My Favorite "Beauty" Products

  • Oct 08, 2012


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    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. 



    Body Lotions/Creams

    -      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 well.



    Face Wash

    -       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



    Callous Treatment

    -      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).

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      Posted Monday, October 08, 2012 at 10:44:51 AM

      great tips! going to try the TJ's body butter - I use just plain Coconut oil now.

      I think Tom's of Maine toothpaste still has SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in it (which is good to avoid when possible) After trying many, many different brands we settled with Jason Powersmile peppermint paste - cant stand using conventional stuff now either!

      Been looking for a new oderant that has less chemicals, but isnt sticky,...will gives Toms another shot


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      Katie D.

      Posted Monday, October 08, 2012 at 8:00:28 PM

      I'm a big fan of coconut oil as a moisturizer too! The next time I'm near a Trader Joe's I'll grab some of that coconut body butter that you mentioned too!