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Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, cleaning, and making space for the good things in life to shine. Well guess what, this applies to your skin as well as your home; all it takes is 3 steps and 15-minutes: (1) cleanse (the dirt and oil with the cleanser), (2) renew (deep into the pores with the mask), and (3) glow (with moisturized, fresh skin).
Ah yes, that moment you wash your face after an exhilarating workout or at the start of a new day. It’s that bright-eyed, ready-to-conquer-anything kind of feeling.
Dermatologist Dr. B. explains that cleaning your skin daily is critical to remove oil, dust, grime, allergens, and bacteria to prevent your skin from getting infected or breaking out.” Did you know that bacteria feed on fatty acids? This includes the oil on your skin. Gross! And when bacteria clogs your pores, breakouts appear. Having clean skin isn’t only great for that fresh feeling, but also for keeping your face healthy and your pores bacteria-free.
Dr. B. reminds us, “Just as important as using enough soap is using the right soap, one that will completely remove oil, dirt, and make-up.” However, he cautions not to scrub the skin too hard or use scrubs with beads or sugars. These can irritate, scratch, or even scar the skin. Instead, he says, use your hands or a soft cloth, and use more soap rather than more scrubbing. When you’re doing your daily clean, use a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Dermatologist’s Choice pH Balanced Cleanser.
One of the most important times to clean your face is after working out, and this cleanser is great for all skin types. For oily skin, wash more often.. For dry skin, wash less (but still at least daily and after workouts). It varies for each person, and nobody knows your face better than you. For an even deeper cleanse, especially if you have oily skin, you can use the Purifying Facial Toner or Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to your routine. Cleansing the skin will open up your pores and sweat glands. When the skin is clean, other revitalizing treatments can penetrate deeper to work at their best.
And did you know this cleansing is not just for your face? You can use this creamy and gentle pH Balanced Cleanser on your whole body to wash away impurities, balance pH, and soothe irritants without stripping natural oils. Use it on your “high sweat” areas, such as your shoulders, back, or chest. It can be a nice alternative to the typical bar of soap or body washes. Dr. B recommends “Cleanse your skin so that the natural pH will be effective at protecting the skin. Don’t compromise when cleaning your skin. Give it the thorough clean it needs for optimal skin health.”
When it comes to spring cleaning your home, sometimes a little extra strength is required to get that desirable deep clean shine. The same thing happens with your skin. Reach deep into your pores by using a clinical-grade Deep Cleansing Facial Mask with next-level purifying natural ingredients such as glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. In 10 minutes or less, the clay-based facial mask extracts impurities from the pores and decreases inflammation, redness, and fine lines. Dr. B always reminds us that feeling a little tingle when you apply the mask is a good thing… it means the AHAs and BHAs are working! Remember—no tingle, no results.
Once the skin is properly cleansed and renewed,, moisturizing it with glycolic acid cream will hydrate and give it that fresh face glow. Adding a moisturizer with glycolic acid in the formulation causes the skin to continue the natural cell turnover process long after you put it on and step out into the world. It can give you the health and life of your skin back, even if overtime sun, acne, or fine lines cause damage. Here’s one last tidbit to keep in mind: make sure the glycolic is non-neutralized. Tingle means the glycolic is working, and if you don’t feel the tingle it probably means your face is oily or the glycolic is neutralized. The Dermatologist’s Choice Facial Enhancement Cream contains only non-neutralized glycolic, so you can be sure you’ll always get that fresh, bright tingle that leads to glowing, radiant skin.
Just like spring cleaning your house means surface cleaning, deep cleaning, and shining, spring cleaning your skin follows the same pattern. And just like with your house, treating your skin the same way can leave your skin looking brighter, clearer, and more balanced into the summer and beyond.
Bonus: DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance. Their products are certified cruelty-free and formulated with natural and organic ingredients—and they actually work. Talk about a win-win!
If you’re a commitment-phobe like me, you probably understand the stress of searching for the perfect gym or studio membership. When offices were open and I commuted to and from work, I especially struggled. Do I find a studio near work or home? If it’s near my office, I can go after work, but what about weekends? I don’t want to do that commute when I don’t have to!
Then, add on the fitness type decision and try not to let your head explode. What if I get bored of cycling and want to try something else? What if I get super sore after HIIT and need a yoga class? Do I need to become a member at multiple locations?
Maybe this is just a me problem... but I don’t think it is. I mean, that’s why the Mindbody app exists in the first place—so you can try out different classes and studios, commitment-free. Although it’d be nice if one membership could cover multiple fitness types, at some point, picking your favorite and committing just makes sense.
