Post Workout Skincare Tips

Discover my post workout skincare tips to unlock the secret to hydrated, happy skin after exercising.

Darlings, it’s important to perform a post workout skincare routine that refreshes and revitalises your skin after exercise with supercharged, skin-loving ingredients. Discover my post workout skincare tips for all types of exercise from running and swimming to gym training and yoga…

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Sport + Skincare: A Post Workout Skincare Guide

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Magic Tips for Every Post Workout Skincare Routine

Magic Tip #1: Remove Makeup + Cleanse

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Darlings, if you like to wear makeup while you exercise, you should start your post workout skincare routine with a high-performance makeup remover that effectively melts away your gym makeup look. My Take It All Off makeup remover is perfect for dissolving even long-wearing, sweatproof makeup formulas, leaving you looking fresh-faced and ready for the rest of your skincare steps.

It’s also important to wash your face after working out to help wick away sweat and give the complexion a refreshing cleanse. I recommend Goddess Cleansing Ritual as the perfect way to perform a deep, post-workout double cleanse that helps to hydrate and purify the skin.

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Magic Tip #2: Moisturise and Reduce the look of Redness

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Exercise exerts a lot of energy which can cause facial redness and dehydration, so it's important to follow up your workout with a bouncy gel moisturiser that instantly revives the appearance of skin.

I created Charlotte's Magic Water Cream as an ultra-lightweight gel-cream moisturiser that drenches the skin with hydration. The fragrance-free formula is powered by Waterlocking Fusion Technology™️, a powerful blend of skincare ingredients that helps to immediately rehydrate skin while helping it to retain more moisture over time.

In clinical trials, 100% of people agreed that Charlotte's Magic Water Cream reduced the appearance of facial redness by 100% in just 28 days!*

If your skin is prone to looking red and flushed, applying this soothing and deeply hydrating formula every day is the perfect way to even the look of skin tone over time while flooding the complexion with calming moisture.

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Magic Tip #3: Hydrate from Head to Toe

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The key to post workout skincare is hydration – exercise can be demanding on your body and can cause your skin to dehydrate, so it’s important to restore your moisture levels by drinking plenty of water and applying nourishing, intensely hydrating skincare.

My magic skin icons are formulated with supercharged skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid and polyglutamic acid that give the skin an instant flood of hydration; reach for Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist as an instantly refreshing, oxygenating face mist, Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir to give the lips a magical moisture boost, and Charlotte’s Magic Cream and Charlotte’s Magic Body Cream to hydrate your skin from head to toe!

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Magic Tip #4: Consider the Time of Day

Whatever exercise you’re doing, the time of day will have a bearing on which skincare essentials you should reach for.

Early Morning

If you’re an early riser and like to attend an early morning yoga class or go cycling at sunrise, I recommend my Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum as an invigorating skincare step to add to your routine! It’s like an alarm clock for your eyes and is perfect for re-energising the complexion after an early-morning workout.

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For those that like to schedule in a lunchtime training session or a daytime jog, the final step in your post workout skincare routine should be my Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF50. This triple-action primer helps to hydrate, protect and perfect the look of your complexion, shielding your skin from the sun for the rest of the day with essential SPF50 sun protection.

Tilbury Tip: Sunscreen is an essential skincare step before and after exercise, especially when you’re spending time outdoors.

Night Time

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Night owls that prefer an after-dinner gym class or a late-night swim should use my Magic Night Cream as the final step in their post workout skincare routine. This nourishing cream is designed to help soothe and replenish tired-looking skin while you sleep so your complexion can recover overnight.

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Post Workout Skincare by Sport

Darlings, just like makeup, exercise is personal to everyone! Whether you like to stretch, surf, squat or spin, here are some simple, exercise-specific skincare tips for you to consider adding to your post workout skincare routine:

  1. Charlotte's Magic Hydrator Mist facial mist standing in water


    Refresh and revitalise with toner and face mist.

    Cardio and weight training workouts are high-impact sports that can be strenuous on the skin. From road running to weightlifting to cross training, each of these rigorous exercises can inflame the skin and cause sweating. It’s important to use refreshing and revitalising skincare in your post workout skincare routine that will help to calm and balance the skin.

    Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist is a gym bag essential. Misting this hydrating, oxygenating face mist onto the face after a gym session feels instantly refreshing and helps to revive the look of tired, dehydrated skin. You can use face mist before, during and after your workout as a magical moisture boost, but in your post workout skincare routine, it’s best applied after cleanser to provide high-performance hydration.

    After your cardio or weight training session, you can expect body heat and sweating; this can cause pores to enlarge as an attempt to cool your body down. I recommend applying Glow Toner after exercising to help reduce the appearance of pores. My acid-free, niacinamide-infused toner helps to gently resurface the face and refines the look of pores while hydrating the skin for a baby-soft, glowing complexion post workout.

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  2. Charlotte's Magic Body Cream submerged in water


    Full-body moisturisation with body cream, moisturiser and eye cream.

    Water sports are notorious for drying out the skin, so it’s key to fully moisturise your face and body after swimming, surfing or diving. Both salt water and chlorinated water can be drying for your skin, so it’s important to rehydrate from head to toe following your water-based workout!

    To moisturise your body, lather Charlotte’s Magic Body Cream onto the skin for an immediate skin revival! Inspired by my award-winning, instant-turnaround moisturiser, Charlotte’s Magic Cream, this hydrating body cream absorbs luxuriously into the skin, supplying magic skincare ingredients such as hydrating hyaluronic acid and conditioning vitamins C and E for instantly nourished, hydrated skin.

    Tilbury Tip: For magic skin from head to toe, apply Charlotte’s Magic Cream to the face and neck for immediately hydrated skin that looks smoother and lit from within!

    Spending time in the water can also be aggravating for the eyes, so I recommend nourishing the eye area with a potent eye cream to help soothe and hydrate the skin. Magic Eye Rescue is my smoothing and brightening-effect eye cream for giving the under-eyes an instant eye refresh; it’s enriched with supercharged ingredients from my Magic 8 matrix and helps to reduce the look of puffiness around the eyes.

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    Sensorial facial massage with face oil and balm.

    Stretch-based exercises like yoga and pilates are perfectly coupled with sensorial, self-care skincare rituals such as a facial massage and masking. After class, cleanse your skin before performing a soothing, at-home facial with Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil or Multi-Miracle Glow for glowing, spa-fresh skin.

    Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil is my spa-in-a-jar formula infused with a high-performance collagen matrix and relaxing essential oils including lavender, damask rose and eucalyptus. It helps to smooth the look of skin while boosting radiance and feels silky-smooth to apply after a meditative hour of yoga.

    Alternatively, reach for Multi-Miracle Glow as a lavish rescue balm for the face and body. Massage Multi-Miracle Glow into any areas that feel tight or dry and the nourishing formula will help them feel refreshed thanks to skincare saviours including brightening vitamin C, moisture-boosting arctic cloudberry oil and revitalising rosehip oil.

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  4. Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir submerged in water


    Targeted hydration with serum and lip oil.

    Cold-weather workouts can be extremely dehydrating for the skin. Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding in below-zero temperatures or you’re being challenged by icy winter weather on your daily run, it’s important to follow up your outdoor exercise sessions with supercharged serums that target signs of dehydration.

    Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir is a research-powered formula that’s infused with polyglutamic acid – a hydrating powerhouse that floods the skin with 4x the moisture of hyaluronic acid – giving skin a magic boost after being exposed to cold weather to help it look smoother and younger.

    The lips are often prone to dryness and chapping during cold weather spells, so be sure to coat them with Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir to keep them feeling conditioned and hydrated after exercising outdoors. The crystal-infused formula glides onto the lips, delivering instant hydration while helping to lock in moisture thanks to the powers of resurrection leaf extract.

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Darlings, a post workout skincare routine is essential for refreshing and reviving the look of your skin. Now you’ve discovered my post workout skincare tips, select the ones that are a perfect match for your skin type and workout plan, then follow the supercharged steps after your exercise routine to promote a healthy body, a healthy mind and healthy skin!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.