Skin Care Tips for Gym Rats-Teaming up with Dr Manish Shah


Hey Friends.



If you’re like me, I love fresh skin when I go to the gym. I try my best to keep makeup wipes in purse so I can wear as little makeup as possible when I workout. Often times, I will apply a clear face treatment to my skin so the treatment can start working while I’m sweating in the gym. Im teaming up with the expert to bring you some great tips for keeping your skin glowing and healthy while at the gym! 





With Memorial Day fast approaching, many are even more focused than usual on their bodies and getting them into tip-top shape at the gym. While exercise has multiple benefits, very often workouts and great looking skin don’t go together.  We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Board-Certified Denver plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert, to give tips on how you can get the six-pack and still have glowing, acne free skin.


Sweat Itself Does Not Cause Acne 

First, “It is important to know that sweat itself does not cause acne,” says Dr. Shah. He explains, “Professional sportsmen are predisposed to accumulating dirt and bacteria in their pores during and after workout periods. If left without proper cleansing this can cause worsening in skin conditions like acne and dermatitis.”


Avoid Makeup

These days a gym visit almost doesn’t seem to “count” unless one Instagrams it. This often leads women to wear makeup to the gym. Just don’t. Dr. Shah says, “Most makeup will clog pores by not allowing the skin to breathe naturally during workouts. A better option is a tinted moisturizer if you are self-conscious about your skin tone.”



If you’re going to be outdoors, apply a light moisturizer with SPF to keep your skin protected from UV rays.  Make sure to choose a lightweight product as not to clog up your pores. Look for words like “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free” to know that your sunblock won’t cause acne.


Don’t Touch Your Face at the Gym!

Cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, these all breed bacteria. Touching them and them wiping beads of sweat off your face is a sure way to spread bacteria that can create new breakouts. Make sure to bring a towel for this instead of using your hands.


A Flowing Mane of Hair is Not Your Friend During a Workout

When you are working out it is a good idea to keep hair out of your face by styling it into a bun or rocking a dry and clean sweatband. Sweat and dirt can get transferred from your hair onto your face. If you haven’t washed your hair and you use hairspray or other hair products, these can also splash onto your pores along with perspiration. This can cause irritations and breakouts.


How to Choose the Right Gym Towel

An old rag won’t be effective at absorbing sweat. However, you don’t want a gym towel that is as absorbent as a bath towel you would use to dry off your body after a shower at home. Dr. Shah says that “The gym towel should be a happy medium — absorbent enough to keep your face dry during a workout, but not so thick it clings to bacteria even after a wash.”


Wear Loose and Comfortable Gym Clothes

“Spandex is tight clothing that can lead to skin infections from bacteria and fungi,” warns Dr. Shah. “Wear loose attire that will also help wick away the sweat preventing it from being absorbed by your skin.” Just google “sweat-wicking workout clothes.”


Reduce the Redness

Calm down a flushed face with your redness control remedy made up of a little bit of iced green tea and a spray bottle. “You’ll cool down your skin and add in a few extra anti-oxidants in the process,” says Dr. Shah.


After your workout

Dr. Shah stresses, “Wash your face immediately after your workout. You don’t want a mixture of dirt, oil, and bacteria clinging to your skin, affecting its pH, and clogging your pores. If you are exercising in a park where there is no sink, bring cleansing facial wipes with you.”


Moisturize Post Workout

No matter your type of skin, after cleansing you must moisturize. Dr. Shah says that “Skipping this essential step can unknowingly dehydrate your skin causing your oil-producing glands to overcompensate by producing an oversupply of oil. Use a moisturizer that’s been produced for your specific skin type and condition immediately after cleansing for the best results.”


Skip the Hot Shower

Sure, your muscles are sore, and you’re in the mood for a hot shower after a workout. Dr. Shah points out that, “Hot water strips skin of vital oils, leaving you with dry, itchy, dull skin.” Exfoliate more often to avoid “Bacne.” Breakouts on your back or chest are particularly common for “gym rats.” To avoid this, use a gentle body scrub three times a week. Dr. Shah says, “This will keep pores clear and skin functioning well.”


Save Your “Superhero” Products for Night

Save serious treatment products for bedtime. Dr. Shah points out that, “Even seemingly normal skin can experience much more sensitivity right after a workout.  You may want to wait until redness decreases by bedtime to use your super-active acne or anti-aging treatment products.”



About Dr. Manish Shah


Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.



Teaming up with Mint Julep Boutique!

Mint Julep, Style, Uncategorized

If you know me well, you know that I am not afraid to wear colorful makeup, clothing, accessories or shoes. I love to accent chic looks with a pop of color and today I’m bringing you the dress that y’all have been loving and I adore it! So, here’s why color is great for the summer months. Depending upon your skins undertones, there are certain colors that make your skin look vibrant, dewy and youthful. I recently had a chance to collaborate with Mint Julep Boutique again and when I saw this dress, I knew I had to share it. This maxi dress compliments a variety of skin tones and hair colors. I paired my dress with a cute pair of sandals and yellow fringe earrings. When the dress is already a statement piece, simple but fun accessories are all you need. So, you may be wondering how you can purchase both items, well here’s the link:


Maxi Dress


So, be sure to head on over to Shop the mint to see all of their fabulous clothes and be sure to use my code: Anita15 for a discount!


True Beauty…

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707BB0BF-C12A-4D66-A79A-8B1D143D8584This isn’t a fashion post, it’s a real life post. Social media is a blessing and it’s a curse at times. In reality, there are way too many people doubting themselves and striving to obtain things they see other people with on the internet. Everyone wants to be flawless, have the biggest house, finest car and nicest wardrobe. But, what do all of those things matter if you’re empty inside? The truth is, I’m not flawless and I don’t strive to be. I have physical scars and my skin isn’t perfect. I live my truth. I love who I am.

There are some people who always define others by what they do for a living and then the other half of people constantly try to minimize what people do. You know, the ones who never pay attention when you tell them what you do? So, if you listen to society, you’ll never measure up. I know that I am not solely who I spent many years in undergraduate and graduate school to become(a therapist). I am much more. Degrees are avenues to help us reach more people, but they should never define us. At the end of the day, I want to be an woman that is known for being real.

Whether I have 1 follower or 30k followers, I want to be someone who reminds people they don’t have to fit into a mold to be beautiful. We live in a world that constantly wants us to scream who we are and what we do for a living, but at the end of the day it’s who we are on the inside that matters. I challenge you, if you’re reading this…

hand pen writing plant

Photo by Natalie B on

Look in the mirror every morning and know you are worthy of love and worthy of all the things God has for you simply because you are His precious prize. Don’t allow the world to determine who you are. Keep your eyes set on the one who matters most. Our worth is found in our Father whose love never changes. You, my friend are loved, treasured and set apart… You are beautiful the way God made you and never let anyone tell you otherwise.

Nordstrom Sale Picks-Snakeskin Loving Wardrobe Picks


Hey Friends!

The Nordstrom Sale has arrived and I will be sharing several of my favorite picks here on the blog AND on social media-So, stay tuned! Also, in order for me to get credit for any sale, you must check out using the Nordstrom app. I will be sharing practical items that can be worn longer than a month. I love functional, investment pieces. As always, if you are someone who doesn’t need anything please don’t feel pressured to purchase items you don’t need. I would like for my readers to love the pieces they invest in and also purchase pieces they need. So, here’s a few of my favorites for the snakeskin loving woman!

Snakeskin Hat


Snakeskin Booties



Snakeskin Trench

Smile Brilliant Toothbrush Collaboration


Hi Friends!

Let’s chat toothbrushes. Are you an electric or manual toothbrush type of person?  If you’re like me, I wore braces for an large portion of my teenage and early adult years so taking care of my smile is important to me. When Smile Brilliant reached out to me to collaborate, I was so excited to try their sonic toothbrush because I have heard so many great reviews about their products.
So, here’s a few features that I know you’ll love about the Smile Brilliant (cariPRO) toothbrush: 40,000 vibrations per minute, 5 different brush modes(whiten, clean, gum care, massage and sensitive. Their toothbrush is slim and has a waterproof design which makes this toothbrush safe for a bath or shower. It also has a smart timer and wireless charging dock.
For me, when I look for a new toothbrush, I want a toothbrush with great reviews, technology that improves my oral health and a toothbrush that’s easy to travel
with. Be sure to use the code: Savedclassyandchic20 when purchasing your toothbrush for a 20 percent off discount.Check out all of the great Smile Brilliant reviews here. 

Electric Toothbrush reviews

JORD Watch Gift Card Giveaway


Hi Friends!


I am so excited to announce that I am collaborating with JORD Watches and I get to include all of you in this fabulous giveaway! They’re giving away one $100 gift card toward the purchase of a gorgeous watch from JORD watches!

To enter: Giveaway Link


When I first saw the JORD watch collection, I was immediately taken back by how unique and beautiful wooden watches truly are. I was allowed to select my watch and I chose the Sier Arcadia Series in Marble and Rose gold.

My timepiece

Upon receiving my timepiece, the presentation was absolutely gorgeous. Each timepiece comes in a watch box that includes a cushion for the watch. I have a favorite watch that I usually wear, but I have to admit, my JORD watch is quickly becoming a favorite. It’s lightweight. It has a clasp which secures the watch in place and it’s unique. My style is unique. I love bold colors and accents. I love fashion forward pieces & I also enjoy wearing accessories that are different from what everyone else is wearing.


When it comes to watches, you want your watch to represent your personality. Whether have a classic style, trendy style or a simple style, JORD has a watch for you! I can’t say enough great things about this collection and I hope that you will take the time to review brand and purchase a timepiece of your own.


The giveaway will close on 7/7/2019 at 11:59pm. So,be sure to share this post with your friends and family so they can enter, as well!

To shop all of JORD’s beautiful watches, here are the links:

Men’s Watches -The perfect watch for that special man in your life can be found here.

Women’s Watches– The gorgeous timepiece you’ve been looking for the lady in your life can be found here.

My Timepiece -My gorgeous watch can be purchased here.

Jord Homepage-To Shop all of the wonderful designs, visit the JORD homepage.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, meaning that JORD gifted me this gorgeous watch in exchange for this post. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Wooden Wrist Watch

Fit Bod App




Whether you’re beginning a new routine or an expert at fitness, Fitbod is an app that will help you choose your routines and save time in the gym. Think about it, maybe you want to try new machines or different equipment at the gym, but you’re unsure about how to use them.

Well, Fitbod has a video tutorial and suggestions for all muscle groups. So, if you’re wanting to use something new, be sure to follow the link below for one month free using the app.

Fitbod App

Fitbod is so generous to gift me with a code for my readers. Your first month is free! Head on over to the link above to try it out!

Faster Way to Fat Loss



You know I’m all about sharing great information with you! And today is no different. So, as you might remember-I’ve been participating in the Faster Way to Fat Loss program the last 7 weeks. To give you a little bit of background about me, I’ve always been into fitness. I work out regularly, but I’m always looking for great programs that incorporate gluten free recipes and total body nutrition. The program is set up in such an amazing way because you are given an awesome coach and put into a group with other ladies participating in the program. Everyone shares their victories and their losses, but they continue to move forward as the program continues. For me, it was different to log my food every day because I usually just concentrated on eating clean without using an app to calculate calories. So, this was really the only adjustment for me. I’m allergic to nuts, so I substitute a lot healthy fats with different items. I went into the program with goals and I rocked those goals.

So, here’s my photo at week one.


I weighed 185 lbs. My initial goal was to lose 15 lbs. I didn’t want to lose a lot of weight. I simply wanted to lean out a little bit more. I’m happy with my size, so I just wanted to firm and tone certain areas.

Here’s me midway through the program.


You can see the definition in my arms, face and you can also see that my waist has slimmed down. I work out 6 to 7 days a week incorporating both Cardio, Weight Training, Yoga and Pilates.

And, here’s my week 7 results. Stronger, leaner more muscle definition and down 15 POUNDS! Yes, you read that correctly! 15 pounds!


So, here’s my question for you, what’s stopping you from investing in yourself? What would you say if I told you that an initial investment would change your life?

Faster Way to Fat Loss isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. So, how many of you are willing to change your relationship with food and fitness? If you’re ready, be sure to head on over to this page to find out more information about the latest round! I promise you, your life will be changed after the first round.

Faster Way To Fat Loss Sign Up!

My Boutique!


Hi Friends!

Yes, you read that correctly… My fashion boutique is open! I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a dream come true this has been. In the future, I plan to open up two store fronts. For right now, my boutique is online. I will have boutique items and my custom shirts on the website at various times. If there are any items you’d like to see more of, please let me know. As always, thank you for your support! I see so many people opening businesses or starting new journeys and their friends are just as excited for them as they are for themselves. I believe we are on this earth to root for the rise of others. So, thank you to those of you who have bought merchandise, sent kind encouraging words, prayed for me, believed in me and most of all, loved me as the Lord was teaching me to step into greater!

Sixes small-3x are available. Head on over to the website to shop your very own pieces!

SavedClassyandChic Boutique