Calloused hands, tossed up hair, no make-up, quads the size of
Jupiter, broad shoulders, bruised collarbones, rope burned
shins…sound familiar? As an athletic woman, a lot of times
the word "feminine" doesn't come to mind - at least not in the
sense that most people define the word. However, I personally
believe that an athletic female body is way more attractive than a
stick-thin runway model…but who's to judge.
Being one of those women who has trouble fitting her ass and
thighs into her jeans and uses a callous remover more than an
eyelash curler, I do know that feeling as feminine as I can while
maintaining a body strong enough to live the life I love is
important also. When I interlace fingers with my boyfriend at
the movies and his hands feel softer than mine, I know that it's
time for some maintenance. Not kidding…that's happened.
I'm a big fan of not putting crap into/on my body but also don't
have an endless bank account so I wanted to share with you all some
healthy affordable products that I keep on hand. Below are
some of my favorite "beauty" products that I use to help keep my
body feeling feminine but also tough enough to withstand the
barbell, the rings and the trail.
- Trader Joe's Coconut Body
Butter: My favorite new item!!
- Trader Joe's Coconut Oil:
Use only when you're done with your day when you don't have to
touch anything (greasy!)
- Trader Joe's Moisturizing Cream:
Leaves your skin smooth and soft!
- Tom's Natural Deodorant:
Took a bit to get used to it, but now LOVE it and never has BO (at
least that I know of…ha!)
- Coco Butter:I haven't
actually tried this yet…but I've heard from several people it works
- I typically just use a
washcloth with warm water to scrub my face morning and night.
- Tom's Natural
Toothpaste: Took me a little while to get used to it, but if
I use something like Colgate or Crest now, I feel like I'm brushing
my teeth with sugar
- Razor Blades: I actually
just go buy flat razor blades from the local hardware store and
shave them off to keep them under control. Don't get rid of
them…just keep them from "bunching" up
- Moisturizing: I used to
think softening my hands would make them rip more, but I've
discovered differently. Definitely don't apply lotion right
before a workout, but every night I lather them up with Trader
Joe's Coconut Body Butter or Moisturizing Lotion and it keeps hands
from cracking and skin being brittle (more prone to tearing).