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While it might seem like Thanksgiving is all about the delicious food, it’s also a time to practice an attitude of gratitude. From the best studios to classes and types of workouts they can’t live without, check out what our favorite fitness influencers are grateful for this season—and all year long!
Bootcamp made me feel like I belonged somewhere for the first time since my high school basketball days. I’m so thankful I found it when I did. It changed my body and my mindset on fitness and health, not to mention the post-workout feeling is incredible.
I'm so grateful for Yoga Vida and their incredible roster of teachers. Last summer, I enrolled in Yoga Vida's Intensive 200-hour teacher training, which was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After 30 days of non-stop learning and practice, I left with a new sense of confidence, amazing friends, and a fiery passion for sharing yoga with as many people as possible. Although I don't go to the Yoga Vida studios as frequently as I used to, it will always hold a very special place in my heart, and I'm so blessed to be part of their community.
I'm so grateful I discovered boxing, my current workout of choice! It makes me feel so strong, and my coaching sessions leave me feeling invigorated, with the added satisfaction knowing I can defend myself if I ever needed to. I'm actually training for my first fight at the moment!
Barre3 Henderson has truly become my safe place to explore, learn and grow into a stronger and more confident person. I have created such strong friendships with everyone that has walked through our studio door—thankful for my b3 tribe!
I'm thankful for yoga and the peace it brought into my life. After each class, I leave feeling completely renewed and refreshed. It's my workout of choice when I'm looking for more than just a sweat but rather a mind, body, and soul connection.
About four years ago, I was looking for a change and wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone. I went to my first pole fitness class and at first wasn’t sure, but I stuck with it, and it’s now one of my favourite past times. It taught me to value grace as well as strength, be creative and not take myself too seriously. I can’t recommend it enough!
I'm grateful for Megan Roup's class at Studio B in NYC. She really helped me look at fitness as a fun activity and not as a task or something I "have to do." Her classes are full of energy, hard work and always a good time. Another OG studio I love is Physique57, one of the first places I tried in my area! Not only am I thankful for their attentive instructors and intimate classes, but their new Chelsea location is also stunning.
Earlier this year I became a yoga instructor at one of my favourite studios in Covent Garden. Since it opened two years ago, I’ve taken various classes and immediately felt like part of the family. Now, I’m honoured to lay down my mat four times a week and teach. Thanks to this practice, the people I come into contact with have a daily positive impact on my life, and it's taught me to be kinder to myself—on and off the mat— something that I struggled with up until now.
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.