As a runner, I put my body through a lot with the mileage I put on every week. And I take care of it so I keep it in top shape. But I wasn’t paying attention to how I took care of my entire body until the last year or so. I was ignoring my skin and hair. So today, I just wanted to do a quick chat about what my skin and hair care routine is.
It was during marathon training last summer that I realized how much I was putting my skin and hair through without even taking care of it. Up in a ponytail most days, sweating, being out in the sun for hours at a time. I put it through a lot.
For my skin, I keep it pretty simple. I wash with a gentle face wash twice a day (sometimes three if I have a morning workout) and use a small amount of face lotion after. Occasionally, I use a face mask on the weekends but I haven’t in a while . If I’m working out after working, I’m getting back into using a wipe to clean off my makeup before my workouts.
One thing I’m taking to keep up on more is exfoliating and moisturizing the rest of my body, especially my feet. My skin gets super dry year-round from the amount of working out I do (and the fact that I love hot showers and baths, which I’m trying to turn down the temperature). After I shower and right before bed, I try to remember the lather up with lotion so it has time to soak in.
Nice and simple, nothing too crazy. My skin feels and looks pretty good, it doesn’t get oily midday anymore. And the amount of water I’m drinking everyday has something to do that with that for sure. I’m sure it could excellent if I spent more time (and money) but my current routine fits my life perfectly now.
I use basically all Target brand products for my face care since they don't cause any skin problems and are great on my budget. The only thing that isn't Target brand is my face mask, which currently are Dermal Korea from Amazon. I've also really liked the Que Bella (available at Target) and Sephora Collection face masks.
My hair routine is pretty quick and simple too. I only shampoo my hair once a week and use dry shampoo most other days. Which makes for a much faster shower and my scalp doesn’t feel as dry. Of course, most days I rinse out my hair with water just to get the products and sweat out of it.
One thing I’m trying to do more with my hair is to do deep conditioning treatments twice a week. I usually use the Aussie brand three minute miracle and either let it sit while I shower or use it for a longer amount of time when I take a bath. I find this makes my hair feel so much softer (even when it hasn’t been recently washed) and I have a lot less breakage even though my hair is constantly in a ponytail.
I'm also trying to cut down on how often my hair is in a ponytail. I still spend most days with it pulled back (because I'm too lazy to wear it down and then put it up for my workout). But at least on Fridays and the weekend I wear my hair down when I'm not running.
Let me know in the comments what you do to take care of your hair and skin post-run!