Breaking a Sweat
GETTING YOURSELF FIT AS WE HEAD INTO THE WARMER MONTHS DOESN’T HAVE TO COME AT THE EXPENSE OF LOOKING YOUR BEST, AS ERIN BERRYMAN EXPLAINS
Don’t sweat it – these workout staples will take the heat off your next session
Squeezing in a quick lunchtime gym class always sounds like a great idea in theory – until you see the aftermath staring back at you in the mirror. When there’s no time to freshen up, you need products that will go the distance. Luckily for us, there’s a new crop of beauty game changers with gym-goers in mind.
From coverage that can withstand spin classes to mists that revive and clarify after a sweaty circuit session, we present you with your new workout staples sure to take the heat off your next session.
PRIMER If you plan on breaking a sweat come lunchtime, having the foresight to apply primer in the morning will make a world of difference. It will extend the life of your makeup, as well as combat shine. Look for an anti-redness primer, which is typically greentinted and works by neutralising those pink zones on the face. Try: Maybelline Master Prime Anti-redness Primer, 30ml, $18.99.
BB CREAM OR MINERAL
MAKEUP Mix sweat, heat and foundation together and you’ll create the ideal environment for breakouts. Try to stay clear of regular foundation and opt for lighter coverage like BB cream or a mineral formulation, which is breathable and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. Try: Rimmel BB Cream, 30ml, $15.99; Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-free, 40ml, $15; L’oréal True Match Minerals Skinimproving Foundation, 10g, $34.99.
Facial mists are a genius invention – like a cold shower in a bottle, they’re the perfect post-gym pick-me-up
WATERPROOF MASCARA We’ve all been there – streaks of mascara half way down our faces following a workout; the ol’ post-gym panda look. This makes a durable waterproof mascara a must when doing sweat-inducing exercise. Try: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, $24.99; L’oréal False Lash Architect 4D Waterproof Mascara, $35.99. BROW GEL Much like hair gel, a brow gel will tame and hold your brows in pristine condition. And to all you Bikram yogis – rest assured it will endure even the hottest of sessions! Try: Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel, 5ml, $14.99.
FACE WIPES If you can spare five minutes to shower, save valuable time and swap your cleanser for some face wipes. Gone are the days when wipes simply removed makeup; now most are also enriched with cleansing agents like aloe vera and vitamin E. Try: Essano Rosehip Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes, 20pk, $8.99; Voeu Cleansing Facial Wipes Normal/combination, 25pk, $3.50.
FACIAL MISTS If you’re in a rush and skipping the shower, facial mists are a genius invention – like a cold shower in a bottle, they’re the perfect post-gym pick-me-up. In addition to giving your skin a refreshing boost, they also help to calm and balance dehydrated and inflamed skin.
Try: Essano Clear Complexion Mist Toner, 120ml, $13; Glow Lab Facial Toner, 120ml, $16.99.
DRY SHAMPOO Keep a dry shampoo handy in your gym bag at all times! With just a few spritzes, they help soak up excess moisture and sweat. You can also apply dry shampoo at the roots before working out, which will act as a shield, preventing your head getting wet with perspiration. Try: Co Lab Dry Shampoo Paradise, 200ml, $10; Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical, 400ml, $19. BLOW DRY ACCELERATORS Yes, blow dry accelerators are a thing – and yes, you need one in your gym bag! If you have the luxury of a hair dryer at your gym or workplace, these miracle makers will speed up drying time and have you back at your desk faster than ever. Try: Schwarzkopf Extra Care Express Dry Blow-dry Spray, 200ml, $7.50.
DEODORANT Still perspiring after your shower? While obviously an essential before working out, deodorant is just as useful when applied afterwards. Even when your heart rate and breathing return to normal, it can take a while for your body to cool down. Don’t forget to apply it everywhere you have sweat glands – not just under arms. If you’re heading back to work, an invisible deodorant is the safest bet. Try: Nivea Invisible Black & White Roll-on Clear, 50ml, $4.19.