How To Care For Skin After A Sweat Sesh, According To A SoulCycle Instructor
You've probably heard of SoulCycle, the heart-pumping spin class that often makes you feel like you're in a nightclub while you're working out (genius, right?).
As a SoulCycle enthusiast, I've always wondered how the super-fit instructors keep their beauty routine and skin clean and healthy while sweating buckets, often teaching several intense cycling classes each day.
Lauren McHale is a full-time SoulCycle instructor in San Francisco. Before she began a career at SoulCycle, she was an avid yogi, hiker, skiier and snowboarder, so she's well-versed in the best skincare practices for peeps who are physically active.
I caught up with Lauren and picked her brain about how she takes care of her skin and freshens up when she's done tapping it back.
What is a SoulCycle instructor's skincare routine?
Gentle face wash: "I am more of a get-up-and-go kind of girl when I have to teach early-morning 'rooster' classes at SoulCycle, so I usually just wash my face quickly with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser."
Hydrating lip balm: "I love the peppermint smell of Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, and it keeps my lips hydrated all day. I apply it before heading out the door."
Refreshing face wipes: "All day, every day and in between classes especially, I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes to energize my skin. I love the smell, and they keep my skin feeling fresh. I actually try to avoid using skincare products when I'm teaching the bulk of my classes because I don't want it to get in my eyes later while I'm teaching and sweating."
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: "In all honesty, I keep it really simple with my skincare routine, but I'm a big fan of using coconut oil as a natural moisturizer, or sometimes I'll use some Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum."
What about your beauty routine?
SPF is everything: "Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 leaves my skin feeling soft and silky, not greasy or shiny, which is great when I'm going from a day at the park to dinner and drinks with friends. My skin feels protected and clean!"
Get your glow on: "I love the way bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream makes my skin feel, and it always gives me a healthy glow."
Lashes for days: "Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara truly lives up to its name and makes my eyelashes look amazing without having to reapply over and over."