I don’t know about you – but when I go out for a run or have a good session in the gym I sweat. And not the glisten or glow that some of the fashion magazines talk about – I S.W.E.A.T.! And it’s not pretty. Have you ever been to a race or the gym and witness the woman who is working really hard and sweating – but still manages to look good? And then she can quick rinse off – spray a little dry shampoo in her hair and leaves the gym looking fantastic? I admire (or perhaps envy) those women. I am NOT one of those women. When I sweat it is dripping from everywhere. Don’t even think about wearing makeup! And – then the big question: To shower or not to shower? Can I get by with just a quick wipe off? Do I have to wash my hair? Will all the make-up I put on in the HOT locker room melt off my face before I get to the car?
Honestly – I don’t have any easy answers – but there are some great products out there to help:
Post Enjoyout Body Wipes. Now – I have been known to change clothes in a winery restroom in CA after an 80 mile ride and then spend the day wine tasting. Meaning – I have used my share of wet wipes in my past – and if you want to feel fresh and not smell like a baby – here are a few that I would recommend:
If you don’t want to purchase something and are going for a more natural option – you can always wet down a washcloth and put a few drops of tea tree and citrus (I am loving grapefruit at the moment.) on the washcloth. Then put it in a plastic baggie and you are good to go!
Deodorant. Can I be honest and completely blunt? I sweat a lot. And it is not just when I am exercising. I am a sweater. There – it’s out there. AND – it doesn’t always smell like flowers …. sometimes I stink! Uggggggg. It has been a life long struggle with finding a good deodorant. Seriously – I have resigned myself to buying clothing where you can’t see sweat …. which really means most of my clothing is black. I have even considered getting Botox in my armpits to stop the sweating …… I haven’t quite gone that far yet – but I have found an amazing product that doesn’t use aluminum. (Ask me later about that – and other than making my own – which I have done this product rocks!)
Headbands and hair binders. Ok – my hair is this crazy type of wavy – not quite straight and not quite curly – and not EVER beachy waves unless I spend an hour making it that way. I always pull my hair back after a workout – and here are some of the only products I use.
Goody Ouchless No Metal Elastics Totally basic and absolutely necessary!
Bolder Bands Some of the best – NO SLIP headbands that I have ever tried. And I have tried a LOT! Most headbands slip out of my hair making them absolutely useless. These are amazing!!!
Hippie Runner These are my second favorite.
Dry Shampoo. Ok – once in awhile I can get by with just using some dry shampoo. I have dark hair and have tried SO many brands and ALWAYS find that I look like I have gray hair after spraying only a little bit. Uggggg ….. someday I will embrace the gray – but at 44 today is not that day. Here are two brands that I LOVE.
Shu Uemura This product is AMAZING. It is a little pricey – but for me worth the splurge. If you want to use something a bit less pricey try:
You can also use baking soda for a more natural solution – but that does tend to leave a white powder.
Odor Stifling Clothing. I do have to admit that I have been told (more than once) that a piece of clothing – albeit right out of the clean laundry – needs to go. Seriously – my favorite black wicking t-shirt needs to go? How will I ever find another one? Uggggggg …… Ok – even the ones that say they prevent odor need to go at some point. But I will tell you – here are some of my favorites which do last a LONG time!
So – after all of that – and the some of my favorite laying pieces here:
I do manage to look presentable after an awesome enjoyout. What I don’t wear most days for makeup is made up by flushed cheeks from all of the blood pumping fun! …. And – someday I will share all of my non-enjoyout products …. Because it is amazing seeing a client when I am wearing streetwear and have some makeup on and my hair done and they do a double take. Yep – I clean up nice!
Move your body (so that you sweat) – put good things in and ENJOY everyday!