It’s hardly news that exercise is great for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook. Here’s another reason to get moving – regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin, reports WebMD.

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital, reports the online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being.

This is just one of the reasons why yours truly, the editor of Retail Beauty, has signed up to lace up my running shoes and participate in  this year’s City2Surf, alongside about 80,000 other participants.

The 14km fun run, which  spans from Sydney’s Hyde Park through the city’s streets, up the infamous Heartbreak Hill, along New South Head and Military Road and finishes on Bondi Beach, wasn’t able to take place the past two years due to Covid-19.

But now that it’s back on the calendar, I’m hoping to release a few endorphins to not only improve my  mood, but also help to control cortisol, with  some regular runs in the lead up to the event, taking place on August 14.

Here is my round up of the Top 6 Beauty Essentials to pack in your City2Surf bag.

1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Wet Skin Sunscreen SPF 50+

A sweat and water-resistant sunscreen that offers UVA/UVB protection with broad spectrum SPF 50 is essential when running, or exercising outdoors. This light gel features a moisturising texture that is non-greasy, non-sticky and leaves no white marks even when applied to wet skin. It can be used on the face and body,  and its Wet Skin Technology provides four hours water resistance even when applied directly to wet skin  – great if you plan on jumping the water at the end of the race!  It’s also suitable for sensitive skin and children.

2. Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

A burst from this can of magic removes oil effectively leaving hair looking clean, even after a sweaty 14km run. To use, section the hair and spray towards your roots, then work through with your fingertips. Voila!

3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara Waterproof

A great waterproof mascara is a must-have in any gym bag, especially if you’re planning on running long distances and things get extra sweaty. This formula is not only smudge and sweat-proof, but it also make lashes look fuller and longer.

4. Trinny London Lip2Cheek

Like its name suggests, this compact multitasker can be used on both the lips and cheeks. For lips, apply with your fingers and build colour and for cheeks, apply to the apples of your cheeks with your fingertips and blend upwards and outwards. A  simple and quick way for colour synergy that lifts your whole complexion, especially when you’re on the go. My go-to colour is Cha Cha, which is a bright hot coral, but you can find your perfect shade by using the online Match2Me tool.

5. Ethique Solid Deodorant

These solid deodorants are effective at minimising odours and reducing the feeling of sweat. Best of all, Ethique is a zero-waste beauty brand.

6. Shmoist Hand Sanitiser

With around 80,000 other people running the City2Surf, it’s important to maintain hygiene. I don’t go anywhere these days without a hand sanitiser, and Schmosit has made a range that smells amazing, so you actually want to use it, that also leaves your hands feeling soft and smooth.

Are you running in the City2Surf? Entries will close at 5pm on Saturday, August 13, 2022, if not sold out prior. Beat late entry fees by registering before midnight Tuesday, July 19.

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