7 Game-Changing Beauty Essentials for Your Gym Bag

For when you only have 5 minutes to get your sweaty self back to your desk.

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While we'd never advise wearing a full face of makeup to your next sweat session, these editor-tested beauty gems will help you look and feel great (and hygienic) when you're at the gym, taking a barre class, or going for a hike. These seven standouts will also help you to freshen up after your workout. (Let's be real—showering and washing your hair after every exercise session isn't always doable.) Use these goodies, and you can sweat it out and still look pulled together for the rest of the day.

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Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo
aveda.com

Dry shampoo is a gym bag must-have. (Some say it's a life must-have.) Its powder formula goes on dry so you don't have to wait before massaging it in. The natural ingredients include oat and cassava (a woody shrub). These extracts soak up oil fast while Aveda's signature scent—made up of 25 pure flower and plant essences—lingers behind. Is your fine hair already oily by morning? Spray a few puffs at your roots and around your hairline before bed to prevent grease from forming in the first place.

To buy: $30; aveda.com.

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Emi-Jay Flex Hair Tie

Emi-Jay Flex Hair Tie
emijay.com

Keeping hair off your sweaty skin is key to a successful workout. But a hair tie that gets the job done (without damaging your hair or giving you a headache) can be hard to come by. These do all that and they're cute! The neoprene material is wide and gentle enough that it won't tug strands or leave a dent, yet strong enough to hold a high ponytail through a dance class without needing to be adjusted. It comes in a variety of shades—from nude to neon—so you can decide whether you want to blend in or stand out.

To buy: $9 for 3; emijay.com.

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Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant
target.com

When you've already spent your extra time fitting in a workout, there's precious little left to wait for your deodorant to dry before putting on your clothes. A quick spritz of this spray, and you can throw on an outfit immediately. The formula contains no alcohol and is one-quarter moisturizer–which soothes and softens the thin underarm skin that can get irritated from your razor. It also prevents chafing when working out. Plus, the little blast of cool is super refreshing post-sweat.

To buy: $5.50; target.com.

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Ban Body Cloths

Ban Body Cloths
walgreens.com

Keep these cooling body wipes on hand (or in your gym locker) for when there's no time to shower. Made with a superfine powder, these damp cloths wipe away sweat and odor to leave skin with a silky finish that's soft and fresh (which helps prevent body breakouts too). The subtle cotton scent lingers so you continue to feel refreshed hours later. Stash them in a handbag to freshen up after a long commute or stressful day at the office. Use them all over or swipe across the back of your neck and wrists for a quick pick-me-up.

To buy: $3.80; amazon.

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Pacifica Dry Roll-On Rich Body Oil Indian Coconut Nectar

Pacifica Dry Roll-On Rich Body Oil Indian Coconut Nectar
target.com

When you're in a rush, there's no time to fuss with goop-y body lotion. Swipe this body oil all over and rub it in for a smooth (not slippery) finish that leaves skin hydrated with a beachy coconut scent. Made with four different natural oils—sunflower, safflower, monoi, and coconut—it deeply hydrates so you're not left with any sign of scales. Apply it post-shower while your skin is still damp and warm for extra nourishing benefits and to help lock in moisture.

To buy: $10; target.com.

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Julep Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick

Cleansing Stick: Julep Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick
ulta.com

Avoid risking a spill with this solid face cleanser. Pomegranate fruit enzymes, rice bran oil, and grapefruit peel help exfoliate and even out your skin tone while camellia oil leaves skin clean and moisturized but with a dry, tight, stripped feeling. The multitasking formula is packed into a convenient stick that suds up when you swirl onto wet skin—no washcloth needed. Rinse the stick after using, then pop the top back on until next time.

To buy: $28; walmart.com.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs and Rosewater

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs and Rosewater
urbanoutfitters.com

This multipurpose mist can be used before, during, or after a workout for a burst of coolness that also contains skin benefits. Made with aloe, herbs, and rosewater, it soothes and refreshes skin while the herb-like scent transforms a stinky locker room into a spa-like experience. You can also use it over makeup without messing it up. Spritz it on before happy hour to revive dried-out concealer or creasing foundation: Simply mist it on from an arm's length away, then press it into skin with your fingers for a dewy glow.

To buy: $7; target.com.

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