When you read about workouts and running and fitness on the internet (or anywhere else) occasionally you'll see posts about remembering to wash your kit immediately or how to stay hygienic in the gym, which is fine, but there's another less glamorous element that doesn't seem to be talked about so often, and that's looking after your skin if you're active- be that sports or fitness or maybe your job.
Yup, it might not be the first thing you think of when you you're planning your training or hitting up the gym, however if you struggle with sensitive or problem skin (which I do), then keeping your skin healthy and happy can be really challenging if you find yourself showering more regularly, wearing specific kit items or equipment, needing to wash your hair more regularly, and generally getting sweaty and owning being active.
I've talked about seasonal favourites before but this is my ultimate favourites list- Skincare for active women with acne prone or oily skin.
1. I'm no stranger to Dermalogica products and have talked about the Dermal Clay cleanser in my summer skincare for active women round up. The Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque is a more recent addition that I use once-twice per week and helps to drag all the nasty congestion out of your skin. It's tough on the cleansing front but never leaves my skin feeling dry or or tight and at the end of a few training days when my forehead in particular can start to look and feel congested, this helps to clear things up fairly instantly.
2. Serozinc is a bit of a cult product and something that's a returner to my skincare posts. Zinc is a well known healing & antibacterial ingredient which you can find in acne medications as often as over the counter remedies and beauty products. Spray lightly over face, back & chest before a workout to freshen up, keep it in your bag if you have to travel home from a class or training session before you can shower to help keep nasties at bay and also to help with healing.
3. This is a cheap and cheerful cleanser/toner that is more often than not available on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots as one of their own ranges- Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing Lotion. It makes it's way onto my list for a number of reasons- it's more effective than face wipes for cleansing before a workout- yes I cleanse my face (whether or not I've been wearing make-up), back/shoulders & chest before I train- helps if you at least start with a clean base rather than adding to any pollutants, grime, dead skin or other joys you may have accrued through the course of your day. It's dead simple to use- dab onto cotton pads, wipe over face, repeat. And it's a cost effective product. Is it a replacement for washing your face? No. Is it useful to have in your gym back for pre-class, in between sessions or to freshen up if you have to travel home before showering? Yes, and for £3.89 (or £2.50 a go on 3 for 2 as it is now), it's easy to have a couple dotted about the bathroom, your gym bag, locker or desk drawer.
4. Lastly, Dermalogica Active Moist, no I'm not writing a sponsored post here but an oil free moisturiser that really works is tough to find. Double bonus, this one doesn't leave a nasty grainy or sticky residue, and for those of you like me, who prefer more neutral scents in skin care products, this is a joy.