Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Skincare Saviours for Active Women

Well, active women or men but analytics tell me I have few to no male readers! 

I run, cycle or train 5-6 times per week. This is mostly thanks to the lunacy that is signing up for a marathon, but I'd still consider myself an active woman. I'm also an active woman who sweats- yes I said the 's' word, and I have quite oily skin. As such, the following have been stand out saviour products. 

1. La Roche Posay Serozinc & Effaclar Duo [+]
This is kind of like a spray toner, but contains all kinds of things which are good for your skin- zinc as the name would suggest in particular is good for healing and is common in acne treatments. I spray this on my back & chest every morning and evening as it helps keep the oil under control, as well as after cleansing my face pre-run/workout- I figure it helps if I can start off clean at least! The Effaclar Duo I use a bit like a moisturiser because it helps to keep breakouts under control, it contains all the usual acids you'd expect in an anti-blemish solution but it doesn't feel harsh and it helps keep the oil on my skin under control without drying it out.

2. Body Shop Argan Oil Body Scrub
I spend a lot of time in shorts- cycling shorts, running shorts, pj shorts... It means I put a bit more effort into epilating regularly and this scrub not only helps keeping my legs smooth and preventing ingrown hairs, but it's incredibly moisturising and smells divine. Perfect prep for gradual tanning moisturiser too!

3. Boots Tea Tree & Witchazel Exfoliating Pads
Whilst I'm a great fan of chemical exfoliant a to keep my skin clear(ish) sometimes I need a harsher manual scrub, especially if it's been dry in the fens (because it's dusty), or if I've been cycling and have dead bugs stuck to me (I'm sexy and I know it). These are the perfect pre-shower solution, with little exfoliant beads and a slightly medicinal smell that I really love and do the job in removing some of the grime. 

4. Mitchum Antiperspirant
I'm an active woman and that means I know how to sweat. This is the best antiperspirant I've found - it doesn't have an overpowering scent, last well, and does what it says on the label. It's also reasonably priced and regularly on offer. What's not to like? 

5. Water
You might consider this a cop out, but hydration is just as important for your skin as it is your insides. I get through 4-6 litres per day (depending on how hot it is) And I try and keep my caffeine to 1 or 2 cups of strong coffee each morning. I'm not saying your skin is going to become miraculously clear, youthful and smooth, but hydrated skin has better elasticity, looks brighter and good hydration generally keeps everything going on beneath the skin in all round better working order.

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