Odds are, after a grueling workout, you’re feeling good (those endorphins are really something), so shouldn’t you look good, too? Keep reading for ten essentials that will leave you looking beautiful pre-, during and post-workout session. From sweat-proof mascara to refreshing face mists and blotting papers, we’ve got your gym bag beauty covered.
Tarte Gym Bag Grabs Athleisure Essentials: This little set include four gym-bag ready products that will create the perfect workout beauty look. It includes a moisturizing nude lip balm, a sweat-proof mascara in black-brown, a highlighting moisturizer for a dewy complexion and waterproof eye makeup remover wipes. All of the products included feature gentle ingredients, without any pore-clogging properties. ($29)
Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara: If you hate the feeling of itchy eyes, but can’t bear the thought of heading outside without a coat of mascara, this is the product for you. The super-lightweight, waterproof gel formula is made for popping into your gym bag. The budge-proof, volumizing mascara will stay intact during the most intense bootcamp class or even swimming. ($20)
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Gym Bag Essentials Kit: First Aid Beauty’s skincare products are probably the most gentle out there, so this little set for the gym is a must-have. The travel-size set includes a face cleanser, intensive lip balm, face mist and primer/moisturizer that will leave you fresh-faced and ready to take on the world post-workout. Here’s a tip: spritz the face mist midway through your workout to give yourself a little boost and enough revitalizing energy to go the extra mile. ($34)
Tangle Teezer Hello Kitty x Tangle Teezer Compact Styler: The ideal brush to keep in your gym bag or purse, the Tangle Teezer is beloved with good reason. Super-compact, this brush can detangle even the toughest of knots. It works on both wet and dry hair, so use it after any workout to get your hair back to looking its silky, smooth best. The limited edition Hello Kitty design (available in both pink and black) is a charming, nostalgic bonus. ($20)
Clinique Pep Start Gym Bag Set: This set by Clinique gives you a lot of bang for your buck, and would make the perfect gift for any workout-loving friend. The pink kit includes an exfoliating cleanser, an ultra-hydrating moisturizer, cleaning wipes, the incredible High Impact Mascara and a bright pink water bottle that will make for a cute gym accessory. Considering the cult-classic, volumizing and lengthening mascara is full-size, this is an amazing deal. ($27.50)
Murad Clarifying Body Spray: If you deal with dreaded ‘bacne,’ you need to try this product. After working out, spray this all over your body to refresh yourself, fight breakouts and prevent new ones from forming. The spray is made with Salicylic acid, which will clear up any acne, while menthol will cool and calm irritated skin. It’s ideal for using if you have to run a few quick errands before your post-workout shower. ($40)
Sephora Collection Ribbon Hair Ties: If you think all hair ties are created equal, you have never tried Sephora Collection’s ribbons. These no-tug ties will keep your hair up and out of your face during even the most extreme workouts. They won’t leave creases in your hair, or slip and become looser during your gym session. Plus, they’re currently on sale for more than half off! Grab them while you can. ($5)
Supergoop! Barre to Bar Beauty Set: Another value set, this one is courtesy of Supergoop!, which is primarily known for their fantastic sunscreens. The kit includes a matte face mist with SPF 50, a lightweight SPF 30 sunscreen serum perfect for outdoor workouts, a SPF 35 CC Cream, a lip and cheek tint with SPF 50, and a convenient tote bag. If you’re planning on going on a hike, for a long jog or any sort of outdoor activity, this set is your best bet. ($25)
Trestique Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duo: This compact two-in-one mattifier is ideal for looking fresh-faced post-gym. One side features a lightweight balm that glides onto your skin to mattify and erase any shine – simply apply to your T-zone or wherever you see oil. The opposite end has innovative, little blotting sheets to absorb any shine that appears throughout the day. Run out of blotting sheets? No worries: they’re refillable. ($34)
Tata Harper Soothing Muscle Gel: Cardio junkies know that while working out can be the most cathartic feeling, it can also leave you with sore, achy muscles. Pop this soothing, fast-absorbing gel into your gym bag for instant relief after your workout. Comprised of cistus, lemon peel and blue cypress essential oils, this gel will emit an immediate cooling sensation that will help calm feelings of soreness, stiff muscles and any pain. ($42)
What are your gym beauty must-haves? Let us know in the comments below!