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Summer holidays are over, so it’s back to gym time for me! Here’s a peek into what beauty products I keep in my gym bag.


My golden rule is to keep the travel size bottles you use over the summer and keep refilling them for your gym toiletry bag. I decant my massive bottle of Tresemmé Colour Fade Protection shampoo into this teeny little travel bottle.

I’m not particularly loyal to any brand of shower gel for my gym bag. At home I like my Body Shop Olive shower gel but tend to toss my smaller shower gel samples in my gym bag. Currently I’m loving the Dead Sea Spa Magik shower gel but as it’s nearly finished, I also have the Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash on standby.

Next up is my Lumiere d’hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect spray. It’s a detangler and leave-in conditioner, but sadly it isn’t also a heat protection spray. I tend to towel dry then cool shot my hair as it is quite fine so half dries while I’m getting dressed. If I have my Tresemm√© heat protect spray I’ll usually reach for that and then hot hairdryer my hair.

My current favourite skin cleanser & exfoliator is the Murad AHA/ BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. I have used Dermalogica in the past but much prefer the Murad (or the Monu Microexfoliant). It just feels so much better on the skin and is a deeper exfoliation experience.

The Clinique Dramatically Different moisturiser is my go-to for post-gym skin rehydrating. It moisturises deep down and is really fast-absorbing, so you don’t have to wait as long before putting make-up on. Note to self – buy more asap!

My hair essential is my trusty Tangle Teaser. Oh how I love these.¬† The only fallout even on wet hair are loose hairs. I’ve never had hair breakage using these specific detangling brushes.

Aside from those I always have my trusty ear plugs handy. I had radical mastoid cavity surgery in 2007, and cannot let any water seep into my left ear at all lest it causes infection. Any ear infection could turn septic very quickly, as I don’t have an eardrum and have very little protection between my mastoid cavity and my brain – oh so dramatic). The ear plug is an essential for me and I buy the Bio Ears mouldable swim plugs and get through about 10 boxes of 6 a year. They are reusable but I tend to use one a week so I start each week with a fresh one to minimise risk of infection.

So that’s my little gym skincare in a nutshell. What do you keep in yours?