Squeezing in a morning or lunchtime workout before heading into the office? Heck yeah, you are! But even if you’re fitting a quick workout into your schedule, a problem may still arise: you don’t have time to shower before your next meeting. And while a shower is always the preferable option when you’ve got the extra time, we’ve got some ninja-level freshening-up skills that’ll get you through the rest of your day without feeling or looking like a hot mess.
- Keep your gym bag stocked. Your gym bag is your source of renewal post-sweat sesh, and it’s the home to your arsenal of office-ready supplies — aka, your treasure trove. Pack up your skin care, hair care, and hygiene products, and spare clothes of all kinds — and of course, a water bottle to keep you hydrated.
- Skip the underwear (during your workout). Say what? Yeah, seriously. If you’re wearing leggings of some kind for your workout, go commando. It’ll trap less sweat, and you can put on a clean pair (from your treasure-trove gym bag) afterward. One less thing to wash, too.
- Wipe up! What is an on-the-go shower without body and face wipes? After you towel off and before you put on clean clothes, quickly wipe up your face and body with a cleansing wipe (there are so many good ones — I like the Yes to Coconuts ($5) wipes from Target!), and to “freshen up the downtown” as they say, I’d highly recommend intimate wipes like Summer’s Eve ($4) or Sweet Spot ($3). Use these and you’ll feel almost as fresh as you would if you had showered. Honestly, you should always have a pack of wipes in your gym bag. They’re so great.
- Dry. Sham. Poo. Seriously guys, this stuff is a lifesaver for sweaty, greasy hair. Blot or pat dry excess sweat with a towel at your gym or studio to accelerate the drying process, then spray that stuff allll over. Be sure to run your fingers through a little to make sure you don’t have white patches. Try sweeping your hair into a sleek high ponytail or bun to keep your look polished and the sweat somewhat hidden.
- Cool your face. You shouldn’t ever be embarrassed if your face gets red during a workout — it’s totally natural, and has little to do with your physical ability (take my word for it — I get SO red, and it lasts for hours). But if you’re trying to get it together before your next meeting, my paramedic dad taught me a little trick after my last half marathon: put some ice or a cold water bottle on the side of your neck (near the carotid artery) to cool the blood going to your face. I couldn’t believe how quickly the color of my face changed when I tried this. Try it out before you head back to your desk!
- Try a soap-scented deodorant. You’ve wiped up with cleansing clothes, you’ve got clean clothes on, your hair is refreshed with dry shampoo, and your face is cooled — don’t forget to keep the sweaty smells from coming back with some lightly scented deodorant. I like Dove Dry Spray ($5) because it has a fresh fragrance that smells like a soapy shower. THE WORLD WILL NEVER KNOW YOUR SECRET.
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- Is It Sanitary Enough to Use Body Wipes After a Workout?
- Woo More Play Freshies $12.99
- Yuni Shower Sheets $15
- Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes $5.84
- CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Wipes $11.63
- Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes $4.80
- To Skip the Shower: Goodwipes Body Wipes For Guys – $10
- To Put Your Best Face Forward: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes – $24
- To Tackle Acne: YesTo Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes – $6
- To Clean Up A Mess Quickly: Dollar Shave Club One Wipe Charlies – $6
- To Freshen Up For a “Friend”: Scotch Porter Fresh Meat Masculine Wipes – $6
- To Calm Sensitive Skin: Every Man Jack Speed Shower Face & Body Wipes – $6
- To Use Instead of Hand Gel: EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes – $14
- Editors’ Recommendations
- 11 Post-Gym Makeup Wipes & Face Cleansers To Refresh Sweaty Skin
- 1. ARROW REFRESH On-the-Go Cleansing Cloths
- 2. GoodWipes Deodorizing Body Wipes
- 3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
- 4. Sweat Cosmetics Skin-Balancing Cleansing Wipes
- 5. Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser
- 6. Missha Super Aqua Perfect Cleansing Tissue
- 7. Josie Maran Cleansing Oil
- 8. Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
- 9. Paper Shower Body Wipes
- 10. Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser
- 11. EmerginC Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes
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- Infused Witch Hazel DIY Face Wipes
Is It Sanitary Enough to Use Body Wipes After a Workout?
