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You joined the gym? Well done you. This whole ‘New Year, New You’ thing is really going swimmingly. We can imagine your diary is as full as ours, with early morning classes, HIIT sessions and late night 5K runs squeezed in for good measure. But with the fitness foray comes the inevitable rush to the changing rooms to beat everyone to the first shower, speedily blow-drying your hair before pinning it roughly on top of your head (just about presentable to pass as a hairstyle for the office) and doing your makeup on the tube dodging everyone’s elbows. Not ideal.
Well as ever, Powder is here to help. Here are our top tips to keep on top of your beauty regime at the gym:
Always use the hair dryer furthest away from the showers. Your hair will dry much faster away from humid areas, meaning less frizz – result.
Use multi-purpose products. Saves space in your gym bag. Opt for a tinted moisturiser, rather than packing your day cream and foundation, like the Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser, £40, with incidentally has an SPF in as well. Rather than a chunky blusher palette and a lipstick, pack something like Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks, £20.
Use travel size products. Bit of a no-brainer this one. If the bottles are smaller, they’ll take up less space in your bag. Go wild in the mini sections at Boots or Selfridges.
Plait your hair before a workout. Scrape your hair back off your face to stop the front getting too sweaty. This way, you won’t necessarily have to wash it before work. Take the plaits out after your class/gym sesh, add a bit of dry shampoo/dry texturising spray and mermaid-esque locks will be yours.
Pop your body cream on asap after the shower (even if your skin is a little damp). The lotion will absorb any moisture left on your skin = silkier than silk legs.
Apply a rosacea product to hot red skin. If the exercise-flush in your cheeks sticks around until way after lunch, then keep NeoStrata Redness Neutralising Serum, £40, in your locker. In as little as two hours, you’ll notice the rosiness has subsided.
POW_ER TIP: Be sure to wear an SPF when using this product - it’s pretty potent stuff so your skin will be much more photo-sensitive than usual.
Put skin products on before you blow-dry you hair. Your skincare actually takes much longer to absorb than you think, around 20 minutes. So while you’re tending to your tresses, leave them to completely dry and then do makeup, otherwise by your 11am coffee, most of it will have slid off.