Life Column: Gym-tastic

This week, Triona McCarthy has the best tips, tricks and product picks to take you from gym to glam in record time. 

Triona’s Trends

Your beauty regimen shouldn’t go out the window with your workout. So I have some tips and tricks on how to get savvy with your gym beauty bag. Sweat is inevitable, so the right accessories are essential. I love the lululemon range of gym bags, micro towels and headbands at Brown Thomas. They’re sure to make you feel ready for anything. On a side note, up until recently, I was pronouncing it ‘le-moan’, not lemon — what is actually wrong with me?

Being totally make-up free is ideal when it comes to working out, but sometimes that’s not always possible, when you’d like a bit of coverage for a gym selfie.

So, if you do want a base, try a tinted moisturiser or a CC cream like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+, €39. It gives you coverage and a nice glow, and it won’t clog your pores. If you prefer to take it all off and go naked, Jennifer Rock, AKA The Skin Nerd, has released a limited edition pink The Skin Nerd Cleanse

Off Mitt, €6.50. It’s perfect for wiping away sweat and old make-up before you face the day. Just add water!

Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence, €46, is a great one after a workout.

This instantly calms and restores balance to sensitive skin. It’ll visibly reduce post-gym redness and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier with its lightweight consistency of a toner but the concentrated benefits of a serum.

Take a break

On the hunt for some inner calm or a little social-media break? Celebs like Margot Robbie, pictured right, who I bumped into on a recent trip to LA, and even Kendall Jenner, have been known to put down the phone for a chance to recharge.

Now we can too, with a wellness weekend in Kerry. Not only has the spa at Sheen Falls Lodge had a refurb, it also offers yoga classes with instructor Darina O’Shea. It’s the perfect place to switch off and make your own social-media detox all the sweeter.

Enjoy a Voya or Elemis treatment before or after your Saturday-morning yoga class. Heaven! Easanna Wellness & Spa, Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry, tel: (064) 664-1600.

Most Wanted

The Dublin-based power couple behind LanaiBlo, Katie-Jane Goldin and Barry Scallan, welcomed a new addition to their hairdryer family with this limited-edition Chrome LanaiBLO, €99. It’s very chic, with a shiny silver finish, not to mention the lightweight design and ultra-long cord. It gives pro results, even if you’re not a hair expert. Gym bunny Vogue Williams and Love Island’s Arabella Chi are already firm fans, and just look at their locks.

Triona’s Trick

My sister Laura gave me this great tip for long haul flights to prevent swollen ankles and deep-vein thrombosis. Use your feet to write out the whole alphabet from A to Z. you might get a few funny looks like I did on my way to LA recently!

Yummy gummy

Did you know that MUA Bobbi Brown is now a certified health coach, and Evolution_18 is her newest venture? It’s a range of eight supplements, and focuses on beauty concerns involving hair, nails and gut health.

So if, like me, you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, then popping these berry-flavoured Evolution_18 Beauty Gummy supplements, €25, from Boots, won’t be too hard. Two a day will support thicker and stronger hair and nails.

Beauty in a sweet? Now we’re talkin’…

Cult Product

It was my late sister Tricia’s 10th anniversary this week. My sister Anna had the idea of planting a tree in her memory – after all, I nicknamed her Tree-hugging Tricia, as she was such a sustainability fan, and loved all things natural.

I feel she’d love Indeora Deodorant, €19.95, which uses magnesium to neutralise odours. It’s free from chemicals and leaves a natural coconut scent behind.


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