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natural self-tan tips
Beauty
Published Tuesday May 08, 2018 by Brittany Raine

Fun in the Sun: 7 of Our Favorite Products to Protect + Nourish Your Skin

Beauty
Skincare

If you’re finally shaking off those cold weather blues (thanks to the longest winter ever) and searching for some sunshine, you may want to think twice about what products you’re using on your skin before you get burned. 

Each May during Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I am reminded of the dangers surrounding the most common cancer in the United States. After all those regrettable college tanning bed sessions and seasonal sunburns, the young “I want to be tan” me has finally learned a valuable lesson: Love (and take care of) the skin you’re in.

Whether you’re outside on a hike, taking a walk through the park or spending a day at the beach, I’ve found seven of my favorite battle-tested products to help protect and nourish your skin—while still getting that healthy glow.  


FOR YOUR TIME IN THE SUN 
 
COOLA
Credit: COOLA 
 
1. COOL-A operator

COOLA® Liplux® SPF 30 Organic Lip Sunscreen


My lips can’t live without this vitamin-enriched balm. Non-sticky and easy to pack, it’s my must-have lip balm anytime I am in the sun.
Tip: Looking for a little pop of color but still want to protect your pucker? Use Liplux® as a base before slapping on your favorite lipstick or gloss.

 

neutrogena
Credit: Neutrogena 

 

2. It’s a sunscreen science
Neutrogena Dry-Touch Sheer Zinc SPF 30 Lotion 

Sick of greasy sunscreen that irritates your skin? This lotion is what you need, no matter how many hours you spend in the sun. A staple in my purse, beach bag, and car, this lightweight sunscreen is fragrance-free and features dry-touch technology so it's great on the go. 
Tip: The oil-free, ultra gentle, hypoallergenic formula makes it easy to apply to the face, especially under your makeup. No harsh residue here! 



 
Hempz
Credit: Hempz


3. Sun savior
Hempz After Sun Cooling Gel & Body Hydrator

Four words: Your skin will thank you. Paraben-free, gluten-free and 100% vegan, this gel will drench your sunkissed skin with soothing moisture. A few hours in the sun or a full day at the beach, this is a must for me post-shower.
Tip: I like to use this gel when my skin is super dry, even during the colder months when the heat is running. The formula leaves your skin feeling simply refreshed. 



 
Clarins
Credit: Amazon


4. Get a head start 
CLARINS Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Raise your hand if you forget about the top of your head when it comes to sun protection. While I have no problem lathering my body up with sunscreen, my center part gets no love. Not only does this non-greasy spray-on dry oil protect my scalp, I can also use it protect my hair—keeping it silky smooth all summer long. 
Tip: Though this spray is water-resistant, don’t forget to re-apply after swimming or spending time in the water. 

 
FOR THAT NATURAL GLOW 
 
Sephora Bronzer Powder
Credit: Sephora
 
5. Bronze medal
Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder


Keeping my face sun-free, this lightweight bronzer is my go-to makeup in the warmer months. With matte or shimmer finishes + shades to fit any skin tone, the sheer texture doesn't streak, blends seamlessly, and looks natural.  
Tip: After applying the bronzer to your cheekbones and face, dust a light layer of finishing powder to set your look. Revlon Photoready™ Translucent Finisher keeps me looking fresh, even on the hottest days. 


 
St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
Credit: St. Tropez Tan



6. Passing the self-tan test 
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse 

Time for a little truth: I’ve tried several at-home self-tan products and more times than not, it turns out bad. Like orange and streaky bad. That’s until I tried St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. With a non-sticky, fast-drying formula, this foamy mousse is made for easy, even application.
Tip: Shower, shave and moisturize the night before so your skin is as silky as possible for an even self-tan application. Remember to moisturize typically dry areas—wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, etc—becasue dry skin can cause a patchy self-tan.  
 


 
Josie Maran Argan Oil
Credit: Josie Maran Cosmetics

 

7. You glow girl!
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Illuminizing Body Butter

Made with 100% Pure Argan Oil, this sublime body butter is like insta-glow for dry and dull skin. With a subtle shimmer and light Vanilla Peach scent, this moisturizer will give you the radiance you want, while improving texture and softness. 
Tip: Gently exfoliate before application. For best results, I like to apply this body butter when my skin is slightly damp after showering for maximum illuminating moisturization. 


This summer, achieve the radiance you desire without those harmful UV rays. Get your glow on while keeping your skin healthy and happy all sun season long. 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.