Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:
Contest Grooming!

Grooming and personal appearance are not supposed to count for or against your final score. However, more often than not, the bodybuilder who looks the most polished gets more attention from the judges.

By: Posing Guides

Article Summary:
  • With all that skin exposed, make sure it is in healthy condition and tone
  • If you're going to shave, don't wait until the day before to practice.
  • Make sure you pack everything you're going to need to look your best.

  • Contest Grooming!

    Grooming and personal appearance is not supposed to count for or against your final score. However, more often than not, the bodybuilder who looks the healthiest, has the right skin color and tone, and who wears a posing suit color that compliments their hair and skin color will get the higher marks.

    In this guide you will find the following:


    Skin: Color and Tone

      Did you know? The largest organ in your body is your skin, your liver comes in second. What does this mean? Your skin is what the judges and everyone else sees of you. And, being the visual creatures we are, it's good advice to take a little extra time out to make sure that you have a flattering skin tone and color during the competition.

    Make Sure You Have A Flattering Skin Tone And Color.
    + Click To Enlarge.
    Make Sure You Have A Flattering
    Skin Tone And Color.

      There's actually quite a few things you can do to improve your appearance in this area. One of the biggest sources of blotchy skin or a bad complexion is junk food and chocolate. As a seasoned bodybuilder who is into health, dieting down, and getting cut up this probably isn't too big of a problem.

      Nonetheless, diet is extremely important to your skin and overall health in the long run. It's recommended to eat at least 5-6 servings of fruits and veggies per day. Also, make sure your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs with a good multivitamin/mineral supplement. This will keep your skin and body healthy and looking good.

    RELATED ARTICLE
    The Value Of Skin-Tastic Vitamins & Minerals!
    [ Click here to learn more. ]
    The Value Of Skin-Tastic Vitamins & Minerals!
    The following are just a few of the more widely known vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements that are said to benefit the skin.
    Author:
    Jeff Behar

      Another problem that plagues bodybuilders is stretch marks. Avoid massively bulking up during the off-season, rather go for the cut look, eat right, and gain about 10 lbs. Vitamin E lotion will keep your skin moisturized, soft, and without as many scars or wrinkles.

    SEARCH THE FORUMS
    Search The Forums Type in the keyword you would like to seach for in the box below, then click "Search".

      Of coarse, when talking about your skin looking good, the most common thought probably relates to your tan. Unless you have naturally dark skin, you will want your skin to have a deep tan for the competition. Darker skin shows the striations in your muscles better and looks better than pale skin.

      How do you get tan? Well, you can take the more permanent natural approach...sun tanning and tanning beds...or you can use a route that is becoming more and more popular...tanless lotions and creams, pigment pills, or a combination of both.

    RELATED POLL
    Do You Mix And Match Your Tanning Methods?

    Yes I Find It Gives Better Results.
    No I Never Have.
    I Tried But It Came Out Wrong.

      First, a natural sun-derived tan looks good and is more permanent. The only drawback is that if you lie out too long you may get burnt, especially if you have fair skin. Those who are at the highest risk expose themselves to the sun for intense, short periods of time. That's why sunscreen is very important. No matter how dark you are, you should at least put on a light amount of sunscreen. Obviously the lighter you are, the stronger your sunscreen must be. This way you will block most of the harmful rays that burn and let in rays that tan.

    The Lighter You Are, The Stronger Your Sunscreen Should Be.
    + Click To Enlarge.
    The Lighter You Are, The Stronger
    Your Sunscreen Should Be.

      Next, another popular method for tanning in recent years has been tanning beds. The ultraviolet lights allow minimal burning rays to touch your skin, while mainly tanning. Fair skin tanners should go only 15 minutes max with maybe even a little sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose. The longest duration anyone should tan in a bed is 30 minutes.

      Last, the desire for artificial "tan-in-a-bottle" is growing faster than ever before. More and more people are deciding to stay out of the harmful sun and "put on the tan". This can be a truly effective method for competing bodybuilders. In the 80's, a lot of "instant tan" products left skin looking yellow or orange...not natural looking at all. But since then, Jan Tana, Pro Tan, and others have come out with revolutionary tanning products that work and look just as well, if not even better than a natural tan in some cases.

    RELATED PRODUCT
    Competition TAN Jan Tana Presents:
    Competition TAN

    Competition TAN'S dark bronzer gives an exaggerated deep, dark tan. Perfect for Stage use! Smoothes on easily, dries in minutes, and washes off! Makes tanning for your competition a breeze! For perfect contest color for any bodybuilding event, apply Competition TAN over SHOW TAN. Guaranteed perfect contest color. Smooth on - Wash off with soap and water.
    [ Click here to learn more. ]

      Another popular method used to darken the skin is by taking a ASN product called Canthaxanthin. It uses the natural food substance called canthaxin to darken the pigment in your skin safe and effectively from the inside out.

      Many bodybuilders find a combination of tanning options to be effective, such as tanning in beds with Competition Tan. Or Canthaxanthin with Bronzer. Choose the tanning method that is safest and most effective for you...but be smart!

      Nearly all (if not all) bodybuilders oil up before the competition to highlight and give definition to their muscularity. One of the most popular products is Pro Tan's Muscle Juice Pro Posing Oil. Remember how important it is for your skin to look healthy and tan at the competition.


    Shaving Down


    Hair Styling


    Posing Suit Choice

    Posing Trunks Color Chart:

     Lightly
    Tanned
    Darkly
    Tanned
    BrownBlack
    Red HairMedium Blue, Medium -to- Dark GreenGold, YellowN/AN/A
    Blond HairRed, Royal Blue, BlackBurgundy, Red, Medium Blue, OrangeN/AN/A
    Brown HairBlack, Navy BlueBurgundy, Brown, Purple, TealBlack, Yellow, Chocolate BrownN/A
    Black HairBlack, Navy Blue, Chocolate BrownYellow, Red, Gold, Orange, WhiteLime Green, Kelly Green, Baby BlueBright Red, White, Red-Orange, Purple, Fusia

    Source: The Shape magazine fashion editors.

      It's a good idea to have an Extra Suit because it's not uncommon to get oil on your suit sometime throughout the posing. You'll also want to try on a few different cuts and styles to find one that fits you right and looks good. At the highest levels of the sport, you'll see professional bodybuilders usually sticking with the same color.


    Competition Survival Supplies

    Contest Grooming!

    Back To Posing Guides's Main Page

    Back To The Articles Main Page.

    Related Articles
    2013 Mr. Olympia Preview: Ronnie Coleman Picks His Top Six
    2013 Olympia Weekend: Phil Heath Is Mr. Olympia Champion
    Jay Cutler: Big Lessons



    RATE THIS ARTICLE
    POOR
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    EXCELLENT
    OVERALL RATING
    10

    Out of 10
    Excellent
    10 Ratings

    0

    Comments

    Showing 0 - 0 of 0 Comments

    (5 characters minimum)

        • notify me when users reply to my comment
    Showing 0 - 0 of 0 Comments

    Featured Product

    Give Us Feedback:
    Report A Problem
    Site Feedback
    Follow Us:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    RSS Feeds
    Bodybuilding.com Newsletter

    Receive exciting features,
    news & special offers from Bodybuilding.com