Post-Workout Clean-Up by Erica

How many of us struggle to fit a workout into our busy days?   Between school, work, kids, and a social life, it seems almost impossible to make it to your favorite PSF class and then find the time to look somewhat “decent” for the rest of your day. I would like to think I have become somewhat of a pro at mastering the “I swear I showered after my workout” look. I haven’t decided if I should be proud of this or not. But, I have figured out the simplest and most cost-effective way of heading straight to class after a PSF sweat session. With help from the following products, you can be a pro too!

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First things first, that hair. I have very fine hair, and a ton of it! It gets crazy frizzy and matted in humidity and it is so easy to fall into the trap of just throwing it up and putting a thick headband in, leaving me looking far from clean, therefore, dry shampoo has become my best friend. There are plenty of brands out there that have created their own spray on shampoo, some expensive, some super cheap. My favorite one so far is Tresemme’s Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo. About the size of regular hair spray, this gem stays with me in my gym bag, backpack, even a bigger purse! The directions tell you to just spray it near your roots and then rub it in and brush it out, but I have found it works best if you spray it in your hands first and then rub it through your scalp! A little bit goes a long way, trust me! Then I put it in a “cute” pony and throw an embellished headband on and I am ready to go! You can find this product at any Walgreens, CVS, and Target, prices ranging from $4.99-$6.00! It is also conveniently located in the PSF Women’s Locker room—for free!

Next up, that sweaty skin! Let’s face it; none of us are immune to the occasional break out. We all have different skin types and this can scare us away from using anything that is less than top of the line. While I appreciate a good facial cleanser, I will also do anything to make sure I have something with me to cleanse my skin from all that sweat. I really have tried every kind of facial wipe there is…. I promise. Some of them burn and some of them make my skin feel dryer than ever but I have finally found the winner. Olay Fresh Effects S’wipe Out! These wipes are makeup removal and also refreshing. I use them to take my make-up off before a workout or to wipe down my face after a workout. Hey I even use these to wipe down along my hairline or right under that tight sports bra strap! For only about $6.00 you can find these at your favorite drug store.

Seems like we are on the right track, right? My hair has a rock star ponytail and my face feels nice and fresh. But now I would like to put something on to even out that complexion before I run out the door for the day! Bringing your whole makeup bag with you will make you feel like you are a bag lady… my tip? Find your absolute favorite tinted moisturizer. I always buy one that is SPF and a little lighter than my natural skin color so that I don’t have to worry about my face matching my neck J. Lately, I have become a NARS snob, it’s my favorite I can’t help it! Their tinted moisturizer is about $42.00 at the makeup counter or Sephora. Pricey, yes, but I have found that when you have decent makeup, a little bit really does go a long way. If the price scares you especially since this may just be an extra thing you keep in your gym bag, then I would look into the brand E.L.F. If you do not know this makeup brand already, you need to look into it! Their products run from $1.00-$6.00. Their tinted moisturizer is about $3.00 and it works like a charm! This is the one that I keep in my gym bag or backpack at all times (I like to keep the good stuff at home).   Whichever one you choose, just put a pea-sized dot in your hand and hit under the eyes and your t-zone. E.L.F has all of their products online and now Target has a whole section dedicated to it!

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While I am not trying to talk you into not-showering, I do believe in making life simple, if you have to run to a meeting that starts 30 minutes after your sculpt session that you can’t stand to miss, then follow my lead and I promise no one will ever know that you just dominated your workout!

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