If your skin suffering the effects of a brutal winter, who better to take advice from than a woman who spends her life in brutal conditions?

Pro Snowboarder Kelly Clark recently won her 3rd consecutive gold medal at the X Games, making her the first female ever to win 3 consecutive golds!

So, how does a woman used to braving the elements day in and day out stay looking and feeling her best?

We sat down with Kelly Clark to talk Real Beauty (and skincare, of course!).

How do you define beauty? I think being beautiful is being comfortable in your own skin. It’s so easy in the sports world to want to conform to expectations or an industry standard, but being secure in your identity apart from what you look like is true beauty.

How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection being an athlete? Strong is the new skinny. I know it’s a tension for women. You look at the media and you see both sides, but I’m in a place of influence and it’s a privilege to inspire young women to know that strong is the new skinny. When you’re young, you don’t see the value in fitness the way I do now. What we demand on our bodies to be strong enough to do the tricks and prevent injuries is something I’ve really embraced over the last 3 years – paying attention to that has made me consistent.

“Strong Is The New Skinny” ~ Kelly Clark (click to Tweet)

Who are your beauty role models? The people I compete with, like Gretchen Bleiler who’s one of my closest friends! Snowboarding is a unique sort because we’re close friends with our competition. But the fact is, it’s easy to admire someone from afar but it’s pretty amazing when you know them.

When it comes to protecting your skin from the glaring sun, frigid temperatures and dry chill of the slopes, what are your go to beauty products? Definitely sunscreen. I have sensitive skin and Coppertone for Sensitive Skin works for me. I also like Stilla HD beauty balm. It’s like a base layer a bit of moisturizer and bit of coverup, which evens your skintone, which is nice. Our hair also takes a beating from the elements and Moroccan Oil patches it up.

What’s one piece of advice you wish you knew when younger? Especially as an athlete – I’ve been in this game since I was 14 so I really grew up in the competitive sports world –it’s easy to mix your identity with what you do and get your self-worth from it. Figure out your personal significance outside of what you do. It’s about seeing the big picture, getting vision, determining where you want to go and making choices to get there. It’s easy to live a reactionary life, seeing what others are doing and reacting, but living with intent is a huge key.

 

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