Some yogis get a gorgeous glow from a hot yoga class, while for others (like us), hot yoga can cause the skin to get irritated and dry. But we love a good heated flow when it’s cold outside, so we asked dedicated yogini and Chicago-based esthetician Pamela Arcand to share a few simple hot yoga skin care tips. Follow her tips and no matter what your skin type, you’ll leave class looking hot—in a good way.
How to get a post-yoga glow:
Before class, remove all makeup. “Pores open up in a hot, steamy environment, making it easy for mascara, powder and last night’s pub crawl to get in there. If you don’t have time to wash, carry cleansing pads, like Jason Cleansing Wipes with you.”
Hot yoga skin care no-no #1: Not washing your face before you leave the studio. “Once you leave the heat, pores start to close, trapping the dirt and sweat you just purged back inside. Be sure to cleanse skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser, skin is sensitized from the heat, so it’s important to not overdo it. For normal to oily skin, try the Eminence Organics Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate and for normal to dry, go for the Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser.”
Yes, any yogi knows the importance of staying hydrated, but Pamela says that if your skin is dehydrated, sometimes water alone doesn’t do the job. “I take evening primrose supplements to boost moisture levels and improve elasticity, especially during the dry winter months. Be sure to finish off your hot yoga skin care routine with a great moisturizer. I like Comfort Zones Sacred Nature Cream for dry skin because it contains buriti oil, which is rich in fatty acid that deeply nourish. For oily skin, try the Comfort Zone Sacred Nature Fluid.”
“Evian Facial Spray after you cleanse is another gentle way to refresh and hydrate your skin. I love this product because it is great for all skin types. Keep it in the fridge for an extra refreshing spritz!”