As any gym enthusiast knows, a well-stocked gym bag is the key to carrying you from your Lulus into your office wardrobe. Reap all the feel-good benefits of your morning sweat sesh and avoid stress with these functional and time-saving tools.
Setting your alarm clock to get up for an early morning workout can give you a mood boost, provide you with the energy to avoid the dreaded afternoon slump, improve your sleep cycle and increase productivity. But, it can be tough navigating the shift from the gym to the office—especially if you’re strapped for time. Those who have attended a Bikram hot yoga or SoulCycle class can attest to the fact that leaving drenched in sweat isn’t just likely—it’s unavoidable.
Don’t lose those post-workout happy endorphins you just earned by frantically rushing to pull yourself together in time for your 9 AM meeting. Streamlining your beauty kit is vital to a stress-free routine and it’s made simple once the contents of your gym bag meet two requirements: multi-purpose and easy to travel with. The night before your workout, ensure your bag is fully equipped with the essentials to make getting ready in the communal locker-room is a breeze. Here are our top ten gym bag must haves.
No time to shower?
Yuni Beauty No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam, $19, yunibeauty.com.
It’s a dry shampoo—but for your body. What a time to be alive. If fighting for a shower spot at your gym is reminiscent of The Hunger Games, not to worry. This body cleansing foam takes the place of your standard shower. It instantly cleanses and deodorizes sans water or rinsing, so you can slip on your clothes and get right to your day.
Verb Ghost Oil, $18, sephora.ca.
If you know that you will have time to shower after your workout, try applying an uber-saturating and nourishing hair oil before you go to bed and allow it to penetrate strands into the morning. It works as you work out. After you shower, you’ll be left with touchable-y soft hair and insane shine. Verb’s Ghost Oil is a great option because it can also be applied post-shower too to tame frizz.
Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer, $33, sephora.ca.
Small, but mighty. With rave reviews touting the power of the dual-voltage technology in Sephora’s mini ionic blow dryer, you won’t have to worry about turning up to the office with wet hair—a major professional no-no. Tiny, powerful and affordable—this is a perfect addition to your gym bag if your gym isn’t stocked with heat tools.
If all else fails, there’s always dry shampoo
Batiste Revitalize It Dry Shampoo, $9, batistehair.ca.
Those with super thick locks may look be able to go on with their day without a touch-up, but for those with a finer head of hair, dry shampoo can be a life saver after a sweaty workout. A quick spritz concentrating on the roots will extend the time in between washes. Batiste’s tried and true Original Formula is a cult favourite, but their scented hair products come in a range of fragrances and will mask any odours throughout the day.
Beat the heat
Graydon Face Food Mist, $35, well.ca.
Pumping your heart improves blood circulation in an effort to move the heat your body is generating to the skin’s surface, where it can be radiated off. But the ensuing redness can affect some more than others, especially if there are more superficial blood vessels in your face. To tame a ruddy complexion and turn it into a rosy glow, try a spritz of Graydon’s Face Food Mist. The mineral formula is not only a luxurious way to cool down, but the zinc will deflect heat and minimize flushing.
Start with a clean slate
Consonant Come Clean 100% Natural Bamboo Cleansing Cloths, $9, consonantskincare.com.
In case you’ll be heading from work to the gym for a post-office workout, removing all traces of makeup before you raise your heartbeat is crucial. Breakouts, congested skin and irritations are all on the menu when perspiration and oil mix on top of blocked pores. That’s where portable cleansing wipes come in handy. Consonant’s 100% natural bamboo cloths are soaked with grape seed extract, ginseng and chamomile to gently wipe away impurities, while leaving skin soft and hydrated.
Don’t carry more than you need
Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen, $45, thedetoxmarket.com.
Why use five products when you can use one? Keep your primer, moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation on your vanity and opt for Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen. Rolling all of your complexion concerns into one, this chemical-free and organic formula provides just enough corrective coverage to banish imperfections and mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to protect your skin. A god-send for the multi-tasking woman, this lightweight creams is equipped with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, jojoba and zinc-oxide to hydrate and treat inflammation.
Banish raccoon eyes
L'Oréal Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara, $10, well.ca.
Have you ever continued to sweat hours after a workout? When you stop exercising, your heart rate slows down, pumping less blood into the skin. The heat instead accumulates in your muscles, causing your blood temperature to rise. Which in turn can make you sweat. Waterproof mascara is necessary to avoid the woes of runny mascara. Luckily, L’Oréal’s legendary Voluminous Million Lashes formula comes in a waterproof iteration for voluminous, smudge-proof lashes.
Bite Beauty Multistick, $28, sephora.ca.
Bite’s Multistick is formulated without chemicals or silicones and is designed to be used anywhere on your face; lips, cheeks, even eyes. Containing 35 percent powder in each bullet, it applies as a cream and finishes as a powder. Ditch brushes and apply it with your finger in a universal shade that will add to your post-workout glow. Mascarpone is a great shade for monochromatic look of the moment and works for all skin tones.
Swipe on hydration
This all-natural body butter by Canadian brand Rocky Mountain Soap Co. comes in packaging that resembles a deodorant. No more opening your bag to an exploded body lotion all over your valuables. This emollient formula—that smells of vanilla and coconut—comes in a stick, making it incredibly easy to use and convenient to apply.