The Summer Olympics of 2016 is the year of the women. Strong, beautiful and determined, they dominated attention in the swimming, track and gymnastic events. But these incredible athletes are still women and they have developed beauty care routinues to meet the challenges of training and competing. There are four key areas that they address– dry skin, body hair, dry hair and water resistant make-up.
Committment to Sun Protection
From soccer players to synchronized swimmers, athletes in the Summer Olympics are exposed to unrelenting UV rays. While they are decades away from skin aging, they are at increased risk of skin cancer. In fact ,the Skin Cancer Foundation reports that in the last 30 years there are more cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined. To protect their skin ( and health) summer athletes diligently appply waterprooof sunscreen several times a day. After a training session or competition, they shower off sweat, dirt and old sunscreen and apply a moisturizing body lotion to rehydrate the skin.
Body Hair and the Competitive Edge at the Olympics
Watching the summer games on HDTV it is hard not to notice the totally smooth and hair less arms and legs of the athletes. While there are esthetic reasons to remove body hair, many of the athletes do it for more practical reasons. Cyclists and runners fall frequently in training and they feel it is easier to treat scrapes and cuts when the skin is hairless. Swimmers swear that absence of body hair cuts down on resistance in the water and can improve times. Even a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing and smooth skin may provided a valuable advantage.
DIfferent sports use different forms of hair removal. Some swimmers wax their entire bodies, while cyclists tend to use razors. Waxing also removes a top layer of dead skin cells which swimmers feel may improve their times. However cyclists feel that waxing can increasing chafing and infection. Gymnasts remove body hair to look smooth and beautiful and Gabby Douglas admits carrying around a disposable razor for on the spot touch ups. For a perfect finish she exfoliates her skin with a homemade mix that includes honey and sugar.
Olympian Dry Skin and Hair
Just about all of the Olympic athletes report problems with dry skin and hair. Despite the time they spend in the water, swimmers report chronic dry skin. The chlorine in the pools is extremely dehydrating to both skin and hair and it can cause cracked heels, chapped lips and brittle hair. Runners and cyclists report equally parched, thirsty skin issues. Different athletes have their own favorite remedies. Gymnast Gabby Douglas loves to use a combination of olive and castor oil on her skin while swimmer Haley Andrew swears by cocoa butter.
Salty sweat of track and field athletes and chlorine pools of swimmers can lead to dry and brittle hair. Some like soccer star Alex Morgan comb coconut or argan oil through her hair and leave it for several hours
Make-Up for for Olympic Medals
Mindful of the extreme close-ups during competitions and award ceremonies , woman Olympic athletes often wear waterproof liner, mascara and lipstick. Brows and lashes get special attention. Chlorine bleaches out facial hair and swimmers like Haley Anderson apply chapstick over their brows during training to protect them from the chlorine.
Most gymnasts and synchronized swimmers have complete hair and make-up for competitions. . The tidy bun of gymnast Aly Raisman has become the new “it” hairstyle for young teens. ( And I have to say she is a wonderful role model for young girls). Another great role model, four time gold medal winner Simone Bile, was enchanting with her perfect red, white and blue eye make-up.