The gym is a necessity for you. You know it. It doesn’t matter how cold or hot it might be on a given day. What matters is that you hit that thang and you hit it every day! But, what really sucks is when you’re just out of the gym and your skin is all sweaty and sticky and your hair is all matted and wet and I don’t mean it in a nice way. Basically, if you were to step out like that, no girl will ever go out with you and your girl (if you have one) will break up with you.
Here are four kinds of post-workout essentials that you absolutely need to keep handy in your gym kit to look as fine as you are fit!
Don’t Sweat It
Your body has a natural ability to produce sweat when it’s heated up from work; for instance, exercising at the gym. This is good as it cools you down too. But, post your workout regime, your body continues to produce sweat if it is not acted on by a cooling agent. This is why you are advised to drink iced water post your workout and indulge in a cold shower right after. This is said to stimulate lymphatic drainage, thereby reducing your body temperature. But you need more than just a cold shower to wash away the sweat and all the grime that accompanies it.
What To Use: While showering post your workout, we suggest that you use shower gels and bath salts that are powerful cleansing agents while simultaneously keep the moisture levels of your body intact; not to mention, leave you smelling fresh and feeling energized.
Products That Work: Lipikar Syndet by La Roche Posay; West Indian Limes Body and Shower by Truefitt and Hill; Cedrat Shower Gel by L’Occitane; Cool Waters Shower Gel by SeaSoul
Post your workout regime, you are in full-power energy mode. This means the blood is rushing to your skin, causing it to flush instantly. This is true even for your scalp. But, because unlike the rest of the skin on your body the scalp cannot be seen, it’s quite common for most guys to ignore it. As a result, you’re using your regular foam shampoo for your post-gym, sweat-soaked hair and scalp. Bad move, boys. Try and avoid all foam-based shampoos, as well as your anti-dandruff, or hair loss shampoos as they are not just washing the dirt and grime, but also your hair’s natural oils.
What To Use: Instead, use cream-based hair washes that keep the moisture and natural oils of your hair well preserved in your mane. These kind of shampoos don’t just hydrate your hair, but they leave your hair feeling smooth and silky, minus the roughness and dryness as they act as conditioners, too.
Products That Work: Kiehl’s Cross Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash; Citrus Verbana Daily Use Shampoo by L’Occitane; Mantra’s Henna and Citrus Lemon Hair Cleanser for Dull and Dry Hair; Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Medium Hair
Style It Right
Post your workout shower, your body temperature is still in the process of getting back to normal and so, it still stands a little above level. During this time, style your hair with the wrong gel—the kind of heavy-duty gels and crèmes that weigh your hair down and soon after drip down from your scalp and don’t look so good after all—and you’re done for. Your hair is looking soggy and smelling weird and if you touch it, you would wish you hadn’t.
What To Use: Ideally, you should always start with a hair dryer on cool mode. But, if you’re in a rush, or if you don’t have one on you, you should opt for styling products that are clay- or wax-based, over the usual gel ones. As opposed to gel, the clay gives your mane a strong hold while still letting your scalp breathe.
Products That Work: L’Oreal Professionnel Homme Strong Hold Clay; Truefitt and Hill Hair Management Styling Clay; L’Oreal Paris Studio Line 6 Matt and Messy Mud Paste Hair Styler; BBlunt Mini 3D Textursizing Wax Paste.
What you apply on your skin post your workout shower could be the difference between suave and sooty! Didn’t know that? Here’s why. Lotions and moisturizers are of different types and post your workout, while your body temp is still coming down to ground level, applying a heavy and greasy lather of cream on your skin could leave you sweating like you roasted under the sun all day. Using thick body lotions will melt off in no time.
What To Use: Opt for lotions and moisturizers that are relatively oil-free and are lightweight so that your skin is allowed to breathe and those sink into your skin easily. We suggest that you opt for creams that are rich in hyaluronic acid as they balance the moisture as well as leave your skin hydrated.
Products That Work: Innisfree Forest for men Phytoncide All-In-One Essence; SeaSoul Dead Sea Hydrating Hand and Cody Lotion; Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator 24-hour Anti Shine Moisturiser For Men; Biotique Bitter Orange Nourishing Lotion for Men