Taking care of your skin post-workout is just as important as your workout itself. Here’s my favorite post-workout beauty routine…

Step 1. Wash that pretty money-maker of yours (your face). I use Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser — about $9 a pop. It’s gentle and it smells great!cetaphil

Step 2. Expensive toner is over-rated, and will dry out your skin. Witch Hazel is where it’s at. Pour some on a cotton pad and remove any leftover cleanser, makeup or sweat. Pay special attention to your hairline, jawline and around your nose. We tend to miss those areas. Witch Hazel will also help alleviate any redness post-workout while keeping that I-just-worked-out-look-at-my-rosy-cheeks look. This magic potion is only about $4 a bottle.

witch hazel

Step 3. Apply skin-brightening serum. My absolute favorite is Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, and has an instant brightening effect. It isn’t cheap; but in my opinion it’s worth it! One 1 oz. bottle of this will cost you about $50.

clinique even better

Step 4. Moisturize! The most important step of all. I love Cetaphil’s moisturizing lotion. It’s the perfect amount of moisture without making me feel greasy. I tend to use a bigger dollop in the fall/winter months  just to lock in the moisture.

cetaphil lotion

Step 5. Apply primer. The best I’ve found to date is Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer. For $38 a tube, I get my money’s worth. It’s soothing and doesn’t make your skin feel like plastic. Plus, it’s SPF 20. Bingo!

smashbox primer

Step 6. Smear on the CC cream. The brands are endless, but again, my fave is Smashbox. Their Camera Ready CC Cream is fabulous. Sheer coverage with SPF 30. It’s $42, but it lasts FOREVER.


Step 7. Dab on the concealer. Clinique’s Even Better Concealer is my go-to. A little under my eyes, and a touch under my nose, and I’m done. $19.50 for one jar.

Even better concealer

Step 8. Enhance your color. I brush bareMineral’s Faux Tan ($19) lightly onto my cheekbones, and voila, I look sun kissed; not Snooki-kissed.

faux tan

Step 9. Bring out your flushed cheeks. There’s nothing sexier than those slightly-flushed cheeks brought on by an intense cardio session. Flaunt it. I sweep Clinique’s Blushing Brush Powder Blush (shade — Cupid, $21) onto the apples of my cheeks. It provides just the right amount of “flush.”


Step 10. Don’t forget your eyelashes. My favorite mascara right now is Maybelline’s Limited Edition Colossal Volum’ Express Smoky Eye in Scorching Brown ($8). You can find it at your local Walgreens. Maybelline

Admire yourself in the mirror and blow yourself a kiss. You just worked out; and you look marvelous, dah-ling. 😉

Love, Mattie Claire

4 Comments on Post-Workout Beauty Routine

  1. Get The Body
    November 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Great tips on products. Thanks!

    • Mattie Claire
      November 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome. Glad I could help!

  2. shelbtown
    November 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so on your side with this beauty regime – Cetaphil lotion is amazing. And BareMinerals products are my favorite. Their powder gives a sun-kissed glow that looks totally naturally and isn’t harsh on your skin.

    • Mattie Claire
      November 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Definitely agree, Shelby!


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