Fitness On Trial: Oxygenetix & NeoStrata
I do not, I repeat, do not, wear make-up to the gym. It’s not something I would ever recommend doing, nor will I ever do it myself. I’m a firm believer that skin needs to be allowed to breath, and when you’re getting all sweaty at the gym, the last thing your pores need is make-up clogging them up and causing breakouts or discolouration.
Now, I’m not hating on those that do wear make-up to the gym, I think you should do whatever you want to do when you go, but as a personal preference, I just don’t like it.
After the gym, however, I do like to apply make-up every now and again. If I don’t, the reasons are as follows:
- I don’t actually like wearing make-up. I like my skin being able to breathe and I think that years of not wearing it whenever possible has resulted in a pretty even, natural skin tone.
- I’m lazy AF and can never be bothered to apply it.
- I work out a minimum of five times per week, usually at 6.30am (latest), and the constant removal/ reapplication is too much for my little brain so early in the morning.
However, if I do apply make-up, there are usually two main reasons for it:
- I go red really easily when I work out, which is stupidly annoying, but it’s easy to hide if I have a layer of BB cream or some concealer in areas.
- It’s the weekend and I have more time to sleep and therefore can be bothered to apply.
Regardless of if I do or don’t apply, I am always aware that I don’t want to whack too much coverage on my skin, as I worry it’ll do more damage than good. Recently, I was contacted by the lovely PR team who look after Oxygenetix – a make-up brand that has been designed to be worn for the gym – and NeoStrata – a product designed to reduce redness after working out – I thought it’d be worth trialling the products to see how I feel about them.
WARNING. THIS IS A LONG BLOG POST BUT I’VE TRIED TO BE AS INFORMATIVE AS POSSIBLE. YOU MAY WANY TO GRAB A DRINK BEFORE READING ON.
A light layer of BB cream/ foundation does wonders for my skin after a gym visit. I’m often left blotchy, red or with bags the size of the sun (early gym goer), so when my skin is looking dire I reach for a product that is going to provide me with a small amount of coverage that isn’t too cakey on the skin.
Enter, the Oyxgentix Oxygenating Foundation*. A product which has been designed to be worn to the gym.
Ingredients include: Ceravitae (trademarked to the company), Vitamin E (great for skin), Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Salix Alba Extract and Glycrein.
The main ingredient is Cervitae, which is described as a ‘super charged oxygen complex that promotes collagen cell production and connective tissue growth. It is also made with natural Aloe Barbadensis which is a gel-based formula, as opposed to water-based, which often attracts bacteria to the skin.
Each bottle contains anti-bacterial qualities, which is great for gym use (lots of nasties lying around on equipment which we often forget about and wipe sweat from our faces), but also protects breakouts and remove dead surface cells (which build up and cause irritation).
The foundation promises to:
- Provide natural coverage; it definitely does this, I’m so impressed by the finish
- Last for 24 hours; I’m sceptical about this. It’s so light that I can’t tell if I’m still wearing it at the end of the day
- Doesn’t rub off on clothing; I haven’t experienced any stained clothes or collars
- Doesn’t smudge due to perspiration; Again, not something I have noticed but I’ve only used once when wearing to the gym, all other applications have been post workout
- Kind to skin; It feels really lovely when applied, so I can believe this. Apparently, you can even sleep in this foundation and it won’t cause any negative effects. My fear of aging skin means I will never, ever sleep in make-up, but it’s good to know if you get drunk and fall asleep it’s not going to cause too much damage!
On application, the product feels very liquidy, and the coverage is so light on the skin I would compare it more to a BB cream than a foundation. However, after applying and leaving for half an hour, the foundation settled and left a really lovely matte finish. It covered any uneven skin tone and redness on the surface layer but didn’t feel heavy or cakey. It does need extra coverage on any breakouts, but for me, wearing on its own is perfect for day-to-day use.
I was so impressed by this foundation that I have added it to my make-up bag for daily use when my skin is feeling a little tired or looking haggard (most days). It also contains an SPF of 25, which is great for protective wear during the sunnier months!
The foundation is available in 14 different shades, seven yellow toned and seven pink toned. I wear Vanilla in BareMinerals and NC20/ NC25 in MAC and I got matched to Pearl, which is perfect for me; it’s for fair skin with blue undertones.
When I work out I got as red as lobster, and I’m very aware of this whenever I leave the gym looking puffed out.
NeoStrata Redness Neutralizing Serum* is designed for those who suffer from uneven skin tone, or regularly have redness/ discolouration appear on their faces. This product has been specifically designed for sensitive skin, which is what I have, whilst providing a range of neutralizing ingredients to great a natural barrier in the skin to reduce the amount of redness.
On application, the serum smells funky, it definitely has a chemically-type smell to it which, although may be better for your skin, it doesn’t smell as good as perfumed skin products, so don’t expect roses! It does feel cooling on the skin when applied though, which is what is needed after a work out.
Key ingredients include;
- 6% PHA/ Bionic Blend (Gluconolactone, Iactobionic); strengthening skin barrier function to support skin’s matrix
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8; Targets inflammation, reduce redness and swelling
- Algae Polysaccharide Complex (Ascophylium Nodosum, brown algae, Asparagopsis Armata, red algae extract); Reduces UV-induced redness, increases skin resiliency and improves skin sensory
- Canadian Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium extract); used to soothe skin, reduce lactic acid build-up
- Botanical Complex (Glycyrrhizate/licorice, caffeine, zinc gluconate, horse chestnut extract); Target inflammation, reduces redness
- Bisabolol, White Tea Extract; Anti-irritant, antioxidant
The serum needs to be applied twice daily to clean skin, and small results can be seen instantly. After two hours, reddening of the skin should have decreased further and after two weeks use, there should be a significant decrease of redness.
I’ve only been using the product solidly for the past five days, so I can’t comment on the two week stage, but I have noticed a reduction in redness after a work out, and I love the cooling effect when I apply this to my skin and is instantly makes me feel like there is a reduction in the appearance of my redness.
The serum costs £34 and is available from Face The Future.
Teamed together, these products are perfect for post-gym use, and I can imagine they would be the kindness products for your face if you do wear make-up to the gym. If I had to choose between the two, I would go for the Oxygenetix foundation, as it has everything I look for in daily use; it provides coverage, evens skin tone, lasts for ages and is actually kind for your skin. It’s well worth looking into if you suffer with acne/ skin problems.
On the flip side, the NeoStrata Neutralizing skin care provides lasting results in the reduction of redness without the need for foundation, so it depends on what your ultimate goal is!
Ultimately, I love the fact that brands are recognising the need for make-up/ products that are designed specifically for use at/ after the gym. With the rise of health & fitness ever increasing, I predict these types of multi-use, multi-wear products are going to increase in popularity and become staple products in any gym-bunny’s bag.
Do you wear make-up to the gym? What do you think of skincare designed for wear during a workout?
Thanks for reading,