Don't Sweat It: Your Post-Workout Beauty Woes, Solved!
More Fit Beauty SolutionsI rush to shower after my gym session but break into a sweat as soon as I get dressed.
"Our core temperature rises when we exercise, and sweating is the way our body cools down," Dr. Geyer explains. "Even after your heart rate and breathing return to normal, it can take a while for your body to expel the excess heat." So do your cardio at the beginning of your workout rather than at the end. "If you wind down with stretching or light strength training, which requires less exertion, it will help bring your temperature down," Dr. Geyer says. Then drink cold water and take a lukewarm shower followed by a cool rinse. "This can also help minimize sweating," he says.The baseball cap I wear while running flattens my hair, and I don't have time to restyle.
"Before your run, massage a dry shampoo with micronized cornstarch, such as Blowpro Faux Dry ($20, blowpro.com), into your scalp. The finely milled powder will work to reduce static and volumize hair at the root," Patterson says. "Then mist on a soft-hold hair spray to help lessen the friction of your hair against the hat," he adds. Our pick: Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray ($4, drugstores). Post-run, take off your hat, give your head a few minutes to cool down, then rake your fingers through your hair while scrunching your roots for body.I take two showers a day, including one after my lunchtime workout. But I don't have time to apply body lotion twice.
Try to keep both showers short, especially if there's no time for moisturizing afterward, and use soap sparingly. "One of the cardinal sins that lead to dry skin is overwashing. Suds only those areas prone to odor, sweat, and bacteria, like your armpits, and skip your legs, arms, and back if your skin is dry," Dr. Geyer says. Use a rich "moisturinser" shower cream, which moisturizes as it cleans, says Hale, who likes Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash ($6, drugstores). When you have a few minutes post-shower or at night, apply an extra-heavy cream -- not a lotion -- all over. "Lotions don't restore or protect quite as well as creams and ointments do," Dr. Geyer says. Try Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme ($8, drugstores).Sunscreen drips into my eyes during my run.
Instead of an SPF lotion, try a water-resistant stick, such as Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 55 ($5, drugstores), which sinks into the skin. If you're supersensitive, consider a tear-free sunscreen made for babies, like Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Cream Sunscreen SPF 45+ ($11, drugstores). Apply it lightly on the forehead to minimize the migration factor, and pat your eyebrows with a tissue before heading out, Dr. Geyer says. Sunscreen often collects in the brow area, and it will start to run once you sweat, he explains. Finally, "a sweatband is always a good option to prevent dripping," Dr. Hale says, "and a hat is a must to protect your face when the sunscreen wears off."
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2013.
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