If the thought of doing exercise sans make-up has stopped you from hitting the gym, then you can cross it off your list of excuses. If you don’t know what products to use before or after exercise, you’re not alone – neither do 78% of people who responded to a Google consumer survey. But today, several brands are offering a range of beauty care products that will keep you looking in top form before, during and after physical exercise.
What to Buy
You need endurance-resistant products to withstand the intensity of a good workout, and these days you’re spoilt for choice! Pretty Athletic has a skincare range for active women; Clinique has launched CliniqueFit, a high-performance range under the slogan “Life’s a marathon. Look good running it;” and Primark Beauty has a range of cosmetics that can take the pressure of gym.
Before heading out to the gym or to do the sport of your choice, make sure you’re wearing the right makeup. Regular, heavy makeup mixed with sweat can lead to breakouts and skin irritation. Go for tailored brands offering products that are anti allergenic, fragrance free, and tailored for exercise-specific issues, such as blocked pores and redness.
CliniqueFit’s Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40 offers a natural matte finish with 12 hours of oil-free wear. It’s resistant to sweat and humidity, so it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. On top, you might want to wear their Workout 24-Hour Mascara (24 hour smudge-free) and the Lip + Cheek Flush.
The e.l.f active range of breathable makeup includes a Sweat Resistant Mascara & Brow Duo, a Lip & Cheek Palette, and a Workout Ready Eyeliner Pencil. All promise not to clog the pores as you work out. A gym-bag essential is their breathable, high-performance Stay Out & Play SPF 50 moisturizer which features a sheer, universal tint that blends with a range of skin tones.
Primark’s active beauty range will also allow your skin to breath. Their foundation stick is lightweight, but still creamy enough to cover up imperfections, giving you a flawless finish. Add their pressed-powder with a sweat-resistance matte finish on top, to keep you looking vibrant and fresh faced and to avoid that awful feeling of having sweat running into your eyes and down your face while you work out. Then there’s splash-proof mascara, long-lasting lip liner, and Lip Fix lipsticks. If you’re out in the sun, Primark’s SPF lip balm containing shea butter and Vit E is a must.
When it’s time to wind down, Clinique’s Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Swipes are a good start. If you’ve got to dash back to work, their Workout + Go Dry Shampoo suits all hair types, absorbing sweat and excess oil to volumize and refresh hair between washes. Some great treats from e.l.f are their Post-Workout Cleansing Body Wipes, Freshen Up Hair Mist, Active Face Powder, and Redness Relief Express Mask. Don’t head out the gym without applying Clinique’s Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder or spritzing on e.l.f’s Post-Workout Cool Down Mist.
This is a great start to combat your gymtimidation. So, put your best face forward and opt for a healthier pro-exercise lifestyle.