Every January, you’ll find gyms across the country packed with optimistic souls on their way to achieving their fitness resolutions. Then the cold weather starts to get discouraging, work gets super busy and a glass of wine with friends sounds way more enticing than doing burpees. We get it but don’t let a flushed face and some fomo keep you from squeezing in a workout. These are the new essentials to stock in your gym bag (we're obsessed with this chic Rebecca Minkoff version; Small Subway Tote, $150; rebeccaminkoff.com) so you could head straight to work or to meet friends post-sesson.
A Body Towelette
If you can’t get in time for a shower, use cleansing wipes to remove excess sweat. Larger than typical facial wipes, these cloths from Mio Skincare Clean Slate Workout Wipes ($37; mioskincare.com) are larger and more durable so you can swipe it over any trouble spots.
A Blotting Sponge
Eliminate any excess oil and shine on your face with this new oil removing sponge from BeautyBlender (Blotterazzi, $20; sephora.com). We love that it’s reusable unlike disposable blotting papers, just make sure to wash it when you get home.
A Lightweight Tinted Moisture
Got a few minutes before your next appointment? The gym bathroom may not be the place for an elaborate foundation, contour and strobe session. Instead, embrace the fresh-faced look and apply a lightweight moisture with sheer coverage, like Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($14; target.com) to even out your skin tone.
A Cooling Blush
Those miles on the treadmill probably earned you a natural flush across your cheeks. Instead of a heavy powder, dab on a liquid blush like this refreshing formula from Arrow (Revive Cooling Cheek Tint, $18; birchbox.com). Bonus, you don’t even need a brush since the tube comes with its own handy applicator.
Nothing distracts from a dislodged ‘do than crisp, perfectly applied lipstick. Try one loaded with moisturizers so you don’t have to worry about dryness and flaking, like Revlon’s Color Burst Lip Butters ($9; ulta.com). It contains shea and coconut butters for hydration sans lip balm.