For many of us like Morrison, juggling work, family and fitness is a challenge. But with planning and the right products, you don't have to sacrifice beauty for your active lifestyle. Follow these quick tricks to freshen up post-workout.
Cleanse & Tone
It sounds simple, but your best bet for preventing post-workout skin issues is to wash your face immediately after exercise. "The key is not so much what you use on your skin, but rather when you do it to help prevent problems," says Dr. Brian B. Adams, director of Sports Dermatology Clinic at the University of Cincinnati.
For a quick clean on the go, Bior? Daily Deep Pore Cleansing Cloths ($10 for 60, drugstores) gently exfoliate as they remove sweat, dirt and oil from your pores. Plus, no water is necessary, so you can swipe, toss and go. Or try the all-natural Befine Food Skin Care Gentle Cleanser with Sugar, Mint, Oats & Rice ($2, befine.com), which comes in "single serve" disposable packets and is easy on all skin types.
After cleansing, hydrate just-washed skin and help even out trouble spots with a toner. Spritz on botanical-based Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Balancing Tonic Facial Mist ($35, osmotics.com) to control oily skin and calm redness and irritation. Or swab on alcohol-free Kinerase Hydrating Antioxidant Mist ($35, kinerase.com) to help re-energize your skin.
Save your moisturizer until after your body temperature has cooled down to ensure the best absorption and to prevent an oily complexion. When ready to apply, choose a lightweight, non-greasy formula like Zia Natural Skincare Skin Basics Everyday Moisturizer ($20, zianatural.com). If oily skin persists, keep blotting sheets in your purse to spot-clean during the day. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Oil-Absorbing Sheets ($6, drugstores) do the trick.
"The glow of red cheeks after exercise is normal and results from dilated blood vessels as you exercise," says Adams. But for sensitive skin, exercise-induced splotches can be persistent, not to mention embarrassing. A gift to the fair-skinned, Palmer's Skin Success Eventone Brightening Facial Wipes ($7, etbrowne.com) help reduce blotches and leave your complexion more even-toned.
When redness is combined with puffiness, apply the creamy Neutrogena Illuminating Eye Reviver ($13, drugstores) to the area around your eyes to reduce swelling and dark circles, and to brighten your skin tone.
Sweat, oil and dirt clog pores on the chest and back, causing breakouts. The problem is exacerbated if you skip the shower after a workout. When you don't have time to rinse off, you can keep blemishes and bacteria at bay with VMV Hypoallergenics Id Sweat Acne and Overall Antibacterial Monolaurin Gel ($20, vmvhypoallergenics.com). This anti-viral formula treats the fungus that causes sweat acne and cools the skin to prevent post-exercise sweating.