Most of the time, we’re squeezing a workout into our day where it barely fits, and a post-workout shower is usually something we have to do with superhero speed – if we can even get a shower in, that is. That’s why body wipes are a great alternative to giving your face and body a quick cleanse before rushing back to work or heading to brunch.
Plus, body wipes will kill any germs you picked up from any workout equipment and keep post-gym scents at bay until you find the time to take an actual shower. So which post-workout wipes are worth the purchase? Check out a few of our go-tos below.
Woo More Play Freshies $12.99
Wiping yourself down with a gentle wipe like this one will eliminate odor and germs that can lead to serious discomfort.
Yuni Shower Sheets $15
Toss these natural, biodegradable body wipes in your gym bag to instantly cleanse and refresh your skin after your sweat sesh.
Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes $5.84
Infused with coconut water, coconut oil, and fruit extracts, these facial wipes are ultra-hydrating and cleansing for the skin.
CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Wipes $11.63
These high-performance wipes are essential for anyone with an active lifestyle. They clean away excess dirt, oil, and sweat that can cause pores to clog or lead to breakouts.
Bliss Lemon & Sage Refreshing Body Wipes $4.80
The super soft, cooling body wipes naturally deodorize, refresh, and cleanse away dirt, oil, and sweat.
xx, The FabFitFun Team
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Wipes aren’t new. Women have been using them for make-up removal for years, but you’d think they are the “best new thing” for guys judging by how many brands have jumped on the band wagon. It makes sense — they’re quick, easy, and go anywhere (TSA-approved). While there is debate about their impact on the environment, if used as your alternative to a shower, and if they are disposed of properly (always check to see if they are flushable — a lot are not), then they can really be a game-changer.
That said, not all wipes are created equal. Some are made for make-up (in man language, that basically means they won’t irritate your eyes) and some have different ingredients to target specific issues, just like your favorite facial cleanser might. We find that these seven man wipes are some of the best out there, so we went ahead and did all the work and put them into categories for you. If you haven’t tried a wipe yet, now you know where to start.
To Skip the Shower: Goodwipes Body Wipes For Guys – $10
Maybe you’re one of the guys who works out over lunch, or you’re job has you running around all day, or maybe you’re just a heavy-sweater with important places to go. Whatever the case, these big body wipes from Goodwipes use tea tree oil, peppermint, and ginseng (but no alcohol) to hold you over until you can shower again. They are fully biodegradable, so feel good adding them to your gym bag, dopp kit, or briefcase. Just make sure you add them to the trashcan and not the toilet when you’re done.
To Put Your Best Face Forward: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes – $24
If you love the brand’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic (like most editors who have tried it do), then you’re in for a real treat with these Essential Face Wipes from Ursa Major. Ingredients like aloe hydrate and soothe, green tea fights pollution, and both willow bark and sugarcane exfoliate. If you’re the type of guy who finds himself in need of a midday face freshening, then add these to your bag as soon as you can. One use, and you’ll wonder how you got along without them before.
To Tackle Acne: YesTo Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes – $6
Sometimes you need a step-up from a simple solution for a sebum-saturated face. If you’re like a lot of guys, and find yourself both oily and breaking out, these blemish-clearing facial wipes from YesTo will do you right. Witch hazel, tomato, and a mild dose of salicylic acid help get deep into pimple-prone pores to keep skin clean and clear. Good old glycerin traps moisture it keep your face from feeling tight or dry.
To Clean Up A Mess Quickly: Dollar Shave Club One Wipe Charlies – $6
OK guys, listen up — all cards on the table here. Sometimes, you gotta go, and sometimes, your options of relief are less than desirable. This can leave you feeling less than fresh once done. Put a couple of these One Wipe Charlies in your bag and you you will be prepared should your coffee kick in sooner than you thought or that bean burrito hits you before you get home. They clean up with aloe and chamomile, and are flushable and biodegradable to boot, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
To Freshen Up For a “Friend”: Scotch Porter Fresh Meat Masculine Wipes – $6
What makes these the perfect go-to for your no-no zone? First and foremost, they flush just fine, so no one needs to know anything about your business but you. Next, they’re full of aloe and vitamins B and E, and lack parabens, phthalates, chlorine, formaldehyde, and alcohol, which means that sensitive equipment you have down there will be better off than before. Last? They have a manly scent of leather, black peppercorn, patchouli, musk, citrus, and warm wood. This is basically the equivalent of that new car smell for your crotch.
