Beauty Essentials for Every Type of Sports

If you’re into running

Whether jogging is part of your morning ritual or you’re more into the whole marathon thing, you’ve got to look after your joints! Origins Warm Down Warming Lava Scrub, will promote circulation and relieve any of those post-run aches.

Keep the red face at bay by applying a soothing product like Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist, before your run. Calendula and chamomile help to comfort your skin while the other active ingredients, like cucumber and aloe vera, help cool it down.

It may be one of the worst exercise truths, but where there’s sweat, there’s often chafing. Guard against this by applying Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm, to any area that’s prone to rubbing, such as your thighs.

If you’re into team sports

You wouldn’t want to be self-conscious about how you smell when you’re in close contact with others, so be sure to keep a deodorant handy. Try NIVEA Whitening Powder Anti-Perspirant Roll-On.

Avoid cracks, peeling and the general pain of sunburnt lips with a balm like Mentholatum Therapy Lip Gel. Apply at least 20 minutes before a game.

Long, sharp nails and team sports don’t exactly go together. Smooth and shape your nails with Sephora Glass Nail File.

If you’re into swimming

Those with bleached tresses will be familiar with the green tinge that can come with spending extended periods in the pool, but chlorine can damage every hair colour and type. Protect your hair with Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser.

If you’re more likely to be found in the surf, protect your locks from damaging UV rays and salt water with Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil.

Salt, sun and chlorine can strip moisture from your skin, which explains the itching and flaking that can occur after a dip. Combat sun exposure and dryness, and bring your skin back to its pre-swim state, with The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel, $24.90.

If you’re into the gym

Ponytail kinks are the ultimate gym annoyance. As jumping on the treadmill with your hair flying free isn’t exactly a good alternative, look for coiled hair rings, which – due to their spiral design – won’t leave a mark on your hair. After a workout, remove the band and blast at the roots using the coolest hairdryer setting.

When it comes to getting your face real world-ready after some serious gym time, redness is likely to be your biggest issue. While your normal makeup may help mask the pink a little, it’s best to start fighting the flush before you apply your base. Cover FX Calming Primer, soothes flushed complexions and inflammation fast. Washing your hair at the gym can make the whole experience tougher than it needs to be. Keep a dry shampoo like Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oak Milk, in your gym bag, and save yourself the trouble. Spray onto your roots before applying your makeup to give the powder time to soak up the oil before you brush it out.

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Text: Gyan Yankovich and Saarah Jasmine

Image: Dmitriy Shironosov / 123RF.com

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