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The gym bag beauty essentials you need

The gym bag beauty essentials you need
Hannah Pourhady
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Last updated: 20/03/24

Having a ready-to-go bag of beauty essentials for your post-workout routine is the perfect way to take some of the stress out of getting yourself to the gym. Whether you love cardio, hot yoga or swimming as your exercise of choice, the sweat and redness thatcomes with increasing your heart rate can leave you looking a little hot and bothered! 

To help you create a streamlined, yet useful,beauty collection for your gym bag, we've gathered the products we think are essential forperfecting your appearance throughout your entire workout session. 

The best gym bag beauty essentials 

Pre-workout wonders

Elemis Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser 

Remove makeup and debris from your complexion with ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser, helping to leave you fresh-faced for your workout and minimise the risk of sweat mixing with your foundation and getting lodged in your pores. Enriched with a multi-mineral solution that includes magnesium, copper and zinc, the cleanser purifies and nourishes your face while working to remove dead skin cells and leave a smoother, more illuminated base. 

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum 

As well as your muscles, your skin also goes through a lot during a workout. Antioxidant-rich and easy to apply, protect your complexion with SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum, working to defend against environmental aggressors and add a boost of vitamin C to offer a more radiant-looking and brighter appearance. After cleansing in the morning, just pop 4-5 drops and pat onto your face, neck and chest for the perfect skin prep before heading to the gym.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid Non-Perfumed Suncream SPF50+ 

Whether you train indoors or prefer adventuring outside to burn your calories, make sure you keep your skin protected. A perfect formula for everyday use, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid Non-Perfumed Suncream is lightweight and sweat-resistant to defend against damage caused by UVA, UVB and ultra-long UVA rays. Enjoy an invisible and non-greasy finish that will keep performing on your skin throughout any type of workout.  

Ole Henriksen Exclusive Pout Preserve Peptide Lip Treatment 

While you sip on your drink to stay hydrated during exercise, your lips may be crying out for some moisture too. Exclusive to LOOKFANTASTIC, the Ole Henriksen Exclusive Pout Preserve Peptide Lip Treatment is the perfect blend of peptides and kokum butter to keep your pout soft, while adding a plumper-looking, high-shine glow. Whether you choose the sweet Cocoa Créme, or the original Citrus Sunshine shades, enjoy a secret, sumptuous scent during your workout. 

Sol de Janeiro Rio Deo Cheirosa 62 Aluminium-Free Deodorant 

You can’t visit the gym without deodorant – and what better option that the Sol de Janeiro Rio Deo Cheirosa 62 Aluminium-Free Deodorant? The roll-on formula layers the skin with the iconic gourmand fragrance of the Bum Bum Cream while working against unwanted odours, enveloping the skin with aromas of pistachio, vanilla and salted caramel. 

Must-haves while you move

L'Oréal Professionnel Serié Expert Absolut Repair Molecular Leave-in Mask 

Why not look after your hair while you look after your body? A workout session is the most efficient time to treat your tresses to some much-needed hydration. The Serié Expert Absolut Repair Molecular Leave-in Mask works to protect dry, damaged hair while replenishing lost moisture and encourage smoother, more manageable strands. Apply 4-5 pumps before starting your training session, then leave in and let the treatment work its magic while you pump some iron!  

First Aid Beauty Anti-Chafe Stick 

While the feeling of finishing an intense cardio session is unmatched, sore skin caused by chafing isn’t ideal. The non-sticky formula of the First Aid Beauty Anti-Chafe Stick is perfect for use on the inner thighs or underarms and works to protect your skin against friction and dryness throughout your training. Suitable for sensitive skin, the formula is enriched with a blend of bisabolol, shea butter and colloidal oatmeal to soothe and nourish. 

Pattern Mircofiber Towel 

A no-brainer, having a towel to wipe away the sweat during your session is a must-have. Made from a premium, plush material, upgrade your gym kit with the Pattern Microfibre Towel that’s soft on the skin and absorbs excess moisture and water quickly.  

invisibobble EXTRA HOLD Value Pack 

What’s more annoying than being right on the edge of achieving a new PB, but your hair is constantly in your face? Sweep it back and out of the way with invisibobble EXTRA HOLD famous spiral bobbles: designed with thicker hair in mind, these hair ties comfortably support your tresses for a strong hold without leaving behind any kinks or causing headaches. 

Post-training treats

Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Original Hair Oil 

Now that you’ve moved your body, take care of your hair with Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Original Hair Oil: a multi-benefit hair oil that offers heat protection for up to 230°C while nourishing your strands from root to tip. Use as a primer after washing and before applying heat, or as a finisher to refresh already styled hair. Simply work in 1-3 pumps from your mid-lengths to ends for an instantly refined look with a visible and intense shine. 

Redken All Soft Duo 

A must-have to replenish dry, brittle hair, the Redken All Soft Duo is the perfect argan oil-enriched formula to restore moisture, shine and strength to your tresses after an intense workout. Cleanse out sweat or product build-up with the shampoo before detangling and nourishing from root to tip with the conditioner in the duo bundle. Use regularly to achieve silky-looking lengths with increased manageability. 

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner Moisturising Bundle 

If you’ve got coloured hair, it can be a little trickier to find the ideal formula to cleanse and protect your vibrancy after a gym session. The Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner Moisturising Bundle not only hydrates the scalp and dry locks, but also uses a blend of jojoba, green tea, and sage to protect and help to restore the pigments in your strands.  

ghd Chronos Hair Straightener 

Avoid that post-workout appearance with one stroke of the ghd Chronos Hair Straighteners. With Responsive™ technology that continuously adapts to your styling movements, transform your strands quickly and easily, no matter what your post-gym plans are, and achieve a straight, wavy or curly look effortlessly. A 20-second heat up time and a re-engineered wishbone hinge allows you to switch up your style with just a simple tilt of the hand.  

Skin In Motion Ltd Work IT Tinted Moisturiser 

Designed for those with an active lifestyle, Skin In Motion formulate complexion-enhancing products perfect for use before and after exercise. The Work IT Tinted Moisturiser offers a lightweight, argan oil-enriched texture that glides on the skin to create a flawless-looking base with a skin-like finish. Long-wearing and sweat-proof, it’s the perfect product to allow you to move with confidence and take on the day. 

Hannah Pourhady
Writer and expert
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Coming from a large family of mainly women has made me passionate about all things beauty; from routines passed down from my grandmother, to trying the latest products and trends. Starting over 7 years ago when I was an MUA at MAC Cosmetics, my love for makeup has now evolved into making sure my skincare creates the perfect canvas for any look. I love anything that can make my skin feel fresh & bright while accentuating my features – Bobbi Brown's Face Base is my favourite at the moment! My makeup sits so beautifully on top and make my skin feel so fresh and hydrated!