Post-Workout Essentials


I know what you're thinking: Me? Working out? Ever since I stopped doing ballet a few years ago, I've struggled to find a form of exercise I liked enough to stick to it. Finally last month, Brett and I started taking cardio kickboxing classes at a studio down the street from our house. And I've fallen in love with it! I look forward to every class even though they're extremely challenging and tiring. Since my skin hasn't been used to all this extra activity (and sweat!), I've had to pick out a few products to use after class to keep it in tip-top shape. 

Cool That Skin Down

I have quite a bit of redness going on in my skin anyway, but when I'm exercising, I go full-on tomato face and my skin feels hot to the touch. After class I make sure to cool my skin down to prevent further irritation. I love using a face mist for this - the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Face Mist is my favorite because it actually feels cooling without having to put it in the fridge. I think it's the coconut water. It feels so refreshing and like it's actually hydrating my skin. You know how some mists just feel like water that leave your skin feeling even tighter afterward? This doesn't do that. If my skin is feeling puffy as well as hot and red, I slather on a bit of the Milk Makeup Cooling Water. Again, this somehow feels cold on its own and also contains caffeine to depuff. 


Clean It Out

I always make sure to thoroughly cleanse my skin at night, but I take even more care after working out because of the extra sweat. I like mixing the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser with a few shakes of the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Cleansing Powder for a really deep clean that doesn't make my skin feel stripped. I definitely feels like this washes everything away. I also will take the time to do a clay mask if my skin isn't feeling too irritated - the best one is the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack because it makes the skin feel super clean, but it's gentle and doesn't suck all the moisture out of your skin. 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

My skin is often dehydrated, but I make an extra effort to really pack in the hydration after class. I like to follow up the Greens mask with the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, applying a healthy layer and just letting it sink in for awhile. It really plumps up the skin and delivers the moisture my skin so desperately needs back. After washing it off, I love using a hyaluronic acid serum like the Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Facial Serum. It feels light and gentle, but it's like drenching your skin with water. It feels so nice. (I'll of course follow up with a moisturizer, but I've been too flaky to stick to one lately to include in this post). Eyes need love too, and the most hydrating and plumping one I've found that I've been using religiously is the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb. It adds some much-needed moisture back to my undereyes, making them look more awake and plumping up fine lines.

What products do you reach for after a workout?

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