Monday, November 19, 2012

Finally! A Pole-Friendly Lotion To Use!

Before that Saturday that I went to my first-ever pole dance class, the warning given to me by all my pole teachers was this: don’t wear lotion, oils, moisturizers, creams, and body butters. It also follows not to use moisturizing soaps or shower creams. Why? Because it will make you slip and since the lotion sticks on the pole, it will also ruin the day of the next pole user because she will slip as well. As a result, my skin care has drastically changed. During my pole days, I stick to my usual strong soaps and only wear lotion at night. With a pole at home, and working hard on an audition video, it was unpredictable to know when exactly to pole. Just to be safe, I’d been skipping moisturizing stuff like the plague during the day.

As a result, not wearing moisturizers has made my skin really dry, scaly, and blotchy. I actually thought before, that the drier the skin, the better to pole. On the contrary, dry skin is prone to burns, chafing, and also slipping. The chafing and burns probably explained the scabs on the top of my climbing foot.  It kind of made sense that dehydrated and dry skin is weaker. Healthy skin is actually stickier on the pole. Now the question is, how can we make our skin achieve that healthy state that enables us to stay put on the pole without slipping or scabbing?

I’m glad that there are innovative people out there who understand our needs to achieve that perfect balance of skin conditions and keep our love for pole.  There is in fact, a lotion that’s enriched with vitamin E and still pole friendly. Talk about the best of both worlds! No slip, no slick, no problem! 

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Pole Physics is a lotion especially formulated for pole dancing that gives the skin the nourishment it needs without compromising our performances. It used to be available only abroad but now, it’s available here locally at my second home  - the PolecatsManila studio! This lotion feels absolutely lush on the skin,. You can use it in the morning after a shower, then you can go to work, or go about your regular day and then attend pole class at night without having to wash or rub alcohol on your skin. It’s also non-greasy, so you could even use this in summer, where it’s humid but the skin’s absolutely dry during the day. No ick and stick factor during rehearsals at noon, say Stellar Summer show. It’s also fast-absorbing on the skin. Actually, I’ve tried this on the studio and then poled after like 20 minutes of warm up and I didn’t slip, even during cross ankles.

This is the formula  that I’m currently using. The gradual tanning formula gives a warm summer glow when we need it and there’s no beach available. The faux tan actually looks quite natural. Always remember though to exfoliate before applying this lotion and wash hands immediately to avoid the telltale sign of orange palms. Wait too until the lotion is fully absorbed before putting on clothing. Another thing I like about this too is that it does not smell chemical-like like other self-tanners that have that typical self-tanner scent.

The scented one is perfect for summer, with as the label says an invigorating summer scent. This citrusy fresh scent is a great pick-me-upper on days where we feel sluggish.

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For those who don’t want too much on the scent factor can go with unscented – clean, simple, and still nourishes the skin.

With a week of using this, my skin has been thankful before and after pole. It’s healthier with less of the blotches and scales and my pole life didn’t have to suffer for it, and so do the people after me since they don’t slip too. It’s an awesome Christmas gift to a pole dancer friend (hint hint! J ) and a perfect addition to my pole dance kikay kit. Oh, and the pump bottle makes it an easy way to dispense product without the insides drying out.  Do take note though, that this is not a grip aid. This is something that will help care for the skin without compromising our need to pole.

The cost of a bottle of pole physics lotion is Php 1,500 but now they’re offering it at an introductory price of Php 1,200 at the Polecats Manila studio. I’m also happy to tell you that this is a product that does not do animal testing. For more information, you can check out the Pole Physics Facebook Page.

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