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Published Wednesday Feb 05, 2020 by Mindbody Team

The Definitive Wellness Guide: Los Angeles, CA

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Ahh, Los Angeles. Home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is known as the place to be for those trying to make it in show-biz or live glamorous lives of palm trees, designer shopping, and Instagram-worthy food. It's been dubbed “playground to the stars,” so the chance of seeing someone famous (IRL or as a Walk of Fame star) is highly likely. This sprawling SoCal city is always popping—that's why it's so fun to live or visit there. Fashion designer Isabel Marant famously said it best: “In Los Angeles, you can have the city life and feel like you’re on holiday at the same time.”  

With so much glitz and glamour, it’s no secret that LA is one of the top places to go for beauty and wellness! But it isn’t all about being runway-ready; Los Angeles has so many diverse options to fit your unique lifestyle and definition of wellness. 

 

So what is wellness in Los Angeles? 

Located in the heart of sunny SoCal, LA is booming with opportunities for fitness and wellness lovers. Whether you want to grab a healthy bite after your morning cycling class, get celebrity-grade beauty services before your big event, or catch a sunset on the beautiful beaches in Malibu, you can find just about anything to fit your wellness routine in this famous city. 

 

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Fitness in Los Angeles 

If you’ve seen the Mindbody Wellness Index, you probably know that Los Angeles residents work out the most compared to other major US cities. 87% of people who live there work out at least once a week! This might be because they have tons of great studios to choose from. From calming yoga to heart-pumping dance fitness, LA’s got it all when it comes to fitness. 

 

PLATEFIT 

PLATEFIT combines cardiovascular and strength moves with vibration technology to increase metabolic burn and create lean, sculpted muscles. It’s 27 minutes of (good) vibrations to activate and transform your body! 

@platefit 

 

Bünda 

Half Stairmaster, half targeted resistance training, Bünda is designed to bring you your best body ever. They're all about efficiency and effectiveness—that’s why their workouts are built for the butt and legs, and the results will have you never looking back (except for selfies). 

@trainbunda 

 

Y7 Studio 

Y7 Studio is sweat drippin', beat bumpin', candlelit yoga. All studios are heated to 80-90 degrees using state-of-the-art infrared technology, which helps create a detoxifying sweat that stimulates blood circulation. In this music-driven practice, you will flow along to tracks ranging from A Tribe Called Quest to Cardi B. Classes are held in a dark, candlelit room with no mirrors to encourage you to turn your focus inward and explore your practice. 

@y7studio
 

Training Mate 

Classes at Training Mate are fun and fast-paced, designed to help keep you fit and motivated. You'll love this place from the minute you walk in! Their unique 45-minute circuit of high-intensity interval training combines intense training programs and cheeky humor to get you in the best shape of your life before you know it. 

@trainingmate

 

Hype 

Hype is multiple studios in one location: Spin, HIIT, LIT Strength Training, Cardio Pilates, Barre, Cardio Kickboxing, and Yoga. Their classes break the mold of LA's image-driven fitness culture to provide the ass-kicking you expect without the pretense. No cheating you with a fad or plateauing with the same routine every week. With their wide variety of cutting-edge classes, Hype is the perfect place to build a workout regimen that fits your body—and Hype's supportive community will help you stick with it! 

@hypesilverlake

 
Body by Simone 

Body By Simone is a boutique dance fitness studio where you can get your sweat on and build that oh-so-desirable dancer's body. Celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue has created an exclusive boutique environment where clients can feel comfortable and at ease while achieving the best possible results! 

@bbsstudio 

 

Modo Yoga 

There are three socially and environmentally conscious hot yoga studios that are part of the Modo Yoga family. We aim to collectively change the world one sweaty yoga class at a time. Modo Yoga is a form of hot yoga that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room. The series is a cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones and loosens the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress. 

@modoyogala 

 

Beauty in Los Angeles 

It’s where we’ve seen some of the biggest beauty trends take off—from hydra and LED facials to IV drips, lash lifts, and microneedling. It’s home to the Kardashians—the beauty trendsetters themselves—and pretty much any celebrity you can think of. If it’s related to beauty, you can find it in LA.  

 

Gamine Beauty 

Gamine Beauty is a salon located on the famous Sunset Boulevard. They offer many services, including hair cutting, coloring and styling, makeup, brow shaping, and more–anything to help you leave feeling more beautiful than ever. They also carry an assortment of products carefully curated to help meet your needs (while remaining mindful of toxicity, performance, and value). 

