I’ve been a complete convert to hot yoga as a supplement to my practice, finding that it helps me to really get into the zone with my practice (plus it totally counts as practice for a month of teacher training in a hot county, right?!). However, as with any kind of heat-inducing exercise -hello spinning -my skin looks less than happy afterwards. I’m sure you’ll know the pain -beetroot red skin for ages afterwards, sweats, itchiness…. Whilst I’m getting better at make up hacks -combining a cool-toned CC cream with strategically swiped foundation stick works a treat, and Naomi of Noms by Naomi recommended SportFX’s cool down primer -my skincare could do with some tweaks. Luckily, the team at Clean Beauty Co have come to my rescue and shared their top tips and recipes for soothing irritated, red skin. Clean Beauty Co sells natural beauty products through their BYBI range, and offers a host of free skincare and beauty recipes. They also co-host Clean Cult, a “wellbeauty” festival, and run events year-round. I couldn’t think of anyone better to offer up some skincare advice, so over to Clean Beauty Co:
There are many great benefits that come from doing hot yoga such as increased blood circulation, improvement to the lymphatic system and, if it’s your focus, burning some major calories. However leaving the yoga studio with bright red skin isn’t one of them so here are a few tips on how to deal with post hot-yoga skin.
Micellar water is a great multi-purpose product, it can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser and make-up remover. If you can find one that comes with a spray that would be even better so you can directly spritz it onto the face. A quick tip would be to store the product in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation. Here is a quick recipe with a three month shelf life:
- 5ml rosehip oil
- 5ml sweet almond oil
- 1 drop vitamin E oil
- 90ml rosewater/ chamomile & lavender
- Blend the oils and vitamin E and stir into the rosewater.
- Decant into a bottle.
- The oil and water will separate, so be sure to shake vigorously before use.
- Squirt the desired amount onto cotton pad and cleanse in a circular motions.
- No need to wash off post-use.
Rosewater is an absolute must have as it is a multi-tasker, it brightens the skin, is great as a yoga spray or body spray. Chamomile & Lavender are a winning combo if you would like another option, which works well at soothing the skin after a tough workout. This recipe will last for three months with preserved floral water, or one week without:
- 45ml floral water of your choice
- 5ml prickly pear oil
- Decant your floral water into a container/spray bottle.
- Add in the oil
- Shake well before use.
Nothing like a great clay mask to help soothe the skin after yoga and help draw out all the impurities. Rhassoul clay is one of the most common and versatile clays as it has a high mineral content and absorbent properties. The recipe calls for immediate use and should be stored in fridge up to three days:
- 1 tablespoon rhassoul clay
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Apply to the face.
- Leave it on until the clay is dry and the skin feels tight.
- Remove with a warm wet cloth.
An oatmeal soak would be the answer to post hot yoga skin as the oats have anti-inflammatory properties so it helps to calm and reduce redness. They also contain healthy fats that make it wonderful for moisturising the skin and when mixed with water, form a protective layer over the skin. Use the following recipe to make enough for five baths:
- 90g oatmeal
- 10g coconut oil
- 5 drops geranium essential oil
- Grind the oatmeal in a blender or coffee grinder for a few minutes until it becomes extremely fine.
- Gently heat the coconut oil in a bain-marie (pot and glass bowl) , add the lavender essential oil and stir well.
- Combine the oils and oatmeal and stir.
- Add a handful to a running bath and swirl to ensure even distribution.
These tips will ensure that you look like a hot yoga goddess after your workout and don’t forget the important tip, drink plenty of water as you will be sweating a lot!