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When you hit your local gym—whether to take a cardio class or give the machines a spin—no doubt you have a list of items you always make sure to have on hand. Comfy sneakers? Check. Water bottle? Check. Towel? Check. Headphones? Check. But if you’re planning on showering in the locker room—or even just quickly freshening up—once you’re done exercising, it makes sense to throw a few key beauty products in to your gym bag, too. Consider the following your ultimate gym bag beauty checklist! Customize your gym bag beauty routine with any of the following products.
Washing your hair in a locker room usually sucks. Most the time, you have to wait on line for a shower to become available, and then you have to rush the process so you don’t hold up everyone else who’s waiting. Plus, if it’s cold outside, you then have to blow-dry your hair before you leave, adding more time to the whole process. That’s where dry shampoo comes in. If you have brunch plans after the gym, simply spritz some on, throw your hair into a cute side braid or top knot, and you’re good to go.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo is formulated with three refined clays.
How to use it: Shake the can well before using, then hold it six to eight inches away from your hair. Spray the dry shampoo directly onto oily roots and lightly through the rest of your hair. Remember to brush through afterwards!
The last thing you want to do is leave the gym with your face dripping in sweat. So, clean up with micellar water, a gentle cleanser. Never heard of micellar water before? Well, this French favorite is about to become your new go-to skin care product. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in soft water. The micelles lift dirt, oil, and makeup off and away from your complexion—and you don’t even have to rinse it off. When the locker room is super-crowded, quickly cleansing with micellar water will help get you out the door faster.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser
Available in three versions (normal to dry, normal to oily, and all skin types), this micellar water can help remove makeup, dirt, and oil from your skin in one step.
How to use it: Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water, then gently wipe the pad over your skin until it’s clean.
Like micellar water, towelettes are another easy cleansing product you should consider tossing in your gym bag. If there are lots of girls hogging the sinks in the locker room after your sweaty hot yoga class, don’t worry—just use a towelette! These wipes are a convenient way to cleanse your face on the go, and like micellar water, they also don’t require any rinsing. Score!
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes
Formulated with vitamin C, these towelettes gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells from skin’s surface.
How to use it: All you have to do is wipe the towelette over your face—it doesn’t get much easier than that!
Let’s say you’re not in a rush after exercising, and you want to wash and style your hair before you leave the gym. Invest in an air-dry styling product so you don’t have to spend time blow-drying your hair (which, let’s be real, will probably take you at least 20 minutes). Now, we doubt you want to air dry your strands in the winter (brrr!), but stepping outside with wet hair is no problem in the summer. Go ahead and embrace your natural texture!
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream
This style cream adds softness, shine, and hold for an undone look (which is oh-so-stylish these days).
How to use it: Dispense the cream into your hands, and evenly distribute it from root to ends with your fingers and let your hair air dry. Once your hair is dry, you can apply a tiny amount of cream to your ends for added smoothness.
You already know that moisturizing should be a step in your daily skin care routine. And you may want to think about applying a face lotion after working out—especially if you’re showering. That’s because when you wash in high temps, that hot water can actually strip your skin of essential moisture. Eek! Throw your favorite moisturizer into your bag to slather on after your shower.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care
This water-based moisturizer is available in three varieties (normal/dry skin, extra dry skin, and normal/oily skin), is formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, and provides long-lasting hydration.
How to use it: Gently smooth it over your face and neck after cleansing.
Morning workout person? Then applying sunscreen after hitting the gym is a must. Spending time in the sun without protection can lead to sun damage caused by UV rays. And this damage can lead to visible signs of aging, like dark spots and wrinkles. Uh oh. Play it safe by applying an SPF after you wash your face in the locker room. SPF should be the last step in your skin care routine before you apply makeup, so put it on over your moisturizer. (Or, look for a moisturizer with SPF—a multitasker’s dream!) According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s possible to get burned even on cloudy days, so this one rule you’re going to want to follow year-round.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30
This daily moisturizer is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30.
How to use it: Apply as the last step in your skin care routine. And remember to reapply at least every two hours!
After getting your sweat on, you may want a little coverage. You’ve already got that workout glow (according to the AAD, findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation, which in turn may give skin a more youthful-looking appearance)—now it’s time to enhance it with a luminous foundation.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
Infused in a sponge, this liquid foundation creates sheer to medium coverage and is available in 12 shades.
How to use it: Gently press the applicator into the foundation cushion, then tap the applicator onto your complexion to apply the foundation. You can build up the coverage, depending on how much you want.
BB cream is one of our favorite beauty products for a reason—and it’s definitely one worth making space for in your gym bag. BB cream is makeup that has skin care benefits. Like a tinted moisturizer, it provides coverage without feeling heavy. If you want to put something lightweight on your face after a grueling workout sesh, BB cream might be the right option for you.
Product pick: L’Oréal Magic BB Anti-Redness
Hide any post-exercise redness you might be experiencing with this BB cream, which is formulated with encapsulated, color-transforming pigments that can help counteract redness.
How to use it: Apply the BB cream with your fingers, blending it in. The formula will transform from green to your customized shade.
Who wants to apply a bold lipstick after sweating your butt off for an hour? Not us! Instead, reach for a glossy balm instead. You’ll get a natural look with a hint of color that’s appropriate for the office or happy hour.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Glossy Balm
This glossy balm is available in eight pretty shades, ranging from mocha to coral to plum.
How to use it: Start in the center of your lip upper lip, working your way to the outer edges. (Make sure to follow the contour of your lip.) Follow by gliding the balm across your bottom lip. Have fun coloring!
Does anything pull a look together quite like mascara? If you’re in a time crunch when your workout is over, a little mascara could be all you need to get yourself ready for wherever you’re going next—whether that’s a morning meeting or dinner with your group of gals.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
Are fluttery lashes what you’re after! Look no further. This mascara features a Butterfly Brush that helps to extend and lift the outer corner lashes for that winged-out look you crave.
How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes, gently sweeping it up to the tip.