Skin care for workouts, what’s on the list?

Chip Wilson (Lululemon) and Lorna Jane (Lorna Jane Fitness Wear‎) have us kitted up in the best workout gear ever so let’s not forget face and extremities. Skin is our major organ, gets lots of exposure and therefore needs some attention to.  If it’s a workout or an outdoors romp in our often harsh weather conditions there are few essential skin care products to have handy before you head for that park PT session.

We aren’t talking layers of makeup or larger than life ruby red lips (as the latest Vogue article recently pointed out is ultimately not good for our pores – see reference Five reasons why you shouldn’t wear make-up during a workout. http://www.vogue.com.au/…/what+youre+really+doing+to+your+s…) However, a good lip gloss to keep lips conditioned, sunscreen with an SPF factor, and a waterproof mascara (if this is your staple) can give your face and your confidence a little lift while working out.

As far as outside workouts go it’s essential to use an SPF.  For extra coverage a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream with SPF will keep your anti ageing regime in check.  

At Stephanies we stock a number of skin care brands and recommend the following products that are workout proof:


payot skin careFrench and ultimately fit for Australian conditions the Payot Sunsensi range is flawless, hydra rich, very SPF conscious, and is definitely worth the splurge. Sunsensi is an anti-aging suncare line, with  quadruple protection power and pumped with vitamins. These products come highly recommended as pre and post workout skincare.

Post workout you can’t go  past Payot’s post body care to moisturise, beautify and firm for a healthy body and mind. Hydra24 Corps is a hydrating, firming treatment for a youthful body. For those into firming try Celluli Ultra Performance – a corrective care for cellulite with centella asiatica extracts.

Mineral make up lovers have the choice of Jane Iredale’s range; flaunted by makeup artists and therapists as the go to mineral makeup.JI’s dry powder based mineral broad spectrum which is also  Skin Cancer Foundation recommended provides Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and UVA P+++ protection that is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. Powder-Me SPF can be used on the body, face and scalp for aUVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. It contains titanium dioxide and a natural clay dried in the sun and is completely free of contaminants and atmospheric pollutants. Available in three shades: Translucent, Tanned and New Golden.  Base powder with smattering of Jane Iredale’s pure gloss will keep  you looking mint during the toughest of workouts.

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If its Australian made and cosmeceutical look no further than Synergy Skin – Clean Science® where scientific breakthroughs combine naturally derived ingredients to protect, change & nurture. ÜberZinc and ÜberZinc Body = amazing.  ÜberZinc Essential Daily Moisturiser (50ml) is suitable for all skin types, offering broad spectrum protection in a light natural base with added pure green tea to neutralise free radicals. This new sheer Zinc Oxide sun block is termed a physical sunscreen as it physically sits on top of the skin and reflects ALL UV light – both UVA and UVB. Überzinc Body is the ultimate in protection and hydration for all body areas exposed to UV light. It combines the UV protective and healing qualities of 21% zinc oxide, with vitamin D3 to helps replenish low vitamin D levels that may be caused as a result of reduced UV exposure. Unlike traditional natural sun protectors Überzinc Body feels like a luxurious, non-greasy and deeply hydrating hand and body lotion. Überzinc Body is a physical sunscreen and will not absorb into the skin.

thalgo skin careThalgo’s BBCream is one of Stephanies best sellers and despite the fact that BB Cream might seem passe Thalgo’s perfect glow BB in three shades and a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is an essential sport bag face lifter.

Don’t discount a good smattering of gloss or mascara if that’s your inspiration. As Michelle Bridges touts new gear can be just what you need to cure the couch potatoe in us all.  So get active grab your new gym gear, get your skin care essentials, and move, move, move.

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Drink. Move. Pamper – Stephanies® Tips for Health and Wellness

Blink, and you might miss one – fitness fads and lifestyle trends are everywhere! It seems like everywhere we look there is a new quick-fix diet, or phenomenal fitness craze guaranteed to change your life. So we decided to set the record straight, banish the fads, and share Stephanies® favourite health and wellness trends – they’ll be sure to leave you feeling rebalanced, revitalised and ready for spring!   


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Tea Detox

Packed with an array of rich vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, herbal teas are the perfect go-to for a spring detox. Endorsed by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens, the herbal tea trend is growing in strength and popularity, providing a healthy alternative to regular tea and coffee.

The history of herbal tea dates back thousands of years, with reports of monks utilising the power of green tea to help stay focused and alert during prolonged meditation rituals. The therapeutic brews possess a range of health-boosting qualities; they are detoxifying, anti-ageing, immune boosting, fat-burning, mood boosting, and bone strengthening.

