Keeping Your Skin & Hair under Control: Tips for People Who Love Working Out

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

I mean, I’m just going to get sweaty again in the morning, is it really even worth showering tonight? – Me, every night before going to bed

The next MegaFood product I’m going to feature is their Skin, Nails & Hair tablet, so I figured we’d talk greasy hair and breakouts today! When I transitioned to working in the fitness industry full time, my hair and skin freaked out. I sound overly dramatic but I really did have to adjust my whole hygiene routine, and it was tricky because it’s not necessarily good for your skin and hair to wash them multiple times a day but it’s also not necessarily good to marinate in your sweat. It’d be one thing if I was just doing one workout each day like most people, but I’d do my own workout and then later that day teach workouts so it was just one nonstop sweatfest. What’s a girl to do??

I’ve found a rhythm with balancing daily (often twice daily with teaching) workouts with my hair/skincare routine and thought I’d share some tips. I’d love for you to share your own in the comments!

Skin & Haircare Tips for Fitness Fanatics

Go High, Go Low — Switch It Up!

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

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I started to notice a lot of breakage in the spot where I’d tightly wind my elastic around my hair each day (I used to rock the high pony 24/7). I also noticed a cowlick type thing going on around the top of my head when I’d wear my hair down to go out at night. The high ponies had trained my hair to do this weird swirl thing–no bueno! Switching up my workout hairstyle has helped to fix this. One day I’ll wear a high bun, the next a pony at mid-scalp, the next a low bun at my neck. After binge-watching Kardashians, maybe even a couple boxer’s braids. 😉

Let Your Hair Breathe at Night

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

This goes along with the above tip. I hate having my hair in my face while I sleep but the nonstop hair tie situation was causing breakage. At night, I’ll swirl my hair into a loose bun and secure with a loose clip on top of my head. If a clip makes laying down uncomfortable, I’d recommend using a scrunchie instead of a tight hair tie. Not only does this help with breakage, but it ensures I don’t have a tie crease in my hair the next morning if I want to wear it down.

Water, Water, More Water

Have you ever woken up after a big night out consisting of several adult beverages and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought, “Holy Hell who is this elderly woman?!” *raises hand* That’s because you’re dehydrated AF–and it happens after healthy water-draining activities as well. If you’re working out a lot, you need to hydrate a lot.

Face Wipes FTW

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

I’m never without face wipes in my bag now. I used to teach a row class followed by two megaformer classes and my skin had never been worse. I’d sweat through the row class and then go on to teach two not-so-sweaty additional classes and the sweat would just sit on my face for those hours. I was constantly broken out. If you’re unable to wash your face or hop in the shower after your workout, use a face wipe! I love Ursa Major (but kinda pricey), Acure and the grapefruit ones from Burt’s Bees. All three are great because they clean without drying out your skin or leaving you with a film of soap over your face.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day

This is a hard one if you’re sweating heavily during workouts most days of the week but my hair is so much better now that I don’t shampoo it every day! I’ll probably never be one of those girls who can do a week in between washes (I have fine hair and naturally oily skin), but I go every other or every third day if I’m lucky and my hair is shinier and healthier because of it. Be patient with it–I felt like a greaseball for the first few weeks–eventually your hair’s natural oils will balance out a bit.

If my workouts aren’t too sweaty, my hair looks great going three days without a shampoo. Other weeks, well let’s just say top knots, braids and hats are my BFFs.

Monitor Your Hairline for Breakouts

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

Especially if you’re in the process of getting your hair to adjust to less frequent shampoos, breaking out along your hairline is common. It was for me anyway! The oil from my hair was wreaking havoc on my forehead. To help with this, I did a couple things. If my hair is on the greasy side, I scrub my face wash about a half inch into my scalp when I wash my face before bed. Sometimes I’ll even wear a loose fabric headband while I sleep to make sure my hair stays away from my face.

