Six years ago my workout routine consisted of hitting the elliptical hard for three months and then falling off the wagon entirely for the following three. When it comes to fitness, it’s all about finding the activity that gets you excited and keeps you coming back for more. For me, that activity is CrossFit. I started with my husband six years ago and I’ve worked out consistently ever since my first class. Finding an activity that I love sparked my passion for fitness, health and overall wellness.
I was super excited when Ashley asked me to share some of my favorite products for active beauty on her site. I’ve tried a ton of products over the years and here are a few of my favorites that will keep you looking and feeling your best in (and out) of the gym:
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides - Collagen has amazing benefits for your skin, hair, nails and joints. I love this flavor-less collagen protein powder from Vital Proteins. Their Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides to ensure a natural, high quality, and sustainable source of this ancient nutrient. One serving has 18 grams of protein (and no fat or carbs). It’s flavorless so you can add it to pretty much anything. I mix it into my matcha latte in the morning and my post-workout smoothie at night.
Qalo Functional Wedding Rings - I don’t like wearing my wedding rings while I workout because they can be uncomfortable and I don’t want to damage them. However, I hate the feeling of being ring-less. You know, that feeling that evokes a “where’s my ring!?” moment of panic? When I take off my wedding rings, I replace them with this hot pink silicone ring from Qalo. I actually like it so much that I wear it all the time and just move it over from my left to right hand when I’m heading to the gym. It’s super comfortable, stylish and affordable! Also, you don’t have to be married to wear one of these—they are super cute as everyday rings as well!
S’well Water Bottle - Stay hydrated! Adequate water intake keeps your skin looking healthier and more vibrant, aids weight-loss and helps flush toxins out of your system. I’m totally guilty of under-hydrating when I’m not carrying around a water bottle with me. These stainless steel water bottles from S’well are available in a variety of designs that are so cute you’ll want have it with you all the time. They keep drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12, and keep plastic bottles out of landfills.
Outdoor Voices - I love this technical activewear company. Their items are made for active lives and use four core technical fabrics and stick to a tonal palette. I love their color-blocked designs. My favorite item is their Athena Crop. I wear it on it’s own and layered under tank tops. You can get started with their Women's Warm Up Kit which includes the Athena Crop, 3/4 Warmup Legging, and a zip up pouch in your choice of colors and sizes for $100 which is a savings of $50.
Square Organic Bars - These protein bars taste like candy. I’m not even kidding! They are nothing like the chewy protein bars you’re used to. Each bar is made with organic ingredients including complete plant protein. They include no protein isolates, sugar alcohols, or added natural flavors and are gluten-, dairy- and soy-free. Each bar has what I’d classify as a creamy center that is coated with chocolate… yum! My favorite flavors are mint and cherry coconut. I’ve found them at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Sprouts, but you can also purchase them on their website. Use promo code “"everythingerin20" for 20% off SquareOrganics.com (+ free domestic shipping).
Sweat Cosmetics - This all-natural, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic mineral foundation powder is sweat-proof and offers UV protection. It’s available in 5 different foundation colors and a translucent powder that come in a convenient refillable twist-up brush that’s perfect to toss in your purse or gym bag for on-the-go application. I love knowing that I don’t look like a hot mess when I leave the gym and want to grab a post-sweat sesh bite to eat or run some errands. They also sell a twist-up bronzer, twist-up illuminator and skin-balancing individually packaged cleansing towelettes that I haven’t tried yet, but I’m dying to! And—bonus—they are run by a group of talented women and are based right here in Denver!
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