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While some may say “beauty is pain,” it shouldn’t be for Mother Earth. Something as small as buying stainless-steel razors instead of the plastic disposable ones can make a huge difference for your skin, and our precious planet.
Here’s our easy, go-to guide on looking fabulous while switching to a sustainable beauty routine. Your body and the environment—will thank you!
Whether it’s ditching the disposable razors for a long-lasting stainless-steel safety razor, wearing a more natural fragrance made of essential oils instead of perfume, or using a washcloth instead of swabs, small habits can play a much bigger role in a sustainable routine. Plus, you’ll save some money and reduce your impact!
It’s time to trade in your old school, animal-hair makeup brushes. Opt for an eco-friendly alternative when it comes to makeup application. Brushes crafted from sustainable materials—like bamboo—are not only cruelty-free, but synthetic bristles are less expensive and easier to wash.
Switching your everyday self-care items to ones that serve multiple purposes equals less waste for the environment and extra money in your pocket. Did you know a shampoo bar from Lush can last up to 80 washes? That’s around two to three bottles of its liquid counterpart! There are other brands that have bars for both your hair and body, so you only need one product in your shower. It’s eco- and travel-friendly!
In an average home, a normal shower lasts around 8 minutes and uses up over 17 gallons of water. Yikes! Want to conserve? Wash your face with a biodegradable, rinse-free facial wipe to gently exfoliate and remove buildup while using less water. If you’re seriously committed, shave two to three minutes off your shower time by setting a timer on your phone to hold yourself accountable.
What kind of polish you put on your nails matters. From bright corals to natural nudes, there are plenty of brands committed to creating non-toxic polish free of chemicals and additives. Try one of Base Coat’s plant-based 105 custom colors that are safe for your skin—and the Earth. Or shop the adorable Ella + Mila hues at Target for just $10 (every shade is chemical-free!).
What products are you using? Start making an impact through small, manageable lifestyle changes to your beauty routine that are cost-effective and help the planet!
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 fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
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.
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.
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.
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.