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Convincing yourself to get to the gym can be a feat in and of itself — never mind the beauty hassles that accompany the habit (matted hair, sweaty skin, minimal mirror time in the locker room). If the cleanup seems like more trouble than it’s worth, chances are that your gym bag beauty staples could use an overhaul. Below, we’ve outlined seven beauty buys that’ll take you from sweaty to sparkling, stat. (Consider this one less excuse to skip your sweat session).
The AMIKA® Polished Perfection Straightening Brush ($35) can be a foolproof way to smooth flyaways after a vigorous workout. The tool functions similarly to a conventional brush, but it features heated bristles. These bristles simultaneously comb through hair and smooth frizz along the way. Bonus points for its miniature stature — which is both cute and space-saving.
Post-gym showers are nice — but we’d be lying if we said we always rinsed off immediately after HIIT class. The YUNI® Shower Sheets Large Body Wipes ($15) suffice on days you need to bounce, stat (hello, 10 a.m. work meeting). Simply swipe to wick away sweat; neem extract and peppermint banish body odor and cool skin, respectively. Plus, the ingredients are clean and gentle — meaning minimal risk of irritation on even the most sensitive skin.
What if we told you your hair could smell freshly-washed right after hot yoga? Luckily, hair perfumes make it possible. Unlike eau de parfum, these fragrances are specially formulated not to dry out strands. We’re partial to the cult classic scent of BYREDO® Mojave Ghost ($70) — delicate, elusive, and crowd-pleasing. Spritz in your strands to banish odors and leave your workout smelling like you rolled around in a field of flowers instead.
This retractable Wet Brush® Mini Pop Fold ($8) solves two gym woes: minimal mirror space and tangled hair. Open the compact, pop the plastic bristles out, and run through wet or dry hair for an unparalleled level of gentleness. Across from the bristles is a mirror, which can come in handy in an overcrowded locker room.
The Drunk Elephant® Umbra Tinte® Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($36) packs a one two punch: In addition to SPF 30, it also imparts a subtle tinted radiance which flatters an array of skin tones. After cleansing, smooth over your skin for barely-there coverage that’s sure to prolong that post-workout glow.
Dry shampoo is perhaps one of the most obvious gym bag staples, thanks to its ability to absorb excess sweat and make hair look cleaner than it really is (we won’t tell!). We’re partial to the Batiste® Mini Dry Shampoos, ($15 for 4) which fit into even the teeniest gym bags. You’ll also love the tropical scent, which is reminiscent of an island vacay — and is sure to up your levels of post-exercise bliss.
Has your face turned tomato red after spin class? Soothe overheated skin with a spritz of the Olay® Ultimate Hydration Calming Face Mist ($10). Not only does the ultra-fine consistency feel amazing, but it also tamps down on post-aerobic redness, thanks to calming aloe and chamomile extracts.
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