Looking to amp up your glow for 2023? You might want to steal the beauty-boosting secrets of a professional athlete who is winning the skincare game.
Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player, Grand Slam Champion, and Olympian. In her historic 2017 comeback following a devastating foot injury and grueling rehab, she rose from No. 957 entering Wimbledon to become the US Open Champion in only two months. Sloane has been ranked as high as world number 3 on the WTA Tour and has won seven tournaments to-date, most recently in Guadalajara in February 2022. She is also a French Open Finalist, WTA Year-End Finalist, and Australian Open Semi-Finalist.
She’s also all-star in the self-care game as well.
How does Stephens beautify when she’s on the road 40+ weeks of the year? Below, the tennis champ shares how she prioritizes selfcare when she’s on the go.
Can you walk us through your nighttime beauty routine?
I like to take very hot showers. I’m a big believer in the power of aromatherapy and will use a shower steamer in a relaxing scent like lavender to help calm my mind from the day. This aroma immediately signals to my body that I’m beginning a wind down process. In the shower, I like to exfoliate my body by either using exfoliating body wipes with a regular body wash like Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, or a body scrub like the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub.
I sweat every day and always wear sunscreen, so it feels nice to scrub all that off. For my face, I’ll use a polish like the Tatcha Rice Wash or Dr. Barbara Sturm facial scrub. Once I’m out of the shower, I will first use a body lotion while my skin is still a little damp to lock in the moisture. I bought La Roche Posay Lipikar lotion at a pharmacy in Paris this summer and still use it. If I have a day where I’m feeling extra ashy, I’ll layer on a body oil like the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Oat Mist. I then move onto my face routine. Since I already washed my face in the shower, I will pat my face dry and use the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. I try to do this three nights per week. I’ll then layer the La Mer renewal oil on top of that and if I’m feeling dry, I’ll put the fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask on after that. Plane travel is super drying, so I try to slather on lots of layers of moisture.
What beauty trends are you into right now?
Lymphatic drainage – all things de-puffing and sculpting – gua shas, face rollers, ice rollers, you name it. Our body’s lymphatic systems are fascinating, and we still have so much to learn about how they work. I love anything where I can see tangible results and progress, so putting on a face oil and spending a few minutes with a gua sha YouTube video or simple routine is a great start to the day.
I also am glad that “slugging” is being talked about. I’ve been slugging without the term for years with how much I travel and all the time I spend in dry airplane air.
We’d love to learn about your nails. Describe you nail game…
I love looking at different nail artists on Instagram and would love to have various designs and keep my nails long, but I have to keep my nails short since I’m holding a racquet pretty much every day. I had long nails for my wedding, which I loved, but my day-to-day nails are pretty boring. I do love getting mani/pedis on a regular basis to keep my cuticles clean and avoid any hangnails or issues that can cause me problems on court.
What’s the best beauty advice you ever give in and who gave it to you?
My grandma Glo taught me to start the day with a fresh face. Every time I slept over at my grandparents’ house, we’d start the morning by splashing cold water on our faces or a cold towel. She was definitely ahead of the trends on this with all the ice rollers and cooling eye patches we see now, but it was also such a great mental jumpstart to starting the day with energy and a great attitude. Best part of all is that it’s totally free!