@gamine_beauty 

 

sugaringLA 

You may have heard of sugaring, an all-natural hair removal technique using sugar, lemon, and water rather than wax or laser treatments. SugaringLA promises to be clean and organic in every aspect of their business, from the formulas they use to what they clean their studios with. If you have sensitive skin, sugaringLA is the place to go for all your hair removal needs. They have three LA locations (and one in Carlsbad), so you have plenty to choose from! 

@sugaringla 

 

Blink Bar 

According to the MINDBODY Wellness Index, 45% of women and 24% of men want to try lash extensions. If you’re in that group, check out Blink Bar, an eyelash salon that exists to unapologetically uplift and empower women (or men!). They believe beauty is a feeling, not a look, and they want to help you achieve that feeling. Many celebs frequent their five locations across LA, so you know you're getting professional service. 

@theblinkbar 

 

bellacures 

If you’re looking for a mani/pedi, bellacures is the place to go. They offer a variety of nail services in six LA locations, including a Wake up! Coffee Manicure and Pedicure, including an Epsom salt soak, cooling eucalyptus gel, a minty clay mask, and more. They prioritize cleanliness in all their salons, cleansing all tools in a hospital-grade sterilization machine before each and every service. According to US Weekly, its clients include Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, and Demi Moore—we can all look camera-ready! 

@bellacures 

 

Doctor Refresh 

Doctor Refresh is a mobile IV hydration company, providing in-home infusions with essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. They offer Hair of the Dog hangover cures, Rocket Fuel energy boosts, Make Me Over beauty blends, and more to keep you healthy and hydrated. They’re a mobile service, which means they come to you in the Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills areas. You might have also seen them at Coachella 2019, preventing dehydration in the desert with their Coachella Recovery Infusion! 

@dr_refresh 

 

Vida Organic Wellness 

For anything else wellness-related, Vida Organic Wellness is your best bet. An organic boutique spa and herbal store in Seal Beach, Vida offers massage therapy, skincare, hair removal, airbrush spray tanning, and tone + sculpt therapies. Their specialties? Sculpt detox and lymphatic drainage techniques to reduce swelling and inflammation. Their herbal store carries beauty supplements, organic teas, healthy cooking items, and more. In short, if you want to try something new in wellness, this is the place to go! 

@vida_organic_wellness 

 

Best of LA

 

Healthy Eating in Los Angeles 

While Angelenos tend to work out the most, it's only natural that their city serves up some of the best healthy meals. Whether you eat vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or balanced, you’ll be sure to find plenty of delicious options in LA. 

 

Botanica 

Botanica is all about color and flavor, serving up vibrant, tasty meals with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, and grains. It’s a restaurant and market, so you can spend hours shopping and eating delicious food. They serve sustainably raised meat, but you won’t find any refined sugars or processed foods on the menu. 

@botanicafood 

 

The Butcher’s Daughter 

Owners of The Butcher’s Daughter refer to it as a “vegetable slaughterhouse," a plant-based restaurant, café, and juice bar on the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with a 100% vegetarian menu that changes daily based on what’s in season, with produce from local and organic farms. For a quicker meal, you can also visit their food truck on Venice Blvd, or book it for your next event! 

@thebutchersdaughter_official 

 

Flower Child 

Channel your inner flower child at this local eatery. Serving up healthy food made from fresh ingredients in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, Flower Child is the perfect place to grab a bite after a day of shopping at the Third Street Promenade or riding the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. They promise to nourish your mind, body, and soul, offering yoga mat parking, a beautiful interior, and sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. 

@eatflowerchild 

 

Tocaya Organica 

If you like fresh Mexican food, Tocaya Organica is the place for you. They offer a variety of healthy tacos, burritos, salads, bowls, and quesadillas in their own “modern Mexican” style. Of course, they offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and don’t compromise on taste. With pure, natural, and locally sourced ingredients, they serve only the freshest meals in their eleven Los Angeles locations. 

@tocayaorganica 

 

Sqirl  

A hip, minimalist café, Sqirl serves up global-inspired breakfast and lunch. They also make and sell their own delicious fruit jams to take home after your meal. From fancy breakfast toasts to seasonal lunch bowls, Sqirl is a unique eating experience you won’t want to miss. There’s only one location in East Hollywood, and it's definitely worth the trip.  

@sqirlla 

 

M Café  

M Café serves Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine, “a plant-focused way of eating and living emphasizes balance and joy, and celebrates the health of the body, the mind, and the planet.” They offer creative and nutritious dishes with Japanese flair and inspiration from cuisines around the world, using local, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients. Their menu is completely vegan with many gluten-free options. 

@welovemcafe 

  

Café Gratitude 

You may have seen Café Gratitude in our San Diego Wellness Guide, but its original location is in Venice Beach (and they have two other LA spots, too!). They say their food is prepared with love and is meant to make you feel grateful when you eat it. They provide high quality, nutrient-dense food from local farmers and celebrate Meatless Mondays to help reduce carbon emissions by offering half off select menu items. They’re all about health and wellness, and we’re all about them! 

