Sports Special

Inspired by London 2012? I certainly am… All these super fit athletes have put my lazy lifestyle to shame, so I’ve dug out my trainers and have dragged myself off on my first run in years. I’m even considering joining the gym again – and if there’s anything that will convince me to take out a membership, it’s filling my sports bag with enticing post-workout beauty products. If you feel the same way, why not take your pick from my virtual gym essentials below?

If you’re heading to the pool for laps, make sure you protect your hair first. The best product for the job is Philip Kingsley’s Swimcap, £16.10. Apply generously to hair before jumping in the water, from roots to ends, and it will protect against discolouration and damage.

Don’t risk sweat marks – instead, apply a good deodorant under arms before setting foot in the gym. Vichy 24hr Dry Touch Deodorant Roll-on, £6.80 is gentle, effective, and incredibly hard working. It’s enriched with Perlite, an ultra absorbent mineral with 24-hour effectiveness.

A shower gel is essential post workout, but it doesn’t need to be a bottle from the supermarket shelf. If the luxurious Roger & Gallet Bois d’Orange Refreshing Shower Gel, £10.80 doesn’t encourage you to get active, I don’t know what will…

Treat sore, aching muscles to a post-workout rub with Tisserand Muscle Ease Massage Oil, £8.10. The blend of ginger, lemongrass, and rosemary oils warms, relieves, and banishes tension and fatigue. Alternatively, save it for when you get home, by adding a generous glug to a warm bath for a soothing soak.

Sweaty, smelly feet shouldn’t be squeezed straight back into your everyday shoes. Make sure you spray them with a cooling, soothing, and deodorising foot spray first, such as Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Reviving Leg and Foot Mist, £9.60.

Wash oil, sweat and chlorine from your hair with a good cleansing shampoo. Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Deep Cleansing Shampoo, £7, is the perfect product for the job, with a gentle formulation that leaves hair feeling and smelling clean and fresh.

Finally, make sure you step out of the gym with perfect hair, by packing a travel-sized hairbrush. You’d be hard pushed to find a better quality brush than Fekkai Brushes Travel Hairbrush, £33.15, which detangles, styles, and leaves hair smooth, shiny, and static-free.

I’ll meet you on the treadmill!

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