Just like yoga positions (we’re not ashamed to admit that child’s pose and shavasana are our faves), no two gym days are ever exactly the same. Sometimes you’ve got a solid half hour to blow out your hair and grab a post-workout smoothie, and others you’re showing up to work still dripping in sweat. No matter which it is, we’ve got you covered. Here, five products to stash in your gym bag for every type of schedule, from “OMG, I’m already late” to “Namaste...in this shower for 30 minutes.”
5 Products for Freshening Up After a Workout, Whether You Have 30 Extra Minutes or You’re Already Late
1. When You Have One Minute: Bioderma Sensibio H2o Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water
We know you’ve got places to be and people to impress (with your ability to fit the gym into your hectic schedule, of course). Enhance your natural post-gym glow in just 60 seconds by dabbing several drops of this micellar cleansing water onto a cotton pad. Swipe it all over your face and neck to get rid of sweat, grime and excess oil that would clog your pores if left lingering. There’s a reason a bottle of this is sold every two seconds: Skin looks dewy and feels soft, clean and moisturized after using.
2. When You Have Five Minutes: Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo
Sweaty hair from a cycling class won’t cut it for your Instagram-worthy brunch with the gals. During the few minutes in between, spray Dove’s Refresh + Care volumizing dry shampoo at your hair’s roots, in between layers and at your scalp near the back of your neck (where it’s the sweatiest). Wait two minutes before evenly distributing it throughout your strands with a brush. Et voilà: Did you do a blowout or a workout? Who’s to say?
3. When You Have Ten Minutes: Recess Fit Kit Wipes
If you’re too short on time for a full shower, opt for a body cleanse with Recess’s shower in a bag. The Fit Kit comes with five bacteria-fighting face wipes, five deodorant wipes and five allover body wipes. The body wipes contain hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and caffeine to clean skin, reduce redness and improve elasticity; the face version smells like citrus and contains witch hazel to banish excess oil; and the deodorant wipes are aluminum-free.
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4. When You Have 15 Minutes: Cetaphil Healthy Skin Essentials
Got a sink and 15 minutes before dinner? Grab a bottle of both Cetaphil’s best-selling daily facial cleanser and moisturizing lotion for a full-face refresh. The face wash removes dirt, sweat and excess oil that could clog pores, but does so without overdrying. Follow up with the moisturizer, which leaves skin soft but not shiny. Plus, most reviewers say the product works well for sensitive skin (no surprise since it’s derm tested and approved).
5. When You Have 30 Minutes: Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
OK, Wonder Woman. You’ve managed to get your sweat on and you built in time to get ready for date night. Now finish off your look with a tinted moisturizer. After cleansing your face, apply this slightly sheer veil to show off that glow while still evening out red splotches and dark spots. This moisturizer contains vitamin C and black currant extract (rich in antioxidants) to combat the inflammation-causing free radicals that form during barre class (or whatever sweat sesh you go for).
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