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How To Not End Up A Hot Mess + Care For Your Skin After Hot Exercise

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Keeping fit has become a sticky business of late –  it makes sense, as you are bendier and less likely to hurt yourself when everything’s warm’n’limber. But staying beautiful (especially if you’re headed back to the office after a reviving mid-day work-out) becomes a challenge. Especially, if you suffer from acne. This is clearly a recurring phenomenon – in my recent visit to Psycle (THE place to get your groove on whilst having a massive endorphin hit) I overheard exactly 3 women bemoaning blemishes during the time it took me to go to the loo. Girlfriends who do Bikram say the same thing. Here’s my plan for keeping it together:

BEFORE CLASS:

1)   Keep make-up light on work-out days – use a non-comedogenic, light-textured tinted moisturiser (love Nars). Conceal where needed (Vichy Dermablend Foundation Stick won’t block pores and can mask Vesuvius – a must-have in your kit). Skip powder + use blotting papers if 11 o’clock shine is a problem (love MAC ones)– you can work with base that isn’t powdered; you can’t when it is. And of course, keep eye make-up to a minimum – curl lashes and use only waterproof mascara, obv.

DURING CLASS:

2)   Hair up – loose topknot works best. Bobble water for hydration. Forget face.

AFTER CLASS:

3)   Blot face. Inspect the damage. If you’ve kept it light, you should just be able to touch up your base/concealer where needed. Blusher should be unnecessary. A bit of lip-colour and you should be all set. For body, I think wipes are acceptable. If breakouts are an issue, use a medicated one like Murad Clarifying Wipes or get Stridex Acne Pads from the US. For hair, spritz volumising spray on roots (I like PhytoVolume Actif Volumizing Spray) and use dryer and round brush to get a bit of root lift and restyle front sections of hair. Blast it underneath near the nape of the neck.

LATER:

4)   Work on your complexion – don’t acquiesce to breakouts; get a plan. This will save you so much time in the long-run, not to mention free up valuable headspace for much more important things (like what colour to get Lexie workout gear in). Get a kit together consisting of something like: La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel and Effaclar Duo and Effaclar H (for day). Swap Effaclar Duo for Avene Triacneal at night. And of course a broad-spectrum sunscreen that works like primer (MUST be non-comedogenic). If that isn’t improving things, go see a derm.

5 Skincare Tricks To Survive the Glastonbury Festival

Image Its festival time of year and the cooler members of my client-base have recently been asking for some easy skin care cheats which will ensure that their Instagram pics don’t shame them for years to come. Naturally, the easiest way to look great in adverse circumstances (dermatologically speaking) is to have the best skin possible naturally, rendering products de trop.  Alas, for most mortals this is not feasible. So here is my guide to getting by in the great outdoors.

1)   Get thee a big bottle of Micellar Lotion and a wad of cotton pads.Image

These are the smart girl’s wipe. No rinsing required and no nasty pore-clogging residue left in its wake. I adore Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution. Thankfully now widely available at Lloyds chemists.

2)   Moisturising sunscreen – now, I’m usually a separatist, when it comes to skin care. I’m a firm believer that there is only so much ‘space’ in a product for active ingredients so trying to cram 8 different functions into one usually means that none of them are done very well…..but you CAN moisturise whilst sun-protecting….. And it would be madly unfortunate to get sunburnt during a freak spell of UV on day 1. I’m fond of La Roche Posay Melt-in Cream for this purpose,as it offers a bit more hydration than the other Anthelios products, along with the stellar UVA/B protections. BUT it’s also tinted – so it’s practically a BB cream ( and far more effective at doing the things it’s designed to than most of those will ever be).  Genius.

3)   Spot cream. Yes, this might seem like a luxury, in priority terms – but ultimately if clear skin is the key to the minimalist festival skin approach, then its imperative to have some sort of zit zapper to hand for when the late nights lead to that throbbing sensation of doom on your chin and you spy Vesuvius erupting in your tiny compact mirror. So nuke it with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. I like Murad Acne Spot Treatment and Obagi Therapeutic Lotion.Image

4)   A balm to heal all irritated ails, whether nettle stings, cracked lips, sore heels or just general dry bits. La Roche Posay Cicoplast Baume is fab. Image

5)   Eye-liner. Ok, so not strictly a skin care trick (you caught me out) but actually, you can get by on the above 4 things, just about but ‘4 skincare tricks….’ doesn’t make for such a catchy title. Eyeliner is the one make-up item that transforms a look. Think Carine Roitfeld, who apparently can apply her signature black eyeliner without a mirror. Quite a nifty talent for a festival, I’d have thought….although somehow I don’t see her camping. I’ve discovered the amazing Kevyn Aucoin’s ‘The Eyeliner Primatif’. Uber-premium but glides on like a dream with no pesky drag and has a wonderful smudging gismo on the end.

So there you have it. Your skin care 101 to surviving a festival. Go forth and party (relatively) bare-faced and enjoy with my blessing.