As I usually workout first thing in the morning, I jump on the tube in a blurry-eyed stupour and rock a barefaced, pineapple-haired look in the gym. But not wearing makeup doesn’t mean that I can neglect my skincare, particularly when I’m doing HIIT circuits which leave me looking like I’ve just come out of the pool rather than the weights room.
If I wake up early, I love to use the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm to gently wake up my face and remove any make-up which I missed the night before. The balm has a very soft, moisturising formula which is perfect for an early start as I don’t have to worry about sleepily rubbing it on my delicate eye area (though brushing it into your eye itself definitely isn’t recommended!). I use a damp face cloth to remove the balm, then wipe away any excess with the Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion and give my face a little morning massage to make me feel a little more awake.
On days when the snooze button’s won, I go for the quick option: Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner. This works as a three in one for me as it’s so moisturising that I simply use a cotton pad to wipe it onto my skin and let it absorb as I brush my teeth. It takes less than 20 seconds and the bottle costs just £2.59 so it’s been my bathroom cabinet staple since I was 16 – more expensive products which I’ve tried just haven’t compared to its simplicity and fantastic moisturising quality. It works beautifully as a make-up remover, but won’t get rid of waterproof mascara so pack an eye make-up remover as well if you’re taking it away on holiday.
If I am training after work and want to quickly remove my makeup, I opt for the Garnier Micellar Water. It removes waterproof mascara and makeup almost instantly but, unlike the Nivea 2 in 1, leaves my face feeling a little ‘stripped’.
My deodorant of choice is currently the Dove Invisible Roll-On, but I’m curious about natural deodorants so would love to hear any recommendations.
Immediately after the gym
Even though my skin is ‘normal’ rather than ‘sensitive’, I’d never use body shower gels on it as facial skin is so much more delicate than the rest of your body. Before jumping in the shower, I quickly wipe the Nivea 2 in 1 over my face to lift away and sweat beads. I then don a shower cap (I have relaxed mixed race hair which takes a whole day to dry, so a pre-work hairwash is never going to happen!) and jump under the water.
My gym bag’s already weighed down with a change of clothes, handbag essentials and work stationery so I decant my shower products into miniature bottles to save as much space as possible. My skin is quite sensitive and can feel sticky after wearing tight leggings so I love using creamy shower gels, followed by an in-shower moisturiser to save me hopping around the changing room trying to moisturise after drying myself!
One of Hannah Mills’ (Wedges & Weights) #SummerSweatChallenge videos this week focussed on the importance of taking a little time to relax and spend time doing something for you. I followed Hannah’s advice and took time out to read whilst my feet were pampered with Flexitol’s Heel Balm*. I wear sandals as much as possible in the summer so this product is perfect for keeping my skin soft as it helps to repair any cracks or hard calluses. I love to leave it on overnight, sleep in my socks and wake up to silky-smooth skin!