Following a sweat sesh with a full scrub-down might be ideal, but it's not always practical—when you've already spent a precious hour of your day working out, chances are you don't have much else to spare for a shower and blowdry, too.
But if you thought that the only alternative was to leave the gym looking like a hot and sweaty mess, think again. With the right approach and the help of some clever products, you can march out in public looking better than you did pre-workout.
Keep reading to see which gym-bag essentials will get the job done.
These brilliant coiled elastics are specially designed to leave your hair crease-free, and we can report that they stand up to the task—even after a long sweat sesh.
Job No. 1 is to remove pore-clogging sweat as quickly as possible. These wallet-friendly wipes are particularly great because they're infused with refreshing cucumber, which will help cool you down and fight redness as you cleanse.
The beauty of these deodorant wipes is that they don't smell particularly deodorant-y—the fragrance comes courtesy of a gentle blend of essential oils and coconut, which means you're free to use these odor-neutralizing wipes on your arms, legs, wherever. And FWIW, they're natural, biodegradable, and aluminum-free.
Not all dry shampoos are up to the task, but this innovative formula from Living Proof leaves zero residue, taking oil and grime with it. It was even trialed in spin classes as part of its lab testing.
Dry conditioners are a thing, too! And just try not to get addicted to the scent of Amika. Go on, we dare you.
Because it's that much harder to look refreshed when you're not feeling it. This woodsy gel contains arnica (nature's Advil!) as well as all kinds of other soothing botanicals. Apply directly to sore muscles.
Some cheek and lip color should do the trick, and this little multitasker does both.
Face mists will keep you cool without disturbing any of your post-gym handiwork. If you're still feeling the afterburn, slip one of these in your purse to go.
What are your tips for leaving the gym looking flawless? Any go-to products? Tell us below!