Here’s what’s great about the gym: copious endorphins, time to yourself and a regular health boost, not to mention those jazzy leggings. What's not is the greasy hair and shiny, red face that come afterwards. Still, we can’t have everything, can we? In fact, we can. The beauty world is rife with time-savers and quick fixes to make a prompt turnaround from sweat-drenched to office-ready positively breezy, but here are seven of the best.
TO CLEANSE: LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH AND SIMPLE WIPES
Soothing, nourishing and infinitely cleansing, Liz Earle's hot cloth Cleanse & Polish is a bathroom staple, no doubt about it. But, at 100ml, it's a bit of a beast to drag around in your gym bag. However, you can pick up dinky travel-sized versions from as little as 30ml to stash instead – and they come complete with a muslin washcloth. If you're in a rush, Simple's Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes are extra gentle and will whip off any sweat/make-up/grime without stinging.
TO Moisturise: Bioderma Hydrabio or Origins Hit Refresh
Since sweat can leave your face feeling dry (on account of its salt content), it's important to top the moisture back up. Bioderma's Hydrabio Gel-Creme feels immediately hydrating – like a big drink of water for your face – but sinks in impressively quickly. For your body, Origins Hit Refresh Cooling Moisturiser is ace. You've probably gathered from the name that it cools (very well, in fact), but the best bit is its zingy, minty smell. A brilliant, soothing pep post-workout.
FOR YOUR Shower: Rituals Sakura shower gel
This stuff is delicious – the soft gel-to-foam formula is lovely for sliding over arms and legs, plus the slippery texture makes it great for shaving. Made up of organic rice milk with a cherry blossom scent, it's gentle enough for all skin and smells heavenly. You can pick it up in a mini 50ml size.
TO SHAMPOO AND CONDITION: AUSSIE MIRACLE MOIST
A veritable hair pamper, both the shampoo and conditioner are plush and creamy, with nourishing macadamia oil to boost shine and bestow silkiness. Because it's so good at smoothing, it's a great option for anyone with very tangly hair. The scent (which smells like pudding) lingers on hair and the bottle comes in a handy 75ml.
TO RESCUE GREASY HAIR: DAVINES HAIR REFRESHER
If you don't have time for a hairwash, this is your guy. Dispensed as a lovely cooling spritz over roots, this immediately feels like it's doing something right. It'll leave your hair feeling just-washed, lightweight and soft, rather than mopped up and gritty – a much more refreshing upgrade on dry shampoo.
TO KEEP HAIR OFF YOUR FACE: Invisibobbles
There are many reasons why (I think) Invisibobbles are superior to typical elastic hairbands. When removing, you're less likely to find your hair meshed to it; when tied up, it feels secure, but not uncomfortably tight; and, when you're done, it won't leave kinks behind. And, since it's more hard-wearing than a normal hairband, it will last longer. Great for keeping your hair off your face post-gym.
FOR FRESH ARMPITS: Dove cucumber Roll-On ANTi-PERSPIRANT
This is an office favourite on account of its sweat-curbing abilities and fresh, clean cucumber scent. It lasts well all day and, because it contains no alcohol, the moisturising formula won't irritate or dry your pits out. Result.