how to keep your skin clear when you love to work out

This post is sponsored by NxN through my partnership with Mediakix. It includes a special offer to get these amazing products for $9.99 + free shipping (less than $4 a bottle!); check it out here and use the code FITNESS at checkout.

Fit people problems:

-The mountains and mountains of laundry. Since I’ve been back in the teaching and training game I’m pretty sure I change outfits 3x a day, and add in the fact that the girls change multiple times a day, I’m drowning in laundry.

-Finding old containers of protein oats you thought you brought inside.

-Not being able to find a real (aka non sports) bra

-When it hurts to wash your hair (#armsday), you know on the days where you’re not depending on dry shampoo

-The after effects of leg day

-Attractive blisters on your hands, thanks to the rowing machine

-When you live out of your gym bag. Extra outfit, protein powder, snack, skincare, deodorant, water bottle, headphones: check, check, check 

Digging through my gym bag

-Being susceptible to sweat-related breakouts.  I’ve been able to try some of the amazing NxN products, which have helped to keep my skin clear. I’m excited to share more info about this awesome brand. 

Thankfully, my skin isn’t too breakout prone, but when I’m stressed, have too much dairy (thank you, sous vide egg bites), or touch my face often (especially during/after workouts), I start to break out. Over time, I’ve learned some tips and tricks to keep my skin fresh, especially when I’m more active (=more sweat!) and blemishes start to pop out.

Here are some of the things that help me keep my skin clear, plus tips on freshening up your skincare routine as we head into summer: 

-Things our moms tell us: wear SPF every day, wash your face twice a day, and moisturize

Using NxN

-Don’t work out with a face full of makeup. The sweat + makeup combo can clog pores and chances are that you’d sweat off the makeup anyway

-Try a gentle exfoliator. This will help to remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin.

(This one changes from a powder to liquid form with a little water. This makes it extra amazing for travel. You can put a tiny bit in a little jar and don’t have to worry about bringing a full-sized bottle.)

-Shower after your workouts. I have to admit that I would skip showers often after workouts, and would break out on my chest and face. It’s worth the 5 minutes to quickly shower and wash your face after workouts


(this face wash is super gentle, and makes my skin feel smooth and clean)

-Use a towel to wipe your face instead of your hands! I’ll bring a sweat towel with me to the gym, just to avoid touching my face and spreading the germs around

-Change up your routine. I feel like after a while, sometimes my face will get used to the things I’m using. If I change something, I can immediately notice a difference in my skin tone and texture. I was really excited when NxN offered to send me some of their new innovative skincare to try.


I’ve become more cognizant of the ingredients in the products I use, and always love to try out new plant-based and safe options.

Here’s a little bit about NxN:

-They’re made in the USA, not tested on animals, and hypoallergenic 

-They’re free of parabens, sulfates, artificial colors and fragrances

-They’re extremely gentle for sensitive skin

ALL of these things are important to me, and since my skin and eyes and super sensitive, I’m very careful about what I choose to use. I also love to support companies who don’t test on animals and are free of harmful dyes and chemical additives. Our skin is our largest organ, and what we put onto it is immediately soaked up. 

NxN products

NxN has two options: a zero-shine kit and a total moisture kit. I decided to try the total moisture kit, which is ideal for sensitive skin. I love that it just smells clean and fresh (no intense fragrances), makes my skin feel amazing, and is such a great, safe product. It includes the gel to milk cleanser, the zero gravity whipped day cream, and the invisible hydration mask. The mask includes chia, pumpkin seed, Amazonian cacay, and grapeseed oils, for super hydrated skin. 

Here is an awesome deal that I’m excited to share with you:

The first 100 readers to order will get the starter of their choice for $30 OFF. You can pick between the total moisture system (for dry/sensitive skin) or the zero shine set (for oily/combination skin) for only $9.99 + free shipping. Just click here, and enter the code FITNESS at checkout. 

I hope you love it as much as I do!
What are some of the things you do to keep your skin clear and free of breakouts? What’s one of your fit people problems? 😉



Thank you to NxN for sponsoring this post. 

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  1. Kelsey Graf on May 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Excited to try this! I’ve been looking for a good skincare option. I didn’t realize it was a subscription box when I signed up… are they sample sizes of the same product every time? Or are they full size? I suppose I’ll see when I receive the shipment, just curious as I thought it was just a 1-time order (maybe I’m the only person who doesn’t know what the 2-Minute Club is) 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

      they’re full-sized bottles! i checked out the site (wasn’t quite sure how it works, either) and it looks like they ship again in 45 days. if you don’t need the refill or want to cancel it, i would just do it before then

      • Kelsey Graf on May 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

        Good to know, thanks – can’t wait to try!

  2. Audrey on May 17, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I’ve always had problems with this! It’s hard to keep your skin clear when you work out a lot. Thank you for posting!

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 11:16 am

      thank you for reading!!

  3. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on May 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I always like hearing about new products for sensitive skin, that are free of sulfates and parabens. I probably struggle most with after gym hair. I don’t wash my hair every day, but I have fine hair, that gets greasy easy. So it takes a lot of dry shampoo to keep it looking decent.

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

      same! my skin is so sensitive, and i’m picky about ingredients. dry shampoo is a game changer 🙂

  4. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on May 17, 2017 at 7:59 am

    What’s your favorite dry shampoo? I have a cheap drug store brand, and I’m wondering if I would use it more if I had a better one. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

      i have a few that i love! the ojon and moroccan oil (tinted!) ones are particularly awesome 🙂

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I am in desperate need of a new skin routine. I’m always skeptical though because my skin is so sensitive. I can’t even use most detergents because they give me rashes. It’s always a risk!

  6. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on May 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I’ll definitely have to give these a try. I have three face washes that I use on a pretty regular rotation, and I’m almost out of one of them.

    Lately, I have been TERRIBLE with skipping immediate post workout showers. I acknowledge that it’s disgusting, completely disgusting… but I’ll admit that it happens. (And my teenager style body breakouts are the pay – dun dun duuuun…)

    XO, Jessica

  7. Alexandra on May 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I was just about to purchase and then I saw that it was a subscription…do you know if i could cancel at any time if I don’t like the products? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      yes, you can! they ship in 45 days (i didn’t know it was a subscription when i wrote the post), so if you don’t need more, you can cancel before then

      • Alexandra on May 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        Awesome, thanks so much for the reply!

        • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

          no prob!!!

  8. Bethany on May 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Random but what deodorant do you use? I’ve tried two safer I just didn’t like because it was so thick and the other I broke out terribly to.

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      i’ve been using primal pit paste and really like it!

  9. Bethany on May 18, 2017 at 3:08 am


  10. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on May 18, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Thank you for these tips!! I’ve been struggling lately with super quick times between teaching yoga, getting to work, then going straight to the gym! It;s been rough finding product that take care of my skin without drying it out like crazy. These ideas will fit perfectly into my schedule.

  11. Carrie on May 18, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Thats pretty cool! Never heard of these guys. I keep my skin routine simple since my skin is dry and sensitive. I usually use a saylic acid based product then miscellar water on my face!

  12. Stephanie K on May 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Since you’ve been trying to eliminate a lot of the chemicals from your skin care routine, I was wondering if you ever found a food zinc/titanium sunscreen. I’ve tried so many and they just make my face look like a white mask and putting makeup over them doesn’t always look the best. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Stephanie K on May 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Oops! Autocorrect! I meant good zinc/titanium sunscreen. Not food 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2017 at 10:21 am

      no, but i’ve seen some on easy!! we use babyganics and the beautycounter sunscreen stick

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