Double-Duty Your Workout: 5 Tricks to Get Instantly Prettier as You Exercise

Whether you're a cardio lover or a yoga addict, getting your workout on can actually help your beauty routine as well.

Deep Condition as You Downward Dog

Comb a little deep conditioning treatment through your hair before you hit the gym — the increased heat that your scalp generates as you exercise will activate the product's emollients in the same way it would if you were lounging under a warming lamp in a salon.

Amp Up Your Anti-Aging Products With Cardio

Your skin is hot. Your blood is flowing. The physiological effects of cardio make post-workout time optimal for applying products with potent actives. “Regular exercise improves the blood circulation to the skin’s surface," says Tabasum Mir, MD. "After a healthy, deep cleansing the skin is fully prepared to receive serums or creams with a high amount of active ingredients to help with everything anti-aging.”

Sip Your Way to Water-Weight Loss

It sounds counterintuitive, but keeping your body hydrated with a steady stream of H2O throughout your workout (and the rest of your day) can actually help diminish water retention, improving the body's ability to flush out toxins and potentially speeding metabolism.

Power-Walk Your Way to Softer Feet

Slather feet in heavy-duty cream before you slip on your socks and sneakers. As you work out, increased heat and moisture will allow the product to penetrate tough callouses. Immediately after your workout, use a pedi file to buff off softened dead skin.

Style Your Hair Sexy as You Spin

Beauty blogger Aly Walansky of A Little Alytude suggests throwing your hair into a braid (even a messy one) pre-workout. “If you work up a good sweat and body heat you’ll end up setting gorgeous waves in your hair that will last the rest of the day. When you’re done working out spritz with dry shampoo and go.”

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