Last Update: September 27, 2022
Fitting a workout into a busy day is always a challenge—especially when your shower-and-primp routine takes longer than the sweat session itself. But it doesn’t have to!
Here are five products to pack in your bag that’ll make getting ready in the locker room quicker and easier than ever.
If you’re one of those unicorns that can wear a full face of makeup to the gym and not look like a melted popsicle after, more power to you. But for those of us natural-born sweaty types, these towelettes are perfect for wiping off any trace of cosmetics and dirt before a workout and can be a cool facial refresher after the steam room—no water required. The nourishing formula is great for even the most sensitive skin and natural coconut and argan oils hydrate without clogging pores. They’re also great for quickly wiping down yoga mats or other used gym equipment that looks … questionable.
By the time you’ve washed, conditioned, detangled, dried, and styled your hair, you could have done 12 more rounds of squats. Save some time (and energy) by trying one of these braided hairstyles that can stay in place through even the toughest workouts. Then, after you’re all done, spritz some dry shampoo on your roots to keep locks looking fresh. Made with organic corn starch and essential oils, Acure’s formula quickly absorbs excess sweat and deodorizes, while a keratin-boosting combo of argan stem cells and CoQ10 keeps hair extra hydrated between washes.
One way to make your beauty routine more efficient is to throw multipurpose makeup products in your bag. We recommend these 2-in-1 stains to add a pop of color to both cheeks and lips—dab on with your fingertips, no brushes or tools required. Want more quick makeup tips? Try these five-minute tricks to brighten up your entire face.
There are instances when you’re tight on time after kickboxing class and just can’t be above skipping the shower. In those situations, it’s all about the cover-up—and deodorant is your best disguise. A good quality product fights body odor and leaves behind a clean, fresh smell, but, many antiperspirants on the market today contain chemicals that could pose health risks. You can make your own using coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, and the essential oil of your choice. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a powerful formula that will really save the day.
In addition to working for Thrive Market developing health and nutrition stories, Selena is also a freelance entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Time Out, Nylon, The A.V. Club, and Paste. She's been anthologized in "That Devil Music: Best Rock Writing" and her debut book will be out in early 2018. When not writing, she travels and hangs with her dog, Slayer.
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