I can’t believe I haven’t shared my skin routine earlier, but better late than never! Growing up I was always lucky enough to not have to deal with many skin problems. I rarely got pimples, but when I did, they always stuck out like a sore thumb. I like to attribute my lack of issues in this area to being half Asian (shout out to my ma and pa!), but also to my simplistic and minimal skin routine.
It’s no secret that working out and sweating can cause pimples, redness, and skin irritations. Although gyms (are supposed to) clean their equipment, there is nothing appealing about rolling around on a mat that many others were also sweating on, minutes before you. When I am especially sweaty (which is 90% of the time when I work out), I found that in the past my skin would tend to break out. This happened a lot when I played rugby as well, as we would be playing in hotter and hotter temperatures outside during the summer months. A few times after a very intense session, I would touch my face and feel the salt that had literally come out of my pores, and dried up on my skin. It was a very weird thing to experience, but also made me realize how much bacteria and other oils would be sitting on my face. Sweating isn’t bad for your skin, but allowing to stay on your face for long periods of time is!
In spite of this, you can make sweating healthy for your skin and your body if you treat it properly. I have been using the same skin products for the past 7 years of my life and have never been happier with my complexion. This post is not sponsored in any way, but I really wanted to share this with you as I LOVE these products. I am also the type of person who will not spend a lot of money on skincare products, make up, or hair products, so they are all easily affordable 🙂
To begin, I wash my face with Olay Foaming Face Wash. I’ll do this in the shower after a workout to get rid of all of my make up and dirt/sweat. I use the ‘combination/oily’ type, as opposed to ‘dry’ or ‘sensitive.’ This one I buy at Walmart for like $8.00 and it lasts me about 6-8 months. I use tiny amounts, about pea sized. It doesn’t irritate my skin and it gets all my make up off easily. I do not, and never have worn make up on my face. I literally don’t know the first thing about concealer, blush, bronzer, powder, and all that other stuff; so when it comes to taking off this form of make up, I am not sure how this face wash would hold up.
The second product i’ll use before I go to bed is my Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream from The Body Shop – this stuff is MAGIC and is my secret weapon when it comes to beauty. This cream is a bit thicker than normal day cream, and I find it really moisturizes my skin perfectly, as the face wash can make my skin feel a bit dry. This cream is not greasy at all, and sits comfortably – not too heavy with a bit of a luxurious feel to it. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that provides many benefits for your skin, including the following:
- It prevents damage caused by UV rays
- It is considered an anti-inflammatory agent
- Helps treat stretch marks, burns, cuts, or lesions
Why wouldn’t you want to put this stuff on your skin?
Two… and a half?
The third product which is the counterpart to the night cream, is the Vitamin E Moisture Cream from the same line. I will only use this cream if I have showered in the morning after a run or workout, and my skin is feeling a bit ‘puckery’ from the face wash. Again, I will not use this if I just wake up and go straight to work in the morning. The Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream works its magic throughout the night, and avoids me from having to reapply any more moisturiser to my face in the morning.
These three products are all that I use on a day to day basis. They are light, simple, and effective! The night and day cream go for about $20.00 each, and last me for about 6 months.
The final piece of the puzzle that I will use every now and then are: Face masks!!
These face masks are more fun than anything, but sometimes after an especially stressful week or weekend of drinking and eating out, I want to sit back and relax and let these re-hydrate my face. As everything in this line of products the face masks are light, and nourishing. After I wash it off my face, my skin feels so smoooooooth. I’ll just sit and rub my cheeks in circles with my fingers because the feeling is like velvet. Mmm!
Now I sure hope that you guys weren’t expecting a super huge article with vegan/organic based products, all bought from a farmers market and topped with coconut oil. I’m sure that those products will work just fine for you, but these ones work wonders for me! As I mentioned, I rarely get any sort of skin blemishes and my belief is to keep it simple. I also always try to put sun screen on my face if i’m working out outdoors (SUN SAFETY), avoid any sort of face make up (especially if you’re about to do a workout – your skin needs to breath!!), and use a clean cloth to wipe my face when I start to sweat.