How to Stop Sweating After a Workout

Advice from the pros on how to prevent your makeup from sliding off your face after a workout class.You’ve got it all nailed down. You went to bed early so you can wake up on time for your morning workout class. Your gym bag is packed with everything you need to make it to the office on time afterward. There’s just one little problem: You’re still sweating—even after your shower.

Nothing feels better than a good sweat, but the problem is, your normally flawless makeup application can’t be applied to an overheated face. But never fear—there are some tricks you can use to cool down fast after class, allowing you to put on your makeup and be on your way.      

Ice is your friend

Dr. Howard Sobel, dermatologist and founder of DDF Skincare, says to “drink ice water during and directly after your workout. Hydrating throughout cools the body from within. The thermoreceptors in the abdomen detect changes in temperature and will help your brain regulate sweat output.”

Find a fan

Ever sweat more after a workout? Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Karen Soika says it’s “because wind or air flow on your skin helps accelerate the evaporation of your sweat. But when you stop moving, the sweat accumulates.” She recommends standing in front of an air conditioning vent or fan in the locker room while you rehydrate. “It’s best if you’re shirtless, since clothing can be a barrier for evaporation,” she adds. “Whatever you do, though, don’t fan yourself. Moving your arms will just make your body produce even more heat.” No fan or AC available? Dr. Sobel suggests using a blow dryer on the cold setting.  

Brave a cold shower

Dr. Soika and Dr. Sobel both agree that a cold shower is vital to cooling down after class. “The chilly water on your skin helps lower your core body temperature even further, reducing your body’s need to sweat more,” Dr. Soika says.

Use a cold compress

If all else fails, add more ice. If you don’t have an ice pack handy, any sort of cold compress will do. Dr. Soika explains why this strategy works: “Apply an ice pack, an ice-cold water bottle or a frozen towel to the back of your neck, your underarms, and your groin until the sweat finally stops. You have large arteries that are close to the skin in these areas, so putting ice directly on them is a surefire way to lower your core temperature.”

Try cooling beauty products

There are plenty of beauty products out there that, while not necessarily intended for post-workout use, provide an amazing cooling sensation that will help you cool off after your workout.

Facial mists: A spritz of a good face mist can not only help cool and soothe the skin post-workout, it can also be used on top of makeup to set your look, or throughout the day for a quick skin refresh. Birchbox makeup artist Shain Kish recommends Caudalie Beauty Elixir because of its invigorating smell and clarifying and toning benefits that are crucial after a good sweat session.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Mask: SkinCeuticals is introducing a sister to its fan favorite Phyto Corrective Gel this July. While the Phyto Corrective Gel is an incredibly soothing skin hydrator post-class, the new Phyto Corrective Mask has twice as manycooling and calming properties. It’s a great mask post-workout and if you are ever faced with a painful sunburn from sweating off your sunscreen in class.

Cucumber Gel Mask: Peter Thomas Roth has masks to fit every skincare need, but there’s no doubt that the Cucumber Gel Mask rules for its cooling and calming capabilities. As the name implies, cucumber is the star ingredient that cools the skin, but the mask also contains calming powerhouses like chamomile to pamper post-workout, sensitive, or sunburnt skin.

Color Correcting Makeup: People with rosacea or other skin sensitivities know that when combining a post-workout flush with other skin redness can be make applying makeup a real pain. Fortunately, there are so many good color-correcting makeup products on the market. Kish recommends using a color-correcting powder like Laura Geller’s Blush-n-Brighten “to lightly even out any redness on and around the nose, chin and forehead.”

Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.