To Calm Sensitive Skin: Every Man Jack Speed Shower Face & Body Wipes – $6
These vegan, cruelty-, and fragrance-ree wipes from Every Man Jack are made specifically for sensitive skin. Without sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, or dyes, these gentle wipes soothe and soften your spots with aloe, olive oil, and vitamin E. These guys pack as many naturally-derived ingredients into their wipes as they can to ensure you get the most bang for your buck, without causing irritating regrets. Bonus? Every Man Jack is made right here in the U.S.
To Use Instead of Hand Gel: EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes – $14
Hand sanitizers aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be — they almost all contain triclosan. This is a chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor (it interferes with your hormone functions) and could likely be a main contributor to antibiotic-resisting bacteria. Some brands dropped it for another questionable option, benzalkonium chloride. These EO Wipes are free of both, and do a killer job against germs using sugar cane ethanol, a natural disinfectant that does no harm when absorbed into skin or our ecosystem.
Article originally published by Katie Dickens on July 4, 2016. Last updated by Barret Wertz on March 29, 2018.
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If you’re crunched for time, hitting the gym right before work or during lunch might be your only options. And that probably means you can’t squeeze in a shower. Here’s how you can get back to work quickly without feeling like a sweaty, stinky mess.
To do this right, you’ll need to first put together a small cleanup kit that’ll go in your gym bag. This is what should be in it:
- Wet wipes: These can be anything from fancy adult-branded “freshening cloths” like Herban Essentials to Ponds to baby wipes. Pick your favorite brand and throw a travel-sized pack in your kit. These are vital.
- Facial cleansing wipes: Yes, these are different. They’re not as harsh on your skin and they smell nicer. You can usually find them by the makeup removers in the store.
- Dry shampoo: Your hair will feel wet, sweaty, and gross after your workout. Dry shampoo lets you undo all of that super fast. There are tons of brands out there, but our staff likes Batiste. You may also want to consider a hair refresher or spray moisturizer.
- Deodorant/Antiperspirant: This should be obvious. Once you’ve wiped away the sweat you need something to ensure you smell good. Go with something fresh and clean-smelling as opposed to something perfume-like for the sake of your coworkers. If you don’t want to use deodorant or antiperspirant, diluted essential oils can work too.
- Headband: If you have long hair, or even just long bangs, putting your hair up will keep it from getting caked in sweat. Preventative measures mean less cleanup.
- An extra pair of undergarments: Let’s face it, you sweat a lot when you work out, and you don’t want to be wearing sweaty underwear all day. Same goes for bras. You shouldn’t be heading into the office wearing anything you wore during the workout.
- A frozen water bottle: This isn’t for drinking, so it’s in addition to your normal water bottle. If your face gets really red when you exercise, you’re going to want this. Trust me.
Once you have your kit put together, you’re ready to hit the gym and get your swell on. Or cardio on. Or whatever it is you do to look good. Before you start your workout, though, do these two things: apply dry shampoo to your hair roots, especially if you have longer hair. It keeps excess moisture from building up and caking your whole head with sweat. And put your hair up, or put on your hair band. Now you can begin. Have fun.
When you’re done with your workout, follow these quick-cleanup steps in this order:
- Cool down and dry your hair as much as possible as quickly as you can. If there’s a gym hair dryer, put it on “cool” and fan your face and hair. Or stand outside for a minute or two if it’s cool out or there’s a breeze. This makes it easier to wipe sweat off your face and makes it easier for the dry shampoo to do its thing.
- Apply another layer of dry shampoo to your hair and make sure it gets distributed evenly. You don’t want any spots.
- Wipe your face with your facial cleansing wipes. You’re working from the top down here. If you happened to get any dry shampoo on your face you’ll be able to wipe it off here.
- Use your non-facial wet wipes to clean up the rest of your body. Wipe down whatever you can, but make sure you hit the major spots like your armpits, back, groin, butt, etc. If you know you sweat a lot somewhere, make it a priority.
