I have a confession to make: I don’t “glow”, I sweat…. And I like it. During these insanely hot days of summer, when people can’t tell if you just did a DanceBody class, showered, or are profusely sweating, we need to go with the heat flow. Embrace the perspiration people! I'm a big fan of sweat: it’s natural, and a sign your body is healthy and functioning. In fact, sweat is super hot… no, I mean HOT hot. Ask any significant other, your natural summer sweat isn’t turning people off, trust me, it’s turning people on with those natural pheromones!
No Sweat Shame: Your Workout Clothes Are a Mood Ring
I don’t think people should try to look “perfect” in general, but most especially not when they are pushing their bodies through a challenging workout! If you are squeezing a workout into your busy day (and you’re getting your money’s worth in sweat!) your workout clothes should be a mood ring for how hard you worked. I want to see that entire outfit change color! Quit looking for sweat stains and start wearing sweat as your badge of honor.
Sweat is good for regenerating skin cells, maintaining a healthy weight, and eliminating certain toxins from the body. Embrace your sweat and make it work for you.
How to Make Sweat Work For You: My Hacks
Mascara: Superstar Mascara Waterproof
I’ve been wearing this for years. Why? Because it stays ALL DAY no matter how much sweat I encounter each hour. I can run to any mid-afternoon meeting or dinner date with this gem. The best part? It's a drugstore steal.
Eye Liner: Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner
A waterproof eyeliner is also a must for me! This one stays and doesn't smudge when sweat is running all over my face. Look out Beyoncé…..
Eyebrow Pencil: Sania’s Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil
I have a passion for strong brows, and once I got turned onto this brand, I’ve never looked back. Their uniquely angled applicator and proprietary formulation allows me to define my brows with the precision of a pencil but the smoothness of powder for natural-looking brows. Plus, it stands the sweat test! Just remember to put it on clean skin - moisturizer underneath will mess up your game here.
Hair Ties: Luxy Hair's Gravity Defying Hair Ties
I had been using about 20 basic hair ties for a while in class… then I met these strong hold hair ties from Luxy. I only need one to hold that whipping hair down, and for me, that’s a game-changer.
Hair Cream: John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Cream
After trying every bougie hair product in the land, I went back to my high school favorite: Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Cream. Instead of using sticky hair spray to tame those sweaty fly-aways, this sleek cream leaves the texture of my hair smooth while doing the job. A slicked back bun in the summer always looks chic.
Leggings: Adam Selman Sport
Yes, if it looks like you peed your pants, you likely had a great class. But for those days when you can’t afford that kind of sweaty “badge of honor,” try a patterned look. Adam Selman Sport makes great patterns where you can’t detect a single sweat splotch after even the warmest workouts. Stay away from solid, lighter colors and you will be good to go.
Ditch Your Drawers
Feminine health post-workout is key - TRUST ME. The last thing you want to do is keep your wet leggings on for hours after class… big no no. Give yourself room to breathe! I’m a big fan of flying commando after a super sweaty class. For the summer months, this means maxi dresses for the win (wink).
I hope my tried-and-true hacks help you live your best sweaty summer life -- and remember, there's no shame in sweat. Own it. Embrace it. Make it work for you!