By Jess Beech
With a clammy spin class at your local gym no longer an option, plenty of us have embraced WOFH (that’s working out from home). And while the current situation is far from ideal, there are plenty of perks that come with not having to leave home to get your sweat on.
Gone are the days we had to worry about someone seeing our red-faced complexion, queuing for the hairdryer or living in fear of forgetting to pack our deodorant. With your full beauty arsenal at your disposal both pre and post workout, most of those exercise beauty qualms have been swished.
However, home workouts can pose their own challenges (especially the Joe Wicks for seniors workout!). In most cases, as you enjoy your online class, the instructor can’t see you and check in on your form. Factor in the likelihood that you don’t have either the time or inclination for a full stretch post session, and you’re increasing the risk of sore muscles and potential injury.
While we can’t recommend a remedy for sports injuries, we can point you in the direction of gorgeous lotions and potions that’ll help ease those aches and pains.
Look out for key ingredients to help you to recover post workout:
- Epsom Salts
Beauty balms and lotions that are post-exercise body treats
Weleda Arnica Massage Oil, £16.95
Grown to strict biodynamic standards to guarantee top-notch quality, purity and potency, Weleda’s arnica packs a punch. Massage onto limbs before and after sport to keep your muscles nice and flexible.
Technically designed for Mums-to-be, this balm can be used by anyone to cool and refresh heavy, aching legs. Aloe vera and ginger extract are the heroes here, teaming soothing and energising properties in one tube.
Blending cooling peppermint and eucalyptus with warming clove bud and West Indian bay oils, one sniff is enough to spend your mind on a spa day. Take the time to massage in to fully reap its relaxing benefits.
Best known as an antidote to bruising, Arnica has great anti-inflammatory properties. This balm is packed full of it, as well as natural olive oil, beeswax and almond oil to untangle wound-up muscles.
Westlab Bathing Salts Sleep, £5.99
Surrounded by so much uncertainty, it’s no surprise some of us are finding it trickier than usual to nod off. Take on insomnia by scattering a generous handful of these salts into your pre-bedtime bath. Magnesium will soothe both mind and body to set you up for a peaceful nights’ sleep.
Slather on in the shower after your workout to refresh your senses and dial down tiredness. It’s a great way to wake you up on sluggish mornings too.
A bit like a sports drink for your face, this moisturiser uses electrolytes to replenish minerals lost from skin through busy lifestyles and stress. It’s not strictly for after workouts, but our skin could always do with a little extra help.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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