- Now put on your fresh pair of undergarments. This gives your body a few seconds to dry so you can…
- Apply your deodorant, antiperspirant, or diluted essential oils, then put on your work clothes. Restyle your hair and reapply makeup if you have time and would like to do so.
This should all take no more than five to ten minutes. But wait, your face is still all red! You don’t want to head into your meeting looking all flustered like that. Remember the frozen water bottle? While you’re heading back to work, place the froze water bottle against the side of your neck near the carotid artery. This will cool the blood going to your face and change your skin tone back to normal. By the time you’re back at the office, nobody will have any idea you sweat up a storm 10 minutes ago.
Sometimes, when we say we don’t have time to work out, we really mean it. It’s not just the time on the treadmill we’re talking about—it’s the warm-up, the workout and everything that comes after—a shower, makeup refresh and the like. Well, lack of time won’t be a valid excuse anymore. We talked to both college women and Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University and vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, about how to freshen up after a workout when you have no time to shower.
1. Blot away excess oil
When it comes to cleaning your skin after a workout, you’ve got options. Blotting pads are a great place to start because they wipe off all the excess sweat and oil on your skin before you wash your face.
2. Clean your skin with salicylic acid
Nothing really beats washing your face with your trusted face wash and a washcloth, but sometimes you might find yourself in a real rush. Easy solution? Face wipes with salicylic acid (like Clearasil pads) will help to keep acne away, according to Dr. Hale.
3. Use face and body wipes
Facial and body wipes are some of the most recommended ways college women and Dr. Hale suggest to freshen up quickly. Margeaux Biché, a junior at Barnard College, uses wet facial wipes after she works out. “The wipes (which you can get for really cheap at places like TJ Maxx) make me feel nice and freshened up after getting grimy after exercise or sweating of any kind,” Margeaux says. But you don’t have to limit it to just your face; all-over body wipes are a total lifesaver too! They can make you feel as refreshed as you would if you had actually taken a shower.
Going all-natural at the gym has its perks. “When you’re working out, your skin is primed for absorption,” Dr. Hale says. Because of this, it’s easy for your skin to drink up any foundation or creams you may have put on your face. This is actually really cool, if you make it work for you. Instead of putting on foundation, Dr. Hale uses an antioxidant serum (she recommends Skinceuticals) on her face, which helps to counteract skin damage from the environment. In other words, it detoxes your skin while you’re breaking a sweat. But if you don’t want to go all-natural, Dr. Hale says waterproof mascara and lipstick are fine to wear while working out.
5. Don’t forget deodorant
As for the rest of the body, deodorant is always a safe bet for beating B.O. On top of that, Women’s Health recommends using baby powder to dry off your skin and changing into a fresh set of clothes if you can’t hop in the shower. Speaking of clean clothes…
6. Get out of your sweaty clothes pronto
Dr. Hale stresses one of the best ways to stay fresh is to immediately change clothes when you’re done working out. Otherwise, the sweat and grime will build up on your skin, causing bacteria. Dr. Hale recommends changing into a cotton shirt because the material is the best when it comes to allowing the skin to breathe.
1. Dry shampoo is life
We straight up owe our lives to dry shampoo. College women swear by the stuff—because who has time to shampoo, right?
Lexi Hill, a junior at the University of South Carolina, has a whole procedure for this kind of thing. “When I don’t have time to shower after a workout, I normally blow dry my hair by using the cool setting on the blow dryer. And then, once it’s dry, I put dry shampoo near my roots and a smoothing product on my ends. After that, I style however I’d like,” she says.
2. Baby powder—yes, you read that right
The real aim here is just to absorb the excess moisture from your scalp and be able to make your hair look clean. Baby powder is great for that reason, and it can do double-duty by working on both your skin and hair. Baby powder sounds like a weird product to use, but Elizabeth Lloyd, a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato, says it works like a charm. “It sounds weird and scary at first but it works miracles! Sprinkle as much or as little as you need, let it sit a few seconds and work your fingers through your hair. All the white powder goes away and your hair is left fresh!” she says. To get rid of the smell, Elizabeth says she sprays a little perfume over it to diffuse the scent. If you don’t have baby powder, Margeaux says she’s had luck with powder deodorant too, which does essentially the same thing as dry shampoo and baby powder.
