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The Best Beauty Products for Before and After a Workout

  • Miko Lim 

    What Makes A Winner

    Our beauty editors narrowed down approximately 1,500 nominated new beauty products to 558 semifinalists, which were evaluated by our experts. The pros' top selections were then sent to our reader testers, who scored each on such factors as effectiveness, texture, scent, and ease of use to determine our winners.

  • Secret Destinations

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    Winner: Secret Destinations

    The workout staple we can't sweat without: This deodorant goes on evenly, absorbs quickly (no clumpage!) and leaves us smelling more exotic than baby powder. ($4, drugstores)

    Runner-up: Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant in Nourished Beauty ($6, drugstores)

  • Scunci No-Slip Grip Evolution Elastics

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    Hair Elastic

    Winner: Scunci No-Slip Grip Evolution Elastics

    Never stop mid-session to fix your pony again. These ties keep your hair in place without pulling or tangles. ($3 for 14, drugstores)

    Runner-up: Mia Beauty Silkies ($5,

  • Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor

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    Hair Removal

    Winner: Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor 

    Say good-bye to razor burn for good! This five-blade shaver contains protective strips with aloe for a superclose, silky glide. #smoothmoves ($13, drugstores)

    Runner-up: Illuminage Touch ($445,

  • June Jacobs Lip Renewal SPF 50

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    SPF for Lips

    Winner: June Jacobs Lip Renewal SPF 50 

    The elements can leave your lips sore. Pamper your pout with this healing balm. ($24,

  • Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher

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    Dry Shampoo

    Winner: Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher

    Now you don't have to wash after every workout. One tester massaged this into her sweat-soaked strands and was blown away by how clean her hair looked. ($20,

    Runner-up: Davines Hair Refresher ($28, for salons) 

  • Rituals Tao Collection Lao Tze Cooling Foot Balm

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    Foot Product

    Winner: Rituals Tao Collection Lao Tze Cooling Foot Balm

    After clocking major miles, slip off your running shoes and slather on this minty cream for instant relief. ($15,

    Runner-up: Silk'n Pedi Callus Remover ($37,

  • Victoria's Secret Angels Only Body MIst

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    Body Mist

    Winner: Victoria's Secret Angels Only Body MIst 

    No one will know you spent the last hour dripping with sweat. Notes of apple blossom and violet make you smell fresh and luscious. ($25,

    Runner-up: Love2Love Body Mist ($7, Walmart stores)

  •  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick Face & Body Stick SPF 70

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    Portable SPF

    Winner: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick Face & Body Stick SPF 70

    Testers appreciated the "nonchalky formula" and the deodorant-like application, which makes it ideal for coating large and small areas. ($10, drugstores)

    Runner-up: Sun Bum Shorties SPF 30 ($12,

  • Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture & Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Rollerball Duo

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    Portable Fragrance

    Winner: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture & Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Rollerball Duo

    This marker-size scent contains a gardenia-and-mandarin option for day and a caramel one for night. ($25,

    Runner-up: Thymes Studio Collection Aqua Coralline Cologne Rollerball ($19,

  •  La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Lotion Spray

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    Sweatproof SPF for Body

    Winner: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Lotion Spray

    "Before I suit up, I spray this on my arms and legs. It doesn't feel greasy," our resident cyclist said. ($36, drugstores) 

    Runner-up: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray SPF 30+ ($10, drugstores)

  • Amarte Ultra Veil SPF 50+

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    Sweatproof SPF for Face

    Winner: Amarte Ultra Veil SPF 50+ 

    Protection that stays put. "This lightweight sunscreen was the only one that didn't drip into or sting my eyes," one runner reportered. ($45,

    Runner-up: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion 30 ($40, drugstores)

  • Garnier Clean + Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes

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    Cleansing Wipes

    Winner: Garnier Clean + Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes 

    These wipes are neither too dry nor too wet, and they cut through even the smokiest eye makeup. ($6, drugstores) 

    Runner-up: Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths ($15,