You’re a walking contradiction. You’re strong and powerful — yet your curves are feminine. You’re driven, tough, and motivated at the gym — yet you’re as humble as they come, and are always willing to lend support and guidance to anyone asking for it.
You take every trip to the gym, and every meal, seriously. You’re proud of those callouses on your hands, they’re a testament to your hard work — but you take care of your skin, your hair… your body. You’re a woman, and you enjoy being one.
Shouldn’t your gym bag reflect this contradicting personality of yours?
Sure, you’ve got your straps, your gloves, your hourglass waist trainer, your chalk and BCAAs… but after that kick-ass workout, after setting those new PRs… you’ll remain a woman. Why not be the most beautiful, feminine, confident woman you can be by taking care of some beauty basics?
I’ve put together a list of items people find exceptionally helpful to have at the gym, and I’ve decided to share them with you.
1. Makeup Removing Facial Wipes
You know that makeup can cause breakouts, right? Well, so can leaving your face sweaty with all that nasty bacteria all over it after a workout! And if you train after work, with makeup on your face… this especially applies to you: Always, always remove your makeup thoroughly as soon as possible after training.
2. Dry Shampoo
I don’t know about you, but my hair gets pretty grimy by the end of my workout. It’s sweaty, and just looks like a mess — which is a good thing; it means I worked hard, right? Sure, but that doesn’t mean I want to leave the gym looking like someone gave me a swirly!
3. Hair Styling Sheets
These are truly an amazing discovery. They seem to awaken whatever styling products I had in my hair prior to getting all sweaty and frizzy. They tame my hair, improve its health, and make it look and smell absolutely amazing!
4. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF
You know how damaging those UV rays are, and I know you don’t want wrinkles — or skin cancer, for that matter. This means you should protect your skin at all times, even during those short walks from the gym to your car… and wherever else you’re going after the gym.
5. Travel-Sized Gentle, Delicious-Smelling Body Wash
I always take a quick rinse after hitting the gym to avoid any breakouts on my body by delaying getting all that grime off. Besides, why be stinky when you can smell amazing walking (or limping — depending on whether it was leg day or not) out of the gym?!
Smell good all over! A deodorant is something that is highly essential in the gym especially, in order to avoid the embarrassment of bad smell. When you work out, it’s quite natural that you sweat. Some people sweat more and some people sweat less but everyone sweats especially while working out.
7. Portable Mouthwash Packets
I can honestly say that I have no idea what I did before I discovered these convenient little things! Sure, there are the travel-sized mouthwash bottles… but nothing works quite as well as the Super smile Fluoride Mouthwash Packets.
8. Moisturizing Lip Gloss
So you probably won’t want to put on a ton of makeup at the gym — I sure don’t! But a bit of gloss can go a long way, especially when your lips are feeling a little chapped after all that heavy breathing you’ve been doing for an hour.
9. Water Bottle
Yeah, this may be a “duh” for some of you, but it’s one of the most important items you could—and should always—have. Having an empty, reusable water bottle that you can refill on the fly will make sure you’re always able to hydrate (and it’s a more ecofriendly option than the plastic bottles many studios provide).
10. Extra Tank Top
A fresh shirt will be appreciated when you walk out of class to find a text with a brunch invitation or to keep you dry on your walk home after an especially intense workout.