Stylesight’s Beauty Editor, Glynnis Mapp, rounds up five workout-perfect beauty essentials for your gym bag.
It’s a New Year, and if you haven’t started already, social media propaganda from your friends should be guilting you into healthier living by now.
Time to ditch those old 2013 habits.
Maybe you’ve promised yourself to incorporate more leafy things in your diet, walk instead of drive and take more time for yourself. Or perhaps you’ve decided to sweat-it-out just a little more this season. If that’s the case, nothing sets you on the right path to a better you than amping up your workout routine (or starting one in the first place). Whether you’re indoor cycling, hitting the treadmill, twerking your way to fabulous via dance class or stretching your way slim on the yoga mat, you might as well look great doing it. Here are five top essentials to have in your workout beauty kit.
Nothing solves your straight-from-work workout problems than a face wipe that not only – gently – removes the day’s cosmetic layers away but takes you one step closer to great skin in a swipe. The last thing you need is streaking mascara down your face during your hot yoga class (streaking mascara is neither pretty nor zen). Each biodegradable pre-moistened PreCleanse wipe melts away layers of excess sebum and helps you say see-ya to waterproof make-up and pollutants in a snap. Namaste.
Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Wipes, 20, dermalogica.com
Staying supple in the winter is a beauty mission that we accept wholeheartedly but a mission nonetheless. Ultra-rich moisturizers are nice after a pre-bedtime shower or bubble bath but not so great before a sweaty workout. Cue Environ, a South-African based brand with a light, water-based moisturizer that gives your skin the suppleness it needs without being too heavy. Plus, the vitamins, antioxidants and rosemary extracts in the formula lessens the look of stretch marks and scarring. #amazing
Environ Vitamin A, C & E Enhanced Body Oil, $84 dermaconcepts.com
What if you could just drink your way to beautiful? Sound too good to be true? Well, UK-based brand Ocoo has taken this idea and bottled it. Ocoo’s ready-to-drink beverage is packed with skin-revitalizing ingredients and superfruits (acai berry, pomegranate, aronia berry, red grapes) to help give you longer, stronger hair and nails, supple skin (thanks to vitamin C). Swap your after-workout coconut water for this beauty drink and you’re halfway there already. Ocoo Beauty Drink, £6.99, ocoobeauty.com
Need an after-workout refresher? Before you dash for the gym showers, try a spritz of rejuvenating paraben-, sulfate-, fragrance-, phthalate- and petro-chemical-free grape water to keep your skin moisturized and supple, not oily and sweaty. Helps your pores stay clear and unclogged and above all, hydrated. And if you experience rosacea, this spray is a winner in your daily makeup routine. Sets makeup like a dream too.
Caudalie Organic Grape Water, $18, caudalie.com, sephora.com
Shaving. Depending on how often you do it, it can wreak havoc on your poor, poor epidermis. Most of us like a nice close shave before we hit the treadmill, mat or bike, but over-shaving can create irritation and dark marks on the skin under your arms. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a product to help you stay clear and dry? Dove’s answer is a deodorant that’s more than just a sweat preventor. With calendula and sunflower seed extracts, this one moisturizes to accelerate your skin’s natural renewal process, transforming darkened underarms and giving you 48-hour odor and wetness protection.
A 2-in-1 dream. Dove Clear Tone Skin Renew Deodorant, $5-7, dove.us
– Glynnis Mapp, Stylesight Beauty Editor