Gym bag essentials are the products I want with me during or after a great workout. Everyday it seems like there are new and fabulous products to include, but as of late I’ve found five really solid items I just can’t leave home without:
Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser
While Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser is billed as a makeup remover when I first heard about micellar water it was touted as more of a cleansing product so that’s how I use it. A cotton pad and a glug of this stuff helps get dirt off your face you didn’t even know was there. I use it prior to showering to remove deep dirt and grime. If I’m in a rush without time to shower it’s perfect as a face refresher instead. It does not need to be rinsed off and while I do feel a very light residue after using it, it’s not unpleasant or bothersome.
Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo
I used to wash my hair once a day or more if I worked out and got sweaty. I really had no idea what I was missing before stumbling onto dry shampoo. After trying a few brands I discovered Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo and I love, love, love it. No longer do I feel forced to wash my hair as often as before. A quick spray, tousle, and style is all it takes to get a fresh look that lasts. It’s perfect for after working out since there’s not always time to dry and style if you’re on the go. I have to be careful not to over spray or else I get white splotches in my hair, but other than that this dry shampoo is really a dream.
Elastic Hair Ties Bracelets
What’s different about these Elastic Hair Ties Bracelets? No metal bits to get caught on your hair. The wide, flat band holds my hair really well and the super stretchy elasticity let’s me double or triple my loop if I need a really tight hold. They hold up to vigorous activity and never fail to keep my hair in place which definitely makes them a gym bag essential. They also never leave marks in my hair. I’ll never go back to the tight little round elastics with the metal binding after using this type of band.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel
As I get older I find that my skin doesn’t always look as plump as I’d like. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel to the rescue. This stuff leaves my skin looking hydrated throughout the day, doesn’t block my pores and provides a perfect canvas for makeup or going bare. It has a really nice texture and a little goes a long way too. A little dab after working out leaves my skin looking fresh and perfectly hydrated.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer has been around for years, but I come back to it time and time again. Not only does it leave my skin soft and smooth, but adds a great hint of color. I don’t tan anymore so this little bit of color is perfect for shorts season. Until I bought my last tube I didn’t realize there was a regular and a firming version. I’ve been using the firming version, but honestly don’t notice any difference in that area. Still, the color boost is enough to keep me coming back. I just smooth some on after getting out of the shower, give it a few minutes to dry and off I go.
What are some of your gym bag essentials? Share your favorite products in the comments!
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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