How To Care For Skin After A Sweat Sesh, According To A SoulCycle Instructor

by Brit + Co

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?

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, $9, Amazon 

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."

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (2-pack), $5, Amazon 

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."

Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes, $5, Amazon 

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."

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, $17, Amazon 

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?

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen, $10, Amazon 

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!"

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $30, Sephora 

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."

They're Real Lengthening Mascara, $24, Sephora 

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."