5.24.12
From Work Out to Work Mode

Fitness is a must for many of us: an integral component of our physical and mental well-being. The only problem? It is just one priority swimming in what feels like a sea of items on our to-do lists. Between personal and professional obligations, it can seem close to impossible to fit in a killer workout when you know you’ll only have mere minutes to go from exercise to executive. When motivation is no problem but looking presentable post-sweat is, a few go-to products and tips can both save you from tardiness and from skipping the gym altogether:

Dry Shampoo

This is a recent find to me, so I figured there is maybe someone else who has not yet hopped onto the dry shampoo train. Although touted in almost every magazine and beauty spotlight, I never believed in this stuff’s power to actually, you know, WORK. But it is brilliant. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk rocks. My trick is to turn your head upside down, spray it on at the roots and blast your roots with a blow dryer for a few seconds to distribute the dry shampoo. Do your best Little Mermaid impression and flip over your hair, tousle with your fingers and – bam! – done. If your hair is curly or you don’t sweat buckets at the lift of the barbell like I do, then simply skip the blow dryer step. Done!

Leggings

The most inconspicuous ones are the best. Lululemon Wunder Unders are my personal favorites. Throw on a dress or long blouse, a belt and either a pair of flats or boots. Just remember to make sure your leggings are thick enough that, should you step under a bright light, you aren’t…shall we say…overexposed. And make sure your top is long enough to cover your bum. These are leggings, not trousers.

Makeup

Word to the wise: makeup is NOT something you want to overdo. You’re coming off of a workout, so you might still be sweating a teeny bit. Also, an elaborate makeup job is time consuming. You just got your blood pumping, so your flushed cheeks might even be all you need! Cleanse your face (this is an absolute must – Desert Essence and Trader Joes make some wonderful Tea Tree facial cleansing pads), then brush on some loose powder to absorb any shininess and even out your skin. Add bronzer or blush if you’d like, a thin line of eyeliner and you’re good to go. If you have an extra 90 seconds, curl your eyelashes and add mascara. Too much makeup will just make you feel gross. Trust me on this one. Skip eyeshadow, lipstick, highlighter – anything you don’t need. Then again, you are already beautiful and can feel free to skip makeup altogether.

Hair S.O.S.

If you don’t have access to a dryer or your hair just won’t cooperate despite dry shampoo, steal my own personal time-saver and do what I call a Katie-fied french braid mess. It looks super impressive, yet takes no more than 3 minutes to complete. Part your hair down the middle and either make two french braids or reverse-french-braids (where the braid is on the outside, not the inside – you layer each strand of hair under the previous, instead of the top). Secure each braid with an elastic, then pin them together in the back with the ends hanging out to opposite sides. You now are sporting my secret weapon. Seriously. Don’t tell.

Pride!

Your workout is done and you look fantastic! That alone is enough to carry you through anything the workday might have in store. Don’t sweat it.

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