In Review: 8 Post-Workout Beauty Products That You Need In Your Gym Bag

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People who go to the gym regularly know that the worst part of the workout is what comes after it’s over. Especially if you work out in the morning, you have to worry about prepping yourself for the rest of your day. That means that you need to bring all of your post-workout beauty products with you. It can be difficult to know which of your products from your stash are worth lugging around in your gym bag, so we have rounded up a few of our faves.

From dry shampoo to tinted moisturizer, there’s something on this list for everyone — including the person who likes to put on a full face of makeup post-workout. All of these products come in mini sizes so you can easily tote them around. Plus, they all emphasize that effortless lived-in, “model off-duty” look that everyone likes to embrace post-workout.

The key to looking fab after your workout is to pick out post-workout beauty products that play up what you look like after you sweat. A dewy face and undone hair can be perfected with the products on this list. Plus, you don’t have to put too much thought or effort into using them.

Try out some of these post-workout beauty product recommendations for that “I woke up like this” edge.

R + Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste & Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème

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Styling your hair post-workout can be a struggle, especially if you’re not planning on washing your hair. These two pomades from R + Co are the answer to your prayers. Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste helps absorb oil and has a medium hold. Meanwhile, Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème emphasizes your hair’s natural texture, while also holding your styling in place and offering a subtle shine. They’re both perfect post-workout beauty products because they control oil and sweat, as well as style your hair.

Shop Now: Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, $29 // Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème, $29

Perricone MD Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer Tint SPF 30

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If you’re not a fan of putting makeup on after your workout but you still want your skin to look fresh and even, the Perricone MD Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer Tint SPF 30 is the product for you. This product is a true tinted moisturizer. It is mostly feels like a moisturizer, but finishes with a slight tint. The pigments in the product burst when you rub it into your face, and it subtly matches your skin tone to give you an even complexion. It’s the perfect no makeup skincare product to put on after a workout.

Shop Now: Perricone MD Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer Tint SPF 30, $69

Nudestix Tinted Blur Stick

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Frequent gym rats are always in search of post-workout beauty products that can take them to their next appointment. The Nudestix Tinted Blur Stick is a great “your skin but better” product that layers nicely over skincare, and even sweat. It’s a mix of a tinted moisturizer, primer, and blur stick all in one. You can use it by itself as a makeup base, or put it on as a primer for a fuller face of makeup post-workout.

Shop Now: Nudestix Tinted Blur Stick, $30

OGX Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream

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Sometimes, you can’t leave the gym without washing your hair, but blow drying is a pain and can take too long. Fear not! The OGX Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream was made for this exact situation. It’s a lightweight cream that you can run through wet or damp hair, quickly scrunch in, and run out the door. It’s a no-mess, no-fuss product that allows your post-workout hair to look effortless and breezy.

Shop Now: OGX Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream, $9

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

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A gentle face cleanser is a must after a sweaty workout, and there are few that are as gentle and effective as the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser. It’s such a clean product, you can literally see straight through the formula. It has a low concentration of AHAs so you can gently exfoliate your skin while you cleanse, and leave your workout with your skin looking fresh.

Shop Now: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $34

Glossier You Perfume Solid

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Chief among all post-workout beauty products is a good fragrance. Glossier You is a beautiful, light, and airy scent that adjusts to your body’s chemistry to morph into a fragrance that truly fits you. With base notes of ambrette, ambrox, and musk, and top notes of iris root and pink pepper, it’s a balanced scent that will help you cover up any post-workout stench. While it might be stressful to put a glass perfume bottle in your gym bag, the Glossier You Perfume Solid is perfect for on-the-go application.

Shop Now: Glossier You Perfume Solid, $22

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

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Just because you’re leaving a workout doesn’t mean you have to leave behind your sweaty glow. With your blood pumping to your face to give you a natural flush, dewy, almost-sweaty skin is a look that you can take with you throughout the day. Nothing gives you that result better than the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. Spritz this all over your face following your post-workout skincare and makeup routine for a dewy glow.

Shop Now: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, $48

Every gym rat needs to keep these staple post-workout beauty products in their gym bags from now on.

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