18-Year-old Caitlin Rooskrantz is one of the first South African artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics…

While her chance to represent her country at the prestigious games has been put on hold for now, she’s determined to continue making an impact in the world around her.

While in lockdown, Rooskrantz has been hard at work refining her routine, and preparing for another South African first – she will be LIVE STREAMING her routine on 2 August. “I hope that South Africa will log on and cheer me at www.nowisthetimetoplan.co.za,”

Tackling body image issues

As a teen, Rooskrantz says she was fairly self-conscious about her body. “I was more muscular than the boys in my class!” she recalls.

“However, as I matured, I began to educate myself about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. And what it takes to be a strong, healthy, and powerful young woman to be able to perform at my best. With that, my confidence really grew, and as my gymnastics evolved so did the idea of what the ideal body image is.”

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All4Women caught up with her and asked her for her top beauty and lifestyle tips:

1) Eat well

What goes into your body will reflect on the outside so keeping a balanced diet is key

2) Hydrate

Lots of water is key in keeping your skin in good condition

3) Protect your skin from UV rays

Use sunscreen to keep your face protected during the day. This helps with hydration and keeping wrinkles and sun damage at bay.

4) Exfoliate

Exfoliating once a week helps clean out clogged pores, and gives your skin a healthy glow.

5) Don’t forget about your teeth

This may sound weird, but I would recommend investing in a good toothpaste to keep your smile bright and radiant. It’s one of the things people notice first!