If you don’t take your Dopp kit all that seriously, it’s probably because you haven’t found the right products yet. There’s a glorious world of cleansers, scrubs, and muscle-relaxing creams out there, all of which will not only work to help smooth out your skin, but also ease your post-workout soreness. Whether you’re hitting the weights or running the track, here’s a look at beauty investments you won’t regret.
1. Arnica cream, $8.77
You’ll want this cream. | iStock.com/shironosov
Arnica cream has been used by athletes for decades. Made from the alpine plant called arnica montana, it has a cooling, soothing effect that makes it ideal for massaging sore muscles, relieving pain, and treating minor stiffness, swelling, and overexertion.
2. Molton Brown Sport Anti-Perspirant Sportstick, $22
This deodorant belongs in your gym bag. | iStock.com
This alcohol-free formula (i.e., it won’t stain your button down), will keep your underarms fresh with a blend of citrus and woodsy extracts as it takes you straight from your sweaty workout to your grueling work day.
3. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, $22
Dry shampoo is always important. | Sephora
No time to wash your hair? No problem with this just-launched game-changing dry shampoo from the scientists at Living Proof. Unlike other dry shampoos that simply mask oily, dirty hair, this one actually cleans your hair. Plus there’s no residue, so you won’t have to wash your hair that night either. Simply apply the product, wait 30 seconds, and then brush out your hair.
4. Verbena Body Salt Scrub, $36
This scrub is perfect after a workout. | iStock.com/deniskomarov
Scrub the day’s (and your workout’s) stress away with this moisturizing, but intensive scrub. Not only will using this increase blood circulation, thereby soothing your tired muscles, but it will work to remove dead skin to prevent clogged pores.
5. Anthony Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, $28
This product is perfect for when you’re on the run. | iStock.com
Two-in-one bath products don’t tend to be all that great. This one is an exception. It will work to cleanse your hair while preserving its natural oils, and it doubles as a freshly scented, moisturizing body wash.
6. Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi, $225
Tom Ford cologne is worth the price. | Tom Ford
There’s nothing quite like aromatherapy to help transport the mind. Enter this bestseller from Tom Ford that will leave you smelling like you just stepped off a yacht on the Amalfi Coast.
7. Murad Clarifying Body Spray, $40
If there’s any product to have, it’s this one. | iStock.com
This is the must-have product if you don’t have time to shower post workout. Not only is it refreshing, but the odorless spray is formulated with salicylic acid so it will treat and prevent breakouts — even in those hard-to-reach areas.