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Ah, the gym. A place many of us are familiar with…at least those of us who don’t have the natural metabolism of a 12 year old boy (jealous). And of course for us ladies, yet another place where men are blessed with the better end of the stick. Because of this, there are many questions regarding the Do’s and Don’ts of the gym life: Can I wear makeup while I work out? Do I have time to run to the gym on my lunch break? How do I maintain my freshness if I don’t have time to shower after the gym? And so the list continues, but not to worry! I’ve got you covered. Check out my tips below.
1. First things first, makeup. We all know the gym is a great place to meet like-minded guys and gals – but there is a fine line between looking like you just rolled out of bed and looking like you just had a kick a$$ workout (cmon ladies – we don’t sweat, we sparkle). As a general rule of thumb, I would advise you to wear as minimal makeup as possible. This not only lets your natural beauty shine, but also acts as a preventative measure for your future self because makeup + sweat = clogged pores = zits. I typically reach for a lightweight moisturizer like the L’oreal HydraGenius for normal/oily skin.
I love this moisturizer because it has a gel-like formula that instantly sinks into the skin and leaves a matte finish – another bonus, its mattifying properties will diminish some of that sweat from the gym. After that, I’ll apply a tiny bit of concealer, some mascara, and we’re off to the races!
2. Keepin’ it fresh. Ya’ll. Dry shampoo, dry shampoo, dry shampoo. Before, during, and after your workout. Up until recently I had always waited until I saw my hair getting noticeably greasy before I applied dry shampoo and boy was I wrong. The fact of the matter is, dry shampoo is pretty much powder in a spray can. Therefore, applying it after your hair is greasy will soak up some of the oil, but applying it before hand will act as a barrier between your scalp (which produces most of the oil) and your hair – allowing any oil that is produced to be automatically sucked up by the dry shampoo. My favorite dry shampoo is Batiste, especially the cute tropical can with the banana leaves.
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3. Earlier we talked a little bit about zits, and how the more product on your face mixed with your sweat from the gym can lead to clogged pores which leads to….you guessed it. Pimples. In order to avoid this pesky nuisance, you want to make sure you are cleansing your face and body ASAP after your workout. If your gym has a shower, go ahead and bring a small kit of body wash, deodorant, lotion etc. and rinse off there. If I am working out anywhere far enough where I have to get in my car to drive there, I carry Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit cleansing wipes (shown below) in my glove compartment. This way if I don’t have time to rinse off at the gym, I can hop in my car and wipe down.
These are great because they are geared toward pore-clogging dirt and oil, so you know you’re taking care of any future breakouts.
So there you have it ya’ll! My top 3 tips for your next trip to the gym! Want more hints and tips? Check out my website now!
What are you top gym tips?
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