Getting ready for a competition can present obstacles to achieving that glowing complexion. Lots of makeup, bronzer, and stress aren’t exactly what your skin needs to stay healthy. Here are 10 things you can do to combat the negative effects of competition on your skin.

1. Always cleanse at night to remove makeup and dirt. You can also wash during the day if you work out.

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2. Wear sunscreen while working out outside. This is a must!

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3. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, especially if you are sweating or working out in the heat.

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4. Exfoliate once each day for ten days before being spray tanned.

Gently exfoliate your skin- don’t be too aggressive to avoid skin damage. You can use a washcloth, loofah sponge, or gentle exfoliating scrub.

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5. Include lots of foods that promote healthy skin in your diet!

Eat brightly colored vegetables high in vitamin A, which has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Eat foods high in antioxidants, which can help protect and repair your skin from sun damage. Tomatoes, olive oil, kale, carrots, and bell peppers are all great options. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like walnuts are also great for preventing dry skin.

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6. Before spray tanning, do laser hair reduction instead of shaving.

Trauma to hair follicles from shaving can make pores appear larger.

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7. Wear moisture wicking clothing when working out.

This prevents germs from growing and prevents skin infections.

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8. Avoid chafing your skin.

Find a non-petroleum based anti-chafing product and use it before working out or playing sports.

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9. Use a gel based product with benzoyl peroxide to treat any acne.

The gel will help soothe and hydrate your skin.

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10. Use a moisturizer with vitamin A every night before bed.

Make sure you find one that’s right for your skin type. If you have oily skin, find a natural, oil-free product that won’t clog your pores. If you have drier skin, use a natural moisturizer containing coconut, jojoba, or avocado oils.

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These tips are essential for any athlete or bodybuilder, whether you’re getting ready for a fitness competition, competing in team sports, or running a marathon.

Give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow!