How to save your skin and body post-marathon

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Jacqueline Kilikita
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For anyone in training for the race in London this weekend, we have the aftercare you need

You’ve finally broken in your trainers, found a pair of leggings that don’t chafe, toiled through months of training to reach your target time, pushed yourself through 152 stitches, and, now, you’re this close to the hallowed finish line. 

We can guarantee that moment will feel irreplaceable. But whether you’re one of the 386,050 taking part in the London Marathon this Sunday, or participating in any number of other endurance events over the coming months, the training doesn’t end when you take your final strides. 

After any long-distance run, achy knees, weary muscles and torturous toenails make everyday tasks such as walking up the stairs and even sitting on the toilet (ouch) feel like an Olympic sport. Which is why your postrun wellness kit is essential, the right products – from skincare to supplements – can make the difference between being out of action for two weeks and being sore for just a few days. 

Here’s exactly what you need to recover, restore and take the edge off those physical side-effects…

The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost

A daily shot of this electrolyte-packed elixir will boost hydration from the inside out.


Free People Crystal Elixir Water Bottle

The amethyst inside this bottle is said to support revitalisation and clarity of body and mind.


The Gentle Label Organic Healing Balm

Vitamin E, pawpaw and calendula in this velvety balm soothes chapped skin.


Mio Skincare Clean Slate Workout Swipes

Remove sweat, dirt, oil and make-up with these refreshing wipes.

£21 (as part of the New Gym Kit),

Form Chocolate Salted Caramel Superblend Protein

Pea protein, hemp and algae deliver amino acids to cells, aiding recovery in tired muscles.


Nails Inc Superfood Repair Oil

Give sore toenails a slathering of this almond and argan-infused oil to condition, nourish and strengthen them.


The Lost Explorer Magnesium Arnica Gel

Magnesium and menthol crystals alleviate sore joints, while witch hazel heals scrapes.


Aromatherapy Associates Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil

Unwind mentally with calming ylang ylang, lavender and petitgrain.


Neom Organics Scent To Calm & Relax Candle

Light this patchouli and frankincense-scented candle to relax after that post-race adrenaline surge


Kiki Health Magnesium Oil

A silky oil that makes skin tingle and helps unravel tight quads and glutes.


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