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How to Look Like You Showered When You (Really) Didn’t

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Pros of summer: it’s almost always warm outside and your beauty regimen becomes far less complicated. Cons: that humidity isn’t friends with your hair and sweat can cause some unfortunate breakouts. Luckily, the laid-back summer vibe offers you the chance to be more casual about your primping habits. Lucky for you, if you want to skip that shower so you can make it to happy hour, you can—and still look flawless!

How? The key is picking products that help rid your skin and hair of sweat, bring out that natural glow and highlight your summer-inspired looks. Plus, none of these products require water and we promise your friends will never know you raced from a spin class to meet them.

  1. 1. Dry Shampoo
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    1. Dry Shampoo

    Part-volumizer and part-oil-fighting superstar, dry shampoo is one of those products that should never leave your purse, gym bag or beach bag all summer long. A few spritzes at your roots will help your hair look less greasy and more polished. Pro tip? After a workout class, apply Alterna’s Caviar Sheer Dry Shampoo and then blow-dry the sweat out. This dry shampoo acts like a cleanser and your sweat acts as water, so you’ll look like you got a blowout when all you actually got was sore from those burpees.

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  2. 2. Face Wipes

    If you’ve been walking from meeting to meeting all day, your skin will go from sweaty to dry and from dry to sweaty, several times. This cycle can cause the sticky moisture to lay heavy on your skin and even cause breakouts—if you’re acne-prone. That’s why you need a heavy-duty face wipe that’ll work wonders. We like the Pro Makeup Artist Wipes from Japonesque because not only is it great for removing heavy makeup, it’s also an all-star product for combating sweat. Plus, you can feel better about your carbon footprint, since these moisturizing wipes are biodegradable, too.

  3. 3. Fragrance

    There’s no way to wiggle around the fact that sweat smells. Though it’s supposed to rid your body of toxins, you might not want to show up to a first date or a birthday party perspiring because you had to walk a few blocks in 80-degree heat. Carry The Healthy Fragrance Roller-Ball by LAVNILA; this travel-sized natural fragrance keeps you fresh on-the-go. Made with essential oils and vanilla from Madagascar, you’ll arrive smelling great and ready for a cocktail.

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  4. 4. Deodorant
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    4. Deodorant

    Even if you’re less of a fitness enthusiast than you sometimes wish you were, the summer season is the perfect time to invest in a sport deodorant that’s formulated to last for hours and fight through even the sweatiest of days. Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant by Ursa Major is a 100-percent natural choice that not only protects you from unsightly pit stains, but it also soothes and softens your skin, too.

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  5. 5. Highlighter

    When the sun is blazing outside, you might become annoyed as you feel the sweat droplets roll down your face, back and chest. But don’t forget—excess heat also brings out your natural beauty. A highlighter can help take rosy cheeks to a new level by putting emphasis on your cheek bones. Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator gives a seamless glimmer and glow to your skin. And hey, maybe the name will inspire you to pause and get a scoop of gelato? It’s summer, after all.

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  6. 6. Bronzer

    Give yourself a tan without risking skin damage by adding bronzer to your makeup routine. Bronzer has a way of putting your look together without requiring too much prep. Especially during those times when you don’t have time to primp before catching a flight—a simple swipe of Cargo’s Water Resistant Bronzer will give a polished look, even if you only woke up, say, 10 minutes ago?

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  7. 7. Tinted Lip Balm

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  8. 8. Toothpaste
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    8. Toothpaste

    While brushing your teeth won’t make others believe you showered, it will make you feel like you did, which arguably, is more important. When your teeth feels clean, you’ll have more confidence to go to a networking event or that first date. This multi-pack of three flavors by Marvis is ideal for your carry-on, gym bag and your purse, for easy access, wherever the summer takes you.

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  9. 9. Facial Mist

    You need to wake up but your pillow is calling at 5 p.m.? A shower would be an easy solution to make you feel ready to tackle your after work extracurricular activities, but since your office doesn’t have one, consider lilah b.’s Aglow Face Mist as a close second. It’s refreshing, soothing and will get you the energy to be social even past working hours.

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Writer and Editor

Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is a travel and lifestyle journalist who contributes to a myriad of publications—from Travel + Leisure and Vogue to Glamour and countless others. She's a digital nomad who works from every corner of the globe, scoping out the best coffee, collecting artisan crafts and testing every beauty product she can find. You can find a collection of her work at