|by Claire McCormack
As a working mom who likes (read: needs) to work out, I often leave my house at 7:30 a.m. with all the supplies I need for my 7:30 p.m. gym class. Because of this hustle, packing my gym bag with the proper products has become a crucial life skill. What do I ABSOLUTELY need? What's extraneous? What's a little bit of a luxury that will make a big difference to me at 9 p.m.? All this and more is taken into consideration.
Vine Minus Ion Water is a great antibacterial pre-workout skin prep and post-workout skin refresher. Due to its germ-killing abilities, you can even use it to wipe down your yoga mat after class. Plus, it fixes post-gym crazy hair.
Mio Skincare Clean Slate Swipes & Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
I gush about both of these products on a regular basis so I'm hoping they're already a staple in your gym bag. They come individually wrapped, so they are super compact. I always keep a few of each in my bag on Sunday night so they're there when I need them. Each jumbo Mio Skincare Clean Slate Swipe is formulated with natural ingredients to help prevent blemishes and post-gym breakouts, as well as aloe vera and omega oils to exfoliate and moisturize skin. They efficiently & effectively remove makeup, sweat and oil. Their cucumber and mint infused scent makes me feel like I'm bathing in a huge glass of the cucumber water I sip while at the spa. Mio Swipes are suitable for both face and body, so I like to use one all over post-workout (it is THAT big).
Pre-workout, when just my face needs a cleaning, I bring an Ursa Major Essential Wipe specifically for that task. These award-winning wipes also cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate skin to leave it (and you!) feeling refreshed and so clean.
|Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream
I love kickboxing for many reasons. What it's doing to my knuckles is not one of them. To prevent farmhand hands, I make sure to coat my knuckles in this ultra-protective, healing cream before I put my gloves on. If you've used Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream before, you know its myriad uses, from nose to toes. The one-ounce tube is convenient enough to keep in my handbag, so I have it even on my rest days.
|Mio Skincare Workout Wonder Invigorating Muscle Motivating Gel
My shoulders have been a tension point for years. Building muscle in that area has only exacerbated the situation. Well, this little bottle earns every word in its name. It is perfect for pre- and post-workout, as it not only invigorates muscles, but also helps to soothe them. Extracts of Arnica, Horse Chestnut, Murumuru Butter, Spearmint and natural Magnesium increase circulation, ease aches and inflammation and help speed up recovery. This uplifting cocktail of herbs and extracts leaves my body feeling cooled, soothed and ache-free. Though it's called a gel, Mio Skincare Workout Wonder is a cream ... and a creamy cream at that—zero annoying stickiness. And like every single Mio Skincare products, it smells fantastic.
|DERMAdoctor MED e TATE Antiperspirant Wipes
Believe the hype around these wipes! They really stop the schvitz without the gross, caked-on feeling of traditional antiperspirants. They are also very gentle. Trying to apply even natural deodorants right after shaving has often made my underarms feel like fire pits. MED e TATE Wipes are Hypoallergenic, non-irritating, non-comedogenic and oil, fragrance, dye, paraben, gluten and phthalate free.
Shower At The Gym? You Need These
Binchotan Facial Cleansing Mask – This 3-in-1 face wash is downright magical. It is simultaneously the gentlest yet deepest cleansing wash I've ever used. It also works in 30 seconds flat. And EVERYONE will tell you how amazing your skin looks. Trust me.
Alchimie Forever Dry Skin Balm – What no one told me about working out was how callused my heels would get. Applying this balm on them straight out of the shower has really helped. Don't stop there, though. If you shower in the gym, go ahead and apply this rich balm from the neck down.
|Philip Kingsley Try Me Kit – This trio will take up hardly any real estate in your gym bag. Pick the shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair type; all kits come with the award-winning Elasticizer pre-shampoo treatment.
Ready for the best trick EVER? Apply Elasticizer pre-workout, then throw your hair up in a ponytail. Elasticizer will help keep your hair in check and the increased body heat will help the product work better. Easiest multitasking ever.