Following a sweat sesh with a full scrub-down might be ideal, but it's not always practical—when you've already spent a precious hour of your day working out, chances are you don't have much else to spare for a shower and blowdry, too.
But if you thought that the only alternative was to leave the gym looking like a hot and sweaty mess, think again. With the right approach and the help of some clever products, you can march out in public looking better than you did pre-workout.
Keep reading to see which gym-bag essentials will get the job done.
1. Sidestep that ponytail dent.
Leegoal Elastic Coil Phone Wire Ponytail Holder ($2)
These brilliant coiled elastics are specially designed to leave your hair crease-free, and we can report that they stand up to the task—even after a long sweat sesh.
2. Wipe away sweat…
Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($5)
Job No. 1 is to remove pore-clogging sweat as quickly as possible. These wallet-friendly wipes are particularly great because they're infused with refreshing cucumber, which will help cool you down and fight redness as you cleanse.
3. …and funky smells.
Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9)
The beauty of these deodorant wipes is that they don't smell particularly deodorant-y—the fragrance comes courtesy of a gentle blend of essential oils and coconut, which means you're free to use these odor-neutralizing wipes on your arms, legs, wherever. And FWIW, they're natural, biodegradable, and aluminum-free.
4. Restore your blowout.
5. In fact, make it look even better.
Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner ($7)
Dry conditioners are a thing, too! And just try not to get addicted to the scent of Amika. Go on, we dare you.
6. Fight soreness before it begins.
Tata Harper Soothing Muscle Gel ($40)
Because it's that much harder to look refreshed when you're not feeling it. This woodsy gel contains arnica (nature's Advil!) as well as all kinds of other soothing botanicals. Apply directly to sore muscles.
7. Add a little polish.
Ilia Multi-Stick in Cheek to Cheek ($34)
Some cheek and lip color should do the trick, and this little multitasker does both.
8. Mist and go.
Caudalie Grape Water ($18)
Face mists will keep you cool without disturbing any of your post-gym handiwork. If you're still feeling the afterburn, slip one of these in your purse to go.
What are your tips for leaving the gym looking flawless? Any go-to products? Tell us below!