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There are millions of products and must-try tips to accompany your workout and wellness routine, but what is truly battle-tested when it comes to a sustainable beauty regimen? You give it your all when it comes to your fitness classes, and what you use should, too.
From silky smooth skin to feel-good sprays, we asked eight active MINDBODY boss ladies for the inside scoop on what they swear by every time they step out of the studio.
“My number one beauty rule post-workout is all about cleansing my face. I like to book last-minute fitness classes, but I never have my facewash on hand. That’s why I love Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Cloths. They are gentle on my sensitive skin, keep my pores clear and leave my face feeling super clean, no rinsing required!”
- Julia M., Product Manager, Marketing
“From barre to the barbell, you can touch a ton of different equipment everytime you exercise. But how clean is it really? Always remember to wash your hands. It might seem like an easy task, but how many times have you rushed out of class to get somewhere on time? Your skin and your immune system will thank you.”
- Yuki D., Executive Assistant
“When I am looking to replenish my skin after an intense workout, Elemis Superfood Facial Oil is my secret weapon. It’s lightweight antioxidant and omega-rich concentrated formula keeps my face feeling hydrated, healthy and radiant, without a greasy residue.”
- Lauren T., Product Manager
“I like to schedule a variety of fitness classes most days, which means I sweat…. a lot. To keep my skin feeling clean, nourished and hydrated before and after my workout, I invest in a skin spray, like Pretty Athletic’s Workout Glow: Hyaluronic Vitamin Tonic. Featuring natural ingredients like rosewater, avocado, and aloe vera, this refreshing and light tonic makes it easy for me to spritz, wipe and go! It’s seriously my gym savior.”
- Lydia C., PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
“If you don’t wash your hair every day, one good sweat session can have your recent blowout falling a little flat. Dry Shampoo always saves the day. It absorbs oil and keeps my hair feeling flawless. The whole no wash, no worries mantra fits my busy lifestyle and with products like Drybar’s Detox or Batiste Dry Shampoo, my style stays intact.”
- Natalie E., Manager, Product Management
“All those post-workout showers can really dry out your skin. I swear by Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. This six-ingredient balm works wonders with it’s all natural ingredients. I like to apply this cream before bed so I can fully reap the benefits of its moisturizing power. This lotion has a cult following for a reason!”
- Devin D., Social Media Manager
“I love to sneak a workout in during my lunch break, but I don’t always have time to shower before heading back to the office. My smell good savior that has me feeling confident in back-to-back meetings? Pacifica Coconut Milk & Pineapple Deodorant Wipes. These all-natural, aluminum-free wipes have a subtle scent that is soft on your skin and super effective. Plus, they are biodegradable, so you’re doing Mother Earth a favor, too.”
- Mariah M., Manager, Product Management
“Whether it’s to accompany my yoga practice or add a little *extra* zen to my day, an easy, homemade essential oil spray is key to my workout and wellness routine. I like to make my own with 6 ounces of aloe vera witch hazel water and 5-7 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils. Shaken up in a small glass spray bottle, it’s my instant dose of hydrating calm, no matter where I go or what my fitness goals are.”
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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