Still Having Issues? Look to Your Diet

Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body. Your gut could be out of whack (check out the post I recently did on probiotics for more on this), hormonal imbalances could be at work, or you might need to cut back on or add more of something to your diet. A common dietary culprit behind breakouts is dairy. I did an experiment where I went completely dairy-free for a month and my skin has never been clearer. I’ve been eating a low-dairy diet ever since. I’ve heard of people solving their skin issues by quitting coffee as well but I’m just not ready to accept the negative side of my beloved morning cup of joe. 😉

Supplement a Healthy Diet with the Stuff Your Skin & Hair Wants

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

Ok let’s talk Skin, Nails & Hair! As with all MegaFood products, the quality of ingredients is topnotch and it’s easy to digest (you can take it on an empty stomach no problem). It’s a multivitamin and herbal blend formulated to strengthen and nourish hair and nails as well as balance hormones and promote clear skin.* Ingredients include:

  • Vitamin E, Folate, Biotin
  • MegaFood’s Skin, Nails + Hair Beautifying Blend (think organic herbs like dandelion root, red clover blossom and chamomile flower)
  • Healthy Aging Antioxidant Blend (organic ginger root, rosemary leaf, turmeric root, blueberry, cranberry)
  • FoodState Farm Fresh Fruit Blend (organic whole oranges, blueberries, cranberries)

Hair & skin tips for people who work out a lot

Ok guys, now I want to hear from you! How do you keep your skin and hair healthy? Any favorite products or routines? If you’re a fellow fitness professional, how do you balance the constant sweat with your skin and hair routine?

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* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This post is sponsored by MegaFood. While I’m a paid ambassador for the brand, all opinions–as always!–are my own. I adore their products and truly think you will, too! 🙂

 

What Was Inside My Summer BabbleBoxx

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Aside from a brief obsession with Bath & Body Works that was pretty much a rite of passage for 90’s kids (I can still identify the scent of Juniper Breeze and Cucumber Melon a mile away), I was never really interested in beauty and skincare products until I hit my late 20’s. I guess noticing your forehead start to crease every time you lift your eyebrows to apply mascara will cause your interests to shift. 😉

When I got this fun opportunity to receive a wellness and beauty BabbleBoxx, I was excited because all the brands involved where new to me and I always love discovering new products. I got to try everything from body scrubs to leggings, so let’s look inside my delivery! Some brands are offering reader discounts so be sure to keep an eye out below.

Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub

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This Shave Prep Body Scrub from Tree Hut exfoliates, removing dead skin and lifting hair. As the name suggests, it’s great as a pre- hair removal scrub, but I also think it’d be perfect to prep your skin for a spray tan. It’s thick and gritty enough to efficiently exfoliate, but I didn’t find it to be too rough. There are oils in it (oat kernel oil and avocado oil among others) that help soothe the skin. Added brownie points for being paraben-free and made in the USA!

2(X)ist Tank Top & Leggings

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The Square-Cut Tank from 2(X)ist is slim fitting and made from cotton. It’s a good everyday tank and I know I’ll get a lot of use from it when the weather gets cold again and I’m constantly laying with sweaters. It’s $26.

2(X)ist has leggings in prints, ombres and solids. The style I went with has a mesh panel in the back of the calves which is a fun touch and there’s a hidden zipper pocket in back for storing keys or a card. The fabric is super comfortable. If you think of workout legging fabric on a spectrum of straight up spandex to soft everyday-wear cotton, these are towards the cotton side. Solids are $48 and prints are $52.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme

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LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme is a lightweight anti-wrinkle and hydrating face serum containing Rhamnose (a sugar) and Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid. According to Vichy, this serum improves the signs of aging by reducing wrinkles and fine lines, evening out complexion, hydrating skin and giving it a plumped, lifted appearance. I’ve been using it regularly for only a bit more than a week so I can’t say the fine lines above my eyebrows have miraculously disappeared, but I have noticed a major difference in the hydration department! Air conditioning typically dries out my skin, but I’ve been feeling moisturized all day and night since using this serum (I put it on before bed and then in the morning after teaching). The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s paraben-free.

READER DISCOUNT: You can get 20% off and free shipping on all LiftActiv products with the code BABBLEBOX (enter at checkout). The code is valid through 11:59pm PST, 06/30/2016. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or gift sets.

Village Naturals Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Products

These Village Naturals products would be the BOMB.COM if you had a cold. Not to say the products aren’t good for other times, but the eucalyptus-spearmint-menthol ingredient combo just screams “cold remedy” to me with its natural ability to clear the sinuses and soothe achey muscles.

Village Naturals Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Soak with Epsom Salt

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Epsom salt baths help ease stressed muscles. This one also contains oils and extracts to make a softly foaming bath that’s so relaxing!

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak

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This is similar to the above bath soak. The combination of sea salt and epsom salt help to draw out impurities and ease tired muscles, and the concentrated formula means you get relief by using less than you’d need in a traditional epsom salt bath.

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash

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As far as scent goes, this one is a little less intense with the whole menthol-spearmint-yup-I’m-awake-now smell. You can use it as a bath oil or can put it on a loofa as a body wash (that’s how I’ve been using it).

