Gym bag essentials


Gym bag essentials

Photos by Panos Davios
Words By Eleni Skalkotou
Styling by Sofia Tsakiri

Here are the must-have grooming essentials every man needs to have in his gym bag.

Whether you know you need it, you enjoy it or both, working out is essential to your health and fitness. However, while you concentrate on your muscles, you keep forgetting that exercise is straining for your skin, as well. So, from now on, next to your sports clothes, shoes and isotonic drinks, pack your gym bag with the essential care products for your face and body.

Body Wash:

Let’s be honest, after working out your skin definitely does not smell fresh. In reality sweating is not to blame, since it does not have an odor_ blame it on the bacteria that grow in hot environments. Forget the special pumps with shower gel available in the showers gyms. To maintain freshness and cleanliness on the skin after exercise and simultaneously ensure proper care, choose a body wash that will provide your skin with deep hydration.


After exercising, hair looks greasier so it is important to keep it clean. If you want a sense of coolness, choose a shampoo that contains menthol. 2in1 products containing both shampoo and conditioner or shampoo and shower gel are your ideal choice.

No Sweat:

Would you go out on a date without wearing deodorant? I don’t think so. Same goes with exercise, both during and after working out. The gym is a place where you meet other people, and you certainly do not want to be mentioned as “the guy who does not wear deodorant.” Select a deodorant in stick form as it lasts longer and does not leave marks on clothes, while it can protect you throughout the day.

Face Cleanser:

As necessary as showering after exercise, thorough cleaning of the skin is of the same importance. After a workout session, your skin may be more oily than usual. It is important to use a product that not only ensures a mat finish but also cleans clogged pores that may cause further problems to the skin. Choose a facial product with deep cleansing properties, or one that contains exfoliating grains for even deeper cleaning.

Daily Moisturizer:

Sweating due to strenuous exercise results in the loss of fluids from the body. It is necessary, therefore, to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. But don’t forget to take care of your skin from the outside, as well. After working out and cleaning your face, it needs to be hydrated. So it is important to always have a moisturizer in your gym bag, to keep facial skin smooth and soft after training.


Select a styling product based on clay instead of a gel or wax, as it gives style and strong hold with a tiny dose of product. Which means that your scalp will be able to “breathe” while maintaining an impeccable look.


After a tough workout, a refreshing and light scent is the hallmark of rejuvenation. Essences that contain citrus notes in their composition are preferable to heavy and spicy aromas, as they provide a sense of cleanliness and freshness. For those of you who want to remain faithful to their fragrance a clever alternative is the light version of your favorite brand or the body cream of the same line.


YSL, La Nuit De L’Homme Eau Electrique
Chanel, Blue De Chanel Eau De Parfum (travel size)
Lierac Homme, Gel Moussant Visage Micro Exfoliant
Burberry, Mr. Burberry Body Wash
Biotherm Homme, 48 Day Control Protection Anti-transpirant Non Stop
Hermes, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose Hair & Body Shower Gel
Molton Brown Recharge Black Pepper Sport 4 in 1 Body Wash
Kiehl’s, Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash for Men
Vichy Homme, Idealizer Hydratant Multi Actions Face & Beard Zone
Sebastian Professional Craft Clay Matte Texturizer
Biotherm, Aquapower Hydration Dynamique
Molton Brown, Bushukan Body Wash
Hommer, Beard Shampoo with Hemp Oil
Dolce & Gabbana, Cleansing Water 3 in 1 Face, Eyes, Lips
Leather Cosmetic Bag Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger Stores.