Don't let blemishes or sweaty strands kill your post-workout vibe. A few extra minutes in the locker room will help keep your complexion clear, hair voluminous, and body free of odor – even when you don’t have time to shower. That's why we asked fitness pros and exercise buffs to share their go-to beauty products for freshening up on the fly. From dry shampoos and deodorants to makeup that doesn’t budge, here’s what they’re using before and after every sweat session. Consider this your gym bag beauty checklist.
“When you’re very active, you sweat — a lot — and all of that moisture is a breeding ground for breakout-causing bacteria. I’ve struggled with cystic acne for years, and these pads are a game-changer. I use them on my face, chest, and back (and change out of my damp workout gear ASAP) to keep breakouts at bay. They work so well, I was able to stop taking oral acne medication.” -Molly Ritterbeck, Training, Fitness, & Health Director of Runner’s World and Bicycling
“I don’t always have time to shower right away after teaching or taking classes, so having something to quickly cleanse my face is a must. I swear by these for wiping off sweat, plus they smell like a dream!” -Elena Flores Rector, Creative Development Lead of Precision Training, Flywheel Chicago
“This is my ultimate go-to. I can sweat as much as I want and save time by just spraying my hair ‘clean’ post-workout. I also like to spray it in at my roots to give my hair a little extra lift.” -Robyn LaLonde, USAT Level-1 Coach, Certified Level II Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist and Head Coach for Nike+ Run Club
“I’ve been swimming a lot this summer, and the chlorine is really harsh on my skin. This gel-like moisturizer replenishes and rehydrates parched skin — I’ve even slathered it all over my body at times. The mini version is great for when you’re on-the-go.” -Ritterbeck
“If I’m teaching or taking a class straight from work and wearing a full face of makeup, I like to take it off first with these wipes. They don’t leave behind any of that weird film that some wipes can, and I love that it’s a clean product, too, without any sulfates or parabens. -Caitlin Kolar, instructor at Chi50
"I am a ‘screen queen, but I try to be extra diligent about sun protection whenever I’m exercising outside. This tube is small enough that I can easily carry it with me during long outdoor runs — reapplication is important! And because it’s a powder, it’s super easy to brush-on quickly and won’t run or drip into my eyes.” -Melanie Rud, beauty and fitness writer, currently training for the Chicago Marathon
“The super thin and long wand of this mascara separates my lashes. I get lash lifts but this is perfect for getting in between each and every one, plus, the formula never clumps.”-Kolar
“I sweat multiple times a day, and it’s really hard to find a deodorant that actually lives up to its job, but this one totally does. I also love that it’s a spray-on, which makes it both super convenient and mess-free.”-Rector
“Who actually has the time to wash, dry, and style their hair every. single. day? I’m too busy working out for that, so I use a dry shampoo to save time. There are plenty of good ones out there but this is my longtime favorite. The tinted version works well on dark hair.”-Ritterbeck
“This feels elegant going on and has a high concentration of zinc oxide that is great for sun protection and I know won’t irritate my skin. But it’s important to keep in mind that sunscreen does come off when you sweat, which is why I like wearing a UPF hat, too. I’m a big fan of this visor, which, unlike a baseball cap, covers the sides of your face, but is still easy to run and workout in.” -Jordan Carqueville, MD, a Chicago-based dermatologist and avid outdoor runner
“Body breakouts are a real thing, especially when you’re sweating a lot (and then sitting in sweaty workout clothes all day, oops). This body wash has salicylic acid, one of the best pimple-fighting ingredients out there. I use it to keep the skin on my back, chest, and yes, even booty, clear.” –Rud
“Sometimes I like to squeeze in a low-intensity cardio class during my lunch break, leaving me no time to shower after. I keep these in my bag so I can quickly wipe away sweat and stink before heading back to my desk. Because they are not an antiperspirant, meaning the formula doesn’t stop sweat, you can use them allover – armpits, underboobs, lower back – to freshen up.” -Holly Dawsey, senior editor of GLAM
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