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Although we don’t actually need an excuse to celebrate the wonderful women and moms (or mom-type figures) in our lives, Mother’s Day is a great reminder to do just that.
This year, skip the go-to “flowers and a card” and give her the gift of wellness. Whether she wants to meditate on the mat, step up her weekly workouts, or feel trendier at the gym, these Mother’s Day presents will show her you’re all about supporting her goals for a healthy, positive life. Check out our list of inspired picks for wellness-loving moms of all ages!
At class or at home, this mat from Manduka will definitely elevate her practice, no matter her yoga flow. Lightweight and sweat-resistant (perfect for hot yoga!), this is a great gift for eco-friendly moms looking for a stylish, long-lasting, sustainable option.
For the mom trying to add more zen to her space, this diffuser from Saje creates a soothing atmosphere using the natural power of essential oils. Whether she loves lemon or needs calming vibes with a little lavender, help her cultivate positive energy naturally—wherever she may be.
Help mom curb that coffee intake and tap into the power of superfoods with a Mushroom Matcha mix from Four Sigmatic! From brewing a cup to start her day, sipping it in the afternoon to battle that mid-day slump, or even adding it into her delicious recipe of chocolate chip cookies, this tasty plant-based mix will leave her feeling balanced, calm, and ready to take on anything.
Give the gift of self-care and support her beauty routine with naturally soothing products from LATHER. Energize the senses and help you (and your mom) achieve the ultimate spa vibes with a Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist or a Revive & Thrive Awakening Balm. We guarantee she will feel ahh-mazing.
Whether she’s headed to Pilates or packing for yoga class, this classic tote from lululemon is an easy way to keep mom trendy and functional while storing anything she might need for her next workout. Plus, it’s the perfect great overnight bag for her quick weekend getaway!
Made for moms who are always on the move, these sleek and comfortable headphones from Jaybird are sure to support her active lifestyle. Built to endure all the elements, they deliver an unparalleled custom sound experience and are *super* easy to connect and recharge—especially for the moms who aren’t exactly tech-savvy.
As a fun reminder to hydrate, give your favorite gal the gift of H2O with a water bottle as bright as her personality! Perfect for at work or on-the-go, this bold pick from S’well is not only stylish but eco-friendly as well. Fun fact: the 25oz can hold an entire bottle of wine. Rosé all day, anyone?
Improve her yoga practice and wellness routine with these ridiculously comfy and super cute leggings! Complete with unique details and moisture-wicking properties to handle all the sweat (and errands), your mom will be unstoppable on the mat—and in life.
When she’s steppin’ out at the park or is planning a day at the beach, make sure her skin is protected from the sun with this weightless, mineral-based sunscreen from Kopari. Helping to shield against UVA, UVB, and blue (HEV) light rays, their sunscreen makes it easy for her to put her best face forward and always keep her skin protected.
Whether you want to treat your mom to a relaxing day at your favorite spa, book blowouts together, or spend quality time sweatin’ it out in cycling class, MINDBODY is a great gift for your mom— and you! You can easily book the workouts, wellness services, and beauty appointments she wants through the MINDBODY app or MINDBODY.io. Plus, you can purchase a gift card to her go-to studio or business so she can tap into self-care whenever her schedule allows.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.