@cafegratitude 

 

SunCafe 

Plant-based and dairy-free, SunCafe is a vegan paradise. It’s located in Studio City, just down the block from Hollywood, so you can see the sights and grab a bite after. They make almost everything from scratch, including their yummy vegan cheeses. And on Saturday mornings, they offer vegan cooking classes with the chef, so you can learn how to prepare and enjoy delicious, vegan meals at home.  

@suncafela 

 

Practicing Wellness in Los Angeles 

Wellness is not just about eating healthy and working out in fitness classes—it’s all-encompassing. You can contribute to your overall wellness in many ways, whether it’s watching a sunset, hearing some live music, or going for a beach run. Here are some ways you can practice wellness in LA! 

 

Hike the Hollywood Sign or Runyon Canyon 

If you’re in LA, this one’s a given—hike up to the Hollywood sign for a view of the city. If you’d like an even better photo-op, though, try Runyon Canyon, a nearby hike that’ll give you a full view of the sign rather than placing you right behind it. 

Check it out 

 

Run or bike ‘The Strand’ 

The famous Marvin Braude Bike Path, aka “The Strand,” runs all the way from Torrance to Pacific Palisades. It’s 22 miles long, and most of it is along the coast, so you’ll have stunning beach views as you get your sweat on. If you bike the entire route, you’ll see nine beaches, a harbor, and a marina—including the famous Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, Venice, and Santa Monica beaches.  

Choose your path 

  

See the stars at Griffith Observatory 

You’ve probably heard of this famous observatory or seen it in some Hollywood films—hello La La Land! Channel your inner Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and dance your way to the top to see some *stellar* views. 

Learn more 

 

See a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier 

If you’re in LA in the summertime, you can’t miss Twilight on the Pier. Every Wednesday night from 7-10 pm at the Santa Monica Pier, you can find art, comedy, games, food and drinks, and a free concert to celebrate emerging artists!  

Check the lineup 

 

Catch a wave in Malibu 

If you like to surf, it’s no secret that LA has some incredible beaches. Malibu, specifically, is home to the famous Zuma, Surfrider, and Topanga beaches. Whether you’re a surfing pro or want a beginner’s lesson, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for on the shores of Malibu. 

Find some more 

 

Bike the Palos Verdes Donut Loop 

If you’re a biker, you’ll love the Palos Verdes Donut Loop. With steep, winding inclines, this 24-mile ride isn’t for everyone, so if you’re not an experienced biker, stick to The Strand. But if you think you have what it takes, the views are totally worth the pain. You’ll ride through upscale neighborhoods and rolling hills with breathtaking ocean views, giving you the full picture of what LA has to offer. 

What you’ll see

 

Shop the Hollywood Farmer’s Market  

If you’re in LA on a Sunday morning, check out the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. Here you can shop for fruits and veggies and enjoy street performances, delicious treats, book signings, art, and more. Since 1991, this market has been serving the people of LA with fresh produce and smiles. From 8 am-1 pm rain or shine, you’ll want to check this out! 
 
Meet the vendors 

 

Go for a dip in the Malibu Creek Rock Pools 

A somewhat hidden gem in LA county, Malibu State Park is an oasis in the hills. Pack your sunscreen, towels, and snacks, and take the well-worth-it hike from the main parking lot to the rock pools. Get there early to avoid crowds, and don’t try any cliff jumping (you’ll get a ticket).

How to get there

 

Walk the Venice Canals 

If you want to experience Italy in SoCal, you’ve come to the right place. The Venice Canal Historical District was created in 1905, so you can do just that. Park your car and stroll through the neighborhoods, crossing footbridges, and watching canoers go by. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and really cool. And if you want to get some exercise or watch some serious talent, hit the famous Venice Beach Skate Park after! 

What to expect 

 

We know we didn’t cover it all... because how could we? Whether you’re a weekend visitor or a lifetime resident, you’ll always have more to discover in this sprawling city. With tons of fitness studios, celebrity favorite beauty salons, and endless outdoor activities, LA is the perfect destination for all things wellness. And if this guide just isn’t enough for you, browse the Mindbody app for more studios, salons, and spas. Bet you can’t hit them all! 

Now get out there and start checking things off your list (because you clearly have lots to do now), and use #MBLosAngelesWellness on social while you’re at it!  

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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

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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.  


But first, protect

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. 


Yoga / Walking 

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 

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! 


Hiking 

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. 


Cycling/ Running 

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.  


Workout done, now what? 

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.

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Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.