Just because you’re working up a sweat doesn’t mean your beauty routine has to go by the wayside. Whether you’re a yogi, spin-sister, or cross-training addict, these gym bag essentials will keep you looking as good on the outside as you feel on the inside after a killer workout.
Life Therapy Pulse Point Oil Perfume
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best-smelling gal in class, but that doesn’t mean you have to envelop yourself in a cloud of fragrance. We love Chicago-based Life Therapy’s alcohol-free pulse point perfumes to keep us smelling fresh without offending our classmates. These handy little roll-ons are available in five blends. Available for $29 at Lifetherapy.com.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint
Post-workout glow is one thing; blotchy redness is another. This breathable, soft complexion “perfector” evens out discoloration without feeling like you’re wearing a mask. And thanks to diamond powder, glycerin, and polymer X, your skin will look brighter, more hydrated, and ever-so slightly lifted. Available for $26 at Glossier.com.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
There are dry shampoos and then there is Living Proof Perfect Hair Day. While fast-absorbing powders soak up the oil and sweat from any workout session, it’s the patented OFPMA molecule in this formula that reduces the surface friction of the hair, so it’s the next best thing to lathering up. Plus a time-released fragrance releases a light, clean scent that lasts all day, so nobody will ever know you ducked out to go to the gym on your lunch break. Available for $22 at Ulta, 114 South State Street, 312-279-5081, ulta.com.
Lanier Des Sens Firming Sea Fennel Body Lotion
We don’t need an excuse to visit Chicago’s own Aaron’s Apothecary, but this fabulously firming body milk is certainly a good incentive. Toning and firming essential oil of sea fennel is the perfect complement to all those squats and lunges, while a power-packed myriad of hydrants leaves your hard-working body silky smooth. Available for $22 at Aaron’s Apothecary, 2338 North Clark Street, 773-360-8595, aaronsapothecary.com.
Aveeno Naturals Positively Ageless Daily Cleansing Pads
Truth: In our opinion, cleansing cloths and pads will never replace a true double cleanse with a traditional wash or oil. Yet, when you’re leaving the gym, nothing is more convenient than these little dual-textured, moisture-soaked discs that work to lift away sweat and grime while gently exfoliating and smoothing away dry winter skin. Available for $6.21 at Walgreens, walgreens.com.