We caught up with our Forever Living Ambassador, Jill Scott to find out more about her daily life, and what goes into being a professional footballer. We also chatted to her about skincare and how she manages to fit a daily routine into her busy schedule.
Can you tell us a bit more about your morning routine, and how skincare fits into that?
Training is part of my everyday life, so my skincare routine has to fit into it. I really like the Sonya range, because the products are small, which means that I can carry them with me between training sessions. I like to use the Sonya Soothing Gel Moisturizer, and the Illuminating Gel around my eyes, to make sure that my skin is protected and ready for the session ahead.
You train in all elements, does this effect your skincare routine?
It is definitely important to moisturise. Because we have training sessions in the morning, afternoon and one at night, it can mean having three showers a day which can really affect your skin, so it is really important that you are moisturising in between.
I also carry the Protecting Day Lotion around with me in my wash bag all the time, I think it’s something that most people only use in the morning, but I am constantly applying it after showering. Also, when we go away for tournaments abroad, it’s so important to look after your skin, so it’s really handy to carry these products around at all times and apply them daily.
I also used Aloe Sunscreen when I went to the World Cup last year; we were in France and it was so hot, and wearing sunscreen is so important. I think it is even more important as an athlete, because when you are running around, I don’t know why but you seem to catch the sun more! What I like about it is the high factor, and how easily it applies, so you can hardly tell that you have got it on. The high factor is also really good because I’m going to America in about a months’ time and the temperature could reach 30 degrees, and it’s important to make sure your skin is protected.
How do you set yourself up for a morning training session?
I always have my aloe vera drinking gel in the morning. We have breakfast at training, but because I have a bit of a commute, and sometimes it can take about an hour to get there, I usually grab a Fast Break bar on my was as I find it really important to eat in that first hour of waking up, so they are really handy.
What is your favourite flavour aloe gel?
Do you know what, I don’t have a favourite - I actually really like them all.
What do you do to prepare for training?
We do a warm-up in the gym which takes about twenty minutes, which is a lot of stretching, band work and things like that, and as it progresses it’s all about activation, so its an energetic warm up. Then we go out onto the pitch and we will do some ball work and things like that, which is also a warm-up, so we have two per session.
How do you keep your energy up throughout the day?
I have quite a high metabolic rate naturally, so I constantly have to eat. The Fast Break bars are really handy to sometimes have on the way back from training to keep the calories up. Also, sometimes after training we get lunch, but after exercise I can sometimes struggle to eat a big meal, so that is where the Forever Ultra Lite come in handy because it means you can drink it to replenish a little bit of what you have lost. They always say that that thirty minutes after training is really important to take something on board, and if that is in a liquid form it is a bit easier to get into your system quickly. I usually have it with milk, because it’s good to add the calories, but then if you don’t want the calories you can also have it with water. You can really use this product however you like. My favourite flavour is vanilla.
After a session, how do you go about recovery?
I recently purchased a massage gun actually, and one thing that is really good about that is that it is trying to heat up the muscles quickly which then helps with recovery. I think for me, adding Aloe Heat Lotion to that really helps as it means that when I am getting a massage you have already heated up the muscles, and it cuts out that 15 minute window where you are trying to get heat into your muscles.
It is also really good before training actually, because you know that if you heat your muscles up, there is less chance of small tears. I really like the smell of it as well, so I use that a lot. I gave some to our physio as well recently and they have been using it too and I think it has gone down well.
What do you do to wind down and relax?
After training, there is a group of us that really like coffee, so we go and have a coffee and just switch off. I think one thing about being a full-time athlete is that switch off time is just as important as your training time. I am a bit of a chatterbox too so I like to meet up with the girls, have a coffee and chill out and we try not to discuss football, but it’s hard when there are ten of you that have just come from playing football. I do think that that switch off time is vital, that’s also why I like to go for massages as a treat too.
What about evening skincare?
I use the moisturiser all the time, and the eye cream - I was always told to start using it from a young age, and I wish I started sooner.
I use the Aloe Bio-Cellulose Masks for relaxing - I do this when I get home and it just makes your skin feel refreshed, I think. I try not to wear a lot of make up when I am training, especially when you know you are going to be sweating as it can make your skin worse. I have sweat on my face most days, and the face masks are great to clean and soothe the skin afterwards.
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