Once you’ve finally gotten into a workout routine, the whole process gets easier: You’re no longer stressed about doing the right number of repetitions, or how to use a certain machine. You’ve even stopped worrying about what to wear or how to pose. Instead, you enter into a familiar groove—and you might even find yourself enjoying it all. But your body can be a little trickier to predict after exercising. Usually, it can be tough to determine which products will soothe and protect skin from sweat, dirt, and oil after an intense workout.
Since a cold shower alone won’t deliver the cleanliness you need, we’ve put together a list of the 13 post-workout skincare products we’d use after a session. Most of them are specifically formulated for this type of use—from cooldown mists and wipes to toners and body sprays—so that your skin stays hydrated, calm, and clear. And because hair is also a big post-exercise concern, we’ve included those products as well.
Ever since E.l.f. debuted its line of post-workout skincare and makeup products last year, they’ve proven to be indispensable to this routine—and to maintaining a budget. That’s especially true of this cooldown mist, which has glycerin to help maintain moisture.
There are 12 large pre-moistened body wipes in this package, which will help cleanse and immediately deodorize your skin after a workout. They’re also biodegradable and compostable.
This soothing balm is packed with moisturizing cocoa, shea butter, and aloe, and it’s also 100% vegan. We’d swipe this on for an immediate cooling sensation as soon as we step away from our workout.
In the Shower
Bring this three-in-one bar with you into the shower to help exfoliate, cleanse, and soothe your skin. It will also help even out texture and minimize oil.
If you do decide to wash your hair after a workout, opt for this moisturizing, natural shampoo. It cleanses your hair while removing excess dirt and oil and is safe to use on all hair types.
Massage this leave-in conditioner into curly hair to replenish moisture and diminish frizz. It’s lightweight and silicone-free, so it won’t attract more dirt.
Sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to wash your hair after a workout, and that’s where this item comes in. It absorbs sweat, odor, and oil without parabens and sulfates for hair that’ll look fresh right out of the gym.
After you’ve sweated through a workout and jumped into a hot shower, chances are your skin is going to feel dry. Solve that problem with this ultra-hydrating lotion, which has 73 sea minerals to give your skin the nourishment it needs.
Use this toner to help balance out your skin’s pH and combat the oiliness and dryness that comes from exercise. It also has 10% salicylic and lactic acids to minimize pores.
If you’re apt to breaking out after a workout, use this spray’s salicylic acid to fight off impending acne. The menthol in it will also help soothe any irritations, and blue lotus extract will keep pores clean.
This "high-performance" deodorant was designed for women on the move, so it eliminates sweat molecules with all-natural ingredients and a vanilla scent. You don’t have to worry about aluminum, silicone, and other harsh chemicals, too.
Let’s say that you’re still shiny after a particularly tough workout. This compact has natural blotting papers to control oil, coupled with a finishing powder made of Amazonian clay. Needless to say, you won’t look shiny anymore.
Spray this setting mist over your makeup for sun protection and a shield against oiliness. The rosemary and mint scent will be a welcome refresher, too.