Working out is a major part of my life. It’s how I release stress, clear my head, and check out from my constant on-the-go lifestyle and jam-packed schedule. If I’m not running in Central Park, I’m on my yoga mat working on my handstand, or heading to my beach house to surf. And I’m lucky enough to get to document nearly every move I make on my blog and on Instagram @NYC Pretty.
Because of all the sweat and sunblock that’s constantly on my skin, I have to be super smart about keeping it clean without over-drying it in the process. Making sure my skin is hydrated and healthy makes me feel more confident in front of the camera. When I’m not being sporty and sweating, I’m dressing up in sparkly skirts and fun dresses for a photoshoot or event. That’s why giving my skin a little extra TLC is just as important to me as sticking to my workout regimen.
Recently, I discovered Olay Clay Mask Sticks, and I’m obsessed. I love that these 10-minute treatments don’t take a long time to give me a more refreshed, cleansed, and glowing complexion. I love to multi-mask! Applying more than one formula on different parts of my face allows me to spot treat exactly what a specific area needs at that moment.
The twist-up stick applicator easily swipes on, so I don’t have to worry about the hassle of a messy mask situation. (You know when they get underneath your fingernails and all over your bathroom?!)The kaolin clay in both the Olay Pore Detox Clay Mask Stick and the Olay Glow Boost Clay Mask Stick absorb impurities, which help keep my pores clean and also soften my skin. Depending on the season and what I have going on in my life, my stress levels coupled with the outdoor elements can cause my skin issues to change quickly.
I find that during the summer months I’m a bit more oily, plus I’m constantly applying extra SPF (sometimes on top of already super sweaty skin), which can lead to more breakouts. But really, regardless of my mood or season, I’m prone to clogged pores and dullness.The Olay Pore Detox Black Charcoal Clay Mask Stick helps balance oil on my skin and clean out my pores. Black charcoal is a super popular ingredient in skincare because it can help draw out dirt and makeup. This is especially important to me when I have an extra sweaty week of workouts or I’m wearing heavier makeup than usual for photoshoots and events. (I’ll swipe it along my cheeks, where my pores are most noticeable, and down my nose.)
The Olay Glow Boost Clay Mask Stick was developed to clean and soften, so I apply this one any time of day: for a fresh start in the a.m., a mid-day pick-me-up after a workout, or right before bed to wipe away the grime from the city streets. I can totally see—and feel—that the white charcoal helps soothe dry skin on my cheeks and forehead.
And when the quick 10-minutes that they take to work is up, they’re still the same smooth consistency as when I first applied them. (Most other clays masks I’ve used feel super tight.) That’s because glycerin in the formula prevents them from drying out and getting flaky. Genius!
They also wash off without harsh rubbing or having to peel off sticky, stubborn leftover product (for me, that’s always so annoying when I’ve used other clay-based masks).
Needless, to say, I’m going to stick with them. Because just like a healthy body, a healthy skin plan that really works is always pretty.
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