How These 5 Olympic Snowboarders Soothe Sore Muscles and Protect Their Skin

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Work It Out

“Snowboarding requires lower-body strength,” says Chloe Kim, who does goblet squats (traditional squats using dumbbells held vertically near the navel) with increasing weight to strengthen glutes, hamstrings, and quads. For Aimee Fuller and Jamie Anderson, yoga complements their on-snow training by activating core muscles and stabilizing ankle and knee muscles. “We do lots of rails and crazy tricks—you need to feel good in your center of gravity,” says Anderson, a headstand and handstand pro, of their five-hour slope sessions.

 

A Whole New World

In the past decade, tech innovations have transformed rehab and training. For quick recoveries, Kim swears by NormaTec’s inflatable leg sleeves (a favorite of LeBron James and Simone Biles), which increase blood flow via massagelike pulses up and down the leg. Julia Marino, meanwhile, has traded trampolines for training on the AirBag: 200-plus feet of slope-shaped bouncy houses, ideal for practicing flips and kicks.

 

Chloe Kim is the only athlete to win three X Games gold medals before the age of 16; Jamie Anderson is USA’s first-ever women’s Olympic slopestyle gold medalist; Julia Marino is a four-time X Games medalist.

Nature’s Way

Beyond foam rollers and ice baths, some athletes turn to natural topicals to soothe sore muscles. Marino opts for the plant-based, anti-inflammatory Arnicare gel, while Amy Purdy, a former aesthetician, uses dōTERRA Deep Blue, a roll-on medley of essential oils like wintergreen, camphor, and ylang-ylang. “It’s a ritual after my nightly bath,” she says.

 

Aimee Fuller was the first woman to land a double flip at the X games; Amy Purdy is a World Cup Para Snowboard winner.

Skin Saviors

Given their lengthy shifts in dry, high-elevation air, these snowboarders are bona fide skin-care gurus. Presenting their best bets for warding off the sun and wind:

Anderson loves Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, a zinc-based, highly water-resistant sunscreen. “It’s just a really pure product,” she says.

For SPF and buildable coverage, Purdy turns to insider favorite Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which makes her skin “dewy and fresh.”

Spill-proof Laneige BB Cushion foundation minimizes pores and maximizes coverage. “I use it every day, because it has SPF 50,” Kim says.

1. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum, $40; sephora.com SHOP

2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $45; sephora.com SHOP

3. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Blur, $38; sephora.com SHOP

This article originally appears in the February 2018 issue of ELLE.

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