3. Own that ponytail, work that updo!
Even if dry shampoo can work miracles, wearing your hair down after a workout doesn’t always have you feeling your best. Luckily, styles like buns and braids are perfect for tying your hair back in a pinch while still making it look great. If you need gym hair inspo, we’ve got you covered.
Obviously there’s nothing that beats a shower after a sweat sesh, but we’re busy women! So if you have to cut time, these options are a great substitute to make you feel fresh and clean sans shower.
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A morning workout can get your mood and energy in great shape for the day to come. However, if you need to get to work or school afterwards, you may find yourself rushing out feeling like a hot mess. Hide the evidence of your day’s sweaty start with these expert tips!
Curb odor before it starts: Always towel off, even if you don’t have time to spare. Next, baby powder is a great way to make post-gym sweat and odor. As a moisture-absorbent, baby powder absorbs excess sweat in shoes, under arms or on feet and leaves you smelling fresh.
Carry baby wipes in your gym bag: Before leaving the gym freshen up with a baby wipe. Wipe the crucial areas — you know where they all are. Top it off with a bit of deodorant under your arms, and spritz some body spray (make sure it’s something fresh, not too floral). Dry yourself off with a clean towel.
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Freshen up hair: For greasy hair, first and foremost, if you have access to a hair dryer to dry the sweat off the hair near your neck, do it! After that, you have two options: dry shampoo or baby powder. Both work wonders!
As for styling, there’s no need to panic. Stacy Ho, stylist at Mèche in Los Angeles, advises to go for an effortless hairline braid. Start by spraying the roots of your hair with a dry shampoo (Oribe Dry Texture is a salon favorite) and brush through the hair to disperse the product and help soak up those oils. The braid can be started anywhere on the hairline that you like. When you find your part, divide a one to 2-inch section of hair into 3-sections and start your braid. To help keep the braid nice and tight, keep fingers close to the hairline while picking up hair and feeding it along your braid. You can finish your braid by simply pinning the end behind your ears, where it is hidden and tucked away, or go that extra mile by following the braid all the way to the ends and pin it back for a full halo look.
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Refresh your face: Dimitri James, beauty expert and founder of Skinn Cosmestics, highly recommends to wash and exfoliate your face skin every morning, but especially whenever you need to get some dirt away!
Pack a change of clothes: Even if you don’t have time for a shower, there’s no excuse to wear sweaty gym clothes post-gym. Pack fresh clothing and underwear and change into them after your workout. Don’t forget foot deodorizer when you change your socks. It will keep your feet smelling fresh and kill bacteria.
11 Post-Gym Makeup Wipes & Face Cleansers To Refresh Sweaty Skin
Working out can actually be a great tool for getting the smooth, glowing skin of your dreams, thanks to the circulation benefits of exercise (oh hey, improved blood flow). But without the right post-sweat skin care, you might see more harm than good on your face from your exercise routine. Thorough cleansing helps prevent dead skin, bacteria, and leftover makeup from clogging pores, which leads to breakouts. But instead of letting skin woes derail your fitness habits (the mental and physical health benefits are worth sticking around for), effective makeup wipes and cleansers can help keep your skin clear.
If you notice your skin suffering from your sweat sessions, try taking a look at your routine to make sure you’re keeping your skin cleaner than that badass workout playlist (we all have one). While wipes are effective on a daily basis for some people, they’re better to have on hand for the occasional time pinch for others. On the other hand, heavy-duty cleansers can go overboard on dry skin, too.
Factoring in your skin type, your gym bag space, and the time you have to get from your workout to the next item on your jam-packed schedule (because sometimes a full shower just isn’t an option), here are 11 cleansers and wipes to reach for after you crush your next workout.
1. ARROW REFRESH On-the-Go Cleansing Cloths
ARROW REFRESH On-the-Go Cleansing Cloths, $12, Birchbox
These eucalyptus-scented textured wipes are designed to remove makeup and sweat after a workout, and soothe skin while it’s at it.
