It’s cold almost everywhere in the country. And I think that’s all the more reason to get out and work the circulation up to inferno level. And break a sweat. Indoors or out, nothing feels better to me than flushed cheeks in the refreshing of cold air! While most of time, I skip all products pre-sweat except sunscreen and maybe an antioxidant serum, sometimes I really feel like I need a little help in the face department before I go out facing the world. I have sorted and waded through all kinds of makeup and skincare and have a personal stash of what will/will not work pre-sweat.
- A strengthening & soothing serum protects against pollution, dirt, pollen, and the stinging/irritating effect of sweat. Skinceuticals Phlorectin CF is reliable to treat, soothe and protect. It is liquid strength for skin.
- Sunscreen, baby. Usually, Elta MD UV Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen. Elta MD’s original formula is less water resistant, but the lightest, most weightless sunscreen you will ever try. The water resistant formula is thicker but has a nice, weightless feel as well once it’s absorbed. And it stays on like glue. I have a high sweat rate, and I tend to sweat off sunscreen before I can blink at it, leaving my skin exposed to pernicious rays. Never gonna happen again with this formula on the watch. It’s got a full 80 minutes wear time. If there’s low sunlight and I need less protection, I normally reach for Piz Buin 1 Day Long SPF 15 Medium (I love the smell) or Vichy Capital Soleil 45 Silkscreen Dry-Finish Lotion.
- Super adherent lip balm with mineral sunscreens. I am caking this on and around my lip area (severely prone to sun spots) so I don’t want to be eating anything unknown. I keep it clean and organic with mineral sunscreens and Soleil Organique SPF 30 Enviromental Defense Sun Stick (this is now Soleil Toujours Enviromental Defense) is a dream come true for me. It stays on for hours, has little to no detectable white cast, and is smell and taste free. I have something like six tubes of it so I always have one handy.
- Extra lip moisture. If the air out is really dry and/or my lips are really dry, I’ll layer a much oilier type balm over the sunscreen and rub it around my nose – to prevent redness and dryness. Favorites for this are Sisley Confort Extreme Levres Nutritive Lip Balm and the much loved do-it-all French pharmacy salve, Homeoplasmine. It has a magical effect on red nose syndrome.
- Concealer if I’m in the mood. RMS uncover up in shade 22 is perfectly natural and has very decent staying staying power, especially for such a hydrating formula. Also, Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Long-Lasting Underye Concealer is fairly sweat resistant so it’s a good choice. Ironically, a dash of long lasting foundation under the eyes, like Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup (shade 2C1 for me) holds up far better than any concealer I have tried. Another new favorite is Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Bisque 04.
- Liner? Maybe a little smudge of liner, mostly tight lined under the lid – but it has to be a long-lasting or waterproof formula. Sometimes I reach for Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Eyes Smoky Eyes Pencil in Espresso 03 (like the Master’s Touch brush, also discovered via Mary Greenwell), and sometimes I reach for Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof on Trinidad Black 094.
- Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara . . . on the top lashes only. Looks like you have really long, thick lashes and usually does not give in to sweat!! If it does, since it’s a tubing formula, all you see is a little flake that can be swiped away. No running or smudging, ever.
Pre workout no-no’s for me: exfoliation (red storm rising!), blush/cheek stain (same!), anything thick on the skin (it loves oxygen and needs to breathe a little).