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It can be hard enough getting yourself to go the gym—so we want to help make packing your gym bag a little easier. When you’ve completed the hard part—you know, actually exercising—taking care of your skin and hair afterwards should be simple. Rather than having to make do with the products in the locker room, keep a few essentials in your gym bag so that you’re all set after your workout. Keep reading for the best beauty hacks to refresh your skin and hair after your next sweat session.
After you’ve worked up a sweat, save yourself time by using a no-rinse, portable cleansing option, like micellar water. After all, who likes to jockey for sink space in the locker room? The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Just saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face to cleanse your skin.
Post-gym, you may notice that your hair looks a little greasy. If you don’t have time to shower immediately after a fitness routine, temporarily freshen things up until you have time to shampoo by spraying on a dry shampoo, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo. Formulated for normal to oily hair, this dry shampoo helps to absorb excess oil at the roots for fresh, lightweight hair with no visible residue. Spray it directly onto oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair to absorb oil, then brush through.
Messy hair is totally on trend—so don’t worry about blow-drying your hair smooth after completing a cardio class. Instead, tie your hair into a carefree braid for a chic style that doesn’t require much effort. (Check out our guide to even more post-workout hairstyles.)
If there’s ever a perfect opportunity to refresh your skin, it’s after a hard workout. Keep a hydrating facial mist in your gym bag so that you can apply after cleansing.
You wouldn’t head to the gym without packing a water bottle with you, so why would you skip out on hydrating your skin? Once you’re done with your post-workout cleanse, apply a water-based moisturizer for a boost of hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Are you a morning workout kind of gal? Then don’t forget about sun protection once your gym session ends. Over moisturizer, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed, and remember to reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. But that’s not all. In addition to applying and reapplying sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up any exposed areas.
Make things easy on yourself by keeping your makeup routine to a minimum once you’ve finished working out. While you don’t have to go totally bare-faced, opt for BB cream instead of foundation. Your BB cream should be light enough to allow your skin to still breathe, while still covering and correcting the look of any post-gym redness. The L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (For All Skin Tones) is a green tinted BB cream that transforms to a universal shade to help reduce the appearance of redness. This BB cream has four beautifying actions: It helps neutralize the look of redness, corrects skin color for an even-looking complexion, hydrates for long-lasting moisture, and perfects the appearance of your complexion.
Want to know what else to carry with you to the gym? Check out our article, 10 Beauty Essentials to Stash in Your Gym Bag.