So, how do you choose the perfect gym membership for you?
What are you looking for in a gym, studio, or health club? What do you care most about? Is it a smaller, intimate workout setting with instructors who know you by name? A larger studio with tons of fitness classes throughout the day, so you can always find one to fit your schedule? What about the staff? Are there certain qualities you’re looking for in your instructors? Do you prefer soft encouragement while you exercise, or instructors who aren’t afraid to push you harder during training? Think about your routine. Do you prefer morning classes or evening? Are you looking for 30-minute, high-intensity classes you can squeeze in on your lunch break? Or longer, slower-paced classes to wind down after work? There are so many different factors that can affect your choice in studio, and with so many options, you can get pretty specific.
What do you want from a studio that you just aren’t quite satisfied with at home? Think about your fitness goals. Maybe you get your cardio in the form of running outside, and you need some help with strength training. Maybe you invested in a fully decked out weight room in your garage when COVID-19 hit, but now you’re looking for a yoga studio to help with recovery.
With all those options out there, it can be hard to even know where to start. So, asking yourself questions like these is a good first step.
When it comes to picking a monthly membership, of course, budget is important. Sit down with your spreadsheet, or app, or whatever the hell you use to budget your monthly spending and see what you can afford to shuffle around. Wellness is an investment, not just a one-time purchase, and weaving it into your monthly budget will help you prioritize it.
Once you’ve determined how much you’re willing to spend per month, decide if you want any of that to be left over for the occasional drop-in class. You may want to spend most of it on a membership but keep a little extra for those days you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new workout. Or maybe you’re a creature of habit, and you’re fine with just sticking to your favorite. That’s fine too! Just be sure to make those decisions early and factor them in while budgeting.
Lots of studios on Mindbody provide Intro Offers, or special deals for new clients only that allow you to try out some classes at a lower rate. For example, some studios (like VibeFlow yoga in San Diego) offer your first class free, and others give discounted rates for your first 2 weeks or a month. When I was looking for a yoga studio to join, I tried just about every Intro Offer in my area. It’s a great way to save money and try out local studios before committing. Plus, it got me out of my comfort zone! I got to try so many different types of yoga before deciding which I liked best. Every instructor, studio, and class is so unique and different—it’s fun to get a feel for all the different mini fitness communities within your own larger one.
For those that don’t have any new client deals, you can check to see if they have Last-Minute Offers. These are drop-in deals for one-time classes, that fluctuate in price depending on timing, number of spots left, etc. So basically, if there’s a class in your area that starts in an hour and still has several spots left, odds are, you’ll be able to join that class for a lower drop-in rate!
And if you’re not quite ready to head back into the studio—or if those in your area have not yet reopened—another great way to try before you buy is virtual classes. Many studios offer live stream and on demand workout classes on Mindbody, so you can get a feel for the classes and instructors from the comfort (and safety) of your home.
I know I told you to identify your needs in step one. Find out exactly what you’re looking for a studio to provide. But, when it comes to picking a membership, it’s important to be flexible (and I’m not just talking about your yoga class). While identifying your needs is a great first step to narrowing down your options, you may find that while trying out different studios, those needs totally change.
In my case, I thought I really wanted a membership to a hot yoga studio, but when I branched out and tried one that didn’t offer heated classes, I found a different kind of yoga environment I really enjoyed (and, of course, this made it really difficult to choose). On top of that, I was new to yoga and a little nervous about how I looked in class. I wanted a larger studio where I could hang in the back and try not to be noticed. But then, during my second or third week of class using an Intro Offer at a smaller studio, the man at the front desk greeted me by name, and my perspective totally changed. I went into class and laid out my mat in the front row, ready for the instructor to give me tips for improvement—and I’m better for it.
All of this to say, you never know what you’re going to find when it comes to trying new things. Have your list of wants and priorities, but don’t be afraid to tear it up and start over—and enjoy learning about yourself along the way.
So, if you’re ready to face your fear of commitment and settle down with your soulmate studio, now you have somewhere to start. Whether you’re trying to be more cost-effective, craving a community, or just need a good old-fashioned routine your life, a membership is a great way to consistently prioritize your wellness. Not only that, but you get the awesome benefit of joining a fitness community where you’ll see faces you recognize, meet some workout buddies, and be encouraged by instructors to keep improving in your practice. So where do I sign up?
Book classes on Mindbody to get started.