How To Look Great After A Workout Without Showering

You just finished your morning workout at the gym. You get to your locker and check your phone and realize you’re running late for a meeting at work. There’s no time for a shower.

What do you do? Fret not, friends. Thanks to such sources as makeup artist Jemma Kidd, the ModaMob’s Monica Richards, and reality TV’s The Tone It Up Girls--Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn--we have the solution. You really can look great after a workout without showering. Here’s how:

Pre-Workout Tips

Put Up Your Hair
Makeup artist Jemma Kidd has a preemptive suggestion. Put up your hair. She confirms that one way to help keep your hair from being a problem is to get your hair off your neck and face prior to your exercise routine. You can put it in a bun or loosely braid it and use an elastic headband to deal with flyaways.

Go Bare
Kidd also says to remove all your makeup before your workout. Foundation, for example, could clog your pores.

Post-Workout Tips

Use Cleansing Wipes
ModaMob’s Monica Richards says use cleansing wipes on your face and body after working out. Specifically, she recommends makeup cleansing wipes because they will not leave you with clogged pores which could result in acne.

Stay Hydrated
Richards also suggests using a facial mist to help keep you hydrated. Kidd concurs that hydration after a workout is important and says that she splashes her face with cold water because it can reduce any potential redness of your skin and make your pores look smaller too. Bravo’s The Tone It Up Girls--Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn--also suggest drinking coconut water after a workout to quench your thirst and help your skin.
Hodgson adds that coconut water replenishes “electrolytes after a workout” and that this is necessary “to feeling energized.” She concludes that “staying hydrated” is essential in keeping your skin looking soft and healthy.

Dry Shampoo Is Your Friend
Hodgson says she and her partner use the dry shampoo Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo and sea salt spray to “freshen up” their hair. Richards says dry shampoo is indeed “your best friend” in this case as it will fluff up your roots. Kidd agrees suggesting Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo. She also says you can slick your hair back in a bun and/or use a headband.

Go With Your Natural Flush
Kidd states that she “usually” skips blush in favor of “that natural flush”. Dawn agrees that you should embrace your natural flush because she claims there is “nothing sexier” than the glow you have after working out. She goes on to say you can add a bit of Tarte Cosmetics Bronzer, Laura Mercier Balm and Diorshow Black Out Mascara.

Kidd states if you’re going to put anything on your eyes use some type of neutral shade of “pearlescent eye shadow” and agrees on putting a bit of mascara on your top eyelashes and “a swipe of” lip balm. Furthermore, she notes that a tinted primer or moisturizer will absorb oil. She concludes that a small amount of mineral foundation will work if you have blotches.

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