Beyond your favorite pair of leggings and trusty running shoes, keeping your gym bag stocked with post-workout essentials keeps you ready for wherever you’re going to next. Take care of your skin and hair by using shower essentials with natural and nontoxic ingredients that nourish while they cleanse and hydrate. When you’re breaking a sweat and pushing yourself to the limits, caring for your body afterward keeps you healthy and feeling your best.
If you use gym time as part of your self-care routine, why not continue that to your cool down and shower, too? Here’s a list of shower essentials with natural ingredients to keep in your gym bag.
Note: Don’t forget to have a waterproof toiletry bag to keep your shower products from leaking onto your gym clothes and bag. No one wants to find body wash on their sports bra.
Shampoo + Conditioner
Start by washing your hair with an antioxidant-packed shampoo and conditioner. The best, high-performance formulas are free of synthetic elements, sulfates, and surfactants. Natural ingredients you should look for in your shampoo include green tea oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and aloe leaf extract. Cleanse your hair without stripping, successfully preparing it for your hydrating conditioner.
Nourishing conditioner ingredients that leave hair soft and silky include shea butter and macadamia seed oil. These provide lightweight hydration that restores vibrancy to otherwise dull hair. Leave this in for a few minutes before rinsing it out to allow your hair to absorb the potent moisture in a nontoxic formula.
Instead of using a body wash with a synthetic fragrance, choose a formula that contains essential oils and organic ingredients. Post-workout, your skin needs to be cleansed of sweat without removing moisture or drying out the surface. Cleanse without stripping your skin with natural ingredients like green and white tea, aloe leaf extract, and olive fruit extract. Avoid formulas with SLS and synthetic elements.
After shampooing and conditioning your hair, wash your body with your favorite organic body wash formula. This ensures that you’re not only cleansing your skin of sweat, but that your pores won’t get clogged by the shampoo and conditioner you’ve washed out of your hair.
Prevent acne and clogged pores with a hydrating cleanser that contains antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredients like black willow bark extract and green and white tea. These ingredients fight infection and help balance your skin to ensure it’s hydrated and healthy. Drying out your skin to prevent acne from the sweat after your hot yoga class can actually cause early signs of aging and other issues.
Wash your face last in your shower routine so that you can immediately follow up with a toner and face oil post-shower.
Gym Shower Tip: Bring a pair of shower sandals to avoid getting foot fungus or other issues that can occur from using public showers. Let them dry out completely before putting them back into your gym bag to avoid mold and mildew (or, if you’re pinched for time, set them out to dry soon after reaching your next destination).
Don’t let all of that nourishing hydration dry out within a few minutes of stepping out of the shower. While your skin is still slightly damp, apply an organic body lotion formula to protect the rich hydration you got from your body wash. This locks in the hydration without clogging pores. Ingredients like green tea oil prevent damage with potent antioxidants while shea butter diminishes water loss and protects you from the sun.
Keep your body happy and healthy with nontoxic shower essentials that cleanse and hydrate your body after the toughest workouts. Experience self-care beyond the spin class or treadmill with nourishing products for radiant skin and hair.
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