Posted: Jan 15 2015
The modern gentleman frequents the gym for three main reasons: to improve their health, their mood and their look.
But whilst 20 chin-ups at the gym on a regular basis may improve your mood, it won’t do your skin or hair any favours.
So if you’re going to keep your gentlemanly style intact, you need to take some time after your workout to make sure that your hair and skin are properly nourished.
For those moustachioed and bearded chaps in particular, the showcase of sweat is a sure sign of a good workout, but can often lead to a buildup of excess dirt and grime in your facial forest. This can cause any number of distinctly un-gentlemanly rashes to breakout on your face.
We here at Regal Gentleman recognise that the modern gentleman should both look good and feel good, and are determined to help you do so. Here we guide you through the products which simply must be a part of your post-workout routine if you are going to keep your tresses looking terrific, your beards brilliant and your skin feeling stupendous.
So read on to find out what you need to be putting in your gym bag.
For the non-bearded
Let’s face it, if you’re going to go to the gym, you’re going to be sweating. There’s no way around it, and there’s no reason to be ashamed of it. After all, there’s no better way to show that you’re trip to the gym has been worth it than by working up a profusion of perspiration.
But this same byproduct of your masculine exertions can also irritate your facial follicles, no matter how short. So even if you’re not boasting a beard, choosing to shave the night before you hit the gym can be a wise decision. This will allow your skin to heal a bit before you expose your pores to the perils of excessive perspiration, replenishing the moisture and nutrients which your skin often loses during shaving.
However, we here at Regal Gentleman understand that the modern man is extremely busy. Sometimes you quite simply don’t have the time to shave before your workout, so if you simply must shave at the gym, do so after your shower.
This will help to clear any lingering sweat from your face, reducing the chance of any dermal distress, and will help to open your pores leading to a much closer, smoother shave.
Whether you shave pre-or post workout, it’s important to take care of your skin both before and after you trim any facial follicles you may already have. By not doing so, your perfect pores will almost certainly become irritated which can result in razor burn, dry skin and ingrown hairs, to name only a few of the possible adverse side effects.
Fortunately, these are all easily avoided through a thorough skin care regimen, and careful selection of both pre and post-shaving products.
RG recommends: Although every gentleman will wish to travel light when it comes to packing and carrying their gym bag, it’s important to remember that your skin needs to remain nourished both before and after your post-workout shave. This means that, regardless of space, you should be including both a pre-shave oil and a high quality shaving cream at the very least. Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Sandalwood Pre-Shave Oil is the perfect solution for the gentleman who wants to sufficiently prepare his skin for that post workout shave, but still avoid carrying a gym bag every bit as weighty as anything he may encounter during his workout. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, simply massage a small amount into the areas of your skin most likely to be affected by shaving, i.e., your chin and neck. Follow this with some of D.R. Harris’ Arlington Shaving Cream to keep your skin well moisturised during your post-gym shave.
For the bearded
Although it may not look like it at times, the gentleman’s beard requires a lot of upkeep.
The perfect beard is not one which is left to grow unattended. It requires a beard grooming regimen every bit as rigorous as those for your hair and skin.
But whilst your beacon of masculinity should be treated with the utmost care, you don’t want to be weighing your gym bag down with every beard care product under the sun.
So for those gentlemen looking to take care of their beard after their workout,
RG recommends: Mr. Natty Face Forest Soap Beard Shampoo is an essential addition to any bearded gentleman’s gym bag. It’s use of olive oil, shea butter and peppermint will help to cleanse your facial forest whilst keeping your beard and skin soft, revitalized and well fragranced. It works in almost exactly the same way as a regular shampoo, so simply lather a little in your hands, massage into your beard and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow this with some high quality beard oil to ensure that your beard doesn’t dry out. Although we here at Regal Gentleman take beard oil very seriously, a good option to sling into your gym bag is The Brighton Beard Company’s range of beard oils. These luxurious beard oils will help to condition your beard and moisturise your face, giving your manly mane a fresh scent at the same time. Simply apply a few drops to your beard and work through either with your hands, or, preferably, with one of our own high quality beard combs to ensure an equal distribution of the oil.
For the hair and body
Beard or no beard, most of us have hair on our heads, and all of us have skin which can suffer from excessive perspiration. The modern gentleman needs to be taking care of at least one of these, if not both.
Although you may well need to make some slight adjustments based on your hair and skin type, there are a number of products which can help to re-invigorate your body and have your tresses looking terrific and your pores the picture of perfection after your workout.
The addition of a high quality hair and body wash, for example, will help to cleanse and revitalize both your hair and body after your workout, whilst minimizing the number of products you have to remember to pack into your gym bag.
RG recommends: SOTHY’s Hair and Body Revitalizing Gel Cleanser is a particularly luxurious product for those gentlemen looking to rid their mops of any excess dirt and grime which can be brought on by excessive perspiration. It’s use of volcanic rock is also a particularly effective exfoliant, and will surely help to keep your pores in pristine condition. If you’re getting in your gym session during your lunch break, consider splashing some SOTHY’s Eau De Toilette, with its light freshness and masculine woody scent, before stepping back into the office.
Should you find yourself particularly sore after a long session in the gym, Jack Black’s Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair and Body uses eucalyptus and rosemary to give your body a much deeper clean whilst also helping to reduce any lactic acid build up in your muscles. To apply either, simply work into a lather and apply to hair and body, making sure to rinse thoroughly after use. Gents who prefer to settle in and soak in a bath, rather than wash off your workout in the shower, will appreciate Bodhi & Birch Siam Ginger Bath and Shower Therapy. Either used as a lathered body wash or added liberally to warm water, this therapeutic remedy liberates your limbs of their muscular aches by revitalising body and mind using a fusion of gingery galangal root, sharp cardamom and fresh kaffir lime leaf.
So, roughly speaking, your post workout grooming routine should resemble the following:
- Shower - This will help to remove any proliferation of perspiration in your hair or on your skin, and reduce any lactic acid build up in your muscles. But make sure that you use a high quality body and hair wash to do so.
- 2. Shampoo - If bearded, now is the time to apply a little beard shampoo to those tresses on your chin. Making sure to rinse thoroughly.
- 3. Prepare - If you aren’t sporting a beard, apply a few drops on pre-shave oil to your chin and neck after your post-workout shower. This will help to soften those emerging bristles and moisturise your skin, letting your razor do all the work, giving you a close and comfortable shave in the process.
- 4. Shave - Make sure to lather up a little shaving cream to keep your skin moisturised during your shave.
Follow these up with some careful fragrancing and you’ll be ready for whatever else may come your way after your workout.