February 17, 2011

Sweat Yourself Beautiful with The Workout Zone

Skin care is a major part of any women’s day, even men are beginning to take part and enjoy the benefits. When your skin looks fresher and brighter without blotchy patches we can all say that we look and feel better; it enhances us, our day and our personalities! As a cyclist and corproate receptionist, its important that I look my best everyday to respresent my company in the best possible way, The Workout Zone is making this possible.

Coming straight from New Zealand is The Workout Zone, a skin care company that is living by the motto, “Sweat yourself beautiful.” I was looking forward to the package arriving, everything about the advertisement of the product looked fresh, clean and young; It also looked like something that wouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes.

I received the full package called the Workout System Complete and it includes:

• Step 1: Purifying Cleanser

• Step 2: Outdoor Facial Repair or

• Step 2: Indoor Facial Repair

• Step 3: Luxuriant Bodywash

• Step 4: Rebalance Cream

• The Reinvigorating Hot Honey Handcream along with

• The Workout Zone travel bag

The first thing I noticed about the product was the scent; it was a nice clean smell without the feeling of all the antibacterial gels that are out there at the moment, it simply smelt fresh. The Hot Honey Hand Cream was the first item to be passed around all the girls in the office, we really enjoyed the scented cream, it wasn’t over the top, it was just enough.

I took my little bag of goodies home with and packed it in with the rest of my gear for the Alpine Classics, explaining to my travelling companions that I don’t normally carry this many cosmetics but in the name of research I was happy to increase my luggage.

I did sit down with The Workout Zone whilst my team mates where slogging it out up Tawonga Gap and into Bright for the final climb up Mt Buffalo, I read all the instructions first, there was a lot of tubes and I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything right.

Step 1 is The Purifying Cleaner, it contains hydrogenated jojoba oil and beads, put simply though it’s a really nice cleanser that isn’t hard on your skin, the beads are minimal and tiny, just enough to remove your make up and any grime from sitting in rush hour or enduring your city’s public transport.

You then choose between indoors or outdoors, if you’re anything like me, you hate being at your desk and refuse to exercise indoors, then Step 2, the Outdoor Facial Repair Cream is to ensure that you are well protected from the sun, it has an SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen which hydrates your skin as you work out.

If you’re a gym person and can’t stand the thought of 4 seasons in one work out, then Step 2, the Indoor Facial Repaid Cream, rub a small amount into the skin before you exercise and you’re ready to go. I noticed a change in the way my skin looked, I think it was brighter and there was more glow; I felt better because of it. I headed over to the Workout Zone website to see what they were reporting and found the following regarding research they conducted in Australia and New Zealand.

"91% of 26 GFX instructors in New Zealand and Australia self-reported an improvement in skin hydration and 65% self-reported an improvement in skin 'look' after using the WORKOUT ZONE Indoor System for 4 weeks."

I think its excellent that The Workout Zone has been passed on to industry professionals for trialing, especially instructors and trainers who are required to present such a healthy image every day.

Step 3 is the Luxuriant Body Wash, and it’s unlike the normal stock you see in the supermarket. After your workout and before your shower you massage the product all over, including your face if you like, go nuts. The result is (can’t believe I’m saying this) nice and shiny and smooth soft skin, sure it’s a little bit different, but the result is surprising which is what we want in a product.

The Luxuriant Body Wash is a little different, because you apply it before you go into the shower, unlike other of the shelf products that you apply whilst in the shower. I think, from my own personal experience that applying the product before getting in the shower actually helps the skin absorb the product, whereas the body washes that are used in the shower wouldn’t be as effective as it washes of as quickly as you put it on.

Step 4 is the Rebalance Cream, you can massage it everywhere or just use it for your face. It’s also a great primer for under your makeup, and if you’re keen to tighten the budget or make more room on your bathroom shelves, then this product does more than enough to earn its keep. You also get soft smooth skin for your efforts, without that oily shine.

Last but not least is the Hot Honey Handcream, there are extracts of chilly in it, so do keep it away from your eyes and mouth, its smells fantastic without being an over the top scent, it isn’t an oily moisturizer, it has a nice and thick consistency.

My thoughts…

I’m really into time management, I have a lot of things to do and find that if something takes too long then I either get distracted by it or I loose interested very quickly.

These products were fantastic, I can use the Purifying Cleanser in the shower and when I jump out of the shower, the Outdoor Facial Repair first thing in the morning is quick and takes 30 seconds, if that.

The Luxuriant Body Wash, is a little different for me. I am used to using the body wash in the shower so this was a change, but I liked it. I think it does take a little bit of extra time to add this into your day, but I’m only talking about 3 minutes, take the chance and try it.

The Rebalance Cream is great and does what its meant to do, as a person who doesn’t wear make-up unless I’m heading to a fancy party or Friday night drinks, this product finishes my daily schedule and most importantly without a lot of fuss.

Throw the Hot Honey Handcream in your purse and use it on the tram, pass it around the office and make sure everyone knows what the product is called. I believe they should make more products with honey; just the scent alone gives you that 3pm sugar that you’ve been trying to satisfy.

The cost for the complete package, ‘Workout System Complete’, is $111.70 AUD, you can purchase online from their website www.workoutzone.co.nz. You don’t need to spend huge amounts to refill products when you run out of something as each product is available individually from their online store.

February 5, 2011

Review: Feetures! Cycling Socks

I finished a 105km ride in the Victorian Otway Ranges; it had rained, it was windy and I was freezing. Apart from the beautiful scenery the best moment on this ride had been the end; I was handed a pair of Feetures! socks.

I found a place in the sun (finally) and removed my water logged shoes and socks and slipped on the Feetures! socks; they have combined super soft merino wool with bamboo fibres to create a sock that felt like a little bit a heaven, they were softer and smoother than you would think possible.

The Feetures! are a cycling specific sock. I have always had problems  finding the right sock to go in the right shoe as well as getting hot feet on hot days, these problems are eliminated with these socks. My main test was a 5km fun run in Wangaratta followed by a ride to Glenrowen in 35 degree heat, this gave me a good indication of how they would last.

The primary purpose of the sock is to be long lasting, to the point where you replace them just because you want more; they do feel that good. The bamboo fibres make the socks ultra-breathable, whilst the merino wool allows the sock regulate itself to temperature of your feet. As body odours are suppressed, they can even be worn more than once before washing. The merino wool is ultra-soft no matter how many times that you wash them or don’t wash them.

Feetures! believe in their product so much that they give a lifetime guarantee, their products are designed to withstand repeated wearing and washing, and to maintain their fit and feel over the lifetime of the product. If your socks fail to live up to this standard, then you can return them for an exchange or a full refund.

My take…
Fantastic! I would personally keep them for cold days as I am accustomed to wearing thin socks in the summer, these socks really were soft, practical and warm. You can get them in white or a darker olive colour which suits me, I’m forever getting my white clothes dirty, and the olive colour hides the dirt nicely. I’ve worn them running and cycling and they haven’t rubbed in my shoe, nor have they slipped. My feet have felt safely encased in them and surprisingly comfortable.

Even though they’re cycling specific socks, I wear them running, walking and to bed if my feet need warming up; they’re a cycling specific sock that does more than one job.

The tech talk…
• Thin flat knit construction takes up minimal room in the shoe
• The PerfectToe™ (No irritating toe seam)
• SnugFit Technology™ Unique Power Bands of Lycra® hug your entire foot for  support. This snug, supportive fit eliminates movement to prevent blisters
• Durasoft, the blend of SuperSoft Merino wool and rayon from bamboo, wicks away moisture and naturally eliminates odour to provide unsurpassed comfort
• Graduated compression in crew top keeps sock in place and aids in circulation

The socks retail from $25.00 and Features! are distributed in Australia by Kikass Trading, you can find information on where to purchase them at www.feetures.com.au