How to go from the gym to class without breaking out

It’s gross but it happens to the best of us. You spend a little too long lying on the ab mat scrolling through @iamcardib’s Twitter and next thing you know you have class in 15 minutes. You had your whole workout timed out- enough time to go home and shower, wash your face, eat, but now you’re hauling you’re still sweaty ass to class wondering why bad things happen to good people. And unless you were born with perfect pores like Jennifer Aniston, skipping the shower after a workout is a recipe for disaster. AKA- helloooooo breakouts. Luckily, there are so many amazing products (!! cheap ones too !!) for all you horrible time managers, myself included. Below I’ve listed some of my personal favorites, how to use them, where to buy them and why they work.

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Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

This product is great for people prone to breakouts because it has both salicylic acid and witch hazel, two ingredients that dissolve dirt, unclog pores and regulate skin cells. Not only will this toner cool you down after your workout, it will refine your pores and get rid of all the sweat and dirt that accumulated during your workout. It’s easy to use too- just apply with a cotton round to your entire face.

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Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray

We all knew this was coming. This product is great for after your workout because it contains rosewater and aloe. After you sweat, as weird as it sounds, you HAVE to moisturize. Just like your body needs water to rehydrate, your skin needs moisturizer to rehydrate. The rosewater helps traps moisture and keeps your skin from drying out. As the rosewater traps moisture, the aloe helps reduce redness and cool off your face and body. This product is so simple to use (just spray onto face/body) and extremely portable.

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CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturizer

This is a great post-workout product because it is oil free and mattifying. I personally use this product everyday, whether I go to the gym or not, because it keeps my skin hydrated without breaking it out and making me look greasy (Miami problems). It is super lightweight and won’t feel too heavy on your skin after an intense workout. All you have to do is apply it to your face like you would any moisturizer.

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YUNI FLASH BATH No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam

I swear on my life this shit turns you into a walking Yankee Candle- even after the gym. Its super portable, animal cruelty free, and antibacterial. AKA you can take it anywhere, you aren’t hurting cute little animals, and you’re getting rid of dirt and bacteria that you could have picked up at the gym. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, just to reiterate my point, you smell like a mf Yankee Candle. I really think I’ve said enough. Just massage it into your skin after your workout.

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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in1Skin Perfector

And on the 7th day, God invented BB cream. After the gym my skin gets super red and blotchy so this BB cream helps even my skin tone out while hydrating and brightening my skin. This product is also oil-free so even though it is make up, it will not make you break out. It also contains SPF which is crucial to preventing fine lines and wrinkles (yes I know I’m twenty and can get away with a lot of all nighters and one too many glasses of wine but the sun doesn’t know that). Also this product is dumb cheap and lasts forever, something that is super important for all you ladies out there with an online shopping addiction. Just squeeze a dime’s worth onto your hands and apply to your face like you would any tinted moisturizer.

And if your dermatologist asks why you stopped coming in, it wasn’t me.

Rachel Westhoff