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Skin Talk: Post-Workout Beauty Routine

I’m one of those girls who likes the idea of being a dedicated fitness queen-  running every morning, gym at least five days a week and a bit of hot yoga to start off every weekend. In my Twitter bio I admit to having sporadic Pilates tendencies, because my workout is exactly that: sporadic. At least I’m diligent with my skin care regimen!

The point is this: regardless of how dedicated (or not) I am to my choice of exercise, a good workout needs an equally good post-workout beauty routine. While sweating is fabulous for the mind, soul and body, it’s not so great for the complexion as it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria (which leads to breakouts!). Never walk out of a gym/studio/class/your living room red-faced and sweaty.

You kick your booty into shape, we get your skin into shape. Deal?


1. Cleanse! My favorite and only post-workout cleanser is the Enzyme Cleansing Gel; none other will ever replace it in my yoga bag or bathroom countertop. I personally prefer something creamier for everyday use, but immediately following a particularly sweaty Pilates/Zumba/dance session, all I want is to feel super clean and incredibly refreshed. The Enzyme Cleansing Gel does exactly that, and trust – there’s nothing better than feeling rejuvenated after working your heart out for over an hour. (The Enzyme Cleansing Gel is usually recommended for oily or combination/oily skin types; be sure to use the cleanser that is right for your skin!)

2. Steam it out. Sometimes I’ll pop into a sauna, but if I’m just working out in the comfort of my own home (thanks to Tracy Anderson), I’ll recreate a quick facial sauna and relax for about 20 minutes or so before I drink my weight in coconut water. A quick splash of water to clean and then…

3. Moisturize. By now you all know of my inability to go through any skincare process without moisturizing properly; the Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 17 never leaves my handbag for that very reason. I love that this one in particular is incredibly lightweight and leaves my skin feeling nothing but hydrated and happy.

4. … and because I’m obsessed with glowing skin, I’ll spritz my face with the Rosewater Facial Spray. Part of the beauty of exercising is getting that natural post-workout glow, so why not enhance it?

If by some chance I have to be seen in public straight out of a sweat session, I’ll give my body a few spritzes of the rosewater as well. It doubles incredibly well as a (hydrating!) body mist that leaves you smelling oh-so-lovely. Your only giveaway would be the yoga pants and neon sneakers.

5. Avoid makeup: let your skin breathe. Work that post-sweat glow! If you’re a girl who can’t be without her lipgloss, though, give your pout a few swipes of a glossy lip balm. No one will know the difference.

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What’s your post-workout beauty routine look like?

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Author: Kimberly Yang

A 21-year-old blogger, sometimes freelance writer, and full-time business school student. Previously the fashion editorial intern for two boutique magazines and now here at Mario Badescu! I tend to be verbose, so I'll keep it as short and sweet as possible: I write and dance. A lot. Also pertinent: Aries, pescatarian, and lover of all things beautiful. I'll be honest when I admit that before MB, I simply washed my face twice daily and left it at that. But ask if I'm a skincare junkie now and I'll nod voraciously. I can never be without moisturizer, and the Vitamin C Serum makes my heart palpitate. And if by some miracle you haven't tired of me rambling about myself or the Vitamin C Serum and are curious for more, visit my Google+ page for more of my work.