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Aly Raisman is 'so grateful' her mom banned her from using tanning beds as teen

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman tells Yahoo Lifestyle that applying sunscreen is a part of her daily routine. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aly Raisman is teaming up with Olay to raise awareness about sun protection and stars in the brand’s Sun campaign. “Sun care is self-care,” says the two-time Olympian in the video ad, which she shared Monday on Instagram.

She tells Yahoo Lifestyle that when she was growing up, using tanning oils to lay out under the sun or using tanning beds was the norm among her friends. And she’s thankful her mom didn’t let her partake in the trend. “I was kind of embarrassed when my mom would make me put on extra sunscreen all the time, and now when I look back I’m so grateful because it’s so important,” she says.

Today, Raisman says a daily self-care routine is important to her. “I’m very much a creature of habit, and the more things I do regularly, the better I feel.”

Part of that routine includes taking care of her skin. “SPF is a part of my everyday routine, and it’s also a part of taking care of yourself,” she says. “I live in Boston and even in the winter, I wear SPF every single day. It’s super-important.”


In addition to her skin care regime, Raisman incorporates wellness and fitness into her self-care routine.

“I do meditation pretty much every single day at least once a day,” she says. “I also like to journal. I keep a gratitude journal, and I go to therapy.”

She also works up a sweat by staying active. “I started doing yoga using videos I found on YouTube, even if it’s just 10 to 20 minutes, and I also like boxing,” she says. “It’s all about doing what works for you, and I’m very open to trying new things.”

Below, shop some of Raisman’s favorite Olay skin care products.

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 ($29)

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25. (Photo: Olay)

“I don’t really wear makeup. … I try to be as natural as I can,” says Raisman. “In the morning I start with the Olay Whip with sunscreen. I love this one.”

Shop it: $29, amazon.com

Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Shine Control ($20)

Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Shine Control. (Photo: Olay)

“Then I use the new Olay sunscreen that I’m seen within the campaign,” she adds. “You can never have enough protection, that’s just my opinion.”

Shop it: $20, amazon.com

Olay Fresh Reset Clay Face Mask Stick ($10)

Olay Fresh Reset Clay Face Mask Stick. (Photo: Olay)

“I also love Olay’s stick masks. They’re so easy to use,” she says. “I’ve been traveling a lot lately, so I switch it up, but I love the pink clay mask.”

Shop it: $10, amazon.com

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