2. GoodWipes Deodorizing Body Wipes
GoodWipes Deodorizing Body Biodegradable Wipes 10-Pack, $10, Amazon
When you don’t have time to shower right away after a super-sweaty workout, these thick, large cloths can tide you over till the end of the day. Plus, the individual packages say “goodwipes in my bag, swag.” Can’t argue with that.
3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
The Body Shop Travel Size Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $5, Amazon
Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent, so it’s extra effective at keeping breakouts at bay. Plus, the travel size makes it easy to toss in a gym bag.
4. Sweat Cosmetics Skin-Balancing Cleansing Wipes
Sweat Cosmetics Skin-Balancing Cleansing Wipes 10-Pack, $7, Sephora
These individually packaged face wipes are easy to spot in your bag on the fly, so no need to root around when you’re in a rush.
5. Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser
Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser, $26, Amazon
If your skin is always beet-red after hot yoga or indoor cycling (hey, fellow rosacea sufferers), this cleansing formula tones it down.
6. Missha Super Aqua Perfect Cleansing Tissue
Missha Super Aqua Perfect Cleansing Tissue, $8, missha.com
These K-beauty wipes are packed with moisture, leaving your skin feeling truly clean and refreshed without the sticky residue.
7. Josie Maran Cleansing Oil
Josie Maran Travel Size Cleansing Oil, $10, Amazon
Cleansing oil might sound counterproductive if you have skin problems, but it’s excellent for working away at leftover makeup if you walked into your workout with a full face. You’ll be surprised at how clean your skin feels.
8. Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths 10-Pack, $3, Amazon
These shower shortcut wipes were all the rage a couple years ago, and they’ve stuck around for good reason. They cool you down while wiping away sweat and don’t leave a sticky finish, so you’ll be on with your day (and feeling comfortable) in no time.
9. Paper Shower Body Wipes
Paper Shower Body Wipes 10-Pack, $9, Amazon
Or, if you want to dry off after using a shower-replacement wipe, these two-in-one packages come with one wet cloth to clean you off, and one dry one to wipe off the cleanser.
10. Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser
Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, $6, Amazon
This double-duty cleanser brings on the fight against acne with salicylic acid while reducing post-workout redness with a seriously cooling formula.
11. EmerginC Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes
EmerginC Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes, $19, Amazon
These organic wipes are made with aloe vera, a proprietary fruit extract blend, witch hazel extract, lacto-fermented radish root and honeysuckle, all of which are great for soothing your post-workout face.
You know the story: You squeeze in a workout before brunch with the intention to shower afterward, but post-class you discover that the shower line is eight people deep and your friends are already waiting for you. You’re left with two choices: 1) You nix the idea of showering altogether and arrive with a “sweaty glow.” 2) You wait it out and arrive “fashionably late.”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
One of the most challenging aspects of working out is ensuring that it doesn’t disrupt your day—and we all know that gross B.O. and frantic post-workout showers do just that. Enter RECESS, the new clean beauty brand that is solving our workout woes. Within minutes—seconds, rather—you can refresh your body with RECESS cleansing wipes, deodorant wipes and hair-blotting sheets after the sweatiest of workouts—no shower necessary.
The goal is simple: You can stay clean (and smell it, too) without wasting your precious time.
And I discovered this firsthand. On my good days, I make it to a workout class before I head to the office. But for every good day, there’s a lazy day when I hit snooze and opt to exercise after work instead. Here’s the problem: Oftentimes, I cram in a million activities after work—errands, dinner dates, drinks and more. There’s nothing worse than feeling gross when you’re meeting up with someone after you get your sweat on. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve regretted skipping my post-workout shower as I catch a whiff halfway through dinner. Hey, we’re all human!
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Aloe, is it me you’re looking for? Aloe wipes launched today. They’re magical.⚡️
RECESS products—FACE 101, BODY 101 and HAIR 101—make me feel, look and smell better without sacrificing my time or energy. If it sounds like a dream, that’s because it basically is. As someone who suffers from sensitive skin, it’s refreshing to find a product that nourishes with natural ingredients like tea tree, chamomile and eucalyptus. Word to the wise: Stash a few spare wipes (they’re individually packaged!) in every nook and cranny you can think of, including your work desk, purse and gym bag. The more, the merrier.
