There are two types of people who work out…
First, those who look amazing, straight out of a campaign, totally composed exercisers who, by some completely skewed (?) athletic miracle, are totally comfortable having their photo taken whilst working out. Seriously.
The other type is my type. Yeah, bring it in, ladies… And gents! Those who go all red and puffy in the face, nostrils flaring frantically to suck in as much air as humanly possible (because who knows if this might be our last chance!!), and now one eye twitching shut from a bead of salty sweat that trickled down from my brow line… Super attractive.
But ! One of my hopes is to soon, very soon, become more type one. You know, elegantly just doing 500 burpees and 1,000 crunches, and then being totally confident with running into that guy who never called me back. Or something badass like that.
So I turned to Tyler for advice. She’s the founder of Outdoor Voices, and a complete beauty (these photos were taken of her during a pretty intense workout)(ridiculous but true!). Ty spends her days running from yoga classes or personal training sessions to business meetings, and manages to look this good. A definite type one ;)
What’s your beauty routine, and how does it account for working out frequently?
I start my mornings with a glass of ice water and eye drops. Whiter, bright eyes make your whole face look fresher. I like the Bébisol Sérum Physiologique individual drops, and they’re great to throw in my bag.
I love the natural glow I get from being active. There’s color in my cheeks and I feel better mentally and physically, which I think shows. I’m really into natural products that enhance my skin instead of covering it up, and use everything from Dr. Pratima Raichur’s line Pratima.
Do you notice a difference to your skin and hair when you’re working out more often?
There’s a huge difference! My skin gets dull if I’m not active for a while, and gets a glow back after a single workout once I start up again.
Have you found any magic products yet that are completely sweat-proof?
I think the goal with beauty products and sweating is to find something that enhances your skin and works with the sweat, not against it. There’s a company in Boulder (my hometown) called Mountain Ocean that makes a Skin Trip lotion I use before workouts. It’s really light, so it doesn’t feel slimy, and it smells like coconut which reminds me of long summer days outside.
What’s your never-fail way of dealing with B.O?
I fail at this all the time! B.O. is inevitable if you’re really sweating, but I’ve found that certain types of clothing can make a big difference. I wear natural fibers on top (closest to the armpits), like merino wool. Merino is inherently breathable so it regulates body temperature. It also naturally absorbs and releases odors from sweat, so it won’t hold onto a stinky sweat smell after washes. We’re releasing a line of Outdoor Voices merino tops and bottoms this month, which we’re all very excited about.
Is it ever ok to wear makeup during a workout?
Just getting out and being active is the most important thing, so if you’re more comfortable wearing makeup, there are still ways to be kind to your skin—just keep it light and breathable and stay away from anything too thick or masking. Eye makeup can actually look beautiful and dramatic with a little sweat.
If someone felt more comfortable wearing makeup while exercising, what would you recommend?
There are lighter formulas, like Glossier’s Skin Tint, that will even out the skin without adding too much weight. I like using Olio E Esso tinted balm on my lips and sometimes put a dab on my cheeks for a little color.
What do you do to protect your skin and hair before exercise?
I put Argan Oil on the ends of my hair, which keeps it moisturized, and wear a hat when I run outside to protect my face from the sun.
And anything post-workout?
I use more Argan Oil in my hair, as well as my face and lips to rehydrate my skin.
Do you have go-to hairstyles for when you exercise?
I usually wear a low pony or high pony, really any pony will do. I love the feeling of running with my hair loose, but it’s long so that doesn’t work all the time.
Do you wash your hair every day?
No, of course not! Does anyone?
What’s the best way to combat sweat bumps?
Wiping with a natural astringent like witch hazel helps, and I follow it up with moisturizer.
If you don’t have time to shower straight after a workout, what’s your quick way to freshen up?
I use Koh Jen Do cleaning wipes and a few spritzes of rose water face mist to freshen up. I keep a bottle from Dimes on my desk and use it throughout the day. I also like using a few dabs of Diptyque’s Philosykos Solid Perfume before a workout. The scent changes as your body temperature increases.
Do you carry your beauty and fashion items with you everywhere you go?
I usually have eye drops and deodorant in my bag.
Your number one beauty advice for those starting a new workout routine?
I’d say just to start moving. There’s nothing more beautiful than a genuine smile, so feeling better on the inside the rest of the day will look better on the outside.
Voila! So that is how you (and really, me…) can potentially be a type one… Which type are you? And, more importantly, how do you maintain a beauty routine when you’re working out?