How to Be a (Glossier Body) Hero, According to WNBA Star Natalie Achonwa

Ariana Yaptangco
·3 min read
Photo credit: Glossier
Photo credit: Glossier

From ELLE

Last week Glossier teamed up with WNBA stars across the league for its latest launch, Body Hero Exfoliating Bar and Dry-Touch Oil Mist, to promote using our bodies in uplifting and empowering ways. The WNBA, a force for equality and beauty, created a series of self-shot videos and images of the launch of the two new products.

Made with bamboo powder, sunflower seed oil, and aloe leaf juice, the Exfoliating Bar buffs away rough dead skin, while the Dry-Touch Oil Mist uses sunflower seed, grapeseed, and oat oils to absorb and nourish quickly. Body Hero's newest additions join the Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream to round out the body care collection, designed for soft, supple, and hydrated skin.

For Indiana Fever power forward Natalie Achonwa, body care is also a part of her job description." Unlike other professions, we don't get to turn our job off or clock out at the end of the day because our bodies are literally our job," she told ELLE.com.

Ahead, the WBNA player shares her best advice for taking care of her body, plus how she's using it for actionable change.

Photo credit: Glossier
Photo credit: Glossier

Everything affects body care.

As an athlete, daily body care is vital. If I want to play at the highest level and compete with the best in the world then how much rest I get, how I fuel my body, what recovery practices I use, all matter

It's okay to be a night shower person.

I always shower at night because I am soooo not a morning person.

Make time for recovery.

My post game routine often depends on how the game went, how my body feels, and what our schedule looks like the next day. But typically it involves a protein shake or a snack in the locker room, post game meal once I get home, some form of recovery, and then finally some game, film, or TV while i'm in bed. What I use for recovery at my house are Normatec compression boots, Gameready if I have a specific aches and pain, or an ice bath in my bath tub if it was a tough game.

Use your body (and voice) for positive change.

It has been incredible to see so many people and athletes use their voices and platforms to advocate for change. But for WNBA players, this is nothing new. Yes, this season was special in having the support of the league in dedicating the season, but the players of the WNBPA have always been at the forefront of the social justice movement. Being a black woman, and being a member of a league composed of majority black women, fighting for equality and standing up for what's right is who we are.

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