If you are used to throwing your workout gear, a towelette, hair tie and a bottle of water in your gym bag and heading straight for the door, your routine needs to change. NOW. As the temperature rises and summer makes its presence felt, you need to pack a few extra things to stay protected and fresh when it's ridiculously hot outside. Here are a few essentials you should definitely include in your gym bag to stay cool and fresh post-workout this season.


01. Sunscreen


If you’re someone who prefers working out in the open, sunscreen should be a must-have in your gym bag. The pores on your skin expand when you work out, allowing sweat and toxins to surface. Exposing your skin to the harsh rays of the sun right after a workout can cause irreversible damage. The Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 Pa+++ Ultra Matte Lotion is a lightweight formula for summer. This broad spectrum sunscreen will offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. What’s more, it won’t clog your pores or block the natural process of sweating. With this sunscreen in your gym bag, dark spots and uneven skin tone will never come between you and your workout.


02. Deodorant


This one’s a no-brainer! ALWAYS keep deodorant in your gym bag. Block all odours and save yourself the embarrassment by swiping on the Rexona Shower Fresh Underarm Odour Protection Roll On before and after your workout. It contains zero alcohol, which means it is super safe on your underarms. Plus, the clean floral fragrance will keep you smelling fresh all day long.


03. Face wash

Face wash

Allowing the sweat and dirt to dry on your face after a workout can lead to clogged pores. Instead of waiting until you reach home, quickly wash your face with a gentle cleanser to get rid of sweat, oil, and other impurities that may be sitting on the skin’s surface. Put the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash in your gym bag and use it after every sweat session to keep skin woes at bay. Formulated with skin-loving ingredients and no harsh chemicals, this gentle cleanser is suitable for all skin types.


04. Cleansing wipes

Cleansing wipes

Can’t wash your face with cleanser and water immediately after your workout? We’ve got a solution for you too. Simply wipe your face with the Pond's Skin Fit Post Workout Instant Cooldown Wipes to get rid of oil, sweat and dirt. It will cool your skin, soothe post-workout redness or burning, and leave you feeling fresh.


05. Cooling gel

Cooling gel

The skin is extra sensitive post-workout and needs to be hydrated, especially if you are someone who gets easily flushed. To calm your skin down and reduce the redness, apply the Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel on your skin post-workout. The goodness of aloe will instantly refresh your skin without making it look sticky or greasy. It also gives your face a fresh and glowy look and can be used by all skin types. A must-have if you ask us.