Taking a quick bath after a heavy workout can be a hassle. For busy people who are always on the go, there’s just so little time to squeeze in a workout, what more cleaning up in the gym’s shower room after that? In those instances where we actually manage to find time to exercise, we sometimes get so carried away with our routines that we’re already late for our next appointment when we finish — which makes it a little tempting skip the post-workout shower.
As convenient as it is, many people will be disgusted just by the mere thought of leaving the gym soaked in perspiration. After all, sitting all day in one’s own sweat and dirt is likely to create problems such as acne, rashes and, inevitably, body odour. So, yes. We suggest not taking the lazy way out. Not only can you avoid all these issues with an immediate post-workout shower, you will also feel refreshed for your next appointment and not have to worry about smelling unpleasant.
But if you only have 15 to 30 minutes left before your next meeting, a solution to help you save time in the shower room is to use two-in-one products. From dry shampoos to body washes that can also be used for your hair, here are 5 of our favourite options that can strip off all the grime, re-hydrate skin, and make you look your best right after a good sweat session. Now there’s no excuse to skip that post-gym cleanup.
This all-in-one plumping moisturiser and serum targets visible wrinkles by providing essential hydration. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it effectively reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and deep wrinkles. Its lightweight texture makes it easy for the skin to absorb it instantly — leaving you with a glowing complexion when you leave the gym for dinner with your mates or after-work business meetings with clients.
Price: RM450 (50ml)
Available at all Sephora outlets across Klang Valley.
There are a lot of dry shampoo products, but only a few of them come with an added moisturising function. This Colour Lustre dry cleaner from Shu Uemura is capable of absorbing oil and impurities at the roots of your hair while moisturising dry lengths and ends. Unlike other dry shampoos, the formula has translucent micro-fine powders, which absorb oil without leaving any residue or unwanted texture behind. Just spray on oily roots and use your fingers to spread it around.
Price: RM90 (100ml) and RM167 (126g)
Available at Shu Uemura boutiques in Malaysia.
For those who don’t want to bring a lot of stuff in your gym bags, you’re going to love Kiehl’s Body Fuel, which can be used as both a body wash and shampoo. Specially tailored for men, it detoxifies clogged dirt and oil and removes excess impurities. Its formulation of caffeine, vitamin C, zinc and menthol also leaves the skin and scalp feeling conditioned after your workout.
Price: RM85 (250ml) & RM130 (500ml)
Available at all Kiehl’s outlets across Klang Valley.
This cleanser from Ren Skincare can exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time. Containing Jojoba wax, it has microbeads that cleanse and remove dead cells or other pollutants off your skin. After exfoliation, the wax then melts and breaks down into triglycerides, which add suppleness to the skin. It also has alpha pinene from juniper oil and menthone from peppermint oil, which uplifts and detoxes facial skin.
Price: RM115 (100ml)
Available at Kens Apothecary in Bangsar Village 2 and 1 Utama Shopping Centre.
This transparent foaming gel is incorporated with a refreshing bergamot and peppermint scent. Inspired by Reggio Calabria and its waterfalls, it also contains extract of almond to help tone the skin, and uses wheat oligopeptide to give hair volume and shine.
Price: RM190 (200ml)
Available at all Kens Apothecary outlets and Diptyque counters at Isetan KLCC and Pavilion KL.