We love a good sweat session at the gym and while a post-workout scrub-down, full makeup redo and a blowout would be nice—let’s be honest, there’s no time for that.
It’s hard enough to find the time to squeeze in a workout, but having a packed gym bag with the right essentials can make a big difference when it comes to motivation. Include items that will save you space and time so you can from the gym to dinner and everything in between in a flash.
Green Beauty Expert Michelle Bilodeau highlights some of her favourite all-natural essentials for that perfect post-workout refresh.
Refresh after the gym with these gym bag beauty essentials
No Pong DeodorantAll the way from Australia, No Pong just made its debut in Canada! But, what does “pong” mean, exactly?
It’s a cheeky Australian/British term for a “strong, pungent smell”. Ha!
Apply a dime-size amount under each arm and the sweat-resistant formula will last all day. It contains coconut oil and beeswax with no aluminum salts – a common ingredient in other antiperspirants.
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Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo ClothsToronto-based Kaia Naturals is renowned for its bamboo wipes. The wipes are soaked in organic honey, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, and the best part – they’re biodegradable and have never been bleached! These wipes act as a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer all-in-one and are perfect for sensitive skin, removing make-up, and a refresher after a workout.
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Indie Lee CoQ-10 TonerHelp rebalance the pH level of your skin after a sweat session with Indie Lee’s CoQ-10 Toner. It contains soothing aloe and cucumber, hyaluronic acid and coenzyme Q-10, which helps to boost collagen and elastin in the skin.
After cleansing your face, just spritz this product on your skin and let it sink!
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COOLA Rosilliance SPF 30 BB+ CreamContaining SPF 30 for protection from harmful sunrays, this BB cream is perfect for an early gym workout! It contains rose stem cells to help combat wrinkles, as well as soothe and hydrate your skin.
Add one pump to your fingertips and gently pat onto your face, starting from the center and moving outwards. This product can help even your skin tone, but if you prefer more coverage, you can blend your favourite foundation over top.
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ILIA Multi-StickIf you’re going from the gym to the office, you’ll need a little multitasker like this stick from ILIA. A cheek and lip product in one, it comes in six gorgeous shades and contains avocado oil, Vitamin E, coco and shea butter to nourish your skin! Beauty experts recommended berry hues to compliment a post-exercise glow.
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Graydon Skincare Germs Away MistAfter an intense work-out at the gym, we all hope to smell like roses, but that’s typically not the case. Enter Graydon’s Germs Away Spray! It works wonders on yoga mats, gym clothes, your gym bag and smelly sneakers. Made up of 12 germ-killing essential oils, such as geranium, lavender, and grapefruit, with the addition of hydrogen peroxide, which acts as a non-toxic, anti-microbial agent.
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Cake Beauty Dry Shampoo SheetsThis is a sneak peek! Cake Beauty, another local brand, is launching these dry shampoo sheets in February which are just like blotting papers, but for your hair! They contain rice starch to help absorb oil without leaving any residue. Cake Beauty is a vegan brand and avoids use of talc, parabens, sulfates and mineral oil ingredients.
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Kooshoo Organic Hair Ties,Eco + Amour is a new, eco-friendly store that just opened in the Scarborough area with a goal of selling minimal waste products. They carry beauty accessories such as organic hair ties, bamboo toothbrushes and bamboo hairbrushes; all of which are sustainable and biodegradable. The bristles on the hairbrush are made of wood to prevent hair static during cold, winter days!
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