Five carrots a day is equivalent to an added SPF 5 internally, and the carotenoids ensure a pretty bronze rather than a ruddy burn. Clear Skin Secret, Sweaty Professional, Skin Secrets, Sun Harm, Boost, Clearskin, Beautiful Secret, Carrots Juice, Skin Health
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DIY Cleansing Wipes: Buy a bottle of witch hazel and a pack of alcohol-free baby wipes (preferably with aloe). Pour the witch hazel into the pack of wipes so that they're all soaked through. Before each run, wipe your face well with a wipe. Then, wipe again after to get any dust and dirt from the road out of the pores (I always suggest doing this before they cool-down while the pores are open). This is a very inexpensive way to keep your face clear and glowing!
Don't Forget to Exfoliate Fitness enthusiasts produce more dead skin cells than the average person, and those dead skin cells trap oil and dirt that can lead to acne, says Sandy Alcide, president of the American Athletic Skin Care Association and founder of Motion Medica Skin Care. If you work out five or six days a week, Alcide recommends using a mild exfoliant two or three times a week—skip brands that contain abrasive ingredients like apricot seed or ground nut.
Clear-Skin Secrets from Sweaty ProfessionalsFreshen Up with Facial Mist Give your skin a boost after a sweaty gym session with this recipe for an all-natural, refreshing toner from Rebecca Pacheco, a yoga instructor at Equinox in Boston, Mass., and creator of OmGal.com: Simply brew your favorite green or herbal tea, chill it in the refrigerator, and then pour it into a spray bottle. That's it!
Moisturize Post-Shower More frequent workouts are a good thing, but it may mean you need to shower more often, which can cause your skin to dry out. "To keep my skin balanced and supple, I stick to a gentle, cream-based facial cleanser in the morning and more deep cleansing versions post-workout," says Barnet, who usually showers two or more times a day due to her training schedule. "And I always moisturize immediately after to keep skin hydrated," she says.
The Clear Skin Smoothie Blend … 1 scoop of hemp protein (Koff likes Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70) 1/2 cup organic blueberries 1/2 bunch dandelion greens (no stems) 11 oz coconut water 1/4 avocado 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Superfoods: "Carrots and tomatoes are stocked with phytonutrients and antioxidants, both of which protect against damaging free radicals," says Robyn Flipse, MS, RD. "The beta carotene and lycopene found in them also protect your skin from sun damage and repair skin cells."