I am an unapologetic, full-fledged, weight-toting, protein-drinking gym rat. Whether it's a spin class, an hour of intense cardio or a good old session in the weight room, there is nothing I enjoy more than molding my body into my own version of the perfect physique. But this post isn't about all of my fitness exploits. It's about those gym bag beauty mainstays that get me from barefaced and sweat-covered to prim and polished in no time at all.
Exfoliating Body Wash
I know I am not alone in wanting to de-grime as quickly as possible after a hard workout. For that, there is nothing like a great exfoliating body wash to slough off the salt, dead skin and other nastiness. Molton Brown Renew Ambrusca Wash & Scrub is my absolute favorite for its gentle scrubbing action, moisturizing properties and oh-so-wonderful scent.
Real estate space in my bag is limited, yet the generic shampoo and conditioner in the showers just don't cut it for this curly mop of mine. To get my hair squeaky clean and silky smooth, I pack miniature bottles of Redken All Soft Shampoo and Redken All Soft Conditioner.
I tend to scrimp on hair preparations, in favor of making up my face after a workout. Since going out with wet, unkempt hair isn't really an option, I slick it back, braid it tightly and cover it up with a wide, brightly hued headband from Goody. Not only do I get some color in my dark hair, but I also hide my laziness. Win win, folks!
A tinted moisturizer enhances my complexion, moisturizes my skin and provides protection from the sun, with minimal time and effort. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ is my gym bag secret weapon.
If I had to choose one eye product to apply when in a time crunch, mascara would certainly be it. Nothing has the ability to define eyes better, with only a couple of strokes. My main squeeze is Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara, for its ability to darken, define, lengthen and curl my lashes perfectly.
High-Shine, Full-Coverage Lipstick
Last but not least, pale lips need just a hint of color before popping out those gym doors. My pick is a glossy lipstick such as those in the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural range. With just a quick swipe of the tube on my lips, the color and shine become plentiful.
With these products, quick changes can be a part of your routine, too.
What are your secrets for getting gorgeous after a workout?