend to help me with that!  

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At the end of this blog post, I also have a dedicated Q&A section, answering all the questions I got from my InstaStories. Be sure to check that out!

Meanwhile, allow me to share my tips on maximizing a good workout session in relation to detoxing your skin!

 
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Sweat with a Clean Face

Be sure to always remove your makeup and clean your face before a workout session and when you exercise. This is so, very, important! When you sweat, your pores open up, and if makeup is there to clog them, then a lot of dirt and toxin would get trapped on the way out. It would almost counteract the original purpose of "detoxifying" your skin.

I remember getting minor breakouts and something resembling a rash a few times when I was too lazy to remove my makeup before a class. When I started making sure I always exercise with a clean face, I started realizing the existence of a post-workout glow.

Bring Your Own Towel

I know a lot of places offer people towels but I highly recommend you to bring your own to class. Even if it's just a small one to wipe your sweat off or for the area on your yoga mat that is for your face! 

Wash Your Face Right After Class

One thing I always do now after class is to cleanse my face so I can wash off the sweat and leave the studio with an SPF moisturizer. The CorePower Yoga studio I currently go to is right next to Bryant Park and about a 15-minute walk from my apartment. Although it isn't too far away, I still don't want to be in the sun without a sunscreen.

Don't Forget to Hydrate!

I don't drink enough water and actually, have to set a reminder sometimes just so I remember to drink water. It is important to keep your body hydrated before, during and after every workout, especially at CorePower Yoga, since most of their classes are in heated rooms. Water will help with detoxifying your body, too!

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Bonus: Q&A Session

Q: Is CorePower Yoga more of a "workout" workout, or like traditional yoga?

A: They're yoga-based fitness workouts that combine strength-training moves, such as sit-ups or squats, as well as free weights in some of the classes. The level of intensity varies based on the type of class you choose to attend. The music tends to be a bit more upbeat, energizing and fun! 

Q: I don't live in New York. Are there studios near me (I'm in California)?

A: Yes, there are hundreds across the U.S.! If you check out their studio guide, you can see if there is one near where you live! In New York, there are currently 3 studios, and 2 more will be opening soon!

Q: Will it be okay for beginners?  

A: Yes! The class called CorePower Yoga 1 will be a good fit for you if you're not too familiar with yoga or CorePower.

Q: Do you have a favorite class?

A: Yes, I do! My favorite is called Hot Power Fusion, which is actually a beginner-friendly class, too. I love it because it is a good mix of hot yoga's meditative qualities and power yoga's intensity. The rooms are heated around 98-100 degree with added humidity; it may sound terrible, but it actually feels really good afterward! Another one of my favorites is called CorePower Yoga 2, which is their signature class.

Q: Do they offer membership types that are not long-term contracts?

A: If you join their membership, you become a "Black Tag" member, which means you have access to unlimited classes, as well as free workshops and discounts when you buy products from the studio! Let's say you are traveling or something and need to pause the membership, then you can simply freeze your account. You can also just cancel anytime, so you're not stuck with an annual contract.

Let me know if you have any other questions by leaving a comment below! I will try my best to answer them. Thank you for reading!

Love,

 
 

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Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.