Ask Jean: Skin-Friendly Yoga Mat

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We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: [email protected] Below, a q for our beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.

Dear Jean, What’s the grippiest yoga mat? And, related: Is the sweat that gets on my yoga mat bad for my skin? (Can you tell I sweat a lot?) —Charlotte P.

Dear Charlotte, This slightly thicker, significantly cushier, moisture-wicking, charcoal-infused-but-nonsmudging mat is by far the most brilliantly grippy I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t feel sticky so much as it feels stable. It makes a backbend on a humid summer day significantly easier, a warrior three in hot yoga decidedly more achievable.

As for your skin: There are few things as detoxifying as a vigorous yoga class led by an incredible teacher, and sweating profusely is a critical element in that equation. For me, the combination of sweat, effort, spirituality, and mental focus required by an open class at Jivamukti Yoga (their new book, The Magic 10 and Beyond, is a great introduction if you’re unfamiliar) is the ultimate. But whatever yoga it is that works for you, I know that sweating through it is making your skin better, not worse.

Inside this Manduka mat, one of our favorite good-skin ingredients, charcoal, filters out smells and wicks away moisture at the same time that its supreme grip keeps you steady. Throw it in your bag along with a few face-wipe packets from Ursa Major, and sweat all you like: It’s good for you, and it’s good for your skin.