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Editor’s Picks: Gym-friendly Beauty Essentials We Love

by Voices Wellness 14 Apr 2021
Photo: Alo

Snapping the perfect post-gym selfie will be a breeze with these workout-friendly beauty products. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS

Juggling work, play, rest time, and a regular exercise regime is challenging enough without having to rack your brains about what sort of beauty products might fit into your active lifestyle. Generally, dermatologists and skincare experts advise against wearing make-up to the gym, as sweat and heightened temperature during exercise result in open pores that can easily become blocked.

But who’s to say vanity doesn’t have a place in the gym? Sometimes, we want to conceal a pimple or two before heading to yoga class or have a slick of mascara on because we’re headed straight to brunch with our friends after. Thankfully, both mass-market and independent beauty labels alike offer gym-friendly essentials designed to keep your skin in tip-top condition even as you work out.

Here are our top picks:

Photo: Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes With Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil

Perfect for removing full-face makeup prior to your workout or freshening up after, this set of towelettes is formulated with pink grapefruit extract for a deep but gentle cleanse. Meant for normal and oily skin, these paraben-free wipes remove pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup sans scrubbing and rinsing.

More information here.

Photo: Clinique

CliniqueFit Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40

If you must wear foundation, go for this lightweight version from CliniqueFit, which offers medium coverage and a natural matte finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Designed to be both sweat- and humidity-proof, the foundation protects skin with SPF 40—great if you’re out jogging under the hot sun. Plus, its oil-free formulation means that it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.

More information here.

Photo: Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream 

Rushing off for your next appointment after a quick lunch hour spin class? Keep odour at bay with this deodorant cream from cult beauty brand Drunk Elephant, which is formulated with a calming mix of plant oils, as well as marula and shea butter. Free of aluminum-derived ingredients and baking soda, the cream eliminates odour-causing bacteria and absorbs excess moisture from the skin.

More information here.

Photo: Eyeko

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

Meant to complement an active lifestyle, this mascara is well-loved for its water-proof formula and fibre-enhanced brush. Expect to lift and lengthen lashes, which will stay put whether you’re swimming in the pool or lifting weights at the gym. Cruelty- and paraben-free, the mascara comes with collagen and fruit extracts to condition lashes.

More information here. 

Photo: OUAI

OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

 A fuss-free alternative to washing your hair, this extra-absorbent dry shampoo features volcanic minerals and rice starch to soak up even your heaviest oil flow. Rhodiola Rosea extract also fights free radicals, helping hair appear stronger and healthier over time. The result? Refreshed hair with boosted volume even after an intense HIIT session.

More information here.

Photo: Alo

Alo Glow System Magnesium Reset Spray

A treat for post-work-out soreness, this vegan spray from athleisure brand Alo is formulated with Vitamin C-rich amla, said to be nature’s most powerful antioxidant super berry. Designed to aid sleep and promote relaxation, the mist delivers muscle-easing magnesium, which can relieve aches and reduce tension. Bonus: It’s naturally fragranced with mandarin orange, rice milk, and botanical essential oil.

More information here.

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