READER DISCOUNT: $1 off any one Village Naturals Therapy product with this link.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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I rarely wear a full face of make up because my job involves either sweating or working alone in my apartment, mostly likely sans pants. That being said, I love mascara. It’s crazy the difference just that little oomf to my lashes makes (to me, anyway!). IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara combines strengthening biotin and collagen in its formula to create a thicker, longer lash appearance. I’ll let the before and after pictures speak for themselves!

In the picture below, the left side of my face has no mascara on it and the right lashes have a coat of the Superhero Mascara. And yes, I totally took these using the “pretty filter” in SnapChat so that my skin would look like that of a newborn. 🙂

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The brush makes for an even application of the mascara and I love that it’s easy to remove (with just my regular face wash it all came off).

Have you tried any of the products/brands in this post? Thoughts?

Have you discovered any new skincare/beauty products lately that you’re absolutely loving?
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂

Activated Charcoal Skincare Kit Giveaway

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If derma e looks familiar to you, it may be because I spotlighted the charcoal face mask in a recent favorite things post. A couple weeks after that, I got invited to host this giveaway through FitFluential. It’s the sponsorship scenario every blogger hopes for: A product you already love, use and promote now the topic of a paid post. Woop! derma e activated charcoal skincare giveaway derma e activated charcoal skincare giveaway

What I like about derma e

  • Products are paraben-free, phthalate-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, petrolatum-free, mineral oil-free and dye-free.
  • Products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free (never tested on animals).
  • Products are made with recyclable material.
  • derma e Purifying products are specifically designed for oily, active or “city-living” skin types (the infamous BP oil spill ain’t got nothing on my face).
  • The Purifying line is my favorite color. I’ll admit it, there’s a certain cool factor that I can’t help but attach to a skincare product that’s black (lotion rubs in clear though).

The Purifying skincare line

derma e activated charcoal skincare giveawayThe standout ingredient in the Purifying skincare line from derma e (which one lucky reader will win!) is activated charcoal. When carbon is infused with oxygen, an extremely porous surface is created that acts like a sponge, able to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. I’m not a scientist so can only go by what I read, but it makes sense that something that’s been used to purify water for centuries would have similar benefits to the human body. I mean we’re over 60% water!

For transparency’s sake, the turnaround time for this sponsorship was a little tighter than I’d ideally like in terms of getting to try out the products. With skincare, I like to give products at least a couple months of regular use before I feel confident in my review of them because there are no instantaneous wonder creams out there—you have to give things time. So for that reason, I want to focus my review on the Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. I’ve been using these two items for almost six months and feel 100% good about recommending them to you all (I love them!). The other products in the line have been great so far, but again, I’ve only been trying them out for a week and a half.

derma e activated charcoal skincare giveawayMy favorite thing about the moisturizer is how lightweight it is. I have naturally oily skin so this is huge! If I’ve just showered and am going to apply makeup, this is the moisturizer I use because it absorbs so easily into the skin and doesn’t leave any of that thick, sticky feeling on your face. I actually hide this from Joe because he loves it too and uses SO MUCH OF IT. Shhh don’t tell…

derma e activated charcoal skincare giveawayThe mask is great because of its gritty texture. As you rinse it off, you lightly scrub it around your face for a deep exfoliation. I try to use it once a week because my face feels uh-mazingly soft and smooth afterwards. This past weekend in Maine, Joe and I actually did masks while my dad was downstairs with his motocross buddies eating elk he’d hunted, slinging back whiskey and trading snowmobiling stories. Lollllll how’s that for opposing interests??

derma e activated charcoal skincare giveawayOk let’s get to the goods…

Enter to win your own “detox” kit

derma e activated charcoal skincare giveawayTo win, post an image from this blog post to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #dermaedetox16 and follow me (@nicoleperr) and @derma_e on the social network you choose. One winner will be chosen Sunday evening.

Must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident to enter. You may post as many times as you like, but spam and giveaway accounts will be disqualified. 

Discount code for all you losers

I kid, I kid. You’re all winners in my book. But if you don’t happen to be randomly selected for the kit, you can still take 25% off a derma e order with the code Detox16. Derma e is sold online and in health food / natural product retailers nationwide (such as Whole Foods, Ulta, Fruitful Yield, Vitamin Cottage).

Big thanks to derma e for the awesome giveaway! You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Facebook.

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of derma e®.