Tried and tested

7 gym bag essentials Team CB swear by

We appealed to our resident gym bunnies, to share which products they rely on pre-, during and post-workout – from sweat-resistant make up staples to the muscle-soothing soaks they turn to after an intensive training session – and here are the top seven exercise essentials…

Chikay Lo, Affiliate Marketing Manager

“I’m addicted to Pixi’s {Glow Tonic} and these clever, pre-soaked pads – {Glow Tonic to Go} – are a firm fixture of my post-run skin care kit (there’s no risk of them leaking). Refreshing and toning, they also help my moisturiser to sink in – I can always tell the difference when I skip this crucial step.”

Verity Douglas, Content Editor

“I’m quite new to the workout thing – I admit to having all the gear and no idea – but, I’ve awarded myself ten points (and a lot of fancy ‘athleisure’) for trying. Remiss about my water drinking, I bought the day-glo yellow {Gigi Water Bottle} by BKR to remind me to hydrate (and help me fit in at the gym).”

Leanne Finlayson, Buyer

“I must have my eyebrows drawn on at all times. I know it might sound ludicrous, but without some definition I can look a bit… well, bonkers. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ {DipBrow Pomade} is ideal when applied with fine, hair-like strokes for a natural (water-proof!) finish. AND, I always have a {Wet Brush} with me – the ‘Pop Fold’ version is perfectly portable, and makes light work of teasing tangles.”

Maria Pires, Digital Designer

“I love a facial spritz to refresh and re-energise after a sweaty HIIT class – there’s something spirit-lifting about misting your complexion with a heavenly-scented spray. I love Caudalie’s miniature {Beauty Elixir}, and have recently discovered {YUNI Beauty} – their {Wind Down Wonder Warming Body Oil Spray} is gorgeous! It’s ideal for hydrating skin and minimising stiffness.”

Louisa Harris, Buyer

“I adore a hot bath to ease aching muscles and relieve any cramps after cross-training. My go-to is Mio’s appropriately named {Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak} – it is literally ‘namaste’ in a jar. Like the joy of ‘Child’s Pose’ at the end of a rigorous class, this relaxes and helps me to get to sleep when endorphins are keeping Zzzzs at bay.”

Alexia Inge, Co-Founder

“While I don’t apply foundation before skipping off to yoga, if I know I’ve got a class I try to choose something that’s featherweight so I don’t have to faff around with cleansing pre-workout (nobody has time for that…). Jouer’s lightweight {Matte Moisture Tint} feels like a second skin – it’s flexible and dewy and won’t melt off as you sweat. 

“I also love an energising balm, applied to pulse points before ‘gymming’. Therapie’s {Energy Lift} smells incredible and really helps inspire me to go the extra mile (or stretch).”

Holly Broome, Social Media Exec

“MV Organics rose booster – I’m at the gym every morning and after an (excessively) sweaty work out and hot shower, my skin’s often red and ‘stingy’. MV Organic Skincare’s {Rose Plus Booster} calms everything down and allows me to apply my day cream without aggravating my easily-offended complexion. Plus, it gives that enviable ‘gym skin’ dewiness and ensures that I’m not a sweaty mess when I arrive at work.”


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…