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

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Beauty Tips for Active Women

My ponytail or bun won't stay put during Spinning class.


A bun is best held in place with a corkscrewlike accessory like the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin ($7, drugstores), which works on all hair textures, Patterson says. Insert the pin in the crease of the bun closest to the scalp and twist away. "As you turn the pin, it grabs both the bun and the hair underneath for a secure hold," he says. For a firmer ponytail, use a holder with a hook on either end, like Ricky's NYC Rickycare Bungees ($5 for four elastics, rickysnyc.com), to prevent any strands from falling out. And a shot of lightweight hair spray never hurts.

My makeup always cracks in my gym bag.

Look for a makeup bag with compartments to keep products from bouncing around, or line the inside of a regular cosmetics case with a thin towel or cloth. "This will add extra padding to protect your breakables," Roncal says. For even more cushioning, wrap your palettes and any glass bottles -- for instance, your foundation -- in tissue and keep them separate from one another. Surratt is a fan of padded makeup bags from brands like LeSportsac and Vera Bradley. Our favorite: Sephora Quilted Organizer in Black ($32, sephora.com). Still have breakage? Consider switching to products packaged in tubes rather than glass.

My hair is dry because I wash it so much, but I can't bear not to shampoo it after a workout.

Lather up with a silicone-free moisturizing formula like Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo ($10, drugstores). If you use hot tools, don't even think about skipping heat-protectant spray; look for one that prevents damage from temperatures as high as 450 degrees. "Styling without it will do more damage than washing your hair every day," Patterson warns. Try Redken Iron Shape II Finishing Thermal Spray ($16, redken.com for salons). Get in the habit of applying a weekly hydrating mask. "You might also consider using a humidifier, because it can keep your skin as well as your hair moist," he says.

My nail polish always chips during CrossFit.

If it's done right, your mani should be tough enough for any workout, says celebrity manicurist Elle. Consider a salon or at-home gel manicure, like Sephora by OPI Gelshine At-Home Gel Colour System ($159, sephora.com), which uses a UV light to cure the polish so that it resists chips and stays glossy for weeks, says Jin Soon Choi, the founder of Jinsoon Hand and Foot Spa in New York City. Be sure to seal each nail by running a little color under the tip, where cracks often begin. Power up regular polish by applying a "sticky" base coat, like OPI ChipSkip Manicure Prep Coat ($13, opi.com for salons), so the hue adheres better. Finish with a keratin-infused topcoat, such as Dermelect Cosmeceuticals High-Maintenance Instant Nail Thickener ($16, dermelect.com), which strengthens and adds shine, Elle 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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