What is the MASCed MAN campaign all about?
Meet Blake Skjellerup
We're excited to introduced you to our second ever "MASCED MAN of the MONTH," Blake Skjellerup from New Zealand. The 28-year-old is an Olympic Short Track Speed Skater who competed in the 2010 Olympic Games for New Zealand and is currently training to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Socci, Russia.
Currently doing more of my training in Calgary, Alberta.
How much time do you spend in New Zealand these days?
Definitely not enough unfortunately! I get home as much as I can, for a month or so during the off season.
Today, we are visiting the marshmallow museum & factory in Kolomna where I’m training and competing. I try to do as much as I can, but I like my down-time after training to just relax and zone-out.
My routine is more evening-based because I have limited time in the morning, but in the morning I wash my face with water and apply a daily moisturiser/SPF. In the evening I shower, use a daily light exfoliant, then I cleanse and moisturize Then I lastly apply an eye creme.
When did you start getting into skincare and why?
I had a friend who got me into skincare properly at the age of 21. We’ve only got 1 face, so we must look after it!
This would have to be Evo Gansta Grip. It holds my hair exactly how I want it and it’s very smooth. I always take a couple of bottles with me on tour so I never run out.
What types of products do you take with you on the road?
I’m on the road for most of the time, so I take everything with me!
As an athlete we have to eat properly and in moderation through our training and competing, trying to limit processed foods and increasing our intake of proteins (chicken and fish are staples of my day). In the off-season, chocolate, chips and wine creep their way back into my daily routine!
I’ll let you into a secret… I have a McDonalds at the end of each season - which is only once a year!
I’m not worried at all, I’m just going to go and compete in Russia as me - Blake the athlete. I’m hoping these laws will change in time, and I believe that going to the games will raise more of an awareness instead of just running and hiding from the issue.
Do you do any sort of visualization, affirmations or even have any vision boards that you think has been helpful for you on your journey to the Olympics?
It’s a constant game of vision and affirmation inside my head. I believe in me, and if I didn’t then my competitors have already won.