Unpopular Opinion: I Love Wearing Makeup to the Gym

Lately, I’ve noticed more and more women wearing makeup to the gym—likely the effect of wanting to appear Instagram-ready at any given moment. As someone who’s struggled with blemish-prone skin most of my life, I can understand not feeling comfortable going completely bare-faced in public. Still, the thought of sweating beneath layers of heavy foundation inspires a visceral reaction that makes me want to scrub my face clean.

So what’s the answer? What if you head straight to the office after your morning sweat session and don’t have time to apply a full face? What if you have a few stress-induced spots and feel self-conscious au naturel? Is it really that bad to work out in makeup?

As a yoga instructor, I put my skin through the wringer: Heat, sweat, you name it! But it just so happens that I’m a granola-eating, nature-loving yogi who also loves the glamour of makeup. I do believe that when it comes to beauty, it’s more important to feel good than to look good, but with the right products, a girl can have both, right?

Let's kick things off with one crucial rule of thumb. If you decide to hit the gym wearing makeup, it’s best to remove it immediately after your workout and then reapply. And always—always—make sure to reapply your sunscreen.

I’ve curated a list of some of my favorite noncomedogenic, non-irritating products with the staying power to withstand an intense sweat. Trust me. Your mascara won’t budge if you need to dash from the gym to happy hour.