GIFT GUIDE: WHAT TO GET your fitness obsessed friend (beauty edition)

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I’m  so jealous of the women who I see stroll out of the gym after their workout without so much as washing their face! I not only change my clothes (I wait till I’m home to shower), I spray my body with anti-acne spray, wash my face with cleanser and use exfoliating pads. I never wear makeup with the exception of, occasionally, mascara. If I don’t do this, I’ll break out the next day. Sometimes if I stay and chat too long post-workout… I’ll breakout the next day! That said, many women, even if they don’t break out easily, have a post-workout cleansing routine because we all want to feel fresh.

With that said, here’s a look at some gift ideas for all those gym rats in our life!

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Vital Greens Face Mist, $18

First Aid Beauty has a specially designed collection of products made for women who workout, though all of their products, in my experience, are safe for working out (and many are oil-free). This mist is touted as green juice for your skin. It’s an alcohol-free cooling facial mist formulated with non-irritating green superfoods to instantly refresh and soothe. It will also work to boost moisture in case you don’t have time to apply anything post-cleanse.

R+Co Day + Night Set, $33

This set takes the hair win because it not only works great, it looks great. Plus the two travel size products – their Death Valley Dry Shampoo and Park Ave Blowout Balm – come in a canvas case that has room for all other workout beauty needs. Such a great gift, especially because it’s ready to gift as is!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying OilFree Cleansing Wipes, $9.99/pack of 25

Washing your face with cleanser is always going to be the best, but if you just don’t have the time La Roche-Posay’s wipes are the next best thing (and the best face wipes out there in my opinion…). These are the only cleansing towelette with LHA (a derivative of salicylic acid that helps fight acne without dehydrating skin). Another reason I love these is that you don’t need to moisturize after using them.

Murad Clarifying Body Spray, $40

This is one of my fave products of all times! People are always recommending pads for those hard-to-reach areas, but a spray is so much for effective. This one is formulated specifically to fight acne without drying out your skin or smelling bad. It has kind of an alcohol-ish smell but it goes away quickly.

Beauty Rx Daily Exfoliating Body Therapy Lotion, $50

If you’re suffering from serious body acne – which can be tough to treat because the body’s skin is tougher/thicker – double up after your acne spray with this lotion from Dr. Schultz, which contains 10% glycolic to penetrate deeper (versus 5 or 8% products). Use code BGSNB17 to get 15% off through the end of the year.

Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer, $28

It’s so important to go oil-free after your workout if you’re prone to breakouts (even if you have dry skin). Oil is the root cause of acne! I love this moisturizer because it’s lightweight and formulated with organic ingredients (but not irritating, unlike many other products with organic ingredients that I’ve tried).


Dr. Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads, $38

These pads treat acne while exfoliating the skin (exfoliation is key to fight acne). Apply one pre-soaked pad after cleansing the skin. No need to apply moisturizer after these.

Mio Strong is the New Skinny, $33

If you’re looking for a gift set, this is a great fitness-themed one and everything comes in travel size for those friends who workout and then head straight to work from the gym.

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Acne Treatment Cleanser, $22

Oil-free, as mentioned, is key when dealing with pre or post workout skincare. This cleanser from Philosophy is light, not dehydrating, and you don’t need much. It also doesn’t make a big sudsy mess! Important, at least for me, when cleansing in a public space.

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