How to Freshen Up Fast

Hair Fixes

Believe it or not, it is possible to work in a daytime run without wearing your ponytail back to the office. First, fight the ponytail kink by pulling hair into a high ponytail and securing it with a fabric-covered elastic, like Goody Ouchless Thick Elastics ($3, drugstores), which won't pull or tear your hair and will leave you with less of a crease than a thin, rubber elastic. When you take your hair down, flip your head down and blow dry at the hairline and at the nape of your neck where sweat often collects.

For a quick fix, try Blow Faux Dry Dry Shampoo ($20, blowny.com). Made with a conditioning protein blend to absorb sweat and oils with cornstarch, it volumizes hair at the roots without leaving behind any powdery residue.

Take a sweat-mussed mane and turn it into piecey, tousled tresses with a sea salt spray like Philip B Botanical Products Maui Wowie Beach Mist ($22, philipb.com). This spray is non-drying, with algae extracts, gardenia, orchid and coconut that nourish hair.

If your hair is beyond repair, work in a bit of styling cream or leave-in conditioner and smooth it back into a chic low ponytail. If all else fails, go for preppy polish with a basic black headband.

Gym Bag Must-Haves

These multitasking products are small enough to stash in your bag, yet can make a big difference quickly.  

Giovanni Biodegradable Towelettes in Peppermint Surge ($12, giovannicosmetics.com) hydrate and sanitize hands, face, feet and body, leaving you with a tingly fresh feeling.

A quick spritz of Thymes Essentials Face Mist ($20, thymes.com) helps tighten pores and restore skin's pH--plus it's antibacterial, great for fighting acne. This spray also works well to refresh your hair.

Easily absorbed Boots No7 Radiant Glow Beauty Lotion ($16, Target stores) revitalizes, tones and moisturizes skin.

Add a quick glow to your eyes, cheeks and lips with e.l.f. All Over Color Stick ($1, eyeslipsface.com)--big versatility in a tiny package.
 
Sally Hansen Natural Butter Lip Shine ($10, drugstores) conditions lips with shea and avocado butters while delivering just the right amount of color and shine.


Based in New York City, Marisa Walker is a health and beauty writer.

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