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Beauty
Published Tuesday Apr 16, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Make Your Glam Green with These 5 Must-Have Beauty Products  

Beauty
Skincare
Salon

Looking to dabble in the world of all things eco-friendly? Test out these five tried-and-true beauty products we love that are killing the green game! 


Get that green glow 

Want less shadow and more glow? Light up your eyes with Glossier’s Lidstar! Making waves in the world of eco-beauty, Glossier is a sustainable brand with a focus on style. Not only are their products perfectly primed for all skin types, but they are also paraben-free, hypoallergenic and they would never dream of testing on animals. Plus, if Beyonce wears it on the red carpet no questions asked. 

 

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Credit: Lush
 
Guilt-free bath bomb bliss 

Bath bombs are all the craze lately, but are you checking out the ingredients that go into a product you’ll literally be soaking in? Leave the guilt outside of the bathtub with the Green Coconut Lush Jelly Bomb! Bask in the tropical scent and feel your skin soften with mineral-rich seaweed extract. Vacation, anyone? 

 

Mario Badescu
Credit: Mario Badescu Blog 
 
Freshen up your face 

Skin-care junkies know of the magic that is Mario Badescu, but if you’re a newbie to all-natural products, this Facial Spray is where it’s at. Whether you spritz your go-to sponge before blending or want to give your makeup a dewy finish, test out this cooling facial mist infused with cucumber, peppermint, and a boost of green tea hydration! 

 
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All-natural nails 

Named after the goddess of pop herself, Julep’s Cher incorporates Oxygen Technology, helping your nail beds breathe and stay beautiful. Vegan-friendly with antioxidant green coffee extract, keep your nails shimmering with this emerald polish. 

 

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Credit: SKINFOOD
 
Hardcore healthy hair 

Striving for silky smooth locks? Add a little avo to your strands with SKINFOOD’s Avocado Rich Leave-In Fluid! This intensive treatment uses avocado oil to nourish and moisturize dry, damaged hair–leaving you feeling like the guac star you truly are. 

 
Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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).