Anna Zherebyateva is a trailblazer. She opted to speak about things others don’t.
In that conservative world of cross country skiing you often enough hear athletes talking about that last race final climb or ski glide or any such subjects.
Which is probably of interest to some audience – no need to be dismissive about that.
However, the skiing is a part of the larger world. And in that larger world the XXI century gave rise to influencers. It ain’t easy to be one if you are a skier. Pro-influencers can concentrate on the their looks – athletes are also expected to train hard. Wind, cold, constant change of climate and diet – welcome to the world of pro-skier!
You are constantly in focus of video and photo cameras. Which means, whether you like it or not, more people watching would discuss how you look rather than how good your skis are.
And now back to Anna Zherebyaetva. Ex- U23 world champion has decided to open up about her long battle with facial skin impurities.
Clearly, we totally endorse that direction of conversation and today, with Anna’s permission, publish a slightly abridged translation. If somebody thinks it’s an advertorial of sorts – that’s his/her problem, since it is not.
…When I mentioned my battle with “problematic skin” on my Instagram page, I got overwhelmed with requests for more details and more specifics.
Let me repeat: for years I’ve been trying – and failing – with so many brands, including but not limited to Holika Holika, Clarins, Payot etc. etc.
At some point in time I’ve decided to deal with the issue hands-on and finally solve it.
It was then that I’ve heard about Obagi.
Getting the idea was easy, implementing it far more difficult – for months, training in remote camps I could only read about it. Dr. Zein Obagi, who is from Syria originally, had moved to the United States and started his line of skin-care products. His first company was called Obagi , but then he left the company to start another one, ZO Skin Health. Their products are sold with qualified dermatologist’s advise – and I was lucky to find one via mutual friends – in Baku.
Yes, that’s how the world is these days: A Russian skier using Syrian doctor’s products made in the United States with an online advise from a skincare professional from Azerbaijan!
So, after online consultation, I bought suggested products – and started applying them diligently…with a hope that after a few days, magically my skin would start glowing.
Reality turned out to be much harsher
It hurt to smile, it hurt to brush my teeth and it hurt to eat. Yes, it was painful to open my mouth to put food in it. The face had gone all red and I had gone all scared.
You could see all stages of the process here:
Naturally, I wrote couple of emotional e-mails to the doctor in Baku who suggested that torture – and she was very understanding but kept on saying “Anya, please hold on – it would work”
And it did. After approximately 2 and half weeks of suffering everything has gone – I could smile and eat again. And, most importantly, the skin on my face has gone all clean. It was still quite red for a while, but as smooth as desired.
Girls, do not self-treat your facial skin issues – you got to talk to a professional and then do what he says!