Classy, not ashy

[FYI, I searched google images for “dry skin” and the most HORRIFIC images came up. Don’t do it. Instead, today’s image is a nice, lovely, deliciously creamy looking tub of moisturizer… still shuddering from the images burned into my eyes]

One of the most common winter-time frustrations for a pole dancer is how to balance the need to moisturize with the fact that greasy legs and poles just do not mix. The other problem, of course, is that super dry skin and poles don’t mix, either: if your skin is very dry, it’s like trying to climb with paper pants on. Ideally, when you are pole dancing, your skin is slightly dewy to get the best stick. This can be achieved with a nice, vigorous warmup, but in the cold months this can be really tough. So, here are some suggestions on how to make sure you get your stick on without getting your slide on.

There are actually quite a few lotions that you can put on the day of poling. These are the ones that I have had personal experience with. I’ve linked everything back to Amazon or the supplier so you can get them online if you want.

Oil of Olay in-shower body lotion: This is a rich cream that you put on in the shower, and then just rinse off. I find that this is easiest for me, since I can let my skin dry while I’m puttering around and getting ready to leave the house. It leaves my skin super supple and soft and I loooove the smell of it. Also great for lazy people who hate smearing lotion on, rubbing in, and waiting for it to dry. Like me. =)

Corn Husker’s Lotion:  This is a glycerin-based “lotion” that you can put on literally 30 minutes before hitting the pole and can be used on dry winter hands as well! It’s got a slippery consistency- sort of like watery jello. I find that the moisture that it delivers doesn’t last very long- I wouldn’t use it during the summer, when my legs are exposed all day- but it can be a great quick fix. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and also use this on my hands, since I hate greasy lotions but hate dry cuticles.

Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion: This is one formula of Aveeno that I’ve found works well on the pole, but I’m pretty sure that there are other formulas that would work also. I would leave at least 3 hours between application and poling.
Pole Physics Lotion: This is a lotion specifically designed for pole dancers. It’s the priciest in the bunch, at $25 a bottle not including S&H. The directions on the bottle stipulate that you must apply it 7-10 hours prior to poling. This moisturized well, but I didn’t notice a significant difference in my skin when comparing it to the other (less expensive) lotions.

Dew Point Pole: This isn’t exactly a lotion but it’s worth listing here as dry skinners will appreciate it– it’s a light, clear spray that you apply to your skin (and let dry) before poling. It is meant to simulate the dewy, moist skin (with three levels of “tack”) that you would get from warming up, and is fantastic especially on a cold, slick pole. I’ve used this for performances, and the women with very dry skin loved it. I would caution that overuse seems to make the skin slightly slippery, so be sparing when you spray and don’t use your hands to spread the moisture around (I was advised to rub my legs together like a cricket and it worked perfectly). You can also apply directly to the pole.

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments! Hope this information helps some of you =)