I have to say that I feel pretty suspicious of brands claiming to bring something extra to your workout in terms of skin care. However, it’s a new trend and you’ll see more and more brands utilizing fitness or workouts to identify that you need something special in the way of beauty. That’s not to say that Pretty Athletic (above) isn’t full of good things – it is, and where the ‘work out’ element comes in is that it focusses on cooling the skin down and reducing post-work out redness using aloe vera, and for pre-work out, uses witch hazel to reduce sweat (amongst other nice-for-skin ingredients). There are no parabens, silicones, sulfates, PEGs, dyes or mineral oils, so as a skin care product that will be lovely on your skin, it’s great. Whenever I’m in any doubt about what products claim to do, I check with a formulator as I’ve done here – and he is also of the opinion that there isn’t much in it that will radically change your skin’s behaviour, pre and post work-out.
Even Kiko is labelling its mascara as ‘sport proof’ and that is as part of a whole capsule range with the Sport Proof title.
There’s no doubt that athletes sweat more and if you are, say a runner, you’ll be spending more time in the sun than those that don’t run. Dry skin can be an issue – an every day work out usually finishes with a shower, and if you already had one when you got up, then that’s two a day which is heavy on skin hydration unless you take extra care. Sweating won’t help, and nor will being exposed to the elements. However, if you’re a Zumba twice a week kinda person, then you really don’t need anything that professes to be a work out specialist range in terms of skincare.
That said, because Pretty Athletic is a great little Brit born brand, if you love attention to detail in your skin care, are prone to post-workout redness and want to take the heat out of your skin a little quicker, it’s got all the components to tick that box.
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All I’m saying is that the Sport Skincare trend is about to take off and as with most trends, it’s easy to think it’s a must-have when actually, it isn’t.
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