An intense workout can improve your mood and raise your energy levels. And while you should be feeling awesome afterwards, you probably wouldn’t want to maintain that sweaty gym glow for the rest of your day.
Oily hair, red complexion, and body odour - you can solve these easily if you're at home. But what if you’re at the gym and need to get urgently back to work or meet up with friends straight after your sweat session and have no time for a shower?
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you look good after a gym class in a matter of minutes.
Stock up on Baby Wipes
Wet wipes can do miracles, especially if you don’t have time to take a shower after a sweat-drenching workout. They can help you wipe off sweat and cool down your body temperature quickly and effectively. If you don’t have baby wipes handy, you can simply wet your towel to get rid of sweat and body odour.
“The best way to clean up quickly and look presentable for work after an intense workout at the gym is to wipe away the mess. Getting rid of the sweat and odour that come with working out is key. Disposable body and face wipes are convenient to carry around in your gym bag and keep in the car. These shower body wipes can quickly remove a lot of the sweat and odour that come with working out when you don’t have the time to take a full shower. Focus on the “sweaty spots” on your body such as armpits, neck, and crotch area. Facial wipes are also a smart way to get the dried sweat off your face while moisturizing your skin.”
Josh Schlottman, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Trainer Josh Fitness
Choose an Outfit Without Layers
Getting into tight jeans when your body is still hot after a recent gym session might not be the best experience. So, if it’s warm outside, we suggest going for a light dress or any other “loose” outfit to help your body cool down faster and provide you with more comfort. And if it’s cold outside, simply try to wear fewer layers of clothing but, of course, enough to not freeze.
Pack Fresh Clothes
While this can be an obvious thing to do, we’d still want to stress it out one more time. Sweating during your workout is a good thing. And as you know, it’s totally natural to sweat everywhere. So, if you don’t want to sit in damp clothes and underwear all day long, it’s always a good idea to throw some fresh clothes, a new pair of undies and socks in your gym bag. After all, you’re doing it for your comfort.
“Nothing is going to beat a quick shower to look your best after a gym workout, BUT if you’re in a rush, there are a few things you can do.
Change your clothes, all of them. If people can’t smell you, they won’t assume you were just working out. Put on fresh deodorant and use some dry shampoo (yes, men too). I also suggest you wash your face.
Jeff Parke, Owner of Top Fitness Magazine
Avoid Makeup When Working Out
First of all, a combination of sweat and makeup can clog your pores and contribute to breakouts. If you can avoid it, do not put any makeup on your face before going to the gym. Secondly, after a gym class, your makeup’s condition can be far from what it used to be before.
So, if you don’t want to spend time cleaning a hot mess on your face and then reapplying everything, just don’t do it. You look fantastic, anyway! And if you do need to use some makeup, go for waterproof mascara.
Try Collagen Protein
While incorporating collagen into your daily routine might not be a one-minute solution to look good after gym, it’s definitely worth it in the long run. Since the loss of skin elasticity is one of the most obvious signs of ageing and is driven by the reduced levels of collagen production as we age, it’s crucial to keep up your collagen levels.
For example, our NutraColl Beauty Collagen Hard Capsules won’t take too much space in your backpack, but they’ll help you keep your skin, hair and nails strong and healthy.
And by the way, did you know that the ingredient used in Gelpro’s NutraColl Beauty Collagen has been tested in clinical trials that showed statistically significant results at 2.5 g daily to support skin elasticity in women and to help promote reduction of eye wrinkle volume and increase components of the dermal matrix?
Wash Your Face With Cold Water
There’s nothing wrong with having a tomato-like face after exercising. Have you even worked out if you don’t end up with a red complexion? However, it might take some time until your face gets back to its natural colour. To speed up this process, try washing your face with cold water straight after finishing your gym session. It’ll help your skin get rid of sweat, cool down, and avoid breakouts.
Consider Dry Shampoo
While it might not be the best substitute for everyday shampoo, dry shampoo can be your lifesaver. The trick is to apply it before going to the gym. It might help your hair maintain its shape and be less greasy. If you prefer applying the dry shampoo after you work out, make sure to blow dry your hair first. This type of shampoo doesn’t work well on damp hair.
Braid Your Hair
Post-workout hair might be one of the most annoying things ever. Braiding your hair or putting it in a bun can help you save it from sweating too much, especially if your hair is long. Plus, exercising with your hair flying all around isn’t very convenient either. Of course, you cannot stop it from getting wet at all, but this trick can at least help you add some volume to your hair once you’re done with the gym.
Use Your Gym’s Amenities
Now, many gyms provide quite a few handy amenities you can take advantage of after your workout. Blowdryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body mist, you name it. So, if you don’t want to carry a heavy gym bag back to work, don’t underestimate what your gym has to offer. This, of course, will depend on the gym, but you can always ask them, right?
Keep Your Post-Workout Makeup Simple
Unless you have to appear on a red carpet straight after your workout, you probably don’t need to cover your whole face with various makeup products. The simpler you keep it, the better. Just remember to keep a toner, light tinted moisturizer and sunscreen in your gym bag. This should be enough to help your face look plump and radiant again. Plus, avoiding hard-core foundations and concealers helps your skin breathe.
Use Deodorant and Perfume
You should definitely pack a travel-size deodorant and some perfume samples into your gym bag. Those could be very useful, especially if you’re on the go and want to mask the results of your sweaty gym session. However, we wouldn’t recommend applying them without taking a shower or wiping off your body before. The mix of sweat and body odour isn’t the most pleasant thing.
“As for me, the two things that you can do is to take a shower and spray on your best perfume. Taking a shower makes you feel fresh and look good because it eliminates all the sweat, and it re-energizes your body. After your shower, spray on your best perfume because if you smell good, you feel good, and you'll look good no matter what you wear.”
Darryl Higgins, Founder of Athlete Desk
“After a good workout, you obviously feel good, so keep that smile going.”
Phung D. Tran, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist at Be Active is Easy
You have just finished your workout. And whatever your fitness level is, you should be proud of yourself. Yes, post-workout, you might not look as if you just walked out of a beauty salon. But who cares? What matters is that you pushed yourself and did your best to keep your body healthy and happy. Incorporate embracing that feeling as a part of your post-gym routine, and no one will even guess that you just finished the most brutal WOD ever.