Whether you are wanting to curb your coffee cravings, or treat your body to a full detox, herbal tea is the way to go! There are a variety of herbal brews available, from the humble green tea, to exotic jasmine blends – it’s all about finding the perfect fit for your taste buds!

Inspired by the astonishing healing power of herbal tea, Stephanies® has crafted a range of french-inspired La Vie Elixir flower tea infusions. Four sophisticated, sumptuous blends are available to take home from Bulimba, Sofitel, and Cleveland spas.

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Red Delicious

INGREDIENTS: Pyrus Mali Fructus (Apple Pieces), Ascorbic Acid

& Natural Acerola (Vitamin C), Citric Acid (Natural Preservative),

Natural Sweet Apple Flavour.

Just like eating a red delicious apple, this smooth tasting

tea is the perfect sugar craving antidote. Great to drink

at any time while providing a great boost of vitamin C.

Makes a delicious apple ice tea, just add mint.

 

Soul Soothe

INGREDIENTS: Lemongrass, Passionflower, Skullcap,

Lemon Balm & Lavender.

A soothing herbal beverage for the mind and soul.

An ideal accompaniment to our modern lifestyle,

especially during and after a long day as a part of your

home spa ritual.

 

French Tea Party

INGREDIENTS: Black Tea, Lavender, Rose Petals, Mallow Flowers,

Mango & Oil of Bergamot Flavour.

This is a beautiful, sophisticated tea bouquet that

embodies true romance and style. It is great

to drink any time of the day.

An ideal Spa High Tea Party delight.

 

Spa-Mint

INGREDIENTS: Spearmint, Alfalfa & Calendula.

Spa Mint Tea relaxes, restores and aids digestion.

Refreshes the breath naturally and is delicious as a cold

drink. Perfect tea blend to enjoy after

any spa experience, good as an after dinner mint

refreshment too.

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Large is retailing at $24.95, and small $16.95.

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Meditation

In this chaotic world that we live in everyone is time-poor, and it’s often hard to find the time to reflect and rebalance. With schedules, timelines and one-hundred-and-one other things running through our heads, many of us have lost the ability to simply stop… and escape into a moment of nothingness.

Born in the heart ancient India, the art of meditation is a skill that has been practiced for thousand of years. There is an ancient zen adage – “you should sit in meditation every day for twenty minutes, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” Even if you can spare five minutes a day, it’s important to take time to de-stress and re-group – the results will astound you.

Research shows regular meditation has the ability to reduce stress levels, relieve anxiety, reduce blood pressure, improve mood and behaviour, increase energy levels and improve clarity and peace-of-mind – something i’m sure most of us could use more of!  

For more meditation tips take a look at Vogue’s How To Meditate 2.0.

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Mineral Makeup

The cake face is out, and mineral makeup is IN! New trends have seen women abandoning traditional heavy foundations, and replacing them with lighter mineral blends. The all natural alternative to regular foundation has an array of skin benefits. The absence of harmful filters such as talc, binders, chemical preservatives and chemical dyes means skin is treated to an all natural coverage that won’t block pores or damage the skin. Mineral makeups also help with redness, dryness, and blemishes, and allows the skin to breathe throughout the day – and they actually have a longer shelf life too!

Beauty Tips

At Stephanies® we use the beautiful mineral makeup collection by Jane Iredale. “Her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one…every product in the line is multi-functional” (Jane Iredale). Her stunning collection is “created in various formulations to suit your needs, and in shades to flatter a wide range of skin tones, it’s like therapy for your skin” (Jane Iredale).  

 

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Spa Treatments

Now that you have detoxed, rebalanced and nourished, it’s time to pamper! In order to achieve holistic wellness, it is important to treat your body to regular rest and revitalisation – and what better way escape the stresses of everyday life, than with a trip to a luxury spa retreat. The health benefits of spa treatments aren’t just skin deep, but have lasting effects on your overall health and wellness. Research shows a trip to the day spa can help relieve muscle pains, improve joint health, improve sleeping patterns, reduce stress levels, increase blood circulation, and detoxify the body.


Driven by a desire to combine beauty therapies with peaceful places of harmony and balance, Stephanies® Luxury Spas has created a range of indulgent spa menus designed to relax, rejuvenate and rebalance. From decedent world-class treatments to the simple pleasures of the monthly maintenance manicure, Stephanies® is committed to offering indulgent, personalised spa experiences, providing guests with a treasured escape from reality.

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