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Don't Sweat It: Your Post-Workout Beauty Woes, Solved!

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Whether you run, lift, or are into Spinning, we know you don't let beauty challenges get in the way of a workout -- especially when you're armed with these easy fixes for the biggest skin, hair, and nail bummers that affect active women.

Fit Beauty Tricks

My hair is a frizzy mess after yoga.


Before hitting the mat, mist a dry shampoo, such as Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($8, drugstores), all around your hairline, including the nape of your neck, where sweat often collects and causes fuzz. If you have supercurly or hard-to-manage hair, comb a light leave-in treatment, like Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Overnight Miracle Repair Serum ($6, drugstores), through the ends to seal in moisture and form a barrier against frizz, says Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist for Blow, The New York Blow Dry Bar in New York City. Then pull hair into a high topknot and slip on a mesh head wrap, such as the Lululemon Athletica Bang Buster Headband ($14, shop.lululemon.com), to soak up sweat. After class, blow-dry your hairline with the head wrap still on, pushing it back just a bit. "This will force the curly, frizzy hairs down so they dry smoother," Patterson explains.

My skin feels tight and itchy after swimming.

Before you get in the pool, apply a thin coat of skin protectant to form a shield between you and the drying chlorinated water, advises Adam Geyer, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. A good one: Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($5, drugstores). After your swim, take a shower, says Elizabeth Hale, MD, also a dermatologist in New York City. While your skin is still damp, slather on a moisturizer with aloe or ceramides, such as Kiehl's Creme de Corps ($48, kiehls.com). "The regular application of a nourishing moisturizer helps keep skin healthy and diminishes the itch," Dr. Geyer says.

I don't have time to take off my makeup before my lunchtime workout.

A good rule of thumb: Go light on makeup on the days you're working out. "Avoid ingredients such as mineral oil and petrolatum because they may clog pores," says Mally Roncal, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. Instead, "stick with sheer cream-based products that allow your skin to breathe and won't clump," advises Troy Surratt, a makeup artist in New York City, who recommends using a tinted beauty balm, a long-lasting lip crayon, and a waterproof mascara that adheres tightly to lashes and won't smear. We like Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream ($9, maybelline.com), Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm ($16, clinique.com), and Mally Beauty Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($20, qvc.com). After your workout, mist water on your face and reblend your makeup with a sponge, or pat your cheekbones and nose with premoistened wipes. "Then just reapply a touch of makeup where needed before heading out," Surratt says.

My lips get chapped when I run. I carry lip balm with SPF in my pocket, but I can't seem to shake the flake.

"Dry lips are often a sign that our internal water balance is off," Dr. Geyer says. "Coffee, alcohol, and certain foods have a dehydrating, diuretic effect, so bump up your water consumption to eight glasses a day." The way you breathe may also be a factor. "Many runners are mouth breathers, which really dries the lips," Dr. Hale says. "Make an effort to breathe through your nose whenever possible." To help open up your nasal passages, try Breathe Right Nasal Strips ($5, drugstores). Whatever you do, don't lick your lips. "The enzymes in saliva dry out skin; as saliva evaporates, it wicks moisture from your lips," Dr. Geyer explains. With that in mind, use your lip balm to seal moisture in, and apply a generous layer of it before bed to soften any flakes, Dr. Hale says.

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dani2292 wrote:

Any tips for getting rid of flushed cheeks after cardio. Mine stay that way for about 45 min. Very annoying. TY

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