Fitness pros share their favorite post-workout hair, makeup tips

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How do people who sweat for a living keep their skin, makeup and hair looking great post-workout? We asked, they answered.

Slip blotting papers into your gym bag
“I advise using long-wear makeup; it stays on during (and even after) a workout,” says Bergen Wheeler, core fusion teacher at Exhale New York. “With the makeup situation under control, my go-to product to freshen up after class is Sephora blotting papers in Calming Natural Tea Tree. I may be glowing on the inside after a great Core Fusion work out, but these little sheets help do the trick getting rid of the post workout shine on my skin!”  

All hail the headband
“Before my workouts, I pull my hair into a ponytail and use a headband to keep it off my face so that afterwards I can just blow dry the hair around my face, then fluff it up with dry shampoo,” says Jessica Davis, owner of Boost! Fitness in Dallas, Texas and spokesperson for fitness gear retailer SIX:02. “Asics ‘Hera’ headbands stay put with a silicon gripper along the inside and they keep sweat out of my eyes during my run. All the colors means I get to mix and match with different outfits.” 

What about skincare and makeup? “I always use facial wipes post-workout. A little bit of waterproof mascara and tinted lip balm help me feel more pulled together when I don't want to put on a full face of makeup.”  

Take your hair from Pilates to party
Going from class to a night out in a time crunch? “If you have curly hair like me, take a second to dry the sweat out of the front of your hair, then either rock beach-y waves or a sleek low side bun,” recommends instructor Emily T. “Part your hair on one side, then sweep it to the opposite side and use a hair tie to secure your hair in a ponytail; wrap the hair around itself to form a loose bun, securing the ends underneath the elastic. Throw on a pair of statement earrings and you're good to go!”  

Switch out your soap
“Shower immediately, as dried sweat on your body has actually been rumored to make you tired,” says Anna Kaiser, founder of AKT InMotion. “Instead of cleansing your face with soap, remove surface dirt and oils by applying a rose toner with a soft cloth or cotton pad, then rinse thoroughly (it won’t dehydrate your skin like soap will.) Finish by applying skin oil (I like Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex) or your favorite moisturizer for an instant glow. I also suggest dotting wrists, neck, and behind the ears with gentle aromatherapy to further calm and invigorate you on your way back to work or home.” 

Skip the ponytail to prevent breakage 
SoulCycle instructor Karyn Nesbit has learned a few tricks for keeping her hair as conditioned as her physique. “I only wash my hair twice a week. I like to wear it wavy, messy, sorta-bedhead-ish all the time. I workout with my hair down because if I wear my hair pulled back tightly it starts to break off — specifically around my face— so I've learned to let it go freely to keep that from happening. Plus, I'm a big fan of whipping my hair back and forth on the bike! Also, I never use a blow dryer. I'll twist my hair up into a high bun for twenty-ish minutes while I shower, wash my face, and put on make up. I'll either clean it up and wear it high on my head or let my hair down and work some Morrocanoil through it. Done!”