*Products featured in this post include gratis PR samples, but all opinions expressed are my own.
Barry’s is a grueling workout, and we’re not just talking about dynamic mode or booty bands giving your legs that Jello feeling. Although exercise is essential for overall health and well-being (we know, you didn’t need the reminder) there are certainly some negative tolls that it can take on your body, namely your hair and skin. The key to avoiding those issues is the right recovery products, which some may argue as just as important as water and protein powder to keep you feeling your best. Here’s how to fix those woes, stat!
Worried about clogged pores from all that sweating? If you’re not, you should be! An acid exfoliator like Biologique Recherche P50 (from $27) will greatly help this situation. Side note: although this product smells like gasoline, it is my holy grail of skincare. Trust! If you find your post-workout flush lasting hours upon hours after exercising ends, it may be a sign of irritation. VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Daily Therapy Moisturizer ($34) will calm and soothe your face, especially those blushing cheeks that make you so self-conscious.
No matter how secure your headband is, hair gets seriously dirty at Barry’s. If you disagree, please tell me your tricks! Personally, I live and die by Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo ($22). Most formulas simply absorb oil and add some volume, leaving behind an inconvenient and downright offensive chalky residue. This virtually invisible product actually cleans your hair. You won’t know how you lived without it!
Clean hair isn’t the only hair problem that comes with working out. Whipping a long ponytail around during sprints can result in some major tangles. Enter: the Tangle Teezer ($16). Although the gimmicky name may make you think of late night infomercials, one use will convince you otherwise.
Salt-filled sweat can seriously dry out even the healthiest of locks. To correct this damage, a nourishing mask like Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask ($18) will reinvigorate and moisturize to get your hair Pantene commercial ready.
Feeling germy after countless rounds of burpees on the floor? Us too. EO Organic Sweet Orange Natural Hand Sanitizer ($5) is a natural disinfect, meaning it will do no harm to you or the ecosystem when absorbed. Calluses from bicep curl after tricep extension before chest press: the struggle is real. YuBe Moisturizing Hand Cream ($16) is a #1 selling product in Japan thanks to its high levels of glycerin that fight the roughest skin in the most non-greasy way possible.
Aching arches from running or tender thighs from jump squats will love The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion ($16). Word in the Barry’s locker room is that this is a must after leg day, and not just for tired toes. Apply all over your gams for maximum cooling effect. Calluses don’t just claim hands as their victim. For rough and dry feet, Earth Therapeutics Soft-Soles Gel Slips ($20) can be worn overnight to replenish even the toughest of soles.
Do you ever get out of the shower and look at your body and ask “just where did that bruise come from?” Boiron Arnicare Pain Relieving Arnica Gel ($10) will soothe and speed up healing for those blue, green, and sometimes purple spots that you accumulate from bumping into the treadmill, knocking into your neighbor’s dumbbell, or whatever other clumsy move you come up with!
Your favorite workout tank or sports bra may look cool, but oftentimes they cause trapped heat and bacteria ultimately leading towards unsightly back breakouts. Murad Clarifying Body Spray ($40) will let you reach your back or any other troublesome part of your body to make those annoying bumps a thing of the past.
Proper recovery isn’t vain; rather, it will just get you back into another class that much faster!
Casey Sharbaugh is a New York City resident who works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey working out, writing, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone or green smoothie (not simultaneously). Check out her personal blog www.comfortablycasey.com