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SkinDivision Blog - Answers to Your Workout Beauty Questions

Let’s Work It Out: Answers to Your Workout Beauty Questions

Whether you’re always bare faced or HD camera ready, working out presents a special beauty challenge for us all. Add buzz about “athleisure beauty” and a lot of people are rethinking what qualifies as a gym bag essential.

The phrase athleisure beauty may sound like an oxymoron, but we get it: now that your yoga pants look better (and cost more) than your jeans, it’s time for your skincare and makeup to step up their games accordingly. Because while you’re working out you need products that are good for skin… and high performance… with a no-makeup look. And you know what? We don’t think it’s too much to ask.


Do I need to remove my makeup pre-workout?

It’s shocking every time: you grab a towel mid-workout and yikes. Whether you forgot about that full face of makeup or thought you’d done a good job of cleansing pre-treadmill, a skin toned smear on your fresh gym towel is never a good look. Enter our All-in-1 Creamy Cleanser: a super-gentle, luxuriously rich, creamy foaming cleanser that instantly whisks away everyday impurities and light makeup, without stripping the skin of essential moisture. The nourishing oils and mild surfactants in this formula break down oil of all kinds so it’s also great post-workout for clearing away the grime and sweat on top of your skin.

What makeup can I wear working out on the beach?

Outdoor workouts are the best—but cloudy or clear, SPF is a must. UV rays can be harmful for skin, and accelerate the ageing process. Chemical sunscreens can irritate sensitive skin, so opt for a “physical” mineral sunscreen that blocks UVA + UVB rays. Our potent guy is our Face Sunscreen SPF 30—with tiny microbeads that burst and blend with your skin tone, this can be worn for that company softball game, or any other time you want to look flawless on the move.


Will working out in makeup cause breakouts?

Sure, doing anything in makeup can cause breakouts IF (and it’s a big if) your makeup isn’t labeled “non-comedogenic.” Non-comedogenic products like our Serum Foundation are specifically formulated so they won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts, so keep an eye out for this designation when you’re shopping.


How do I eliminate post-workout redness?

If you leave kickboxing more fuchsia than delicately flushed, meet Rescue Mist. Rescue Mist is a big name, but this product lives up to it. Containing ultra-hydrating Aloe juice and Cucumber extract that help skin retain moisture, while delectable Damascan Rosewater and Panthenol (Provitamin B5) address redness, soothe irritations + tone, and clarify. It comes in a gym bag friendly spray bottle, and formulated for the instantly calm, cooling feeling your face craves post-workout. This is easy to apply anywhere, so it’s a perfect gym/beach/diaper bag addition.


How do I keep my pores free of oil and dead skin cells post-workout?

After each sweat session, the most important thing you can do is to use a gentle cleanser to remove dead skin cells and bacteria without irritating your skin. If you don’t, pores can get clogged with a sticky cocktail of sweat, sunscreen, oil and debris.

If you aren’t able to immediately clean your skin after working out, use a facial toner with Salicylic Acid. Our PHA + BHA Perfecting Toner contains 5% Gluconolactone (PHA) combined with 0,5% BHA (Salicylic Acid). Using this toner right after finishing the workout will clean away dead skin cells, dirt and prevent breakouts and inflammation. Salicylic Acid has proven to be highly effective in breaking down the material deep inside pores that can lead to pimples.


How do I replenish the lost hydration?

Your skin has sweat out a lot of salt and water after your workout, so replenish the lost hydration with some, you guessed it, HYDRATING products! Definitely don’t choose a thick, heavy moisturizer. And try to steer clear of any products with synthetic color additives and artificial fragrances. We’re especially attached to our Hyaluronic Acid Booster, which is powered by high levels of low-molecular weight HA to penetrate deeper into layers of the skin and provide lasting hydration whilst increasing cell volume to facilitate a firming and lifting effect. Alongside heavenly hydration levels, HA also stimulates the production of collagen to plump skin, prevents loss of elasticity and supplies antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to repair and replenish.


How do I fake a post-workout glow?

So you put in the work, you feel amazing and now you know how to control your redness. But how do you achieve that radiant I-just-worked-out glow that convinced you to buy those fancy yoga pants in the first place? No, models generally don’t do yoga before a shoot—they wear illuminator.

Smells like fresh, young coconuts, our creamy, pearlescent Illuminating Balm enhances a sexy, natural glow with warm, face-flattering shade that complements every skin tone. Full of skin-enhancing ingredients like olive-derived Squalane, organic Shea butter and Coconut oil and finished with a blend of beige & diamond mica, the highly-blendable formula applies beautifully for a smooth, luminous finish that won’t dry, crack or overpower. Use for a pearlescent highlight where you need it: cheekbones, cupids bow, brows and nose, or mix it with your moisturizer for an all over glow! Kind of like you just worked out—minus all that effort.


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