6 Handy Locker Room Beauty Hacks

As New Yorkers with jam-packed schedules, we frequently squeeze gym sessions in wherever we can fit them—between the last meeting of the day and happy hour, or our first cup of coffee and the office commute. Always on the hunt for ways to save time in our busy days (and space in our gym bags), we turned to six fit Birchbox staffers for their favorite hacks, from the best double-duty products to the no-shower shower. Here’s what we learned:

Remove Makeup Pre-Workout

Before hopping on the treadmill (or jumping in the pool), our savvy staffers make a habit of removing all traces of makeup. Not only does this step eliminate any sweat-induced mascara runs, it also helps prevent clogged pores and subsequent breakouts. “I wipe my face with the Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Towelettes before and after the gym,” says Customer Operations Associate Jamie. Forgot your face wipes? International Brand Partnerships Manager Savannah swaps her face lotion in for eye makeup remover: “Just dab a little and wipe with towel!”

Use Foot Wipes. Always.

Several of our sporty employees swear by one very important product: foot wipes. Copywriter Amary uses them to refresh her feet before barefoot classes like yoga and Pilates, and says the citrus-scented Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes For Kids also work great for underarms.

Fake a Shower

It may be a little gross, but we have to come “clean”: we don’t always rinse post-workout. When time is precious, our workout fiends reach for one-time use deodorant wipes from Whish, which work just as well before exercise as after. (One anonymous staffer says she prefers them to regular deodorant, which can make her underarms feel sticky). After taking care of the odor situation, we reach for a moisture-absorbing dry shampoo like Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.

Keep it Simple

“Locker room lighting is far from flattering, so I stick to tried-and-true favorites rather than trying something new,” says Copywriter Valerie. An expert gym hacker, she keeps her makeup bag minimal by opting for multitasking products—chunky lip crayons, cream blush, and double-duty tinted moisturizer like Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint, which can all be applied sans brushes, applicators, or lots of extra steps.

When in Doubt, Pack a Kit

While we’d love to say we have it together enough to remember all of the essential post-gym products, sometimes it’s easier to leave it to the pros. Birchbox Campaign Strategist Kerrie swears by the new Dr. Brandt Clean Up Nice Kit, which packs a pore minimizing cleanser, a blackhead blasting mask (leave it on while blow drying your hair), and mattifying BB cream.

Power Up the Sauna

For Discovery Specialist Heidi, the gym was made for spa-like treatments: “I give myself a deep conditioning treatment while I relax in the sauna with product in my your hair. It’s my favorite part of my workout!” she says. To follow Heidi's brilliant lead, treat wet hair to a helping of ojon’s damage reverse restorative conditioner, then grab a seat in the steam room and relax.

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