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Time Saver | A Simple Guide to After Gym Hair + Skincare Routine

That horrible moment when I realize that I’m about to leave the gym with greasy hair and “less than ideal” makeup, before returning to the office, is the moment that I dread. Check out my guide for after gym hair + skincare routine, to get out of the gym stat and back to your pulled together self.


If you wear any kind of face makeup, it’s critical to wash your face before working out to prevent breakouts. Quickly cleanse your face with Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Wipes ($4.79/30) that are fragrance free, hypoallergenic and cost effective. Another option are these individually wrapped wipes with Vitamin E ($12.69/50). Could also double for travel.

BFF TIP: Don’t touch your eye makeup so you don’t have to re-do post workout.



GoodWipes Women’s Deodorizing Body Biodegradable ($10/10) body wipes will quickly get rid of that body odor. Will also work for those of you biking to work to ensure a fresh smell when you walk into the office.

BFF TIP:  Don’t forget to wipe the front of your body, your neck and back to prevent that body acne.


Dry shampoo is the quick answer to your sweaty hair. Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo travel Size ($10/1.4oz) is a good option for any hair color without leaving residue. For a cheaper option, Batiste travel size ($7.47/1.6oz) is a great alternative.

If you don’t want a spray (I personally don’t love alcohol based sprays), this Pret-A-Powder Bumble and Bumble travel size ($13/0.5oz) dry shampoo will bring your hair back to life with volume and texture.



OurBFF TIP: To apply, deposit dry shampoo on roots and wait 30 seconds to absorb (if you’re using a  spray, spray 4 – 6 inches away from your roots). Then rub / brush the product through your hair to ensure it is well dispersed. If you don’t have time for a full blow dry, just blow dry the front hairline and pull the rest back.


Wipe your face with Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Wipes ($4.79/30). Thereafter, instead of piling on your moisturizer, SPF, and foundation (yes, that’s three different full size bottles you’re carrying around), just pop on that one BB or CC cream which combines them in a single product. The only thing to watch is how much coverage you prefer.

If you want light moisture, SPF (and maybe a tint), EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen comes in a tinted and non-tinted ($25/1.7oz) version. It is very light, non-greasy and protects from BOTH UVA and UVB rays. And ladies, the sun is responsible for about 90% of premature aging. So make sure to put on your SPF!



If you want a little more coverage, Tarte’s BB Tinteed Treatment 12 Hour Primer SPF 30 ($37/1.0oz) works well either under foundation or just instead. This one is my personal favorite, smoothing those fine lines with its triple B complex while providing 30 SPF.




For full coverage (acts like a foundation), Jane Iredale’s Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream with broad spectrum SPF 25 ($48/1.7oz) is a great vegan option with a low Environment Working Group safety rating. It minimizes pores and brightens your skin especially after that workout.


For build-able coverage, IT Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50 ($38/1.8oz) is loved by all with a built in anti-aging serum and a color corrector (travel size here). You just need a bit as it goes a long way.



BFF TIP: You don’t need a foundation brush to apply. Just wash your hands, take your ring finger and place dime size product on your forehead, nose, both apples of your cheeks and chin. Then spread evenly. If you find you need more, just repeat in those areas.


I recently visited my dentist who advised that I brush my teeth after every meal (eek)! Well, I definitely can’t do that but I can certainly build it in after a gym session. Jason’s or Tom’s travel size toothpaste are great options. Just throw on that travel tooth brush ($5.95 / 2) and you’re one step closer to less plaque and gingivitis. Sexy.






Get It Done. Save Time. In Style.

– Marie


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  1. Marie
    5 years ago

    Thanks Mary Claire! These seem great!


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