If Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t jolting you into full blown shopping-mode, December is just around the corner preparing to get you there in a big way.
Don’t stress: If you get going on your gift-buying now, you’ll be done all your stocking stuffer shopping before the anxiety kicks in.
For your health and fitness-loving loved ones, we have compiled a list of practical, healthy, performance-enhancing stocking stuffer products for 2017. And it begins right here at Ript Skin Systems:
RIPT’s Hydrating Lip Balm:
Tis the season for chapped lips!
RIPT’s hydrating lip balm—minty fresh and pomegranate flavors—is the most effective chapstick you’ll find. And like all our products, it’s made from 100 % natural ingredients.
RIPT’s Sore Muscle Rub:
Our muscle rub helps ease your stiff and sore muscles after a big training session. Made from our proprietary blend of essential oils and waxes known to counter inflammation and bruising, that’s not even the best part: The best part is how easy it is to pack around with you. Unlike other sticky, messy, break-open-in-your-purse muscle creams and oils, Ript’s version comes in a solid lip balm-like container and won’t defile the contents of your purse or gym bag.
We love the Blonyx brand for its no frills, simple yet functional approach to improving performance.
We recommend Blonyx’s Creatine + HMB and their Beta-Alanine. Creatine is the most well-researched supplement out there and is proven to help with both building strength and recovery. And if your loved one is planning on doing the CrossFit Open in 2018, this is the best time to get on Beta Alanine (as it takes a few weeks of use to see the benefits)—proven to help with muscular endurance, which is exactly what you’ll need more of during the Open.
Collagen is the main structural protein in our bodies—in our tendons, ligaments and skin. Supplementing with collagen helps strengthen your tendons and ligaments. It’s especially important as you age, because your body’s natural collagen production declines the older you get. It’s also proven to improve skin, hair and nail health, and it’s great for gut and liver health, too.
One brand we like is Great Lakes.
RIPT’s 3-Phase Hand Care Kit:
If you’re a hand sport athlete—gymnast, weightlifter, CrossFit athlete, rower, rock climber, or even just a casual gym goer, this hand care kit is for you. It comes with our synthetic GRINDSTONE to help keep your calluses thin and pliable, a tube of our DAILY DOSE to keep your hands moist and rip free, and a tube of our QUICK FIX to quickly heal any rips that do inevitably emerge from the demands of your sport.
‘They’ constantly say if there’s a supplement we all should take, it’s Vitamin D, especially if you live in a place that doesn’t see much sun for many months of the year. They even suggest newborn babies take Vitamin D, so it must be necessary. Read more here about liquid versus gel capsules here to find out the best kind for you.
Deuce—The Anti-Stink Toilet Spray
So many bathroom and toilet sprays feel poisonous when you breathe them in. Not RIPT's Deuce. It smells good and it works better than any other air freshening product out there.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard about the importance of gut health. In short, many people’s guts aren’t healthy. Their gut bacteria is messed up, which means they don’t absorb nutrients properly, which means their digestive and metabolic health isn’t in tip top shape either.
Probiotics are essentially the good kind of bacteria, and taking a probiotic supplement is a great place to start to heal your gut. The higher the CFU count the better—CFU stands for colony forming units and quantifies how many bacteria are present and capable of dividing and forming colonies. Aim for a CFU count of 50 billion or more. If you have been on antibiotics in the last year, it’s especially important you take a probiotic supplement.
Zinc is a great booster for the immune system, which is especially important during the flu season. It’s also great for wound healing, metabolism, as well as for hair and skin health. Read more here.
Every hand sport athlete has found himself looking for tape at one time or other. Good news is, we sell it at RIPT, so you can add a roll of athletic tape to your order when you purchase our Hand Care Kit, our Muscle Rub, our Lip Balm and Deuce.