Break­ing a Sweat


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Don’t sweat it – these work­out sta­ples will take the heat off your next ses­sion

Squeez­ing in a quick lunchtime gym class al­ways sounds like a great idea in the­ory – un­til you see the af­ter­math star­ing back at you in the mir­ror. When there’s no time to freshen up, you need prod­ucts that will go the dis­tance. Luck­ily for us, there’s a new crop of beauty game chang­ers with gym-go­ers in mind.

From cov­er­age that can with­stand spin classes to mists that re­vive and clar­ify af­ter a sweaty cir­cuit ses­sion, we present you with your new work­out sta­ples sure to take the heat off your next ses­sion.


PRIMER If you plan on break­ing a sweat come lunchtime, hav­ing the fore­sight to ap­ply primer in the morn­ing will make a world of dif­fer­ence. It will ex­tend the life of your makeup, as well as com­bat shine. Look for an anti-red­ness primer, which is typ­i­cally greentinted and works by neu­tral­is­ing those pink zones on the face. Try: May­belline Mas­ter Prime Anti-red­ness Primer, 30ml, $18.99.


MAKEUP Mix sweat, heat and foun­da­tion to­gether and you’ll cre­ate the ideal en­vi­ron­ment for break­outs. Try to stay clear of reg­u­lar foun­da­tion and opt for lighter cov­er­age like BB cream or a min­eral for­mu­la­tion, which is breath­able and non-come­do­genic, mean­ing it won’t clog pores. Try: Rim­mel BB Cream, 30ml, $15.99; Garnier BB Cream Mir­a­cle Skin Per­fec­tor Oil-free, 40ml, $15; L’oréal True Match Min­er­als Skin­im­prov­ing Foun­da­tion, 10g, $34.99.

Fa­cial mists are a ge­nius in­ven­tion – like a cold shower in a bot­tle, they’re the per­fect post-gym pick-me-up

WA­TER­PROOF MAS­CARA We’ve all been there – streaks of mas­cara half way down our faces fol­low­ing a work­out; the ol’ post-gym panda look. This makes a durable wa­ter­proof mas­cara a must when do­ing sweat-in­duc­ing ex­er­cise. Try: May­belline Lash Sen­sa­tional Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara, $24.99; L’oréal False Lash Ar­chi­tect 4D Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara, $35.99. BROW GEL Much like hair gel, a brow gel will tame and hold your brows in pris­tine con­di­tion. And to all you Bikram yo­gis – rest as­sured it will en­dure even the hottest of ses­sions! Try: Rim­mel Brow This Way Eye­brow Gel, 5ml, $14.99.


FACE WIPES If you can spare five min­utes to shower, save valu­able time and swap your cleanser for some face wipes. Gone are the days when wipes sim­ply re­moved makeup; now most are also en­riched with cleans­ing agents like aloe vera and vi­ta­min E. Try: Es­sano Rose­hip Gen­tle Cleans­ing Fa­cial Wipes, 20pk, $8.99; Voeu Cleans­ing Fa­cial Wipes Nor­mal/com­bi­na­tion, 25pk, $3.50.

FA­CIAL MISTS If you’re in a rush and skip­ping the shower, fa­cial mists are a ge­nius in­ven­tion – like a cold shower in a bot­tle, they’re the per­fect post-gym pick-me-up. In ad­di­tion to giv­ing your skin a re­fresh­ing boost, they also help to calm and bal­ance de­hy­drated and in­flamed skin.

Try: Es­sano Clear Com­plex­ion Mist Toner, 120ml, $13; Glow Lab Fa­cial Toner, 120ml, $16.99.

DRY SHAM­POO Keep a dry sham­poo handy in your gym bag at all times! With just a few spritzes, they help soak up ex­cess mois­ture and sweat. You can also ap­ply dry sham­poo at the roots be­fore work­ing out, which will act as a shield, pre­vent­ing your head get­ting wet with per­spi­ra­tion. Try: Co Lab Dry Sham­poo Par­adise, 200ml, $10; Batiste Dry Sham­poo Trop­i­cal, 400ml, $19. BLOW DRY AC­CEL­ER­A­TORS Yes, blow dry ac­cel­er­a­tors are a thing – and yes, you need one in your gym bag! If you have the lux­ury of a hair dryer at your gym or work­place, these mir­a­cle mak­ers will speed up dry­ing time and have you back at your desk faster than ever. Try: Sch­warzkopf Ex­tra Care Ex­press Dry Blow-dry Spray, 200ml, $7.50.

DE­ODOR­ANT Still per­spir­ing af­ter your shower? While ob­vi­ously an es­sen­tial be­fore work­ing out, de­odor­ant is just as use­ful when ap­plied af­ter­wards. Even when your heart rate and breath­ing re­turn to nor­mal, it can take a while for your body to cool down. Don’t for­get to ap­ply it ev­ery­where you have sweat glands – not just un­der arms. If you’re head­ing back to work, an in­vis­i­ble de­odor­ant is the safest bet. Try: Nivea In­vis­i­ble Black & White Roll-on Clear, 50ml, $4.19.

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