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Talking Breakouts & Bobsledding with Olympic Hopeful Megan Hilll

Written on November 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by

Although U.S. National Bobsled Team Member and Olympic hopeful Megan Hill has rocketed to the top of the athletics world, there was still something standing in the way of her confidence: acne. Determined to find a solution, Hill started using Proactiv and through her success with the line, became their newest spokesperson. We chatted with Megan about her battle with acne, her beauty routine and training for the 2012 Olympics.

FITNESS: What made you want to team up with Proactiv?
Megan Hill: Acne is something I’ve really struggled with. When I found Proactiv, not only did my skin begin to clear up, but my confidence was boosted, and I started to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person as well as an athlete. Not very many people talk about it because, well, its acne and it’s embarrassing, but I know there are so many other girls out there who struggle the way I did.
FITNESS: What’s your beauty routine before a competition? In everyday life?
MH: I begin by washing my face with the Proactiv 3 Step System and then I apply sunscreen. Sometimes I will put on a little bit up of makeup, usually Bare Escentuals, mascara and lip-gloss. For competition, I pull my hair back into a low ponytail or bun so my helmet fits nicely. My beauty routine for everyday life is pretty much the same.
FITNESS: What are your go-to beauty products for post-workout and when you’re on the go?
MH: After a workout, my go-to product is Proactiv Clear Zone Body Pads. They’re perfect for when I have somewhere to be right after my workout and they fit in my gym bag.
FITNESS: Since your skin is constantly exposed to the elements, how do you care for it, both to prevent and repair damage?
MH: When it’s bobsled season I am in very dry and cold climates so moisturizer is a must!  My favorite is Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer. I also wear sunscreen every day to help prevent damage from the sun.
FITNESS: What types of workouts do you do to prepare for competition?
MH: My pre-competition workouts involve intense and explosive movements to get the neuromuscular pathways firing. I do sprints, plyometrics, medicine ball throws, squats and power cleans.

FITNESS: Where is your favorite track to do runs? What is your favorite aspect of doing runs?
MH: I am still trying to figure out which track is my favorite.  The only tracks I have driven so far are Lake Placid and Park City.  They are so different and I enjoy them both. I can’t wait to learn other tracks. My next stop is Calgary in Alberta, Canada. As a brakeman my favorite track was St. Moritz, Switzerland. The best part of doing a run is the feeling you get when you’re at top speed on the track. It’s like time stops for a minute and you are so in the moment. There’s nothing out there like it!
FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
MH: Each year we do a combine test at the beginning of the season. The events on the combine are sprints, a standing long jump, shot put toss, squats, and a power clean. My proudest fitness-related achievement was the personal records I set on the combine this year. All of the hard work I did over the offseason paid off.  Improving my speed and strength motivated me to keep training as hard as I did and continue to improve.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Brush Up

Written on February 9, 2011 at 7:41 am , by

When was the last time you properly cleaned your makeup brushes?

Can’t remember? Then you might be swirling bacteria and fungus on your face—ick!

Makeup brushes pick up and accumulate dead skin cells, oils, dirt and any other bacteria that’s on your skin. This leads to brushes that are stiff with separated bristles, causing streaky makeup and eventually destroying your tool.  Plus, touching your face with a dirty brush every day can cause clogged pores and breakouts, too. Take the time to clean yours as often as possible. The following products make it easy:

  • Clinique Brush Cleanser is a great wash to remove all the grime that’s accumulated,  leaving a completely clean, sanitized brush.
  • Bare Escentuals Quick Change Brush Cleaner is a lifesaver when you need to instantly remove pigment from your brushes. It allows you to go from one shade to another in seconds, leaving no traces of the previous color.

Remember: Clean brushes mean a clean, happy face!

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern