The best skincare and makeup buys for fitness lovers
Workout and look amazing
If you are partial to a bit of makeup in the gym and prefer to look more ‘done’, there’s a right and very wrong way to go about it.
You want to be getting hot and sweaty while you train – that’s the whole idea! – but you don’t want streaks of foundation running down your face and mixing with your ‘boob sweat’ (you know what we’re talking about ladies); especially when there are so many innovative products that will stay put and keep you looking great.
But remember this: When your body heats up and perspires, your pores open up. Some makeup – especially old makeup – as well as environmental pollutants can block pores and cause congestion, irritation and even breakouts. So some choice products are needed, and if you do apply makeup, make sure it will resist sweat. And of course, cleanse super well making sure to remove all traces of makeup, after your workout sesh.
And even if you enter the gym environment with a clean face, the environment can be contaminated with blemish-causing bacteria. This is where a good post-workout skincare regime comes in. Never, we repeat, never wash your face with the body wash provided in the gym shower. Too drying!
Here are our top sweat-proof makeup buys and multi-use, fast-acting, compact toiletries for your gym bag.
The Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover 150ml, $56, is a three-in-one cleanser, toner, and makeup remover.
The fresh foam cleanser melts away even long-lasting makeup, thoroughly and gently removing impurities without drying. Meanwhile the multi-action formula leaves skin toned, balanced and comforted with no oily residue for healthy, glowing skin.
If you’re partial to an oily T-zone like a lot of women, an oil-control face mask twice a week can work wonders – especially in the sauna post-workout.
La Roche Posay do an amazing clay one called Effaclar Sebo Controlling Mask, 100ml for $25.90. It’s unclogging, purifying and sebo-controlling, eliminating excess sebum, shine and impurities like dust and pollution. Skin is soothed and purified, pores are unclogged and your complexion will stays matte for longer.
The Philip Kingsley Spa Treatment Kit, $50, from Net-a-Porter, is a nourishing three-step hair regime.
The Stimulating Scalp Mask improves blood circulation, scalp health and hair texture while pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, the Elasticizer, moisturizes at the cuticle to renew suppleness and bounce. The Daily Damage Defence leave-in conditioning spray protects from heat styling and breakage and can be used to defrizz or detangle.