I love the feeling of working out and pushing my body to its limits, but I hate the way my skin looks and feels when I hit stop of the treadmill or get off the spin bike. Over the summer, I was hitting the gym regularly in the mornings and I figured out a modified version of my daily skincare routine that takes my face from a flushed, sweaty mess to an I woke up like this glow.
I hate having sweaty skin so cleansing the second the workout ends is key. I don't use a sweat towel because I don't want to rub the sweat or other bacteria into my skin (read more about this in my latest beauty hack). To remedy this, I always have face wipes in my gym bag. I love the Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes because not only do they cleanse the skin; they exfoliate, tone, and add a refreshing smell.
I love the face wipes for a quick cleanse before I drive or walk home, but I make sure to cleanse again once I'm home and have had my protein smoothie. For my second cleanse, I use the Shea Moisture African Black Soap. This is the same I use on my body, which makes washing my face in the shower convenient. You have to be careful about using bar soap on your face; most bar/body soaps are too harsh and drying. Formulated so it can be used on both, the Shea Moisture soap contains tamarind extract which helps with acne and breakouts and shea butter which helps with hydration.
Roll It Out
My rose quartz facial massager is great for removing the exhaustion from my skin, which I always need post-workout. I take specially care to massage under my eyes and down my neck to brighten and tighten everything.
Finally, I moisturize. I always use the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask to moisturize after each workout. The mask was formulated specifically for hydrating tired skin and since it doesn't have to be rinsed off, it makes for the perfect moisturizer on days when your skin needs a little extra boost!