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Play On! Beauty Tricks from Top Olympic Athletes

Look and perform at your personal best with these clever beauty tricks from Olympic athletes. Oily skin, dry hair, and melting makeup don't stand a chance.
Sarah Groff Triathlete Sarah Groff

Sarah Groff, 30, Olympic triathlete, Hanover, New Hampshire

Build a barrier

Before swimming, Groff slathers her face with a moisturizer, like Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream ($58, dermalogica.com). "When I don't apply it, the pool water dries out my skin," she says.

Get a grip

"I don't wash my hair for a few days before a race," Groff says. "If it's too clean, my swim cap will slip off." Her dirty little secret gives her hair the right texture to create her favorite race-day do, a braid.

Be proactive

Groff knows that all the time she spends in the sun and water -- up to six hours a day -- can damage her skin. Her prevention plan, which was recommended by her derm: microdermabrasion treatments a few times a year and Tazorac, a prescription retinoid treatment that's "good for breakouts and fine lines," Groff says.