By Zinhlezonke Zikalala; photographs by James Garaghty
And this is #NotUpForDiscussion…
When making your way to the gym, it’s crucial that you have everything you need to make the whole experience a pleasant one for yourself – and others. Seriously, do not leave home without the following…
We’re assuming you’re already familiar with how the gym environment works. Now, imagine sitting in a puddle of someone else’s sweat, or grabbing slippery weight bars. If that thought made you cringe, our work here is done. A gym towel also comes in very handy when you’ve wrapped up your session and need to hit the shower.
Try: Textured Spot Bath Sheet, R380 at Woolworths
Hands up who wants to be “the smelly one” at the gym! If that’s not reason enough, here’s an even ickier one: underarm moisture can lead to odor-causing bacteria, so it’s actually wise to use antiperspirant to help fight the build-up. Also, if you don’t sweat at gym, we suggest you re-evaluate your workouts. Just sayin’.
Try: Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant Original, R32 at Clicks
3. Shower Gel
Unless you’re not planning to shower… Which we strongly advise against. “It’s really not about the smell of sweat that you have to worry about, but the fact that perspiration left behind on your skin allows bacteria to proliferate, and that can lead to rashes and breakouts,” explains Dr Holly L. Phillips, a Women’s Health physician and medical contributor. And believe it or not, bacne and butt zits aren’t the worst of it. Guys, just take that shower after your workout.
Try: Nivea Oil Pearls Shower Creme Cherry Blossom, R40 at Clicks
4. BB Cream
BB cream is the titan of all multitasking products.One step to do it all: it’ll literally hydrate and conceal, it has SPF and brightens your skin too. Some even reduce the signs of ageing! Which is exactly why you need it in your gym bag.
Try: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream, R510 at Foschini
5. Dry Shampoo
We all know how much admin washing your hair can be. Think: shampoo, condition, and the dreaded drying… Who has the time? Your go-to is pretty obvious: dry shampoo.
Try: Batiste Dry Shampoo, R79 at Dis-chem
6. Lip Balm
A touch of lip gloss will go a long way, and it’s a game-changer when you’re in a rush. It’s hassle-free and you can apply it on the go – no mirror needed! Tip: Always go for a balm that contains SPF.
Try: Labello Sun Care, R28 at Clicks
7. Hair Ties
You don’t need distractions at the gym – especially avoidable ones like hair in your face. Seriously. Nuff said.
Try: Invisbobble Hair Rings, R60 at Takealot
8. Face Mist
Mists are great to balance pH levels after you wash your face and prep it for moisturiser. They’re also super-convenient work day pick-me-ups, and lifesavers when it comes to freshening up make-up. But did you know you can also use them post-workout for a dose of moisture and cooling?
Try: Avene Thermal Water, R120 at Clicks
9. Hand Cream
Hand cream is the bomb because it doubles as a body lotion. And it’s not a space-hog. Essential!
Try: Eucerin Repair Hand Creme with 5% Urea, R109 at Dis-chem