Skin Care For Pole Dancers
Good skin care is very important to pole dancers.
Oily, greasy skin will prevent you from being able to grip the pole - but
dry flakey skin will also result in slipping from the pole.
Dry skin is just like having powder on your skin, it will make your skin
Healthy, moisturized skin is
necessary for proper grip. A certain amount of moisture will make you grip
better. Think of when you first get out of the shower and if your skin is
damp and you try to get dressed, your clothing sticks to your skin so that
it's difficult to pull on. However it must be the right kind of moisture
in order to help on the pole and not result in poor grip.
Start with good skin care
- Drink plenty of fluids -
at least 8 - 10 glasses of water per day and more when you work out.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced
diet and take vitamin supplements when you cannot get proper vitamins
from your diet
- Don't smoke. Smoking
decreases circulation to the fine vessels in the skin, decreasing the
flow of oxygen and nutrients and also damages collagen and elastin.
- Protect yourself from
damaging sun rays
- Take warm, not hot, baths as
hot water dries your skin
- Gently exfoliate your skin to
remove dead (dry) skin cells. A loofah sponge is best.
- Choose good hair
products...remember that your shampoo washes down your body in the
- Choose proper shave
cream...oily shave creams will leave residue on your skin just like oily
- Choose good skin care
products and lotions
- Avoid excessive and
especially greasy/oily hand lotions...soft hands sweat more - dry hands
will have better grip.
Choosing skin care products:
Aside from your hands which require drier skin, the rest of your body
needs to be properly moisturized in order to grip well on the pole. Choose
your skin lotions carefully by reading the ingredients label.
Here are some tips about choosing the right skin product for yourself:
- Use non-comedogenic products
which will not clog your pores and then flush out when you sweat leaving
a greasy layer.
For a list of comedogenic ratings see this page:
Avoid products with ratings of
- Avoid lanolin based products
- although cosmetic lanolin has a low comedogenic rating and is
generally well-absorbed, traces of lanolin left on the skin can be very
greasy and not everyone absorbs it well.
- Avoid petroleum based
products and Vaseline and cocoa butter which will clog pores and are not
absorbed by the skin
- Be very cautious using the
popular sugar scrubs and other products like this on the
market...check the ingredients list as most of them do no absorb well
into the skin.
What skin care products can you
Keep in mind that everyone is different. Some lotions will work well on
some skin types but leave the skin greasy on others.
While this is not a complete list, some of the products we recommend you
may try are:
- Pole Physics lotion - this
product is extremely good for your skin, all natural healthy ingredients
but expensive at $25 per 8-oz bottle. (sold online and carried in our
- CeraVe Moisturizing lotion
(our highest recommendation next to Pole Physics Lotion)
- Cetaphil Moisturizing lotion
- Vaseline Essential Care
- Johnson's Night Time baby
lotion (lavender cap) - although this is pretty mild and not very
moisturizing it is well-absorbed and not greasy
***Be cautious to use only the
specific products listed above and not other products by the same company
which may contain different ingredients.
written by: Mary Ellyn Weissman
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