You’ve got it all nailed down. You went to bed early so you can wake up on time for your morning workout class. Your gym bag is packed with everything you need to make it to the office on time afterward. There’s just one little problem: You’re still sweating—even after your shower.
Nothing feels better than a good sweat, but the problem is, your normally flawless makeup application can’t be applied to an overheated face. But never fear—there are some tricks you can use to cool down fast after class, allowing you to put on your makeup and be on your way.
1. Ice water is your friend
Dr. Howard Sobel, dermatologist and founder of DDF Skincare, says to “drink ice water during and directly after your workout. Hydrating throughout cools the body from within. The thermoreceptors in the abdomen detect changes in temperature and will help your brain regulate sweat output.”
2. Don’t fan yourself
Ever wonder why you sweat more the moment you stop working out? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Karen Soika says it’s “because wind or air flow on your skin helps accelerate the evaporation of your sweat. But when you stop moving, the sweat accumulates.” She recommends standing in front of an air conditioning vent or fan in the locker room while you rehydrate. “It’s best if you’re shirtless, since clothing can be a barrier for evaporation,” she adds. “Whatever you do, though, don’t fan yourself. Moving your arms will just make your body produce even more heat.” No fan or AC available? Dr. Sobel suggests using a blow dryer on the cold setting.
3. Brave a cold shower
Dr. Soika and Dr. Sobel both agree that a cold shower is vital to cooling down after class. “The chilly water on your skin helps lower your core body temperature even further, reducing your body’s need to sweat more,” Dr. Soika says. For the most refreshing experience, complement with a body wash that features mint and citrus ingredients, like Zents Shower and Hand Wash in Water.
4. Apply cold compress on strategic points of your body
If you don’t have an ice pack handy, any sort of cold compress will do. Dr. Soika explains why this strategy works: “Apply an ice pack, an ice-cold water bottle or a frozen towel to the back of your neck, your underarms, and your groin until the sweat finally stops. You have large arteries that are close to the skin in these areas, so putting ice directly on them is a surefire way to lower your core temperature.”
5. Try cooling beauty products
There are plenty of beauty products out there that, while not necessarily intended for post-workout use, provide an amazing cooling sensation that will help you cool off after your workout. Below are some of them:
No time for a quick shower? No problem. These detoxifying cleansing cloths are designed to cleanse and soothe the skin post-workout. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and botanical ingredients, they gently yet effectively rid the skin of makeup, excess oil and sweat, leaving the skin feeling fresh and pure. Plus, the residue-free, non-drying formula never leaves the skin feeling tight or sticky. Use on the face and body.
A spritz of a good face mist can not only help cool and soothe the skin post-workout, it can also be used on top of makeup to set your look, or throughout the day for a quick skin refresh. Ole Henriksen’s face mist hydrates and cools as it refines your skin. Witch hazel extract tightens pores and helps improve congested skin while aloe and cucumber extracts soothe inflammation.
Peter Thomas Roth has masks to fit every skincare need, but there’s no doubt that the Cucumber Gel Mask rules for its cooling and calming capabilities. As the name implies, cucumber is the star ingredient that cools the skin, but the mask also contains calming powerhouses like chamomile to pamper post-workout, sensitive, or sunburnt skin.
People with rosacea or other skin sensitivities know that when combining a post-workout flush with other skin redness can be make applying makeup a real pain. Fortunately, there are so many good color-correcting makeup products on the market, some of them even contain calming skin care ingredients to soothe redness-prone skin.
Lisa Bensley is the founder of the health and beauty blog, BeautyByBenz, and a contributor for ClassPass, a monthly membership that connects you to more than 8,000 of the best fitness studios worldwide. Have you been thinking about trying it? Learn more here.