How to maintain a healthy beauty routine whilst staying active

A couple of months ago, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a relaxing Jurlique Spa Facial at the Macquarie Centre branch courtesy of Invisible Thread PR.  Boy, was it an hour plus of pure bliss and relaxation and I learnt a whole lot more about my skin thanks to the lovely beauty therapist, Gloria!

Jurlique has been my favourite skin care brand for quite a while now as they are one of the very few brands that my skin does not react to (my skin is extremely sensitive and even reacted to facials using Aveda products!!!) and they are au naturale of course! At least 90% of my skincare routine consists of Jurlique products. #obsession much?

Anyhoos, back to my spa facial and Gloria - right!

Gloria kindly allowed me to pick her beauty therapist brain and knowledge to share some tips with you active chicas on how to maintain a healthy beauty routine whilst #activeliving!

1) Tell us a little about yourself

I am a qualified Beauty Therapist.  I have been working as a Beauty Therapist with Jurlique for around three years.

2) What are your best beauty tips for active girls? (Think lotsa sweat?)

Cleanse skin pre workout: Many girls forget this step but it is essential! Makeup and sweat can easily clog pores during a workout.  By cleansing and removing any pore-clogging irritants, you will reduce the chance of breakouts and allow your skin to breathe!

(Editor's note: I cannot stress enough how important this step is! It is NOT a cute look when you see layers of foundation or even mascara melting off your face whilst you're doing reps! ALWAYS carry facial wipes in your gym bag! This is non negotiable ladies!)

Apply light-weight moisturiser: You lose a lot of water due to evaporation and sweating during a workout, so the skin can become dehydrated. Using a light-weight moisturiser helps to restore the moisture levels and retain hydration where it’s needed. Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion is a light silky water-gel emulsion to hydrate skin while it helps to cool and protect.

Cleanse skin post workout: Not only do we sweat, which is a natural bodily mechanism to remove toxins, we also wipe our face with our hands or a gym towel during a Workout and this can leave oil and dirt on our skin. It’s important to cleanse skin after a workout to avoid any irritation, breakouts and clogging. If you workout regularly, you are likely to be cleansing you skin more than normal, which can lead to dehydrated skin.  It is best to use something extra hydrating yet gentle like Jurlique Replenishing Foaming Cleanserthat can be used often without leaving the skin feeling dry and irritated.

Apply sun protection: This is crucial if you exercise outdoors. Sun protection helps protect the skin from premature ageing and pigmentation. It’s important to find a good sun protection with a lightweight texture that won’t clog pores, like Jurlique Sun specialist SPF40+ high protection cream PA +++, which is broad spectrum for face and body.  This product won the Australia’s Choice ELLE International Beauty Award – Best Sun Care in 2015! 

(Note to self: Gotta give this award-winning sunscreen a try!)

Keep your hair out of your face: hair oil and greases can cause breakouts, especially under the fringe and along the hairline so pull hair back out of your face when you workout.  

(Editors Note: Christina from Hair Romance shows you 3 gym-proof hairstyles that keep your hair out of your face whilst looking good all day!)

Hydrate and cool your skin: After a good session of sweating it’s important to quench your thirsty skin.  Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is a daily hydrating mist, great as a post-workout refresher as it helps to hydrate, calm and cool skin. It can also be used whenever you need a skin pick-me-up. In summer, store it in the fridge for instant relief from the heat.

3) Do you think there are great benefits to hit the sauna room after a great workout?

Hitting the sauna after a great workout will relieve sore muscles, but it also helps to cleanse your skin through deep sweating and eliminating dead skin cells, which gives you a healthy glow. Plus the warm heat in sauna helps speed up circulation for added radiance! (Recommended time is around 20 minutes, depending on the temperature and humidity)

4) What are your must have products to fit in a gym bag?

(Think: convenient and multipurpose)

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is a daily hydrating mist, great for a post-workout refresher as it helps to hydrate, calm and cool skin. It can also be used whenever you need a skin pick-me-up (especially when you work in an air-conditioned environment) . In summer, store it in the fridge for instant relief from the heat.

Jurlique Citrus Shower Gelis a gentle cleansing gel with the uplifting scent of citrus that leaves skin clear, fresh and hydrated.

