9 Beauty Essentials Every Runner Needs for Great Skin

by Dawn Chen
LIFESTYLE  |  July 20, 2017
  • Score healthy, glowing skin!
    1 / 10 Score healthy, glowing skin!

    Running is one of the best exercises there is – there’s almost no barrier to entry, you can run anywhere, and it’s also a great way to de-stress and clear your mind. But without the right beauty regime, running can also seriously take a toll on your skin. The build-up of sweat and dirt can clog pores if you’re not careful, and running outdoors without sunscreen is a recipe for dull skin and pigmentation. Here is your go-to skincare kit to rock a glowing complexion.

    (Also Read: Got A Rash Post-Workout? You Might Be Allergic to Your Own Sweat)

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  • Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF50/PA+++ ($48, Sephora)
    2 / 10 Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen SPF50/PA+++ ($48, Sephora)

    Give your skin a generous dose of SPF before heading outdoors to prevent pigmentation and photoageing. This lightweight sunscreen is oil-free and doesn’t leave a whitish cast when applied, making it very convenient for touch-ups. It’s also water-resistant – perfect for active girls!  

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  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Masks ($13 each)
    3 / 10 Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Masks ($13 each)

    Have you jumped on the multi-masking bandwagon yet? Get into the groove with these seven new masks from Innisfree’s iconic Volcanic Clay skincare range. All the varieties contain volcanic scoria to absorb excess sebum and unclog pores, but each comes with added ingredients to offer benefits like brightening dull complexions or calming irritated skin. Launching 1 July 2017. (Also Read: 5 Deep Cleansing Masks To Finally Clean Out Your Pores)

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  • Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil With Radiance-Boosting White & Purple Rice ($54)
    4 / 10 Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil With Radiance-Boosting White & Purple Rice ($54)

    Washing off your sunscreen with normal soap and water isn’t enough. Instead, let this gorgeous dual-phase cleanser do the trick. Purifying and illuminating white rice and purple rice extracts make up the core of this silky oil that emulsifies into a creamy milk to melt away makeup, sunscreen, dirt and impurities. 

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  • Foreo Luna Play Plus ($79, Sephora)
    5 / 10 Foreo Luna Play Plus ($79, Sephora)

    Give your skin a deeper clean with this nifty device. The Luna Play Plus uses pulsation technology to dislodge dirt, oil and impurities more effectively than when you use your hands alone. It runs on an AAA battery and is made with soft, medical-grade silicone to prevent bacteria build-up. 

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  • Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Mist ($47 for two, Tangs)
    6 / 10 Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Mist ($47 for two, Tangs)

    An easy way to refresh skin on the go is to give it a spritz of your favourite facial mist. This spray is made with fermented bamboo extracts to increase skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Mist after your runs to keep cool, and let the invigorating scent perk you up.  Another plus: it comes housed in a 60ml bottle that is perfect for throwing into your bag. (Also Read: Here’s Why Fermented Products Are Better For Your Skin)

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  • Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Night ($75, Sephora)
    7 / 10 Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Night ($75, Sephora)

    At the end of the day, pamper skin with a dose of hydration from Biotherm’s new night moisturiser. The key ingredient is a special microalgae that works best when it’s dark, and helps to stimulate cells and boost skin recovery when you sleep. Skin will also stay hydrated for up to 48 hours after – perfect for replenishing moisture after a whole day out in the sun. 

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  • For Beloved Girl Mineral Masks ($16 for three, Sephora)
    8 / 10 For Beloved Girl Mineral Masks ($16 for three, Sephora)

    This is by far one of the best things to do after a workout: Post-shower, cool off by treating your skin to the goodness of a sheet mask. I’m currently digging the recently launched For Beloved Girl Mineral Mask Series. There are six varieties to choose from and each comes infused with selected minerals to replenish essential nutrients to boost skin health. What’s more, using one of these masks is said to hydrate skin with the equivalent of 1.88 bottles of spring water facial spray!

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  • Eversoft Beauty Shower Foam in Yuzu & Mint ($6.50, leading supermarkets)
    9 / 10 Eversoft Beauty Shower Foam in Yuzu & Mint ($6.50, leading supermarkets)

    There’s nothing more refreshing than hopping into the shower after a good run. Wash away the day’s dirt and grime with this uplifting and energising body wash. Inspired by Japanese onsens, this contains antioxidant-rich yuzu extracts to soften skin and mint to leave your skin feeling cool even after getting out of the shower.

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  • Topicrem Ultra-Moisturizing Body Milk ($39.90, Guardian)
    10 / 10 Topicrem Ultra-Moisturizing Body Milk ($39.90, Guardian)

    Nourish parched skin by slathering this rich moisturiser all over your body after showering. It’s formulated without parabens, formaldehyde, colourants, alcohol and silicones – it is so gentle that even babies can use it! The milky lotion is easily absorbed and won’t leave a sticky residue.

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