There is an unholy alliance between training and evasion. The combination of sweat and tight-fitting sportswear promotes an environment conducive to bacteria and clogged pores which can lead to acne, especially body acne. I always used to associate a light sweating session with Pilates with unwanted bumps and congested skin on my body, especially my chest, shoulders and back. Since I found and kept Soft Services Clearing Mist in my travel bag, the problem has slowly faded away.
Soft Services is a brand of two Glossier alumni, Annie Kreighbaum and Rebecca Zhou, which brings the focus and treatment level of facial skin products to the body. The cleansing mist specifically targets rashes and irritation caused by sweat or tight workout clothes, and that’s exactly what it does.
When I work out I have to tie up my DDDs with a sports bra that involves a number of safety gear including velcro and metal bra hooks. Whether or not I’m sweating profusely, the areas where my sports bra comes in contact with the skin (see: chest, shoulders and back) are still inflamed and bordering on sebum after exercise. But Soft Services’ “escape tonic” was a game-changer for my itchy skin.
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The zinc in the mist formula regulates oil production, but it’s also antimicrobial, which means it fights – and stops – the creation of bacteria. The niacinamide in the mist repairs and protects your skin from further damage or irritation, while salicylic acid, a gentle but effective chemical exfoliant, works on existing acne.
Throughout the summer, I’ve kept the Clearing Mist in the tote bag that I use for everything, whether it’s going to the beach, exercising, or going to Grand Central. Let me tell you, this spray is… A DREAM.
The texture continues like water – leaving no trace. There is no sticky sequel. The smell is clean and medicinal. But, the most important: it works. Every time I leave a Pilates class for the ever-wet New York City, I spray it liberally all over my chest and into my butt. It alleviates rashes and irritation. Before discovering this miracle product, I would run home after exercising to remove sweaty clothes from my body as soon as possible to help me cope with the situation. Now after a workout I’ll take a leisurely stroll, have a juice, or sit in the park because I’m not upset about coming home to find that my skin is breaking down. is gravely revolted against me. I will keep this in my gym bag forever. Buy it now on Soft Services for $ 26.