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How and Why I Decided to Simplify My Skincare Routine
Beauty
Published Monday Sep 03, 2018 by Brittany Raine

How (and Why) I Decided to Simplify My Skincare Routine

Beauty
Skincare

For as long as I can remember, keeping my skin clear, clean, and blemish-free took minimal effort. I slept with makeup on one too many times (eek!) and used whatever drugstore product fit my budget. Then, I got my first big job post-college and proceeded to buy every glamorous skincare product at Sephora known to woman. 

Now, with a cabinet full of trendy once-used products and that oh-so-random adult acne my mother warned me about, it took a few too many inopportune post-thirty breakouts for me to realize my questionable skincare “routine” really sucked. I grew up, but my skincare didn’t—and that became obvious (thanks to that zit in the middle of my face at a company-wide presentation). 

After taking a deeper look at the products I was using, I did some research (thanks to Reddit’s SkincareAddiction) and decided to bring it back to basics, reinventing my skincare routine from start to finish. Serums, face masks and exfoliants aside, here’s my battle-tested baseline for simplified skincare—plus a few go-to products that are helping me save face, every day. 

 

Wash your face twice a day.

It’s not a revolutionary concept: washing your face removes dirt, grime, and excess oil, while minimizing shine and keeping your pores clog-free. But are you cleansing your face in the morning and at night? I wasn’t. I thought going to bed with a fresh face meant waking up with one. Remember to start your day with a clean canvas because your skin can accumulate a disturbing amount of bacteria while you sleep. 

My Pick: Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk
This Indie cult-favorite brand is rocking the mainstream skincare world, and I am obsessed with their gentle cleanser. It keeps my sensitive skin soft and smooth, without stripping my face of moisture like many foaming cleansers

 

Really remove all of your makeup.

I am a full face makeup kind of gal. While I love experimenting with new products (especially eyeshadow), not all makeup removes the same, and not every cleanser can get that liquid cat-eye off. Instead of opting for wipes, I’ve gone the micellar water and cotton ball route. My skin has never been so happy.

My Pick: L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water
Just call this liquid magic. My waterproof mascara has nothing on this cleansing water. With moisturizing properties you don’t have to wash off, your skin will always be extra hydrated and 100% makeup-free. 




The more moisturizer, the better. 

The hunt for the *perfect* face moisturizer is a never-ending quest. But after trying almost every product on the beauty store shelf, I’ve finally found two that are helping me fight wrinkles while hydrating my skin without a sign of greasy residue. 

My Picks: Stratia Liquid Gold
Yes, I have already pledged allegiance to one of their other products, but what can I say? I’m all about Stratia. I mean this brand sold out in three hours for good reason. Just a pump of this lightweight moisturizer, and my skin feels instantly extra luminous, even under my foundation. 
L'Oréal Paris Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream 
Ok, now that I’ve accepted I’m in the over 30 club, I am doing everything “natural” to fight wrinkles and reverse the sun damage done in my teenage years. This cream is rich in natural collagen and, after a few weeks, I already started to feel a healing difference. Though it’s for day and night, I prefer this cream before bed.  




Always have a skin pick-me-up on hand.

With work (and life) comes stress. With the strain of a busy schedule, my skin tends to get dehydrated and tight throughout the day. Since I can’t go home when the going gets tough and slap on a watermelon face mask, thanks to my friend and coworker, Keana, I’ve adopted a new habit—carrying a little skin refreshing spray with me, no matter where I go.

My Pick: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater
Made with herbal extracts and rosewater, misting your face with this spray is just like an insta-spa. Giving you a dewy luminosity that makeup artists swear by, one spritz will hydrate and illuminate your skin.  
 

 

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.