By NICKY CHAMP
We’re doing the 12WBT at the moment and aside from learning how to navigate Christmas parties without wanting to devour entire trays of canapés, we’ve been held accountable to exercising every day.
Fitting in daily exercise can been a challenge for me (and not just because I hardly leave the couch over winter) but because I turn red during exercise, and if I’ve got an early meeting or party after work it’s just another excuse I use not to workout.
FYI, you should know this post is sponsored by 12WBT. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
I figured I wasn’t the only one experiencing post workout beauty dilemmas so I’ve compiled the best beauty tips and tricks to get you from the gym door faster than you can say tomato-face.
1. Skip the make-up (and the moisturiser).
Sure, you probably weren’t thinking of heading to the gym with a full face ‘o slap anyway but if you’re exercising on your lunch break or after work there’s a very good case for taking off your makeup before hitting the treadmill.
When you sweat your pores open up and if you’re wearing heavy foundation and face powders on the skin it can block the skin’s natural ability to breathe leading to clogged pores, breakouts and irritation. It’s best to remove makeup with a sulfate-free cleanser, that won’t dry out your skin or cause any skin irritation before you exercise.
As for moisturiser, you can definitely skip it pre-workout. As even a lightweight lotion is going to slip right off your face once you get your Zumba-rhythm going and melt down your face and into your eyes. The only exception here is if you’re exercising outside then you’ll need to apply sunscreen first.
2. BYO Beauty Tips.
Unless you’re working out at a lavish five-star hotel then you might want to skip the shampoo, conditioner and body wash provided. These are often (but not always!) not of the same quality as the ones you’d use at home. They often contain harsh antibacterial ingredients that can irritate the skin.
Even the cleanest gyms can be a hotbed for germs and viruses like ringworm and athlete’s foot and you don’t need us to tell you twice to pack your thongs for the shower. It’s also a good idea not to touch your face (or mouth) during your workout if you’re using gym machines or weights as you can transfer harmful bacteria from another person’s sweat right onto your face. Gross.
3. Ditch the headband.
Headband-wearers beware; you could be trapping oil and dirt into your pores by wearing a tight headband across the hairline. Either push it back or make like a gymnast and wear a scrunchie. What? Nineties revivals aren’t your thing? Tie hair up into a plaited or twisted style pre-workout, as it will keep it off your face and save you time at the end.
4. I’m redder than Rudolph’s nose, what do I do?
Your first port-of-call if you turn red during exercise of any sort is to run your wrists under cold water; this helps to cool the body’s temperature down. Next up, apply deodorant to any place that’s still sweating e.g. underarms, and in between your boobs. Dump any products that will potentially irritate the skin, so look for serums and lightweight moisturisers that contain rosehip, green tea, chamomile, or bisabolol. A gel cleanser will be calming on the skin and as for covering that redness? A CC cream instantly neutralises redness.