Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's Face It

I love summer running. Mainly because of how much daylight there is, and that I I don't have to wear a million layers to go run outside. There is only one major downfall to training during the summer for me, I break out terribly.

It might not look that bad now, but it was!

Now I'm not saying I have flawless skin to begin with, but summer is a particularly awful time for me. I know I am not alone in this. When I was hardcore marathon training last summer I received some advice on this topic, and some of it actually worked. I decided to pay it forward and share some of this stuff with you all. 

1. Stay Hydrated. I noticed when I am very well hydrated my breakouts aren't as terrible. Having an excess amount of water floating through your system will help flush out toxins. You should be drinking more water in the warmer months anyway, this will just help a little more!

2. Limit Makeup. Clogged pores happen. You can scrub and treat so much, but makeup is a huge contributor to this problem. I am lucky enough that I don't have to wear makeup to work, but I ALWAYS carry makeup remover wipes with me. As soon as I am done with my run I use one before I can get home and shower. 

3. Bye Chocolate.  Everyone has that one food that causes breakouts, mine is chocolate. Luckily I am not big on chocolate so giving it up completely wasn't that big of a deal. With the growing amount of breakouts, I wanted to be able to control some of it. Whenever I have a sugar craving, instead of reaching for some M&M's I grab some fruit snacks. I'm LOVING these Mott's Medley's right now! 

4. Hair Up. My hair is always up during the summer. The added oils in hair touching skin just makes for a bad combination. If I have to have my hair down, I make sure I take a little more time on my hair with product that will be breakout friendly. For example, no hairspray or leave in conditioner. 

5. Clean My Cell Phone Screen. I do think a lot anyway, but during the summer I do it 100xs more. From all the touching of my phone screen and leaving it everywhere, it's pretty icky. When I have my phone to my face to make a call I don't want a trail of breakout to happen after. I also clean my desk phone about 20xs a day just because I don't know who has been touching it. 

6. The More Simple The Better. During the summer months I replace my normal face wash with a more gentle product. I usually use a scrub for all other seasons, but I switch to the Simple brand in the summer. It has a ton of vitamins in it and no harsh chemicals. I have already noticed a big difference from last year. 

Hopefully this will help someone out who is in the same situation I am in! It is incredibly embarrassing to be a late 20-something with breakouts, but sometimes being an athlete isn't always glorious.  Just remember, you are not alone and you do not need to hide from it! 

Do you suffer from summer breakouts? What are some of your summer skin tips? 


  1. Great tips Steff!! For some reason, I started getting breakouts once I graduated from college, but always had clear skin before that. It's been so frustrating, but these tips have definitely helped me clear it up lately. Keeping it simple is definitely the thing that's worked best for me! Keeping hydrated also makes a huge difference. I'll have to try out this scrub!

  2. I started using Simple products last year and it totally helps! I have seen a big difference in my skin during the summer months!

  3. Great ideas, Steff!! I hadn't thought about carrying some wipes with me for right after my run, but that's a great idea; I need to stick some in my car for this very purpose. I like these fruit snacks, too; I'm going to have to look for these at the grocery store; of course, I'll also have to hide them from Jonathan - ha! Thanks for sharing this!!

  4. Leah Ballard FrazierJune 30, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Thanks for the tips! I am totally going to try that face wash. I have been noticing my skin does not look and feel as good. But I had not thought about using a less harsh face wash! Thanks so much!