This week, Running Shoes is taking a break from chronicling runners. At age 32, I’ve started thinking more about my skin and how I take care of it as an athlete. I’m always outside running in the sun. I rarely wear sunscreen (oops…). I used to tan a lot. Oh, and I leave sweat caked on my face after workouts…
That’s why I interviewed Marenda. Marenda is a licensed esthetician, certified makeup artist with four years of experience and who has worked with MAC Cosmetics + Bare Minerals, and all around educator on proper skincare. I knew she’d have some great insight for my athletic audience regarding how to take care our skin!
Marenda has always been interested in makeup, and what started as creating her own looks eventually turned into applying makeup to others for proms, formals, and other fancy events. When she began working with Bare Minerals in 2012, she saw the change in her skin as she used high quality skincare products. Since then, she’s become an entrepreneur who spreads her knowledge of makeup and skincare.
I explained that my audience is largely athletic women who spend a lot of time sweating outdoors (not so glamorous, but oh so true). My typical routine has been a splash of cold water after workouts, and I had a funny feeling this wasn’t really helping my skin. According to Marenda, we should wash our faces with a skin-type appropriate cleanser and follow with a lightweight moisturizer as quickly as possible after finishing a workout. Failure to do this can result in clogged pores which can easily lead to other skin issues (hello breakouts). PS: Take your makeup off before you run with a makeup removing wipe!
It’s not just the post-run skincare that matters. Again, so many of us run outside. Perhaps it was just me…but…I never wore sunscreen in the winter. Marenda says, “…You should be wearing a sunscreen all year ‘round, not just in the summer. UVB, or the UV rays that cause burning, (UVB = burning) are weaker during the winter – but UVA rays, or the UV rays that cause aging (UVA = aging) are just as strong year ‘round. So, while the rest of your body might not be exposed during the winter, you still want to wear sunscreen on your face to prevent and protect from those aging rays.” You can read more about this topic here.
I also wanted some insight on how to choose the right sunscreen for athletic skin. Some state that they’re for the face; others contain some kind of moisturizer…the endless choices on the shelves confused me beyond the SPF. According to Marenda, there are a few things to be on the lookout for: “[Look for] the words ‘broad spectrum’; this covers the UVA rays. Then, of course, the actual SPF number. This number usually refers to the protection from the UVB rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying a water-resistant sunscreen of an SPF 30 or higher 30 minutes before going outside, and reapplying it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.” Beyond that, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a sunscreen with an SPF that is at least 30, and that you should reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming/sweating.”
Marenda’s favorite brands are Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Sunscreen for the face, (light and non-comedogenic) and Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion for body because it allows the skin to breathe. She also mentions to wear a hat, and this performance cap is really cute for runners! And to continue caring for winter skin, Marenda recommends Aquaphor for dry skin: “Since it’s an occlusive, it seals in moisture and allows your skin to heal.”
Aside from these extra preparations that anyone outdoors should take, a morning and evening skincare routine is also a must. Here are Marenda’s suggestions for both times of day:
- AM routine: Gentle cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, eye cream.
- PM routine: Oil cleanser to remove makeup, gentle cleanser depending on your skin type (foaming for oily skin, a hydrating/milky cleanser for dry skin), a serum that suits your skin type, and a moisturizer (during the winter I use a heavier cream at night), eye cream, and a lip balm. Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate with something (THAT’S NOT ST. IVE’S APRICOT SCRUB) at least 3 times a week.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has taken a layer of skin off with St. Ive’s…
Marenda’s final advice: “What you do for your skin now will show 10 years from now. Taking preventative and proactive measures now, as opposed to sitting down in a makeup artist’s chair or going to a surgeon saying ‘can you make me look 20 years younger?’ is something to keep in mind. [M]ore often than not, you get what you pay for. Invest in yourself and skin now to save you in the long run.” She didn’t say the pun of “long run” was intended, but I’m making it an intended one because #perfect.
Peace. Love. Running. Skincare.
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