First thing’s first: kudos to you for having a gym bag and needing to read this article. Woo! Give yourself a pat on the back for taking care of your body, and read on.
Let’s be honest- a good workout leaves you simultaneously feeling awesome and kind of disgusting. But so long as you carry a few essentials in your gym bag, you can quickly whip yourself into presentable shape post-workout, meaning stopping at the store on the way home from the gym won’t be offensive to fellow shoppers, and lunch break gym sessions are no longer out of the question.
7 Things to Keep in Your Gym Bag
1. Face Wipes
These are super useful for both pre and post workout, since you don’t want to be “that girl” whose mascara is running down her face on the treadmill.
Boots - Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes $7
2. Body Wipes
If you’re skeeved out by gym showers or simply don’t have time to squeeze one in, use a wipe to quickly clean up your sweatiest, most breakout prone areas. Baby wipes can even do the trick.
Neutrogena - Pink Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes $7
Girl, if we EVEN have to explain this one…!
Fresh- Sugar Deodorant/Antiperspirant $18
4. Dry Shampoo
If your hair is super wet, quickly run the gym’s blowdryer through it, and follow with a few spritzes of dry shampoo to soak up any excess oil or less-than fresh smells.
Eva NYC - Freshen Up Dry Shampoo $9
5. Tinted Moisturizer, BB, or CC Cream
This is especially handy during lunch break workouts, or anytime you have to stop somewhere post-gym session.
bareMinerals - Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream $29
6. Lip Conditioner
Use a lip balm before and after your workout to keep your kisser plump and hydrated.
Jouer - Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment $16
7. Body Spray
A body spray like this one helps clean up and rehydrate skin, and will leave you smelling and feeling nearly-shower fresh.
Clean - Shower Fresh Clear Radiance Body Mist $29
BONUS 8-11. Non-beauty items to keep handy: a towel, an extra tank top and pair of socks, and water water water (stay hydrated, ladies).
There you have it, gals. Now you have zero excuses not to hit the gym when short on time. You’re welcome.