A clear complexion and an active lifestyle don’t always go hand in hand. If you love to exercise, you know how much workout-induced breakouts and redness can kill your post-sweat vibe.
But having a dedicated skin care regimen can go a long way toward making you feel your best, and sometimes the key is finding products that are made to keep up with your busy schedule. These tried-and-true products will be there for you when you’re feeling sweaty and gross, and they’ll help you transition from the gym to happy hour in a snap.
1. Recess Cleansing Wipes
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a bad habit of running errands after the gym before you make it home to shower. That means the sweat sometimes sits on your face and body for hours, which can cause all sorts of unpleasantries on your skin. If you know you’ll be out and about before you get to clean up, wipe down with these paraben-free face and body wipes from Recess.
2. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Another option if you don’t have time to clean your face immediately is this spray from La Roche-Posay. Not only does it sound super fancy to say, it feels a-ma-zing on your skin and is an easy way to get some quick post-wash moisture. Spritz it on your face, do a little hair flip, and get on with your day.
3. MILK Makeup Cooling Water
Meant to revive and energize you, this cooling stick from Milk feels terrific when you’ve just finished a heated sweat session. It helps damper down redness and gives your skin a pick-me-up thanks to the jolt of caffeine. Pro tip: Store it in the fridge so it’ll be extra cold when you’re ready to use it.
4. Avalon Organics Defense Cleansing Gel
If you’ve got time to actually wash your face, lather it up with Avalon Organics cleansing gel made from organic botanicals and essential oils. The natural, plant-based ingredients mean you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin, and it’s less likely to cause breakouts or skin irritation.
5. Fresh Sugar Sport Sunscreen
It’s the constant battle—you know you should be wearing sunscreen for outdoor workouts, but everything you’ve tried just makes your skin break out like crazy. (Been there.) This Sugar sport sunscreen from Fresh is water-resistant and non-sticky, and you can use it on your lips as well. It’s also the perfect size to stash in your gym bag or backpack for busy days.
6. Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner
Not only does this mist toner from New Zealand brand Trilogy score well with the EWG, it’s an awesome-smelling way to moisturize. Give yourself a spritz (or five) or rub it on your clean face with a cotton ball after washing. Ingredients like rose flower water and lavender oil help to tone down blotchiness and balance skin. Did we mention it smells freaking incredible?
7. Obagi Clenziderm Moisturizer
This is another lifesaver if you’re prone to blackheads. Obagi’s Clenziderm moisturizer softens your skin after harsh cleansers and toners, but it won’t feel gross or greasy. Use it after you’ve washed your face to keep your pores squeaky clean and reduce any flakiness or irritation.
8. Lush Grease Lightning
As a brand that prides itself on being an environmental staple, Lush still gets some side-eye: Some of their products don’t exactly live up to the clean, green hype, as a lot include parabens as a preservative, which people have mixed feelings about.
However, there isn’t a lot of evidence that parabens are harmful to humans. So, if you’re unphased, this one is great as a spot treatment or redness reducer in a pinch—just dab a teensy bit of Grease Lightning on your skin and let the tea tree and aloe combo do their thing.
9. Origins Ginger Body Scrub
One true downside to working out often is that your feet probably don’t feel great. If sweaty socks and shoes are taking their toll, try this spicy-scented scrub from Origins that works magic on rough skin. You can use it anywhere you need an exfoliant, and it’ll keep your skin smooth even when you’ve been doing major damage in your sneakers.
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Sarah Ellis is a grad student, runner, writer, and very bad dancer. She’s probably drinking kombucha and pretending chocolate is a health food (because it is, duh).