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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.
intuitive eating tips
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 22, 2019 by Connie Weissmuller

5 Things You Might Not Know About Intuitive Eating

Nutrition
Food
Expert Advice

Intuitive eating is an approach to eating that has nothing to do with diets, “lifestyle changes,” cleanses, or anything of the sort. It is a powerful way of giving trust and peace back to your body and mind, likely after a time of giving that trust up to external means of control such as using apps to count calories and steps, or intentionally trying to manipulate your body size. 

Intuitive eating, in its truest sense, is supportive of one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. However, as diet and wellness culture have co-opted the term, there has been some misinformation that actually isn’t in line with intuitive eating at all. As a Registered Dietitian and nutrition expert, I’m here to hopefully clear up some blurry lines and share with you some ways to get accurate information about intuitive eating.

If you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a means for intentional weight loss—run!

Here’s the thing; intuitive eating isn’t used for weight loss. Weight change may be an outcome of intuitive eating, but we have no idea whether that means an increase, decrease, or no change in weight. If someone is promoting intuitive eating as an explicit weight loss, slim down, or detox strategythat’s a red flag.

This is why many intuitive eating informed dietitians, counselors, and therapists suggest ditching the scale. The scale doesn’t tell you how well you are eating intuitively, and it certainly doesn’t give you helpful information regarding your health. At the end of the day, intuitive eating helps you move towards a healthy weight that is right for you. That’s also called your set point weight. It’s different for everyone. Intuitive eating is the nutrition paradigm supported by the larger paradigm of Health At Every Size, which respects body diversity, challenges scientific and cultural assumptions related to body size, and encourages finding joy in moving one’s body. There’s so much nuance, which is why there is value in working with a professional well-versed in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size

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If you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a means for intentional weight loss—run!

Here’s the thing; intuitive eating isn’t used for weight loss. Weight change may be an outcome of intuitive eating, but we have no idea whether that means an increase, decrease, or no change in weight. If someone is promoting intuitive eating as an explicit weight loss, slim down, or detox strategythat’s a red flag.

This is why many intuitive eating informed dietitians, counselors, and therapists suggest ditching the scale. The scale doesn’t tell you how well you are eating intuitively, and it certainly doesn’t give you helpful information regarding your health. At the end of the day, intuitive eating helps you move towards a healthy weight that is right for you. That’s also called your set point weight. It’s different for everyone. Intuitive eating is the nutrition paradigm supported by the larger paradigm of Health At Every Size, which respects body diversity, challenges scientific and cultural assumptions related to body size, and encourages finding joy in moving one’s body. There’s so much nuance, which is why there is value in working with a professional well-versed in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size

It’s not just the hunger and fullness diet; there is so much nuance!

Often times, intuitive eating gets the most attention from “honoring hunger and fullness,” which is a huge part of intuitive eating, however; it’s not that simple. There are plenty of instances I can think of within myself, or with my clients in eating disorder and chronic dieting recovery, where you simply don’t get appropriate hunger and fullness cues.

Your body sends amazing signals when it needs nourishment, yet the culture we live in tells us that those innate signals can't be trusted. This can lead to diminished hunger and fullness cues from dieting, skipping meals, or following the bogus rule of no eating after 7 pm. This is where working with a professional to gain back appropriate cues is helpful. 

Sometimes we have to eat when we aren't hungry just for the simple reason that we need energy and nourishment. This can be uncomfortable. For example, before exams and presentations, while I was in school, I had no appetite, but I knew that my brain needed fuel. I practiced the gentle nutrition piece of intuitive eating and ate anyways to perform my best academically. This is just one example where it’s not merely honoring hunger and fullness. 

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It’s not just the hunger and fullness diet; there is so much nuance!

Often times, intuitive eating gets the most attention from “honoring hunger and fullness,” which is a huge part of intuitive eating, however; it’s not that simple. There are plenty of instances I can think of within myself, or with my clients in eating disorder and chronic dieting recovery, where you simply don’t get appropriate hunger and fullness cues.

