Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Every Fit Girl

First off, let me apologize for not blogging last week. To say that I have A LOT on my plate right now with our upcoming move to Minneapolis would be a total understatement! But I promise I haven't forgotten about you!

In fact, I was just talking to one of my T25 clients the other day. She admitted that she's been having a hard time keeping up with her workouts, even though they're only 25 minutes a day. When I asked what her biggest challenge is (thinking she'd say the workouts were too tough) she surprised me with  "vanity!" She's a busy working momma with little time to spare (which is one of the reasons T25 appealed to her so much) so she has been skipping her workouts because she doesn't feel like she can do her workout AND still get herself looking office-ready in the morning.

I can totally relate to this -- As you can see, I pretty much live in a ponytail or messy bun because it's just SO MUCH EASIER than fixing my hair everyday after my workouts. Then again, as a Beachbody coach I work from home and have the luxury of choosing not to beautify myself - lol. But her struggle got me thinking about the beauty products I just can't live without as a fit girl.

1. {Batiste Dry Shampoo} Batiste dry shampoo has been one of my beauty product staples for years!  I have very dry hair, so to avoid further stripping it of any essential oils, I only wash it 2-3 times a week. I've tried other dry shampoo brands, but I no other drug-store brand compares to the refreshing power of Batiste - I especially love the blush fragrance - and it works just as well as the luxury brands. I always spray it on after my workouts to absorb any moisture and restore a bit of volume after my hair's been tied back. You can also be extra vigilant and spray some on pre-workout to absorb the sweat.

2. {Quality Hair Ties} Pulling your hair back everyday to workout can be hard on your locks. If you tie it too tight, you can cause breakage (not to mention that awful dreaded pony-tail crease!), but securing it too loosely will have you stopping every five minutes during your workout to fix it - especially if you have long, thick hair like I do. I've found that the hair ties actually make a difference. Forget about those $3 Goody elastics and invest in some quality hair ties that will keep your strands in place while causing minimal damage. There are plenty of options out there, I especially like these and these.

3. {Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System} The Clarisonic Mia2 is a favorite of mine for keeping my skin clean and blemish-free. Obviously, all that sweat after a workout can lead to breakouts so I like to make sure I get in a good scrub with this while I'm in the shower. Between this and drinking Shakeology, I don't think I've had a single zit in the past year! If you are especially prone to breakouts, doing a quick scrub BEFORE you workout might help, as exercising with clogged pores can also lead to skin problems.

4. {Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer} I use Aveeno's Ultra Calming Moisturizer every. single. day. I bought it in a pinch when my department store brand moisturizer ran out, and I loved it so much I stuck with it. Not only is it is super moisturizing, but it reduces redness and blotchiness so it's perfect for calming your skin after an intense workout.

5. {Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash} Sweat can also cause breakouts on the body, especially if you wear fitted workout gear or a sports bra when exercising. I believe Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is actually a face wash, but I use it on my body post-workout and it works great! The exfoliating beads are just the right amount of scrubby and the fresh grapefruit scent is so invigorating.

And just for the record, I do fix myself up once in a while!!

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