Olympic Beauty Care

Olympic beauty tipsThe 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.

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