Post Workout Skincare Routine
Skincare is such an important thing in my life. The ritual of cleansing, treating, and hydrating my skin has kind of been a saving grace. Not only does it soothe my anxiety but it also has helped me clear my skin. I wanted to break down the two routines that I have to take care of my skin. My post-workout skincare and my nightly regimen are what I plan to breakdown for all of you. There is no true morning routine as I have found that it does not benefit my skin condition and skin type.
Let us start with a bit about my skin. I have dry skin that is dehydrated, sensitive, prone to Post Inflammatory Erythema (red pigmentation following acne) and is acne-prone (specifically hormonal and stress-induced). For a very long time, I was the girl who used harsh acne-treating products to target pesky blemishes, completely ignoring the surface and cellular dryness my skin was experiencing. I was washing my face x2 a day and only using moisturizers at night. My acne was never terrible, but it was there along with flaking skin and a shiny forehead.
I hated my skin and never felt like I could walk out of the house without makeup.
Despite my extensive knowledge of skincare (training and personal scientific research), I grew tired of giving skincare advice I was not following myself. So I stopped washing my face in the mornings aside from splashing it with mild temperature water. I typically do my workouts outside and am an avid proponent of sunscreen, so I follow with my favorite Elta MD Clear.
I train and when I come back, dripping in sweat, I make sure the first thing I do is wash my face with a gentle cleanser. Typically I go for a hydrating gel formula or a more milky texture. Some of my favorites are La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Cleanser ($15), Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Renee Rouleau Moisture Protection Cleanser, and The Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. Currently, I am using La Roche Posay and have the Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser to try next.
I make sure to wash my hands and apply one pump of the La Roche Posay to dry skin and massage the face. I want to make sure I do a thorough job of removing dirt, sweat, and my layer of SPF. I then take a warm flannel or washcloth and remove the product. I take the other half of the washcloth and do it a second time to really get everything off. I use this method because I can get a mild physical exfoliation, plus it is Caroline Hirons approved.
From here I keep whatever moisture from the cloth on my face (aka my skin is not soaked but it is not completely dry) and go in with my serums. I apply a topical Vitamin C and a hydrating serum that has a Hyaluronic Acid base. Let me say right now that Vitamin C has never been a friend to my skin! I have tried several different formulas and they have caused severe irritation and actually break me out. A few I have had unsuccessful attempts with are Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, The Ordinary Suspension 30, and the Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. With the reactions I had, I instinctively turned my nose up to the active UNTIL I tried this…
You all will hate me when I say this, but I have been using the SkinCeuticals’ C+E Ferulic ($166) following my facial cleanse. As of this moment, I am a few days shy of a full months use of the serum and not only have I had no reactions, but I have noticed a tremendous difference in my skin. I plan to do a full post about SkinCeuticals’ (because it has truly changed my skin). I take 4 drops onto my fingertips and gently press the formula into my skin starting at the center and working outwards.
I follow this with the hydrating serum. This is one of my favorite products and highly recommend everyone get one no matter what your skin type. Previously I have used and enjoyed Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra and Skin Regimen’s 1.85 HA Booster. Once again, I introduced a SkinCeuticals' formula (not sponsored or gifted I swear) that, like CE Ferulic, is well-loved by the beauty community. 3-5 drops of the SkinCeuticals' Hydrating B5 Gel ($83) also gets pressed into my skin about one minute after I apply my Vitamin C. Both of these sink in pretty quickly.
You want to make sure that you are allowing the serums time to sink into the epidermis (the skins top layer) so that they can migrate their way down to the deeper tissue of the skin and be as effective as possible. Particularly with a brand like SkinCeutical, because it is higher in price, this is key to not wasting your money. If you put it on and go right into a moisturizer, you risk picking the product back up on your hands and having it work there. Yes, having beautiful hands is great, but I want my face to be young first, okay?
I finish up with a lightweight moisturizer that typically is a gel formula. A few of my top picks are the Caudalie Vinosource Crème Sorbet* ($20), Avène Tolerance Extreme Emulsion, and the Tatcha Water Cream. I prefer using moisturizers that have little to no oils in them during the day. Truth be told, I am actually trying to remove oils from my routine. Despite having drier skin, I find them to be too heavy and often cause my pores to clog or result in mild breakouts.
Keep in mind oils are not a bad thing. In fact, the whole idea of an oil is to help sink deeper into the skin to hydrate while keeping in all of the other steps in our routine (a barrier if you will). Furthermore they do help to strengthen the skin barrier should it be compromised from pollution, over exfoliation, or over use of active ingredients. That being said, some are more comedogenic than others.
If I am feeling it, I will spray the Avène Thermal Spring Water* ($14) on my face. It is not an every time kind of practice, just when I am feeling extra lux.
There you have it! I keep my skincare routines very simple as too much product or complicated steps make my skin very aggravated and hyper-sensitive. I find that my skin feels fresh, balanced, and nourished with this regimen and while the products may change, the steps do not. Always make sure you do what is best for you and your skin while also checking ingredients for various products.
Products marked with an (*) are gifted as press samples. All others were purchased by me.