How to Stay Fresh After a Workout If You Have No Time to Shower

by Peh Yi Wen
FITNESS  |  February 22, 2019
  • Your faux shower regimen sorted.
    1 / 10 Your faux shower regimen sorted.

    Squeezing in a morning workout before office hours, or during your lunch break can make you feel super accomplished and rejuvenated for the rest of the day. But as soon as your sweat sesh ends, the second heart-pumping portion begins: the mad rush to transform back into your clean pre-workout self before heading to the office like a (secret) superhero.

    If you’re time-strapped and can’t be bothered to queue – especially in smaller gyms or boutique studios where showers are few, this is what you can do before and after your workout to stay clean and fresh. And no one will ever know.

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  • Wear moisture-wicking activewear
    2 / 10 Wear moisture-wicking activewear

    Save your soft cotton tees for bedtime. Cotton can absorb up to 27 times its weight in liquid water, according to Cotton Inc., which isn’t something you want during a sweaty workout. Opt instead for nylon or polyester clothing with quick drying properties.

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  • Use dry shampoo
    3 / 10 Use dry shampoo

    Applying dry shampoo to your roots before exercising will prevent excess moisture from building up. Wearing a workout headband also helps to wick away sweat and keep hair off your face.

    (Also read: Got A Rash Post-Workout? You Might Be Allergic to Your Own Sweat)

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  • Slip into gym shoes with breathable mesh
    4 / 10 Slip into gym shoes with breathable mesh

    Wear well-ventilated workout shoes to keep your feet as sweat-free as possible. You wouldn’t want to reveal a nasty foot stench when changing into your office pumps.

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  • Wash your face ASAP
    5 / 10 Wash your face ASAP

    This is one skincare rule you should never break and it should be done as soon as your workout is over. Use a gentle facial cleanser to wash away sweat, bacteria, oil and pore-clogging dirt that can cause breakouts. Don’t forget to use a toner and moisturiser after to keep your skin hydrated.

    (Also read: 10 Best Facial Cleansers For Post-Workout That Won’t Dry Your Skin)

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  • Use wipes everywhere
    6 / 10 Use wipes everywhere

    Cleansing wipes are the ultimate shower shortcut. A quick wipe down will leave you feeling brand new and they are super convenient to carry around in your gym bag. Don’t miss spots like the armpits, groin, butt and back, or wherever you sweat most to avoid bacteria build-up that could lead to body acne. Tip: Use a fresh wipe for each area.

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  • Change into clean clothes
    7 / 10 Change into clean clothes

    And by clothes, we mean socks and underwear too. Staying in your sweaty gym wear means keeping bacteria close to your skin, which can lead to a yeast infection or body acne.

    (Also read: The Best Underwear for Every Workout)

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  • Apply deodorant
    8 / 10 Apply deodorant

    Fake the post-shower smell with a deodorant roll-on or spray to combat body odour. Lightly fragranced baby powder is another great option to dry your skin with.

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  • Cool off with the hairdryer
    9 / 10 Cool off with the hairdryer

    Switch the hairdryer to its cool mode and blast it on your hair to take sweat away. Once it’s nice and dry, hit it with another round of dry shampoo. Alternatively, reach out for baby powder once more and sprinkle it on the roots of your hair to absorb excess moisture and mask any odour. Just be careful not to overdo it!

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  • Work that updo
    10 / 10 Work that updo

    Even after all that dry shampoo, wearing your hair down after a sweaty workout might still feel icky. Keep any loose and greasy strands off your by styling your hair into a ponytail, bun or even a messy braid. You’ll still look great and be able to flaunt that post-workout glow.

    (Also read: 5 Tips Every Woman in Singapore Needs To Reduce Sweat Stains On Her Clothes)

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