Jurlique Moisturising Hand Sanitizereliminates 99.9% of germs in seconds after application and leaves hands super moisturised and silky smooth!

(Editor's note: Did you know Jurlique has it's own Shower Gel and Moisturising Hand Sanitiser?!? Because I don't! Guess you do learn something new daily! Thanks Gloria!)

5) As we are approaching the colder months, how do girls ensure their skin stay moisturised and healthy?

As the temperature drops skin tends to become dry, red, flaky and blotchy. Low humidity, wind and indoor heating can dehydrate your skin as moisture evaporates.

TIPS/recommendation:Applying a serum day and night before moisturiser will plump dehydrated skin and allows your moisturiser to penetrate deeper into your skin.  This results in hydrated and supple skin. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum is a youth defence concentrate serum to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve elasticity, restore radiance and increase hydration.  The antioxidants in this serum also create a natural defence shield to help protect against environmental aggressors, leaving skin visibly glowing, hydrated and more youthful.

Jurlique Moisture Lip Balm
Jurlique Moisture Lip Balm

The skin on our lips is very delicate with minimal oil glands.  So it’s important to prevent lips from cracking and drying with a good lip balm.

TIPS/recommendation:Jurlique Lip Care Balm is a gentle moisturiser for dry, chapped lips.  It is a rich balm which conditions and softens skin, keeping lips moist and supple.

The colder weather can cause skin redness and sensitivity.

TIPS/recommendation:Ingredients such as Calendula and Chamomile are excellent nurturers for sensitive skin and have very potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier while soothing irritation and redness. Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Creamcontains many soothing ingredients such as calendula, chamomile and cucumber in a rich moisturising cream to deeply hydrate, soothe and comfort delicate skin.

Winter can also leave hands feeling dry and chapped.

TIPS/recommendation:Applying hand cream often throughout the day will prevent water from evaporating and give your hard-worked hands some loving. Avoid using very hot water as it can remove natural oils on the skin, which removes the natural skin barrier. Jurlique Precious Rose Hand Cream is a rich, protective hand cream to deeply moisturise and restore smoothness—while the beautiful rose scent uplifts the senses.

Long hot showers and cold weather with low humidity can cause dry, chapped and flaky skin as the natural skin oil barrier dries out, not to mention the build-up of dead skin cells.

TIPS/Recommendation:Exfoliate weekly and moisturise your whole body after every shower. Jurlique Body Exfoliating Gel is gentle body wash containing walnut shell to lift away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal smooth, soft and more radiant skin. Jurlique Rose Body Cream, enriched with Rose, Jojoba Oil, Shea and Coco Butter, leaves dry skin feeling hydrated, soft and smooth.

6) For our outdoor girls, what are your advice for them pre and post workout?

Pre-workout

Many girls forget to cleanse skin pre-workout! Makeup and sweat is the first step towards clogged skin. Washing off any pore-clogging makeup will reduce breakouts and blackheads and allow your skin to breath!

Use a light-weight moisturiser and apply a good SPF. Sun damage is detrimental to skin health and is a leading cause of premature ageing so daily use of a high protection sunscreen such as Jurlique’s Sun Lotion SPF 30+ is essential.

If you like swimming, protect your skin with a moisture barrier cream prior to jumping into the water as chlorine and salty water dries out the skin. Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream is a rich, moisturising cream with a powerful combination of emollients to help deeply hydrate skin and restore suppleness.

Post-workout

Don’t forget to cleanse your skin post workout to rid the skin of impurities. Exercising outside means that sunscreens, pollution and salt residues from the beach and perspiration all need to be removed to prevent congestion and to keep skin looking clear and fresh. A hydrating mask such as the Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask followed by your favourite Jurlique serum and moisturiser will complete your cool-down to keep skin hydrated and looking its best.

Thanks for such a detailed tips to help us get through the harsh weather this winter whilst working on our summer bodies Gloria! One last tip that I pick up during my facial was - do not wash your face through running shower as it will break the capillaries on your cheeks! It's so hard to resist especially after a long day or when I am having rashes or some allergies on my face. Who else is guilty of this too? I am getting better at that with constant mental note not to do it! Baby steps, people!

That sums up today's post - I hope you girls (and maybe guys?) get some good takeout from today's post too!

XOXO,

A