Every morning I wake up around 7:00, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to drink a spinach smoothie and race to the gym, where I get a healthy dose of enjoyable exercise, igniting me with energy and a confident supermodel strut for the rest of my fun-filled day.
(Sorry, I’ve just fallen to the floor laughing! Who is this girl?)
So, we fake it until we make it, right? I can’t really help with the first part of the equation. I am by no means a willing participant in the getting-out-of-bed process, but I always know it will be worth it.
I can however, help with the last part because endorphins are a very real part of working out.
If you have errands to run after the gym or you’re in a hurry for a lunch date, here are a couple of products that can reveal how awesome that gym sesh made you feel!
Gross but real life: sweat can cause acne. Even if you are showering and changing clothes immediately after your workout, Sir Mix-a-Lot could be singing about how baby got bac-ne, and nobody wants to Zumba to that version. These little round pads have changed my life. Their active ingredient, salicylic acid, exfoliates dead skin and keeps those little white heads away! Everything has cleared up since I started using them. A quick swipe across my chest, back, and shoulders, and then a second pad over my face, and I’m feeling completely refreshed. (A neat little trick – I like to use them on my bikini line too to keep ingrowns away!) Use caution when applying to your face though. These little guys may be too strong for your particular skin type, but luckily enough, there are several different brands and strengths. Most of them are under $5 too, so it’s easy to experiment and find what works for you!
I love this BB cream. This product is three things I deem absolute necessities for every day wear: moisturizer, sunscreen, and a light foundation. I couldn’t be more in love with the idea of carrying only one product that replaces three! And it does a good job – I’m happier with the coverage level of this product than I have been with several foundations I’ve tried. My scars are covered, my circles are lightened, my skin is plumped with moisture, and I am protected from the sun, all without feeling like I have makeup on. I apply a dime sized amount to clean fingers, and massage into my face with circular motions for blending. One thing to note is to have a paper towel close by if you use this technique – orange fingerprints on gym clothes never work.
Love this pretty lip color (it’s called Velvety Fuschia), but there’s several to choose from! I love that it is sheer, a must when you are leaving the gym. If you apply it from the tube to your lips, then blot with your fingers, you have this beautiful stain that people will wonder about. I love makeup that keeps people guessing if you have any on! Another fun idea with this is to put a swipe on the apple of each cheek (that’s the cute round part), and blend over the BB cream with your fingers. Chances are though, with the natural flush you will have from working out, you won’t even have to do this.
With a swipe of mascara on your top lashes, your beyond minimal makeup will have all your friends wondering if you are pre- or post-gym! If your hair is another story, check out this blog for tips on making the natural texture work for you.
There’s no better medicine or decision than doing a workout, so never let a little sweat stop you from it!