Here's How I Go From Workout To Work Sans Shower

Yes, you can skip your post-workout shower and still feel fresh and ready to #boss it out at work.
Publish date:
Social count:
Yes, you can skip your post-workout shower and still feel fresh and ready to #boss it out at work.

To say that *transitioning from freelance to full-time has been an adjustment barely scratches the surface. For starters, I now have to get dressed every day and I don't have a snack-filled kitchen in the next room.  

I’m also pretty introverted, so being out of my pastel cave and around other people has been a bit of a culture shock. (Why does everyone at my office love Drake? Can anyone answer this question?) 

But on the plus side, my new job has forced me to master my workout-to-work-without-a-shower routine

workout beauty

All I need to get by (post-workout). 

Sure, there were a few sweaty days where I felt like a drowned rat, but I figured out a game plan--without lugging a massive bag of products to and fro.  

Here’s how I go straight from a morning workout to work with only a handful of products and no access to a shower.

gym beauty

Before my workout, I apply only the bare minimum, as I don’t want to clog up my pores with a bunch of powder when I’ll be sweating profusely for an hour. I curl my lashes and use Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara ($24) and Waterproof Visual Eyes Liquid Liner ($19). The former comes in a squeeze tube (cool, right?) and the latter has an ultra-thin brush that I just love.  

gym hairstyle

Freshly lashed and lined. 

Both of these products really stay put no matter what I get up to, be it hot yoga, biking through the rain, or even swimming. They're a gold medal team.  

Post-workout I give myself a good all-over wipe-down with my absolute favorite cleansing wipes, Comodynes. The non-irritating formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin, like me.  

gym products

Step 1: towel off. 

Body-wise, I use Whish Deodorant Swipes (from $7) under my arms and I’m good to go, but my hair and face takes a tad bit more work.

I touch up the eyeliner and mascara that I applied pre-workout before moving on to the next step, which is lower lash liner. I use Pacifica’s Natural Eye Pencil in Bare and Fringe ($11 each) to add definition to my lash line. The light beige shade imparts brightness on my inner corners while the brown shade sharpens my lower outer edges.  

gym makeup

Here's a look at that mascara and eyeliner from Eyeko.

after workout makeup

Starting to look office-ready...

Now it's time for a disappearing act: I apply a bit of concealer under my eyes and cover any blemishes I'm sporting at the moment. 

My all-time favorite concealer is Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer ($24)--it gives great coverage, lasts all day, and is waterproof.

quick foundation makeup

Just a quick spot-cover. 

In the interest of saving space in my gym bag, I use a cheek stain that also works for lipsRMS Lip2Cheek ($36) is the perfect product for the job. All-natural and easy to blend, I am currently smitten with Demure, a soft, rosy pink with a hint of fuchsia.

cheek stain

Finally, I release my hair from whatever messy bun/braid I've invented that day and give it a good spray with Davines Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo ($28). This removes any sign of sweat or grease.

dry shampoo application

If your hair is feeling fussy, try putting it up in a braid pre-workout and leaving it up all day instead of brushing it out. 

second day hair

Now get yourself a coffee and a tasty muffin and get to work!

Let's talk! 

  • Do you always shower post-workout, or do you use products to help you cheat a shower? 
  • Anyone go from freelance working at home to a full-time office gig? 
  • How do you vary your morning workout to keep it interesting? Tell me everything in the comments!

*My apologies for being so absent over the past few months... I really missed you guys! Unfortunately this little 9 to 5 of mine has come between us.