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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

Favorite Find Friday: Proactiv Smoothing Primer

Written on November 4, 2011 at 7:01 am , by

 


Suffering from oily skin often feels like the ultimate complexion affliction, what with makeup running and cracking off, visible pores, erupting blemishes, etc. But, with the right primer, like Proactiv Smoothing Primer, even those with the oiliest face can have a matte complexion. It glides on with a gel consistency that minimizes imperfections, then morphs into a powder as it dries to absorb excess oil. Plus, its non-comedogenic formula won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.

Tell us:  Do you use a primer? If so, why, and what’s your favorite?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Spot On

Written on June 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm , by

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If anyone knows the truth about acne, it’s Katie Rodan, M.D., and Kathy Fields, M.D., the dermatologist founders of billion-dollar blemish brand Proactiv. To kick off June National Acne Awareness Month, we’re sharing some surprising acne facts from their book, The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin:

  • Acne is the #1 skin disease in the world—in the U.S., 85 percent of people have it sometime in their lives.
  • They might do a number on your waistline, but sweets like chocolate and soda, and greasy foods like French fries don’t cause acne.
  • It may seem like the sun dries up your pimples, but sun exposure actually makes acne worse over time: Your skin sheds the UV-damaged cells, which clog pores and can trigger breakouts.
  • The dark spots that appear on skin after a blemish are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Unlike acne scars, they’re not permanent but can take weeks to heal.
  • Don’t spot treat: The red pimple that erupts on your skin is actually the last stage of a blemish’s life. Always treat your whole face to attack acne at every stage (even when it’s not yet visible).
  • Keep products with the zit-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide away from clothes and fabrics; it’s oxidizing action will bleach them.
  • Avoid facial scrubs with ground fruit or nut bits, like apricot pits or walnut, when trying to deep-clean skin: Their sharp edges can make micro-tears in your skin, causing further inflammation and irritation.
  • Don’t wash your face more than twice a day: Stripping your skin of oil prompts your body to produce more, exacerbating acne and oiliness.