Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Gym Kit - 5 Skincare Essentials

Finding the motivation to get myself to the gym each week has never been much of a challenge – where else can I listen to my iPod at full volume for a whole hour undisturbed? The bigger challenge has been editing down my post-workout skincare to a bunch of essentials that is small enough to squeeze inside my kit bag.

Generally, I’m not very economical when it comes to bag packing - I adopt the ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ approach (I’m terrified I’ll leave something important behind, so tend to over pack whenever I travel).

But as a seasoned gym goer – I’ve been pounding the treadmill for a good *cough* 20 years now – I like to think I’ve become pretty adept at knowing what skincare my face does (and doesn’t) need after a sweaty workout and a hot shower.

Here’s a peek inside my gym bag – my 5 skincare essentials:


Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths - £ 12 for pack of 30 cloths



They have their detractors but pre-moistened wipes are invaluable at the gym. They are the first thing I grab after a workout. These ones have small exfoliating bumps on one side and contain natural AHAs, which help to remove stubborn sweat and grease. The eucalyptus scent is refreshing too.  Available from Lookfantastic.com here.

Avene Thermal Spring Water - £10 for 300ml

Spraying this all over my beetroot face after a workout is THE most refreshing thing in the world. I prefer to use the bigger cans to the travel size ones as the spray is wider and so more cooling. I’ve tried using tonic spritzers instead but the Avene water spray is more effective at cooling me down. It is also incredibly good value. Buy it from Boots here.

Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball - £8.99 for 15ml

The metal roller ball is super cooling, and the thin clear gel is both refreshing and light – a heavy formula could overload skin and cause puffiness. Includes dead sea mineral salts, natural extracts and organic oils. Available from Holland & Barrett here .

SteamCream Moisturiser - £12.95 for 75ml

As I’m reapplying skincare for a second time in the day (and it’s not even lunchtime!),  I don’t want to use anything thick or heavy. SteamCream is perfect. Its texture is light and this cream melts into the skin very quickly. Available from SteamCream here.

Finally, I also like to smell good after a gym session, so a fragrance for my body is an essential too.
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Q Balance, The Fine Fragrance Body Spray - £1.75 for 100ml

A 2-in-1 deodorant and perfume – just the job when bag space is tight! Balance is a sophisticated, punchy fruity fragrance that’s very wearable - and affordable!  It has top notes of bergamot and pear blossom, a floral heart (pink peony, stargazer rose and luminous orchid), with woods and crème de musk at the base. Available at Sainsbury’s here.

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10 comments

  1. I also pack everything but the kitchen sink. I love the look of the wipes, they look so refreshing and welcoming after a good workout.

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  2. I love the idea of a spray with thermal skin water after a workout. Very impressive that you've been going for 20 years!

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  3. Couldn't do without my steamcream. Use it for an all over body lotion, if I ever get an eczema break out (which I tend to in the winter surprisingly) and it always clears it up. Ingenious stuff. But those grease relief wipes look amazing, I'm now going on the hunt for some of those as if they can clear the blocked pores I have on my nose they'll be worth the money.

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  4. Love this! I am on week 2 of my clean eating and fitness campaign. Nice to see what others have in their gym bags!

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  5. The Ole Henriksen pads look lush. I'm a bit of a minimalist, but definitely think that these essentials tick all the boxes. x

    Yaya ♥ My Dreamality

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  6. Very interesting gym kit. I am planning on get back to exercising soon, so I will look out for those products! :) x
    Lilinha Angel's World

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  7. The products sound very good, you seem to be very high maintenance, Tracey! :) You must take ages to get ready!!! lol I used to get out of the gym and have a shower at home. Well, I have not been gymming for a while now..

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  8. In Germany I used to bring all my stuff also to the gym- but here in the US ladies do everything at home. You basically go to the gym already in your sports clothes- no bag and then bring the sweat home to shower- lol. Very prude here hehe!xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  10. Everyone should have a cleanser in their skincare kit cleansingtea tree oil wipes are good for skin care cleansers can work well for normal and oily skin :)

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