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Beauty
Published Tuesday Jun 04, 2019 by Reut Golan

DIY Summer Beauty Products Your Hair + Skin Will Love

Skincare
Recipes
Beauty

Long days at the beach. Family barbecues. Weekend getaways. Summer is finally at our doorstep, and it’s safe to say we’re all ready for that warm weather wave. But when the temperature rises, our skin (and hair) can suffer.

If you’re searching for a few natural alternatives to keep your beauty routine in check (wherever your summer travels take you) here’s three DIY recipes we can’t live without. 

Coco-cumber Cooling Mist

Are beach days leaving you a little burnt out? This misty gem is the perfect cool down after a warm summer day. Remember to keep it in your fridge and use throughout the day to feel refreshed and re-energized!

Ingredients:
- ¾ cup coconut water (I prefer Obrigado!)
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/2 small cucumber, sliced and chopped finely
- 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:
- Combine the coconut water, aloe vera, and essential oil in a small spray bottle and shake until the contents are thoroughly mixed.
- Add fresh cucumber pieces to the bottle.
- Shake, spray, and walk away. Enjoy the instant zen!

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Coco-cumber Cooling Mist

Are beach days leaving you a little burnt out? This misty gem is the perfect cool down after a warm summer day. Remember to keep it in your fridge and use throughout the day to feel refreshed and re-energized!

Ingredients:
- ¾ cup coconut water (I prefer Obrigado!)
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/2 small cucumber, sliced and chopped finely
- 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:
- Combine the coconut water, aloe vera, and essential oil in a small spray bottle and shake until the contents are thoroughly mixed.
- Add fresh cucumber pieces to the bottle.
- Shake, spray, and walk away. Enjoy the instant zen!

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Orange Creamsicle Body Butter

Reawaken your sun-kissed skin with this citrusy, creamy delight! Apply all over your body to show your skin some *extra* lovin’ after those long sunny days.  

Ingredients:
- ½ cup shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
- 7 drops of orange essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
- 7 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions: 
- Add the shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler on low heat and stir until melted. 
- Pour mixture into a small glass bowl and allow to cool until about 75% solidified. You can speed up this process by putting the bowl in the fridge for about an hour.
- Add the essential oils to the cooled cream and whip by hand or with a hand mixer until the combination is light and fluffy.
- Apply to clean skin and feel the instant, moisturizing benefits! 

Optional: 
If your skin tends to be more oily, try adding a few pinches of arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to the mixture before blending to avoid that greasy feeling!

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beauty skincare MINDBODY
Orange Creamsicle Body Butter

Reawaken your sun-kissed skin with this citrusy, creamy delight! Apply all over your body to show your skin some *extra* lovin’ after those long sunny days.  

Ingredients:
- ½ cup shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
- 7 drops of orange essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
- 7 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions: 
- Add the shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler on low heat and stir until melted. 
- Pour mixture into a small glass bowl and allow to cool until about 75% solidified. You can speed up this process by putting the bowl in the fridge for about an hour.
- Add the essential oils to the cooled cream and whip by hand or with a hand mixer until the combination is light and fluffy.
- Apply to clean skin and feel the instant, moisturizing benefits! 

Optional: 
If your skin tends to be more oily, try adding a few pinches of arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to the mixture before blending to avoid that greasy feeling!

Sunny Day Leave-in Conditioning Spray

Sunshine + sea salt = split ends. No thank you! Break the dead-end cycle by throwing this must-have staple into your bag and try spraying it on your ends when they need a little pick-me-up. These three simple ingredients will leave your hair feeling soft and hydrated.

Ingredients:
1 cup distilled water
2 ounces of your favorite conditioner (I’m all about Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner)
2 ounces melted coconut oil

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients inside a recycled spray bottle and shake it up. Yep, it’s that easy! 

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Sunny Day Leave-in Conditioning Spray

Sunshine + sea salt = split ends. No thank you! Break the dead-end cycle by throwing this must-have staple into your bag and try spraying it on your ends when they need a little pick-me-up. These three simple ingredients will leave your hair feeling soft and hydrated.

Ingredients:
1 cup distilled water
2 ounces of your favorite conditioner (I’m all about Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner)
2 ounces melted coconut oil

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients inside a recycled spray bottle and shake it up. Yep, it’s that easy! 

Reut Golan MINDBODY
Written by
Reut Golan
Contributor
About the author
Reut is a student, intern, and most importantly, a dog mom. When she’s not balancing all these roles, she’s rereading Harry Potter and doodling in her sketchbook. Catch her sipping a complicated order at your local coffee shop or walking around the neighborhood with her good boy, Bondi.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).