One of the things I get asked to share a lot of the time is what’s in my gym bag. I’ve been meaning to write a post on the subject for some time now, and finally I’ve gone far enough back through my ever-growing to do list that it’s re-jogged my memory.
First up, a home truth. At the moment, my life involves a lot of travel so most of what’s in my gym bag is mini versions of what I would usually take with me. But please do not mistake this for a new-found organisational streak: I am still the same old clumsy, accident-prone, horribly messy me. I just have to do everything a little more efficiently these days.
I haven’t included all the many, many #athleisure brands I wear to work out it, because I generally wear my kit to the gym which means it’s not teeccchnically in my gym bag. The only bit of kit I won’t take out my bag is a spare pair of leggings. Because putting sweaty leggings back on is a punishment none of us truly deserve.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – The original is often the best, and I like that Batiste’s latest formula is infused with Keratin and Inchi Oil, which helps strengthen my hair as well as giving me and extra day of clean.
Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner – My mini saviour post-gym, because it detangles and conditions without needing to be washed out.
Heal Gel Eye – The older I get, the less I can afford to skimp on stages of my skincare regime. So mini versions of my at-home routine are great for shoving in my gym bag. Heal Gel Eye is super cooling and hydrating so is great on exercise-warmed skin. It helps reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles, and is a great base for make-up.
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream Face & Body – I’m going to tell you more about why I love this brand in a separate post. Having a simple, unfragranced cream that can be used on both face and body is such a space-saver.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – No added fragrance, soap free, removes impurities without affecting my skin’s natural moisture levels. Great when I’m washing my face over and over again between workouts and filming work.
Lululemon Leggings – The best leggings, and they have these handy side-thigh pockets which are perfect for things I’d usually loose like my gym pass or oyster card.
Decleor Neroli Amara Oil Serum – Decleor is really into championing the barely there make-up trend, and obviously that starts with good skin. Their new Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum gives skin an instant glow and is the perfect way to capture this season’s dewy ‘it’ skin.
Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto – A posh, universally flattering lip balm that reacts to your lips’ own pH for a bespoke hue. It’s crazy nourishing, too.
Benefit Gimme Brow – Brows create the framework of your face, so getting them right can save precocious moments fussing with billions of other make-up products. Benefit Gimme Brow rarely leaves my side.
Oxygenetix Foundation – It’s not ideal to wear make-up when you’re working out, but this one has so many skincare benefits I’ll let it slide. Plus it’s great for using post-work out because the Ceravitae oxygen complex encourages cells to repair and regenerate.
Jo Malone – I love how simple Jo Malone fragrance is – the one or two notes in each are flattering and pleasing, especially after a sweaty workout. Each year, they release a limited edition collection of 100ml scents which are perfect for travel – I love Garden Lillies from the Bloomsbury Set.