Don’t neglect your hair and skin while being physically fit.
The way you treat your skin matters when you’re exercising or experiencing the great outdoors. Read on for tips to keep it in tip-top condition whatever your activity may be.
Always experiencing dry and frizzy strands after your swim? No doubt it’s a great workout but unfortunately, the chlorine in the water can be excruciatingly brutal to your tresses. Salvage the situation by first treating your hair with a deep conditioner or natural oils such as coconut or olive for protection. Another alternative is to don a snug swimming cap cos unless you’re a mermaid, you don’t need to flaunt your locks in the water! Follow up with a clarifying shampoo-and conditioner combo to neutralise the chlorine. An extra treat? Use a DIY hair mask of honey and avocado for a nourishing boost.
Rough hands are ideal for this activity but let’s get real, nothing says unattractive more than dry hands with calluses and flappers. The powders you use for better grip of the hand-holds are super-drying. Start by applying moisturiser an hour or two before going out and prep by wrapping tape around your fingers. Don’t forget to cut your nails to avoid unwanted chipping. Also, tame flyaway hair with a spritz of hairspray to keep it from distracting you during your climb. Afterwards, pamper your tired hands with a nourishing cream to restore moisture and calm calloused palms.
When you’re cycling outdoors, you’re exposed to Mother Nature’s worst enemy: pollution. Stay protected with a daily anti-pollutant sunscreen that shields you from harmful UV rays. To prevent helmet hair, wear a silk scarf to reduce friction and prevent frizz. A purifying facial cleanse is what you’d definitely need afterwards to remove the sweat and filth clogged in your pores. Also, it doesn’t hurt to indulge in a warm bath to relax your muscles. Turn on the hot tap and enjoy!
You may not be a Wimbledon champ but you can certainly use these steps the pros swear by. Firstly, put on a good layer of sunscreen underneath your moisturiser or you can opt for a colour-correcting moisturiser with SPF. Our kissers get parched too, so don’t forget lip balm – if it comes with SPF protection, that’s a bonus! To keep your focus fully on the game, make sure your hair is gathered back securely and not sticking on your face or stabbing you in the eye. For a quick après-sun fix, a soothing mask easily hydrates and calms down any redness; perfect for your post-tennis rejuvenation sesh!
Whether it’s in the jungle or up the mountains, a successful hike promises great satisfaction. However, it’s everything but skin-friendly! So how do you care for your skin in the wild? Apply unscented or mildly-scented products to avoid bug bites and don’t forget sunscreen. Bring along a face mist to freshen up on the go and keep your face hydrated. Once you’re back home, treat your face to an exfoliating mask to get rid of the grime you might have picked up on your way up (and down).