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How to Speed Up Your Post-Workout Beauty Routine

Fitting a workout into your schedule is hard. You have to be a little “eye of the tiger” to make it happen sometimes. If you are squeezing it in during the day, you may not have time to work out, shower, and repeat your full beauty routine. Here are 9 products and tips to get you cleaned up and back at your desk looking presentable in just a few minutes.


  • How to Speed Up Your Post-Workout Beauty Routine 1 of 10
    How to Speed Up Your Post-Workout Beauty Routine
    Photo credit: E'Lisa Campbell.
  • Use a Microfiber Towel 2 of 10
    Use a Microfiber Towel
    Invest in a microfiber towel and use it to soak up the sweat from your hair and body. Microfiber is much more absorbent than cotton and it's softer, too. Just make sure you've sufficiently cooled down first. (A little trick is to run cold water over your wrists.)
    Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel. Found on Amazon. $15.88
  • Bring Along Facial Cleansing Wipes 3 of 10
    Bring Along Facial Cleansing Wipes
    Facial cleansing wipes get your face clean and refreshed in less than a minute and you can toss the evidence. They are a definitely a post-workout essential.
    Garnier Nutritioniste The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Pick them up on Drugstore. $5.59
  • Skip the Shower 4 of 10
    Skip the Shower
    Unfortunately, leaving sweat on your skin may lead to bacteria growth and acne. These handy shower wipes can help you clean up in a flash. Or you can always go the old school route and bring a washcloth, get it wet and wipe down.
    Nathan Power Shower Refreshing Body Wipes. Available on Amazon. $5.49
  • Pack a Multi-purpose Powder 5 of 10
    Pack a Multi-purpose Powder
    Having a great scented powder can help you feel confident when you return to work. Sprinkle on sweaty feet, under arms, or anywhere you need a little extra freshening.
    Caswell-Massey Almond and Aloe Talc. Found on Caswell-Massy. $17
  • Use Dry Shampoo 6 of 10
    Use Dry Shampoo
    A dry shampoo will absorb dirt excess oils and make your hair smell nice and fresh. This travel-sized version won't take up much room in your gym bag.
    Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo. Found on Amazon. $5.46
  • Get 3 Essential Steps in One With CC Cream 7 of 10
    Get 3 Essential Steps in One With CC Cream
    CC cream offers tint, moisturizer, and sunscreen all in one. I particularly like this formula because it feels light, has great coverage, and works to correct dark spots.
    Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream. Get it at Smashbox. $42
  • Choose Multi-tasking Makeup 8 of 10
    Choose Multi-tasking Makeup
    The Benefit Pocket Pal is a lip stain, cheek stain, and gloss in one compact package. It's the perfect complement to a post-workout flush.
    Get it at Benefit. $20
  • Mascara Is a Must 9 of 10
    Mascara Is a Must
    Even if you aren't wearing any other makeup, mascara will help you feel pulled together and ready to take on the rest of your day. Any of the budget finds from my mascara roundup will do just fine.
    Almay One-Coat Triple Effect Mascara. Available on Drugstore. $8.19
  • Accessorize 10 of 10
    Accessorize
    It's a good idea to throw a few cute hair accessories in your bag. That way if your hair isn't cooperating, you can dress up a ponytail or simple bun. A small container for bobby pins and small hair bands is useful if you've mastered an easy updo.
    Beaded Crochet Headwrap. Find it at Forever 21. $5.80

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