Now that you’ve renewed your gym membership and sworn off sugar, carbs, starches and all other delicious foods, that old gym bag you stuffed in your closet (back in 2014!) needs a serious revamp. To keep you motivated and fully prepared, Team MDC believes that the key to a successful pre and post-workout routine is packing the right beauty essentials, obviously! Here’s to a new year of feeling and looking great … even while sweaty!
Get Glowing Skin
Pre-Workout: We all love the effect working out has on your skin — the flushed cheeks you get from a boost of oxygen and blood flow gives your complexion the perfect, natural glow. To achieve this look and prevent pores from clogging, be sure to pack some L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes and give your face a swipe before you begin exercising.
Post-Workout: Use the towelettes after your workout routine as well to easily exfoliate and remove impurities, while leaving skin brighter thanks to the added vitamin C! If you have somewhere to go afterwards or just don’t like stepping outdoors completely bare-faced (we know how that goes!), apply a thin layer of La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream, a tone-correcting cream, to cleansed skin to reduce your workout redness, plus it has added sun protection with SPF 30!
An intense workout can also leave skin (face and body) feeling dehydrated. Calm the dryness with NYX All Over Balm and a spritz of Urban Decay Travel Size Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray will do the trick!
Pre-Workout: Let’s just agree that no one wants to be the source of the musty gym smell. Keep your underarms smooth and fresh by applying Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant liberally before … and let’s be honest … also after your workout to protect against odor.
Post-Workout: For the days you don’t have time to rush home and shower, packing quality mini bath products is the way to go! Try The Body Shop Mini Rainforest Volumizing Shampoo and The Body Shop Brazil Nut Soap (perfect for exfoliating your body post-workout to prevent breakouts!).
Also, keeping a small scent on hand like the new Maison Martin Margiela: Beach Walk Fragrance Rollerball will have you smelling like summer (not sweat) all day long!
Clean & Sleek Locks
Pre-Workout: Don’t let your hair get in the way of your gym sesh by choosing a workout friendly hairstyle. Put your hair up into a messy bun or French braid and secure unruly flyaways with Redken Move Ability 05 Lightweight Defining Cream Paste.
Post-Workout: Refresh your roots with a blast of Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodified Dry Shampoo and then brush the product through your hair using The Body Shop Mini Hairbrush to give your locks a just-washed feel and scent. If you’re going off to work or meeting friends afterwards and want to rock a sleek hairstyle, ban frizz and smooth static using the Kérastase Carré Lissant hair sheets you keep in your gym bag!
What are some of your gym bag beauty essentials? Let us know in the comments below!
About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.