8 Awesome At Home Back Workouts with Weights for Women

 When you think of a nice, toned body you often think of strong tight abs, defined arms and a tight butt. But what about your back? Just because you can’t see it in the mirror doesn’t mean it shouldn’t hold an important place in your regular workout routine. Not only does a strong, toned back help you look amazing in a backless dress, it can also help improve your posture and prevent back pain. The 8 back exercises below are designed to target your upper and lower back muscles, helping you get that toned look you’re after. With summer already on its way, you’ll be ready for those tank tops and dresses in no time!

Whether you choose to do your workout at home or in the gym, don’t forget about your post workout skincare routine. Taking care of your skin is just as important as working on your body, especially in the summer. Hot summer temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin causing acne breakouts and excess oil (and not just on your face). Follow this summer post-workout skincare routine to help keep you looking flawless from head to toe.

8 Best At-Home Moves to Tone and Define Your Back With Dumbbells

For each exercise, complete 3 sets of 15 reps (unless noted otherwise). Try to use a weight (8-20 lbs. dumbbells) that is heavy enough and allows you to perform no more than 15 reps with proper form. If 15 reps is too easy, increase the weight. If it’s too hard, decrease. You can always add more weight as you get more familiar with the exercises.

Post-Workout Summer Skincare Tips

TIP 1: Workout-proof and Sweat-proof Makeup

This might seem like an obvious one, but wearing makeup while you workout is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Not only does it clog your pores, it can also cause blackheads, whiteheads and pimples! Your sweat and the excess oil combine on your face to create pore-clogging muck. It can also cause trouble on your eyelids, creating little cysts called milia. Not pretty! If you really have no choice but to wear your makeup to the gym, then try wearing makeup that is lightweight and water/sweat proof. Look for mineral formulas that will be gentler on your skin and that won’t clog your pores so easily. And of course wash your face right after you workout to remove all that oil, sweat and makeup!

TIP 2: 3-Step Summer Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Whether you’re wearing makeup or not, it’s important to always wash your face right after your workout to get rid of all that excess sweat and oil. With the warmer temperatures, you want to make sure you’re cleansing your face with something nice and light, like a gel or foaming cleanser that won’t strip your skin. Pure Fiji’s Purifying Cleanser is great for all skin types all year round. It’s an all-natural cleanser containing papaya extracts (a natural exfoliant) to help brighten your skin tone, and passionflower extracts to help you get that dewy skin you’re after.

Why your skin will love it:
The light formula hydrates while it cleanses
It’s great for any skin type
It helps gently cleanse acne prone skin
It acts as a natural sebum regulator
It’s sulphate free so it won’t strip your skin

Step 2: Exfoliate with Natural Skin Care Products

Warm summer weather, sweaty workouts and layers of makeup all equal one thing: clogged pores. And the best way to get rid of clogged pores? Exfoliate! Exfoliating regularly helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and keep skin clean and even - all of which will help your moisturizer and serum work more efficiently. Try exfoliating once per week during the summer months or less if you plan on being outside for extended periods of time. If you have a sunburn, it’s best to hold off from exfoliating all together until your skin is back to normal.

Try this DIY coconut oil face mask to exfoliate your skin with ingredients you have at home!

Lemon, Yogurt and Coconut Oil Face Mask for Oily Skin

This all natural face mask gently nourishes and hydrates your skin while working to protect it from damage. It’s the perfect choice for oily skin as it works deep within your pores to clear out all the oily buildup.

½ tbsp. coconut oil
½ tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. yogurt

Mix coconut oil, lemon and yogurt in a bowl.
Apply a thick coat to your freshly washed face and wait 15 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water and dry your face with a clean towel.
Finish off with a light moisturizer.

Step 3: Hydrate

With the warmer summer weather you definitely want to opt for a lighter moisturizer for your skin. Heavy moisturizers should really only be used in the winter when the dry, cold weather is wreaking havoc on your skin. In the summer you want to make sure your moisturizer is light and water-based to hydrate without clogging pores.

So now that you know how to strengthen those back muscles, make sure you add these exercises into your regular workout routine – whether you choose to do it at the gym or at-home. A strong back not only looks great, but can also help improve your core, your posture and increase your flexibility. To really show off those back muscles while you workout, try a great, supportive bra like Shefit's High Impact Sports Bra. Not only will your back look amazing during your workout with its signature x-back or h-back configuration, you’ll also feel supported, comfortable and unstoppable. And while you’re taking care of your body, remember to take care of your skin too. Acne breakouts in the summer time are the last thing you want! Keep this exercise routine handy (pin it on your Pinterest board) and follow the post-workout skincare tips to have your best summer ever!

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