FINIS, J.F. Lazartigue, Van Der Hagen, Billy Jealousy, JUARA Skincare
GEAR and GROOMING (Plus Holiday Gift Ideas)
Whether on a team, in a Master's meet-up, zen-ing (zoning out) a few times week, or perfecting one's stroke with focused, dedicated lessons...swimming in colder climes -indoors- requires a slew of musts (gear and body care).
FINIS-entire MO is swim swim swim...and if you think 'building' a better swim cap, goggles and training paddles-like building better mousetraps = just an expression-think again. Truly the best we have ever used of ALL the aforementioned ALL made by this California based company...
|goggles/caps for racing +fitness-pictured-left-Silicone Swim Cap $7.99-durable -comfortable not a battle to get over long hair-yet provides an excellent fit...reduces drag, Lightening- Performance Racing Lens-with low profile, fused together lens/frame=low profile-eye gaskets provide a watertight seal without inducing a major headache-and adjustments are ez-via quick clip adjustment strap, delivers with interchangeable nose pieces to fit all shapes, is latex free, has anti-fog coating (def works), sun protection for eyeballs (a must-btw when swimming outdoors)-and double strap secures it to head-lessening a fear that goggles gonna get kicked off during a tri race. $13.99-$15.99 Best selling Agility Paddles $19.99-forgoes those annoying rubber straps in an über lightweight-durable- convex shape-engineered designed-provides immediate feedback if had is in positive palm position (or not)|
|staples design promotes early catch, comfy thumbhole -creates proper fingers/thumb placement, good all four strokes,comes in 3 sizes S, M, L...the S is good for kid hands or small adults...$19.99|
Holiday Gift Idea for the hardcore swimmer-FINIS custom designed swimsuits-including choice of colors, texts, logos, clip art...etc.
Even UV filtered water takes it chlorine toll- on skin/hair...
|One could almost hear the hair angels singing when J.F. Lazartigue-a privately owned (not corporate diluted down) haircare company from France-launched a new collection of superb luscious locks inducing products-the Anti-Aging Hair Care collection (low suds Ultra-Regenerating Washing Cream shampoo, lusciously rich Ultra-Regenerating Conditioner, and award winner-Victoire de la Beauté Pre-Shampoo Ultra-Regenerating Masque )-joining the other delicious and deluxe hair shampoos, conditioners, masques, and scalp treatment solutions-good for all hair types...from J.F. Lazartigue...and OF COURSE all made without any damaging filler ingredients (including sodium chlorides, parabens, detergent worthy sulfates etc). Impressive-each of these products have amazingly low pH level-super better for hair-especially in hard water areas. How to use-d the mask-cleanse-condition regimen 2x a week to start- even thin fine hair will feel revitalized...with dry -dehydrated hair courtesy of swimming pools (and cooler temps)--practically reinventing itself into touchable locks. How we used...The Pre Shampoo Mask-gets slathered on from roots-ends...stuffed into a cheap shower cap...and left to stew for about 10 minutes...we then rinse off with our pre-swim shower...and then go to practice...with wet locks preventing too much absorption of pool water. FYI -the regenerative mask -with strengthening collagen, keratin that fortifies hair shafts, moisturizing superstar hyaluronic acid, and nourishing olive butter in the mix...noticeably improved hair texture from dryish hay to finger lovin' softness-plus seemingly blocking out the less than lovely brassiness our hair color used to morph into. For blondes that would be green. Both the conditioner and washing creme-are richly-authentically scented-think real deal vanilla and jasmine-imparting a subtle great hair smell as well as building up hair follicles with powerful anti-oxidant grape seed oil, keratin and collagen. LOVE.|
Holiday Gift Idea: HOME SPA ESSENTAIL DUO WITH BANDOLIER OIL SERUM $250 custom care pre-shampoo and oil rich serum in luxury gold packaging worthy of royalty...and certainly queenly locks.
|VAN DER HAGEN...a new to us premium all things shaving brand...including generous sized, lightly scented Shave Butter $6.99...is one of those for the guys but women will steal...rich moisturizing shave cream for facial skin-that softens up whiskers--and leaves behind just enough protection. Gym bag staple worthy-natural emollients like macadamia nut oil+shea, mango and cocoa butters-with an impressive-10% hydrating glycerin content-doubles for other areas that get the razor treatment-likes legs, arms, backs/chests...for athletes who like to keep it all sleek. |
|HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: even non-shavers will want this luxe shelf stunner- Van Der Hagen black marble shaving set...a silver tip badger shaving brush and traditional 3-piece double edge razor in hefty metallic stand, with matching shaving bowl-all infused with black marble... with pack of five Van Der Hagen German engineered double edgewise tempered stainless steel blades included. $149.99|
|Billy Jealousy got genius-y with the ink saving TATTOO SALVE DEFINED $16... imo-faded tattoos are not a good look...and with body markings rampant...this product actually works according to those in the know. For a new tattoo apply a thin layer of this oil rich, vitamin E infused-not irritating salve 3x a day to enhance color-keep it vibrant. Before a swim-a teeny tiny bit atop tattoos...keeps it fresh. |
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: the MARKED IV LIFE Addicted to Ink Tattoo Care Kit $30-pictured above with specially formulated Tattoo Wash-with glycolic AHA encourages cell turnover, papaya and pineapple extracts-cleanses & exfoliates, and nourishing hydrolyzed oat protein... Tattoo Lotion-with green tea extract protects vs ink discoloring, rosemary leaf oil= hydrates and tones skin color, and grape seed+sea buckthorn oils-hydrate and encourage skin cells to stop the clock, youthful appearance. And how cool is the packaging??? VERY.
|Short of an actual trip to BALI...the JUARA Skincare's provides a tactile tropical mental excursion...and the nicest scrub we have used this decade $38 (for an 8oz easy to carry in a gym bag plastic jar- pictured-the Coffee & Crème skin exfoliating 'Skin Smoothing Body Ritual' also includes theCandlenut Body Creme -$58). |
Why it's so fab?-Think crushed walnut shells to rid skin of dead cells, gently, micro-circulating improving Sumatra coffee beans, rice bran oils= mega moisturizing, hydrating sulfate free coconut-botanical cleansing -delivering a multi-tasker we use from neck down instead of shower gel/soap -PLUS it imparts a luscious deep vanilla aroma that actually manages to get some of that chlorine smell off skin pores. Magnificent...and bonus- 100% vegetarian, free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, artificial colorants, and harsh chemicals.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: Or an ideal self-gift idea too...travel set sized Juara's Candlenut Obsession Trio $28--all with richly hydrating candlenut oil- that is loaded with skin permeable linolenic and linolenic acid-that naturally mends chapped skin. Bonus the Candlenut Body Polish, Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel -sulfate free, and Candlenut Body Créme-for on the go-cleansing and nourishing moisturizers- exotically smells like this transporting combo of lush greens, freesia, white jasmine, bergamot and rose...with hint of coconut...that lightly lingers on skin.