Today, a lot of women spend more money on their workout leggings than on their actual clothes. So it's no surprise that they want to wear them everywhere - from yoga to brunch, and then on to errands. Though living in these synthetic leggings might make you more susceptible to a host of health issues.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to wearing your favorite leggings:
You shouldn’t go to brunch in them.
People always used to shower after workouts, but now, due to the rise of athleisure clothing, they’re wearing their workout clothes a lot longer than intended,” said Dr. Lauren Ploch, a board-certified dermatologist at Skin Cancer Centre and Georgia Dermatology in August, Georgia.
It’s OK to stay in your workout clothes up to an hour, but then they need to come off.
Ploch notes that we all have different thresholds for what our bodies and skin can tolerate, and we all sweat differently. Though, if it’s going to take you longer than an hour to get to a shower — you should change into dry clothes and apply wet wipes to sweaty areas of your body.
Sometimes a shower isn’t enough.
“You need to wipe the sweat off right away, even if you’re hopping in the shower immediately, you should also wipe off with a medicated wash or wipe as soon as possible,” advised Dr. Jhin. This is crucial for people dealing the skin issues mentioned above.
It’s only okay to re-wear yoga pants if you didn’t sweat that much in them.
If you had a relatively easy fitness class and didn’t sweat that much, it’s OK to wear your pants again, without washing. Otherwise, washing your pants after a workout is mandatory.
Every woman's body is different, and maybe you can get away with wearing your yoga pants for ten hours without the symptoms mentioned above. Though, why risk it? The next time you consider rocking your sweaty pants to brunch, think again and throw a change of dry clothes into your bag instead.