Let’s face it, whether we are racing up and down hills in spin class, weight lifting, dancing our way through Zumba, or finding that perfect downward dog in Yoga, we all want the pleasure of looking fresh-faced and put together through all of the pain and gain during our sweat fest.
However, striking up a conversation with a new gym buddy could be difficult when they’re distracted by the mascara or foundation running down your face, because you over did it with the amount of product you used in order to look good while huffing and puffing.
The simple answer (because we all know we need one), would be to lay off of the make-up, and here’s why…
And if that isn’t convincing enough, it’s a fact that bacteria is the breeding ground for blackheads, pimples, clogged pores, irritation, rashes, and acne.
Your pores need time to breathe, and if you’re one for focusing on that healthy, dewy glow with the help of the correct diet and exercise, using a facial wash/scrub, before hitting the weights, can aid in clean, clear, dewy, and healthy skin.
And if you’re like me, and have sensitive skin (eczema…gross!), wearing makeup can be even more problematic. Instead, you should make sure to cleanse before and after a workout with a gentle cream. Durable skin can tolerate exfoliates, to clear away the dead skin cells and build-up of sweat (or old make-up) from your pores.
However, for those of us that enjoy a little “touch-up” before treading heavy on that mill, here are a few essentials to follow in order to reap the benefits of “looking good” while still keeping your skin “feeling good”…
With warmer temps, means more outdoor activities. So wear an SPF that is 30 or over and is also water resistant. This will not only keep you from burning, but it will also keep you from having to reapply during your workout, because certain SPF moisturizers have a tendency to “slip” off your face once you start to perspire. If that’s the case, you can try wearing a “light” layer of concealer or mineral makeup over the sunscreen to keep your skin covered and sun-protected.
The Face (Part Deux):
With just a few dabs, this can be a sure way to not only protect your skin from the sun rays with its rich pigment, but it can also give your skin the appearance of looking blemish free, while absorbing the heavy amounts of perspiration from you “heavy sweaters,” with its water-resistant base.
In order to wear it properly, without looking like you just “caked it on,” be sure to find a color that matches your skin tone, and then apply this “magic eraser” only on blemishes, discoloration, dark circles, or red spots, before blending with a concealer brush to create a natural, fresh-faced look.
If you have sensitive skin and feel that concealer may be a little too heavy for your skin, try mineral makeup. It’s still water resistant, has an SPF of around 17, and allows your skin to breathe! But again, look for one that not only matches your skin tone to keep you looking natural, but ones that have eliminated the shimmer and sparkle. Regardless, avoid regular powders, which very easily moves around and eventually rubs off.
…and one more tip for the “Face” (and my personal “Go-To”!):
Looking to remove blemishes, discoloration, dark circles, or red spots, but hate the feel of having something with a thick texture, that feels as though it is “coating” the skin? Then all hail the bronzer! This is the perfect way to look naturally sun-kissed and even-toned, as long as you find a color that is only a shade or two darker than your skin tone, and one that avoids that artificial look of shimmer or sparkle. Just make sure to use a brush to lightly layer on the concealer or powder-based “gift from the gods,” because using your fingers can leave your skin looking blotchy. To get that “sun-kissed” effect, just make sure to brush over the high-points of your face, where the sun would naturally hit (around the sides of your forehead, you cheeks, and the tip of your nose).
If you want to avoid all facial makeup, but still desire to look polished, try filling in your brows wherever it seems fit, tweezing untamed hairs, or using a brow brush and brow gel to keep those hairs in place, and this could make a dramatic difference in your overall look.
Lipstick looks like you’re trying too hard, and can also give you the appearance of heavy make-up wear, or in some cases, age you if you don’t have the right product and/or color, and glosses always find a way of tacking onto strays hairs that get in your face while moving around, not to mention the amount of debris you can collect if you’re on a bike, or even running…yikes!
Your best bet for natural, and undetectable lip wear would be a great lip balm, or stain. Just a hint of color can bring out the color in your face, or the whites of your teeth. Besides, your pout should always be one of your best features!
If you love having a dramatic eye, avoid the drastic Kardashian “smokey eye” look. Instead opt for a grey creamy shadow along your eyelid, and then add a light layer of black liner around the eyes, and then a quick brush of some waterproof mascara. Your eyes will still POP without having to worry about the smoldering look sweltering down your face, post-workout!
So whether you decide to enlist some of these beauty products to help cover those gym “bags”, or instead, choose to go the “au naturale” route, in order to keep your skin safe from any harm,the most important element here is that you look and feel your best! What are some of your favorite “go-to” products to help make your time on the gym floor safe for you and your skin?
Hope you are all able to enjoy some new ways to once again, bring health and beauty together. Enjoy your week of effortlessly chic workouts, Fitness Fashionistas!
Photo Credits: “Muscles and Makeup,” Sunscreen, Brow Brush, Bronzer and Lip Stain pics from Google Images