Sliding makeup, sweaty hair, and calloused, dry hands from an attempt to beat your PB – and did that guy before you really wipe those dumbbells clean before he gave them to you? There are so many situations that go unsaid in the four walls of the gym because you all know you’re there with the same understanding: you’re going to break a sweat and may not look or smell the best while doing it. If you’re a regular gym bunny, you will have the basics packed in your gym bag for a sweaty session, but what if I told you that you were missing a few that could make your session better? I’m talking about multi-functional beauty essentials, which will help you tackle your gym pain points and that are easy to fit in your bag.
Have you packed your water, deodorant, and trainers? Oh – and don’t forget these three multipurpose essentials…
1. The Volumising Dry Shampoo
Multipurpose use: cleans hair and styles, adding body and volume.
Sweaty hair, don’t care – is my mantra – until I leave the gym, that is. For that reason, I’m never without my Klorane Dry Shampoo; I always have it on hand to freshen up my hair, especially after I’ve done a long cardio session and need my locks to look fresh and clean. The Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo is an easy way to wash your hair, without the need to hit the gym showers as it has natural microspheres that trap dirt, oil, and odour so your hair feels cleaner. But the best bit? It also doubles as a styling product to add volume to your roots when your hair is looking limp.
2. The Sweat Resistant BB Cream With SPF
Multipurpose use: sweat-resistant base, SPF50, and mirror.
Some gym bunnies may feel comfortable going without makeup, but unfortunately, I don’t. If you like to wear makeup up, but find that when you’re halfway through a workout, you have foundation drips running down your face, I’ve found the solution for you; using a multi-purpose makeup base that’s designed to be worn while you sweat. My favourite is the Shiseido Sports BB Compact SPF50 which has it all: it’s a flawless base that doesn’t budge when sweating and is infused with SPF50 made with WetForce technology, which becomes even stronger when wet. It’s also super practical for when you need to touch up, the handy mirror and sponge are neatly nestled inside your compact ready to use.
3. The Antibacterial Hand Cream
Multipurpose use: hydrates, calms, smoothes, and antibacterial.
Our hands go through a lot in the gym; from dry, rough, and calloused skin caused by lifting weights to picking up bacteria and germs living on the gym surfaces. With this in mind, it’s important that the beauty products you choose take care of both these factors; a formula that does all of this and more is Avene’s Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream. The nourishing cream protects your skin’s microbiome using an active post-biotic ingredient while their iconic thermal water calms irritation. Unlike most hand creams, it has a light, non-greasy texture which leaves your skin feeling powdery and soft. But, what makes this lotion multi-purpose? The Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream has an anti-microbial formula, which means that it works to protect skin from any growth of bacteria you may pick up in the gym.