It’s no surprise that exposing ourselves to heat can leave our face and body a little on the dry side. For most people, sweating it out at hot yoga makes your skin revitalized and cleansed, but if your skin type is dry (like me) and you’re a hot yoga addict (again, me) then from time to time our skin may appear dry, drab and in need of a little TLC. If you’re the same then I’ve put together my favorite finds to keep your skin and hair feeling hydrated.
If it’s got avocados in, I’m in. As well as avocados, there’s almond oils, rose wax, beeswax and quince seeds that all complement each other to balance your skins oil and moisture level. If you’re after a everyday cream for dry and sensitive skin then this is your cream. I use the tinted version – which looks quite intimidating when first applied, but the creaminess texture just blends into your own natural skin tone and balances your complexion. The tinted cream is also GREAT for hiding that super red post hot yoga face – giving you a natural look without having to wear makeup.
As above, if it’s got avocados in – I’m In. Another rich, moisturizing cream but solely tackling the eye area. Kiehls creamy eye moisturizer is great if you’ve opted for that extra early morning class and want to awaken the eye area gently whilst getting rid of any puffiness. I use this at night and/or in the morning when I know I won’t be putting on makeup, so I can let this special avocado eye treatment sink into my skin and make my cells dance (:
Coconut oil, because, well, it’s good for EVERYTHING. It’s botanical magic. Use this before class to remove your makeup, as body and face moisturizer or – as my mostly preferred use – a deep conditioner – I swear it’s life changing. A little nut size drop, on the ends really goes a long way. Coconut oil’s full of vitamin E, which is about the most moisturizing thing you can give your skin and hair. BUT if you’re going to use coconut oil, make sure you buy organic—you don’t want your skin soaking up any unnecessary toxins.
So this stuff isn’t new, in fact it’s most peoples ‘can’t live without product’. And there’s a reason for that. It is really, really good. The thick, gooey liquid works as a super intense balm and even works wonders for chapped lips, bits of sunburn and even little cuts and scrapes. Been rolling over them toes too much during Up-Dog to Down-Dog? Elbow grazes from working a little too hard at your shoulder stand? A smear of this and you will be healed in a no time! But do be warned, it is seriously addicting and anyone else who I’ve met that uses it wholeheartedly agrees!
The dreamiest of dreamiest night creams. The active ingredients – neroli, camomile, tonka beans, basil and plants oils like avocado, hazlenyt and beeswax – really works wonders to give your skin that needed boost whilst repairing the driest of skins. Secondly the combination of these ingredients smells AMAZING. It has the most calming and sensual sent that actually sends me to sleep. Little tip – if you want to enjoy Shavasana pose to it’s fullest, place a small amount of balm in the palms of your hands, inhale the aroma of your deliciously-scented balm, exhale as you deeply relax.
*Each title is a link to the specific brands website with full details of ingredients and prices. Please note that with a little research you can find all the products much cheaper from alternative websites