What to Put in Your Gym Bag
by Casey Sharbaugh

*Products featured in this post include gratis PR samples, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Carrying around your entire beauty cabinet to use in the locker room after a workout isn’t only impractical, but bad for your back as well. Your focus should be on cutting killer back muscles with weights, not destroying them with a heavy bag! To avoid this, look to multitasking or miniature-sized products so as not to waste precious real estate inside your favorite gym bag. Not only will these options take up less space, they will expedite the getting ready process as well.

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FACE

Your visage needs some serious TLC after all that sweating. Face wipes are one of the easiest ways to clean on the go. Instead of carrying around a full pack, pop one or two into a Ziploc baggy and refill as needed. Dr. Dennis Gross Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths ($18) are enriched with antioxidants and vitamins to hydrate while removing impurities, therefore causing zero irritation.

Guys, don’t let the need to shave in the morning keep you from hitting up that 5 AM class. The Art of Shaving Travel Size Shaving Cream ($16) moisturizes while you shave, meaning you can avoid any pesky irritation no matter where you are.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($36) is a tinted treatment that brightens, depuffs, and smooths. Stash this in your bag instead of packing eye cream, under eye concealer and a highlighter. It does it all!

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BODY

Men, if your deodorant smells as good as Tom Ford Noir Deodorant Stick ($35), you have no need to carry cologne as well. Same rule applies for gals when using Lavanila ($14)–better yet, it is all-natural.

No time for a shower? Not recommended, unless you have Mio Skincare Clean Slate Workout Wipes ($37 for 25). Lightly scented with mint and cucumber, these jumbo-sized wipes are individually wrapped. They are effective at removing pore-clogging and odor-inducing bacteria, but without a hint of irritation.

Ladies, shaving on the go is effortless (nay, idiot-proof) with the Sphynx Razor ($15). The genius product includes water, shave cream and a blade in ONE handy design.

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COSMETICS

Skin will already be glowing and flushed after a killer training session, so makeup can be minimal and light. If you are up for putting on fake eyelashes and a fierce red lip, chances are you simply weren’t turning up that treadmill enough during your sprints!

The K-Sport “WOW” Stick from Katherine Cosmetics deserves its name – one shade miraculously fits all. This moisturizing stick fills tiny lines to create an all-over natural glow, can survive a tough Barry’s workout, and contains SPF 20 sun protection. To enhance the natural color in your cheeks, look to Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42). It has blush on one end and illuminator on the other, and the creamy formula is perfect for warmer temperatures. Even better, the blush will work as a light lip color. Double-duty to triple-duty, just like that!

Stowaway Cosmetics describes their tiny products as “right-sized” not “travel-sized.” Because in reality, when was the last time you actually finished a whole tube of lipstick or mascara? I am partial to their Creaseless Concealer ($16) and Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm ($22) to make my skin look Beyoncé level flawless (no, I did not wake up like this.)

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HAIR

Let’s face it: the gym locker room is not the right place to do a deep conditioning masque. If you are, I seriously feel bad for the person behind you in the shower line!

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 ($13) lets you skip the shampoo and get out the door. One spray simultaneously adds volume and texture while absorbing excess oil on the scalp. Unlike many formulas, it is perfectly clear to avoid that dreaded chalky look.

Philip B Nordic Wood ($8) comes in a handy travel sized bottle, and works just as well at cleansing hair and body. It works almost as well as a forearm plank at hitting multiple body parts in one fell swoop.

Not only are these products perfect for the gym, but they are also ideal for vacations or business trips. For your sake, we hope it is more of the former than the latter!

Featured gym bag by Herschel Supply ($99)

Casey Casey Sharbaugh is a New York City resident who works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey working out, writing, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone or green smoothie (not simultaneously). Check out her personal blog www.comfortablycasey.com