6 Beauty Products That’ll Keep Your Skin Glowing While You Work Out
Don’t sweat it!
We’ve all been told the reasons why we shouldn’t be wearing makeup to exercise. However, we know that feeling confident at the gym is the quickest way to get in the mood for smashing PBs and reaching goals. While we might not like to admit it, applying our favorite foundation or a swipe of mascara is often a dependable way to get an added hit of confidence pre-workout.
Exercise can do wonders for your skin, explains Lisa Franklin, a London based skincare expert. “It promotes good circulation; the increase in blood flow is beneficial for skin cells as blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen, which is critical for healthy function.”
“Exercise also makes your skin heat up and, in turn, your pores open to allow the skin to sweat.” This is a natural process and helps to cool you down, while also removing dirt from your pores. This helps to keep skin clear. However, when you cover up these pores with makeup, impurities can no longer be removed. This is when problems with your skin can occur and why it is important to choose the products you are using carefully.
If you do feel best hitting your exercise class wearing makeup (and you shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for doing so!), Lisa recommends using a base or primer that offers skincare benefits, whilst also providing a breathable canvas for your skin. “Look for bilberry seed oil, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. This will help improve hydration and keep your skin looking radiant.”
It’s also important that you look after your skin, post-exercise. “Keep a micellar or micro-emulsion cleanser in your kit bag. These types of cleansers remove all signs of makeup, excess sebum, and cellular debris. I would also recommend a double or triple cleanse too for extra skin and pore cleaning post a heavy workout,” Lisa adds.
Whether you’re a cross country runner, or if strength training is more your thing, these products have been formulated with active people in mind. As well as allowing the skin to breathe and protecting it from unwanted breakouts, they promise to stay put well past your last rep.
Shiseido is famed for its technological approach to beauty, and its Sports BB fluid has been carefully crafted to ensure maximum protection, without harming your skin. This quick-dry BB cream dries sweat to ensure makeup stays where it’s supposed to be – no matter how hard you work out. It also features SPF 50+ to reduce the number of products you need to be layering onto your skin (because you should never step out the house without SPF.)
Shop it here for $38.
After a sweaty workout, it’s important you thoroughly cleanse your face, removing sweat, as well as bacteria you might have picked up from your gym equipment. This clever cleanser expels toxins with a negatively-charged electro gel – so they simply rinse away. With geranium, rosemary, and chamomile, it’s also incredibly calming, which makes it great for post-workout recovery
Shop it here for $33.
Waterproof mascara can often be clumpy and flaky – not a look you want at the gym. Thankfully, this volumizing mascara won’t budge all day. Yet, with its Advance Thermal Technology it’ll come off easily with warm water, so you won’t be scrubbing your delicate eye area when you’re removing it.
Shop it here for $39.
Glossier’s Stretch Concealer is non-comedogenic so won’t clog your pores, something that can lead to blemishes. It’s also a buildable formula that disappears into the skin, avoiding pesky patchiness as you start to sweat. As has become a Glossier signature, the concealer has a glowy finish giving you a natural, fresh-faced look.
Shop it here for $18.
This clever stick was designed to brighten up your skin with a combination of porcelain flower extract and salicylic acid. The impressive thing about this gym bag-sized product is that it has been formulated to work at its optimum during physical activity. It’s motion-activated, so the harder you exercise, the better the product works. Simply swipe it across your T-zone and start your workout.
Shop it here for $49.
With antibacterial aloe vera and patented oxygenating technology, this foundation covers imperfections without stopping oxygen from reaching the skin, encouraging collagen regeneration and connective tissue growth. It’s also formulated with SPF30, so you can exercise in all climates knowing your skin is protected. If that’s not enough to convince you to try it, Kourtney Kardashian is a big fan of the product… so you know it means business!
Shop it here for $66.