Genius fit-girl beauty essentials for your gym bag
Beauty products that work smarter, so you can workout harder
Women's Health marie claire Beauty Director / May 25 2018
What beauty products are in your workout bag right now? Just deodorant, dry shampoo and a packet of cleansing wipes? This new wave of makeup, skin and hair saviours are so good your gym bag won’t be able to live without them.
Just because you’re working out, doesn’t mean you have to go bare. Shiseido Synchro Skin Tinted Gel Cream SPF30 is a next-gen hybrid that blends a light-as-air gel formulation with sheer coverage and SPF30. Result? Skin is both protected and more even-looking as you work up a sweat – and it feels like you’re wearing nothing. Win!
Created with fitness devotees in mind, the CliniqueFit beauty range was designed to solve the most common workout-related beauty woes – think shine, panda eyes and post-workout redness. And we literally can’t get enough! Perfect after a lunchtime sweat sesh, the CliniqueFit Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder will hide the evidence, fast. While the 24-Hour Mascara (it stays put, but washes off in warm water) and Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturizer are gym-bag musts, whether you’re tackling an actual marathon, or just a marathon day!
Fly-aways are a beauty hazard, especially for indoor sports fans and gym-lovers (hello static!). Luckily, a new breed of brands are coming to our rescue with a long-awaited invention: hair wipes! These clever sheets tackle frizz with a pass or two over your hair post-workout. No washing, no serums, and barely any brushing ... Genius.
Try: IGK Swipe Up No-Frizz Smoothing Hair Wipes; Ouai Haircare Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets
Waterless shampoo and conditioner
DryBar products have long been a cult favourite in LA. Now, they’ve finally dropped in Australia, thanks to Sephora. We’re crushing on the DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo and Detox Dry Conditioner. Amazing after an AM spin class, the dry shampoo soaks up sweat, while the conditioner enlists argan oil to hydrate and detangle ends. The result? Hair that looks like first-day (rather than third-day). Our favourite? The DryBar Triple Sec 3-in-1, which gives limp workout hair instant texture and body. Boom!
Pool (blonde) hair rescuer
Let’s be honest. If you hit the pool regularly, chlorine can leave blonde hair looking thirsty, brittle and in, a word, green! But not for much longer. Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque hydrates, softens and boosts all types of blonde (so say goodbye to brassiness). Even better? It only takes three minutes to work its hair magic. What’s not to love?
Anti-fatigue body creams
Like double espresso in a bottle, these clever creams are the fit girl’s new best friend. Why? One in four Aussies aren’t hitting their daily magnesium requirements, while 60 to 80 per cent of us are deficient in this power mineral. Ouch! The reason this matters? Magnesium helps dial down muscle fatigue, cramps, stress and sugar cravings. It’s easier to absorb through the skin, so slather generously after your next class!
We love the feel-good factor of a yoga session. And this new yoga skin care range is sure to crank up the endorphins a notch or two! Created by certified ashtanga yoga teacher Emmanuel Rey, this boutique brand has our inner (and outer) peace in mind. How? The Yuni Flash Bath Body Cleansing Foam and Yuni Shower Sheets both zap sweat and body odour sans water for those days when there’s no time to wait for a shower stall to vacate in the change rooms. Follow with the Yuni Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel to loosen up knotted, sore muscles post-practice for a hit of instant Zen.
The post-workout mask
Exercise has lots of benefits, but blackheads due to sweat, pollution and grime build-up are not among them. To keep pores blackhead-free, we love this newbie by Philosophy. Supercharged with oil-extracting white kaolin clay and pore-shrinking salicylic acid, this clever Philosophy Exfoliating Clay Mask will help zap blackheads and smooth a roughened complexion (thanks to exfoliating diatomaceous earth). Consider it your detox go-to on post-workout skin.
Our Review Crew® loved this product so much they gave it a 4.5 star rating - read their reviews here.
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What products do you currently have in your gym bag? Will you adding any of these genius newbies to your post-workout beauty routine?
Main image credit: @josephineskriver
marie claire Beauty Director, Sally Hunwick joined the marie claire team in 2017. Previously Sally has worked on Cosmopolitan as Beauty and Lifestyle Director, Women’s Health as Contributing Beauty Editor, and Harper's BAZAAR and Dolly as Beauty Writer and Beauty Editor respectively. An award-winning journalist with a long-running career both in Australia and in the UK, Sally is passionate about all things beauty and health.