Whether it’s in a harshly air-conditioned studio, under the beating sun, in a chlorine pool, or a rough, grassy field, working out can be tough on your skin and hair. The good news? We know of a few products that can help!
These are our top beauty essentials to stash in your gym bag for pre and post workout to keep you fresh AF.
With a rich blend of nourishing nut oils and skin-softening ingredients, Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Balm provides ultimate hydration for your calloused hands. With a medium-weight formula, this product can also be used pre-gym without making your hands feel greasy or slippery.
From cult beauty brand Glossier, this lightweight moisturizer is sure to bring out the best in your skin post gym. But if you’re going for an extra intense, super sweaty gym session, consider pairing it with the Glossier milky jelly cleanser to really rid your face of any grime to leaving it glowing.
Spray dry-shampoos are usually enough to save hair between a day or two of washing, but the oily effects of intense exercise require something more powerful. Try this dry shampoo paste from R + Co. It absorbs extra grease, leaving hair looking natural and effortless. No one will think you just came from the gym.
Sweating it out is good for the body, but leaving sweat to dry on the skin can clog your pores. So if you don’t have time to shower or do a full face wash regime, reach for these skin purifying wipes from Dermalogica instead. Their salicylic acid will cleanse and keep follicles open for clearer skin with each use.
If you’re terrified of running into a coworker or ex without makeup, there are gym-friendly options. But a full face of makeup isn’t the answer. Swap your thick, creamy foundation for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. We suggest this tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier. It gives you some coverage and has a nice sheen on the face without feeling heavy.
Lavender helps calm and soothe and a couple drops of this serum will immediately balance out your skin if it’s usually left red and blotchy after a session at the gym. The jojoba also works to fight impurities that can leave a sweaty face prone to blemishes.
Post workout, you’ll want a crisp, fruity scent to spritz yourself with. Try the hesperides grapefruit perfume from Fresh for a bold scent that maintains the classic, clean essence of citrus.
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 protects and relieves chapped lips caused by outside elements. It’s light texture and buildable formula is far from greasy, making it perfect to wear before, during or after your workout.
Did we miss any great beauty products you should always keep in your gym bag? Let us know in the comments!
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