Midwest Charm with Anna

Ellie: Skincare Tips for That After Workout Glow

Hey all! Anna here. I am so excited to be partnering with Ellie to share some of my favorite skincare tips for that after workout glow! Wearing my new Wildfox Sweat activewear, a collab created exclusively for Ellie, I am going to walk you through a typical workout and how I tend to my self-care directly after! I find that my skincare routine post workout goes beyond looks, it also contributes to my self-esteem and self-worth as I know I am taking the time to take care of myself at the end of the day.

Before we dive in, I thought I would share a little bit about myself so that you can get to know me if even in a small way. As I mentioned, my name is Anna! I am 28 year old blogger and social media manager living downtown Grand Rapids. I have a precious puppy named Macatawa (pictured above) and he is such a joy. I named Macatawa after my favorite lake in Michigan, Lake Macatawa, but I call him Mac for short! I have two older sisters, Ashley and Allison, that have acted as incredible role models for me my entire life. My mom is our rock and she has supported my sisters and I through the best and worst. We all have a tight bond and it became even tighter when our Dad passed away a few years ago. We miss him dearly but he is a great source of our motivation as he always pushed us to be our best selves. He was an incredible doctor and my mom, sisters and I live to make him proud as we know he’s watching down on us!

A few fun fire facts about me:

  1. I went to Michigan State University
  2. I’m a Chi Omega Alumni
  3. I moved to Holland, Michigan after college
  4. I moved to Austin, Texas for a short while (loved it there but it wasn’t the Midwest)
  5. I finally landed in Grand Rapids, Michigan and it’s where I see myself for many years to come

And before we get to the serious stuff, let’s do a quick fire favorites round:

  1. Fruits OR Veggies
  2. Ice Cream OR Crepes
  3. Coffee Black OR with Milk
  4. Cupcakes OR Macaroons
  5. Planks OR Press-Ups
  6. Skiing OR Snowboarding
  7. Sex and the City OR Friends
  8. Leggings OR Sweats (BOTH?! But if I had to choose, sweats!)

Now let’s talk business! I’ve found a workout that I’ve been in love with for quite a few years. I’ve always worked out but I’ve not always loved it. With the discovery of Pure Barre, I developed a love for barre classes of all types. I’m very fortunate that the gym I have access to has The Mirror, in which I can do the barre classes with the direction of a fitness instructor while still seeing my moves as I work to master the barre techniques. It is honestly the coolest workout machine I’ve ever had the opportunity to use and I am a HUGE fan. With that said, I know equipment like this is expensive and not everyone has access to it. Never hesitate to get creative. Use your computer/phone and simply YouTube classes that suit you! You can also often times find free trials on apps such as the Peloton app, ect. I find that classes are what motivate me the most so prior to having use of The Mirror, that is what I was doing.

I love my Ellie x Wildfox Sweat workout set because I typically like to start in a long sleeve and then get hot enough that I need to take it off. The matching sports bra and leggings are not only cute but they are incredibly well made for workouts of all intensities. I love not having to pull at my leggings to keep them up during a workout and these passed that test for me! Their high waisted nature is a big bonus!

Now that we’ve covered my workout, let’s move onto skincare, tips and tricks I use to get that glow, post workout. I’ve been using Derma-E for quite a few years now and I’ve yet to stray away. I find that they’re always coming out with innovative new products that are 100% Vegan, GMO-Free, Cruelty Free and Free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oils, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates. While I’ve been using Derma-E for years, I have added on special step to my skincare routine that I think has really helped me as I detox after a workout. Again, I realize I am very fortunate with this amenity, however keep in mind, there are alternative options. Post-workout I have been sitting in the Sauna for 15-20 minutes to get a good sweat going. If a Sauna isn’t within your reach, not worries, I will link a few face steamers that will essentially give the same effect! From there, I got upstairs, wash my face and begin my skincare routine which I will lay out below!

Steam face if possible


Rinse face and apply face mask


Apply my Derma-E products in the numbered order


And lastly, if my skin is feeling extra dry, I will put this on throughout the day. I also use this before bed. Michigan is extra dry in the winter months so this face oil is a life saver!


Thank you so much to Ellie for letting me share all things fitness and beauty! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message! I always love hearing from you guys! To shop my Ellie workout wear, simply click HERE! Hope everyone has a great day!

Xoxo, Anna

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