Week 5 of NYCM training is complete!
How am I already in week 6 of marathon training?! It is cuh-RAZ-y! This week is a nice little cutback week and I’ll be enjoying a leisurely 8 mile “long” run on Friday before heading upstate!
My Marathon and Wedding Skincare Routine
Sooooo let’s talk skincare. Keeping your skin clear during a NYC summer is hard enough – we’re dealing with humidity, air pollution, hot subway platforms, mysterious substances dripping from scaffolding, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Now, add on top of that hours of running outside each week and you’ve got yourself a disgusting recipe for disaster. I’ve learned this every year I’ve trained for the marathon and I STILL thought, “hey, let’s train for the NYCM and also get married! That’ll be fun!” #oyvey
As someone who has struggled with breakouts in the past (especially during marathon training), I knew I had to take the months leading up to the wedding seriously in terms of my skincare routine.
Skincare Treatments I Pay For
Laser Hair Removal
Over the winter, I began laser hair removal treatments along my jawline. I went off birth control over a year ago once acupuncture started to ease my period-related back pain. This was great because I no longer needed to control my pain through hormones and prescribed Vicodin but it was not so great for my skin, especially along my jawline where I started to get spots from thick dark hairs.
I wish I had considered this option sooner because it was a complete game changer for me. If anyone needs a recommendation for laser hair removal in NYC, let me know! I had a total of 10 treatments but started seeing results IMMEDIATELY 🙂
I don’t remember how I heard about Heyday but OMG if you live in NYC and you aren’t going to Heyday for facials, you are doing it WRONG!
Heyday and my skincare therapist have done, by far, the most for my skin, including any dermatologist I’ve seen. My skin has completely transformed and for the first time in years, I can leave the house without any concealer and/or makeup.
I have alternated the 75 minute facial and the 50 minute facial with added microdermabrasion to exfoliate and lighten hyperpigmented spots. I’m also a fan of the blue and red light treatment. After each appointment, my therapist e-mails with exactly what she did during the treatment, follow-up care, recommendations for the month ahead, and what she suggests for the next month’s treatment.
Usually in salons, they start pushing all their products on you immediately. Instead, my therapist suggested a routine consisting of products I already used and products in the store and gave me a bunch of samples to try out and see how I liked/reacted to them. I have spent the past few months slowly adding her suggestions into my everyday skincare routine and WOW what a difference it has made!
(TIP: If you go to Heyday and use my name, you and I both get 10$ off!)
My Everyday Skincare Routine
Ursa Major Facewash – Morning and Night
I LOVE this face wash – it foams really nicely, smells great, and leaves my skin feeling clean. It also helps to fade hyperpigmented spots which is a huge win in my book.
Vitamin C Serum – Morning
This might be my favorite item that I use everyday. I use it either under the below sunscreen/moisturizer or alone as a moisturizer and it is so refreshing.
Sunscreen on your face is THE WORST, am I right? Especially if you have oily skin or are acne prone. This stuff is matte and absorbs so quickly and omg it is the best facial sunscreen on the planet.
Ageless Retinol Cream – Night
A little goes a long way here. The tiniest bit of this before I go to bed at night delivers vitamin A to my entire face while I sleep.
Clearasil Cleansing Pads – During Long Runs
I throw a few of these in a ziplock bag before I head out on my long run and use them to wipe my face off every few miles. A coworker/friend/marathoner told me to do this and I cannot believe this never occurred to me before. Absolutely brilliant.
BeautyCounter No 3 Balancing Face Mask – After Sweaty Runs/Spot Treatment
This mask is my most prized skincare possession. I use it after every post-run shower for 10-15 minutes and as a spot treatment at night. Pure magic in a tube right here.
Cosrx Master Patch – Spot Treatment
These little patches are legit! I use them overnight on clogged pores or picked spots and, I kid you not, the spot is gone in the morning. Unfreakingbelievable.
So there you have it! Not gonna lie, I’m super lazy so I was worried when my skincare therapist at Heyday kept suggesting different items but this routine is SO manageable. Like I said, this is the first time in YEARS that I’ve been comfortable leaving the house sans makeup or some sort of concealer over spots.
My skin is still a work in progress (and will most definitely continue to be as long as it’s still hot and humid and I’m still running around this crazy city) and I’m not 100% confident that I’m not going to wake up on the morning of September 23rd with a giant spot that was non-existent at 10pm on September 22nd but hey, that’s what makeup is for, right?
Next up: No idea… probably why cutback weeks are the absolute best things ever.
Don’t forget! Use my name at Heyday and we both get $10 off our services 🙂