Your body sends amazing signals when it needs nourishment, yet the culture we live in tells us that those innate signals can't be trusted. This can lead to diminished hunger and fullness cues from dieting, skipping meals, or following the bogus rule of no eating after 7 pm. This is where working with a professional to gain back appropriate cues is helpful. 

Sometimes we have to eat when we aren't hungry just for the simple reason that we need energy and nourishment. This can be uncomfortable. For example, before exams and presentations, while I was in school, I had no appetite, but I knew that my brain needed fuel. I practiced the gentle nutrition piece of intuitive eating and ate anyways to perform my best academically. This is just one example where it’s not merely honoring hunger and fullness. 

It’s not just about eating donuts all day.

Another common misconception is that intuitive eating is all about fun food all the time. The truth is that yes, in order to make peace with all foods, there’s often a “honeymoon” phase, if you will, with certain foods that have been off-limits. Those foods are typically deemed “bad” in our culture, so that’s why you might see more photos of those on Instagram to normalize them. After that honeymoon phase, all foods are fair game, and there’s eventually a great balance in the diet of fuel food and fun foods. Fun foods, like donuts, get old after a while when there are no restrictions (mental or physical) around them, so that’s why intuitive eaters have no moral dilemma when presented with a donut. They eat it, or they don’t because they know that donuts are fair game whenever the craving hits. 

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It’s not just about eating donuts all day.

Another common misconception is that intuitive eating is all about fun food all the time. The truth is that yes, in order to make peace with all foods, there’s often a “honeymoon” phase, if you will, with certain foods that have been off-limits. Those foods are typically deemed “bad” in our culture, so that’s why you might see more photos of those on Instagram to normalize them. After that honeymoon phase, all foods are fair game, and there’s eventually a great balance in the diet of fuel food and fun foods. Fun foods, like donuts, get old after a while when there are no restrictions (mental or physical) around them, so that’s why intuitive eaters have no moral dilemma when presented with a donut. They eat it, or they don’t because they know that donuts are fair game whenever the craving hits. 

It’s a process, and it takes time.

The last big misconception is the notion that you can become an intuitive eater overnight. Tapping back into your body’s innate intuitive nature takes time. Just learning to re-trust my fullness cues took me what I think was about half a year. Finding joy and peace in moving my body took so much longer after years of using exercise as punishment or to manipulate my body shape and size. It takes time to release the mental rules and rigidity around eating. It takes time for your body shape and size to fall at the range that’s right for you. It takes time to appreciate size diversity and maybe even grieve the loss of the body you had when dieting or restricting. This process can take years, and it’s imperative to give yourself a whole lot of self-compassion and grace, because you are surrounded by a culture that tells you dieting is the norm. It’s hard to swim upstream, but I promise you, it’s a lot more peaceful than living in diet culture. 

Feel free to follow and reach out to me on Instagram at @constancelyeating or if you would like to work with me in-person in Denver, or virtually, check out Nourished With Hannah to learn more about Hannah and me! 
 

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It’s a process, and it takes time.

The last big misconception is the notion that you can become an intuitive eater overnight. Tapping back into your body’s innate intuitive nature takes time. Just learning to re-trust my fullness cues took me what I think was about half a year. Finding joy and peace in moving my body took so much longer after years of using exercise as punishment or to manipulate my body shape and size. It takes time to release the mental rules and rigidity around eating. It takes time for your body shape and size to fall at the range that’s right for you. It takes time to appreciate size diversity and maybe even grieve the loss of the body you had when dieting or restricting. This process can take years, and it’s imperative to give yourself a whole lot of self-compassion and grace, because you are surrounded by a culture that tells you dieting is the norm. It’s hard to swim upstream, but I promise you, it’s a lot more peaceful than living in diet culture. 

Feel free to follow and reach out to me on Instagram at @constancelyeating or if you would like to work with me in-person in Denver, or virtually, check out Nourished With Hannah to learn more about Hannah and me! 
 

Connie Weissmuller MINDBODY
Written by
Connie Weissmuller
Registered Dietitian
About the author
A registered dietitian who loves helping people achieve food and body freedom, Connie specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, intuitive eating, and body image from a Health At Every Size lens. Working with clients to overcome food and body struggles, she is all about giving you the tools you need to find what healthy means to you.