Who'd have known that I - someone who really isn't 'into' working out - would be writing this post? Even if you're a casual exerciser; these are my skincare tips and my personal routine...
I typically go for a run in the morning or at lunchtime. Sunscreen is an essential, as I run outside, and with my dry skin I don't want to over-cleanse my skin. At the same time, I use oils and retinoids as part of my evening routine (and a splash of water won't necessarily remove them), and not only is it nice to get all of that off your skin but sometimes I feel having it sat there makes my sunscreen pill. So, I start with a non-drying cleanse using the Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment* | £36. I go in with reusable cotton pads and just swipe this no-rinse formula onto my skin so my face is clean, but not stripped. Prebiotics help build a healthy skin barrier and fermented ingredients provide a powerful source of antioxidants.
I then use my go-to workout sunscreen: the Ultrasun Sports Gel SPF 30 | £26. This is a clear gel so super easy to slap on and it can be used on both the face and the body, which makes things nice and quick. It's a broad spectrum formula that absorbs quickly and has water resistance. I personally have super-sensitive eyes so the way I test the water resistance of a product is: can I exercise without this running into my eyes? This doesn't run, it's not white so doesn't leave you a streaky, sweaty mess and it doesn't blind me. That's all I'm looking for in life... Generally, as a tip: if the sun is out then I'll wear a cap to shade my face so I can see and also to prevent sun damage and I honestly tend to not wear shorts or anything unless it's super hot.
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If you're exercising in the evening like after work, my tip is super-simple: the Glossier Milky Oil | £10. You don't really want to exercise in makeup; it can clog your pores, create mess as you sweat and just be uncomfortable. Plus, as someone who likes yoga, I don't want to get makeup all over my mat or my floor! This is a super-quick product that can have your makeup off in an instant. Simply give it a shake, dispense some onto a cotton pad and run it over your face to melt off your makeup. You can then do the second step of your double cleanse afterwards.
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Ok, so I wouldn't go out and buy this cleanser again to use it for this but my top tip is: if you bought a cleanser and tried it then realised it was too harsh for your skin then try using it as your post-workout product. That's how I've repurposed the Fenty Skin Total Cleans'r Remove It All Cleanser* | £20 | full review. It's actually so satisfying to use this thick foam on my face when I've been sweating. It cuts right through the grime and the sunscreen in a single step and I try to do this as soon as possible after exercise so the sweat isn't marinating on my skin for longer than necessary...
After this, as a replenishing step to calm my skin down I love using the Zelens ProVitamin D3 Fortifying Mist | £48. I'm going to have to do a rundown of the Zelens Vitamin line because I was gifted the Power boosters but loved them so much I got the D mist and moisturiser and loved them too! This is a fine, hydrating mist (which also contains panthenol, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, sodium PCA and other barrier-boosters) that actually stays on the skin and moisturises, leaving it so, so soft. It immediately calms redness and inflammation that can be aggravated by the heat your skin experiences from exercise.
If this is an evening routine, follow through with the rest of your skincare for that, but I tend to exercise in the morning, so this is how I start my day. First, I go in with my serum of choice. I recently started on the Youth to the People 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum* | £59 | and I'm loving it so far! I'll be doing a full brand review of Youth to the People soon and it's early days with this one, but it truly is lovely. It's formulated with the gold standard l-ascorbic acid to help boost collagen production, provide antioxidant benefits and treat discolouration. This is supplemented with two other derivatives that are a little more stable and can better-penetrate the skin. this is a light- hydrating formula that actually feels incredibly gentle on my skin, which is why I go for it after exercise.
After that, I like to use the Indeed Labs In-Ceramide Daily Moisture Cream* | £24.99. This is a light lotion moisturiser that's still packed with amazing stuff. Ceramides are the lipids that form the majority of our skin barrier so this feels beautiful and nourishing but also helps contribute towards overall skin health. And, finally, I use a more everyday sunscreen that's going to sit nicely under makeup but isn't necessarily that water-resistant, bulletproof formula I wear during exercise. My personal favourite at the moment is the Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ | £34. This is a beautiful, broad-spectrum option for normal and dry skin types that has no white cast, doesn't pill but gives the skin a gorgeous glow!
What do you like to do with your skincare when exercising?