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In the (Gym) Bag

Running shorts? Check. Cycling shoes for spin class? Check. Mat for power pilates? Check. Sure, you’ve got all the gear you could need for a great workout, but what about for the cleanup afterward? Besides the deodorant and towel, does your gym bag hold a toothbrush, toothpaste and a face cleanser to get the oil off? Bringing your own supply is smart, since gym toiletries are usually basic and industrial strength. Look for those products that do double duty—without weighing down your bag (but leaving the razor at home may be wise, as sweat can irritate freshly shaved skin). Read on for other tools to awaken the inner fitness god or goddess in any gym rat.

Body lotion
You’ve worked your body, now it’s time to give it a little TLC. Applying body lotion after showering helps moisturize skin that can become dehydrated from sweating. Saje Tingle Mint Invigorating Foot & Body Lotion helps relieve dryness and itching while also soothing tired legs and feet. This all-natural lotion from B.C.-based Saje Natural Wellness features nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, shea and mango butters, plus energizing essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, spearmint and tea tree ($12.95 for 100 ml, at Saje Natural Wellness stores and saje.ca).

Dry shampoo
No time to shower after pumping iron? Don’t sweat it, reach for a dry shampoo. These sprays are go-to groomers for extending women’s blowouts and work equally well on men’s oily tresses. One of the most popular products in the category, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle mops up excess sebum, leaving hair fresher ($15.50 for 150 ml, at drugstores across Canada).

Face wipes
De-oil your face fast with a towelette. Despite the name, Klorane Soothing Makeup Remover Wipes work well as overall facial cleansers, plus they’re paraben-free and biodegradable ($11, at most drugstores across Canada).

Two-in-one body wash
Besides getting the sweat off, showering post workout helps prevent breakouts caused when bacteria and oil clog pores. And multitasking toiletries get the job done without having to lug around a drugstore aisle. OURS by Cheryl Hickey Head to Toe Wash gently cleans both hair and body. The OURS line, a collaboration between the ET Canada host and Swisspharme, is cruelty-free and formulated without parabens or phthalates ($11.99, at Rexall Pharma Plus stores).

Shower slides
Of all the things you’d like to pick up at the gym, athlete’s foot probably isn’t one of them. Protect your feet from anything unpleasant lurking on the locker-room floor by wearing slides. Adidas Adizero SC Slide Sandals feature an adjustable strap and a water-resistant cushioned foot bed to carry you stylishly in and out of the shower ($37.99, at Sport Chek and sportchek.ca).
Tracy Howard, who specializes in lifestyle topics, is the creator of beautyinthemiddle.com, a blog that takes an inside-out approach to looking and feeling good at any age.