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The Guide

Be A Good Sport: Grooming Tips For Atheletes

by Madison Ruggieri on June 30, 2014.

Along with many other footballers from across the globe, the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team (including California’s own Michael Bradley) landed in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup in early June. Not only are these men known for their athletic finesse, but also for their great skin and hair (we’re looking at you, Ronaldo). But how is it possible for a man who’s paid to run around in the sun for hours at a time to get supermodel-quality skin? We have some pointers for just that. So while we can’t help you bend it like Beckham, we can help you look good while trying.

First of all, you know exactly the kind of damage that the sun can do to your skin, so sunscreen is a must. However, while you’re getting a workout, your pores are dilated, and your skin is more likely to absorb what’s on it, including that cement-thick layer of sunscreen. This summer, opt for lighter sun protection that won’t clog your pores. Don’t mistake “lighter” for “weaker;” products like Beyond Coastal Active SPF34 Sunscreen still give you the protection you need while standing up to your active lifestyle.

Secondly, when you’re at the front lines like Clint Dempsey, pushing through defenders and looking for the perfect shot, there’s no doubt that you’re working up a sweat. The acidity of that sweat has the tendency to cause redness, irritation, inflammation, and creates a breeding ground for bacteria–all things that would never been seen in an Armani ad. Don’t let your sweat get the best of you! Clean it off right away with a hydrating cleanser like Apivita Hair and Body Wash. This will prevent sweat from settling into, and clogging, your pores. Don’t forget to clean up your shoulders, chest, and back to avoid bacne (a.k.a. back acne).

Now that you’ve got your skin under control, don’t neglect that other sweating scourge–odor. You need a deodorant for sure. Choose a product that won’t clog your pores or let you down, like Recipe for Men Antiperspirant and Deodorant, which controls sweat and odor without sticking or staining. No unsightly yellow underarm stains for you, my friend!

The sweat, dirt, and grime of the soccer pitch never prevents the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team from looking their best, both on and off the field. Take care of your skin before and after the game, and you’ll be looking like a pro in no time.

Pro Tip: In addition to wearing the right sunscreen and keeping clean, skin also needs hydration from the inside out. Dehydration can prematurely age your skin, so don’t skimp on your water consumption while you’re out tearing up the field.


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Madison Ruggieri

Director of Editorial for The Motley. Los Angeles native. A fan of Tolstoy, Tina Fey and the Rolling Stones.