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After a grueling, sweaty workout, the urge to come straight home and collapse on the couch is strong, but it’s not the healthiest course of action for your skin. Dr. Michele S. Green, a cosmetic dermatologist based on New York’s Upper East Side, told InsideHook in 2020 that not washing immediately after a tough workout — or after sweating in general — can lead to a body and buttock acne, especially if you wear tight-fitting workout clothes that can trap sweat. It’s best to get rid of your gnarly exercise gear and jump in the shower straight after you sweat.
So first you will need a gym with showers, but also all your grooming necessities.
You can just sweep all your at-home grooming products into your gym bag every time you go for a workout, but it’s a pain in the ass, and you’ll eventually forget about it anyway. We therefore encourage you to have a separate set of grooming products stored in your bag. You can stick to the same types and brands of skin/hair care products you use at home, or If you don’t have a structured grooming routine or just want to try new products, keep reading.
Something to wash your face with
“Washing your face is the single most important grooming step for men’s skin health after sweating it out in the gym,” says Baxter-Holder. “I recommend a great facial cleanser such as Oxygen Infused Cleanser by SkinBetter. For an extra boost post-workout, I also like easy-to-carry pads for the gym bag like ZO Skin Health Complexion Replenishing Pads. For men with acne-prone skin, a deep cleanse followed by an acne-specific product, such as Age Intervention Duality by Jan Mariniis ideal.
Skin Better Oxygen Infusion Wash
ZO Skin Health Complexion Replenishing Pads
Jan Marini Age Intervention Duality
Disco Charcoal Facial Cleansing Stick
Something to protect your skin from harmful UV rays
“It’s essential for men to remember their sun protection after the gym, and there are so many great options out there for men,” he adds. “If you’re looking for a dual-action sunscreen that helps with aging, SkinMedica’s Total defense and repair has a boost of antioxidants. For a lighter sunscreen, I love the 35 FPS Essential Defense also from SkinMedica.
(You can also check out our SPF recommendations.)
SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 50+
SkinMedica Essential Defense Broad Spectrum Mineral Shield SPF 35
100% Mineral Sun Stick SPF 50
Jaxon Lane rain or shine
Something to keep your hair looking its best
Maybe you’re doing a quick workout before heading to town, or just want to pep up your looks a bit more for the drive home (never know who you might run into in the train!) Your sweaty future self will thank you for putting the product in your bag.
Bevel Curl Cream
Public Goods Wax Pomade
Harry’s Sculpting Gel
Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Texturizing Clay
Something to make you smell good
A few of our favorite solid deodorants, body washes and colognes for long-lasting odor control.
Bravo Sierra Deodorant
Lumin Advanced Clarifying Body Wash
Fulton & Roark Palmetto solid perfume
Dr. Squatch Fresh Falls Deodorant
A 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner that will get the job done efficiently and effectively
The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is kind of like the team in your post-gym shower routine. His job is to get you in and out of that locker room. Still, you can’t have just any old gang fixing your tires. You want a quality all-purpose product that will effectively cleanse and soothe your hair and scalp, like these options below:
Native Full & Thick 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner
Harry’s 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner
Method Men Sea + Surf 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner
A pack of face and body wipes for when you’re in a hurry
Alright you like really have to leave and don’t have time to take a shower. At the very least, wipe down with a handy wipe.
Cetaphil Gentle Face & Body Cleansing Cloths
Pure For Men Stay Ready Wipes
Bravo Sierra Antibacterial Body Wipes
Athena Club Gentle Facial Wipes
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