“Our mission as a brand is to make it easier to do the things you love,” Jackie Stauffer, founder of RECESS Beauty told ClassPass. “We want to make products that help you fit in those extra activities—playing with your kid in the park before an event, yoga class before a date or just freshening up those in-between moments when you don’t have the extra time to shower or clean up at a sink.” The best part according to Stauffer? You don’t even need a mirror to use these gender-neutral products, redefining the idea of grab-and-go products.
Although the products were created with exercise in mind (Stauffer is a fellow fitness buff!), they can be used for pretty much anything, especially travel, hectic work days and even sweltering summer days. Beyond the sleek packaging and beachy fragrances, RECESS also focuses on the ingredients that help clean and deodorize. “Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, caffeine and green apple extract are ingredients you’d usually find in a full-sized luxury skincare product, but we use those in our wipes to impart benefits, not just efficacy,” she said. Yes and yes.
Despite launching in early May, RECESS already has a few products to its name. Stauffer says her favorite is BODY 101: Deodorant Wipes. (Ditto.) “They smell like the beach (verbena and coconut to be exact), clean the body and are aluminum-free!” She also hints that there are more exciting products launching later this summer.
*We’re ready and waiting.*
This time of year we all get motivated to crank up the exercise. Working up a sweat is good for many things, including getting your skin glowing, increasing energy and reducing stress.
But it can also lead to a bit of acne when trapped sweat clogs pores (thanks, sports bra!). When you don’t have time to shower, these DIY face wipes are perfect for a post-exercise wipe down for your face and chest.
You don’t have to wait for a sweat session to get the facial benefits of these wipes. Inspired by out-of-my-price-range Detox wipes at Anthropologie, I crafted a rose-infused witch hazel mixture with healing aloe to exfoliate and hydrate. The combination of witch hazel and aloe is perfect for oily skin so you can use them as a toner after washing your face at night. Here’s how to make your own.
Infused Witch Hazel DIY Face Wipes
- Witch hazel (look for one without alcohol, like Thayers)
- Dried roses for infusing
- Cotton face pads (preferably organic ones like here)
- Jar with lid
First, combine a cup of witch hazel with about 1/2 cup of dried roses in a clean jar with a lid. Let it sit for 1-2 weeks in a cool dry place. If you run out of patience before 2 weeks, no worries. The longer it sits, the stronger the infusion.
When you’re ready to make the face pads, strain out the rose pieces. The witch hazel turns a really pretty shade of red! This is also how you know you’ve let them infuse for long enough.
Add 1 part aloe to 3 parts witch hazel and stir together until combined. You can also add a couple of drops of essential oils for your skin type, if desired. Tea tree oil is an amazing essential oil for acne-prone skin, and literally just one drop will be potent enough for your entire batch.
Stack your face pads in a jar and pour the mixture over them. Give it about an hour for the pads to soak up all of the liquid. For long-term storage, I recommend keeping them in the fridge—it ensures they’re fresher for longer, plus a cold wipe will feel amazing after a hot sweaty workout.
The pads can get stuck together a bit so just use your fingers to pry them apart when ready to use. Or, keep a pair of tweezers aside to get the pads out—it’s more hygienic and ensures that your pads don’t accidentally get contaminated.
Witch hazel has so many skin benefits, including reducing inflammation and tightening pores. But my favorite is just how cooling it feels. It’s the perfect post-exercise pick me up.
Now, I know that a jar isn’t the most travel-friendly container—but I have a solution for you. Silicone zip top containers are perfect for this. Instead of using regular Ziploc bags, that need to be thrown away, these silicone ones are perfect for keeping a tiny stash of wipes in your gym bag.
Personally, I would pop a few fresh ones in whenever I’m off to the gym—since our recipe is natural and without preservatives, they might go off prematurely if left in a gym bag in a hot locker room for too long.
Note that those with rosacea might want to avoid witch hazel, as it can irritate skin, especially if you’re using witch hazel that has alcohol in it.
If you have extra of the witch hazel and aloe solution you can put it in a small spray bottle that’s easier for on-the-go. Just spritz your face and chest after exercising to reap the antioxidant benefits.