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Ready to test your limits in an outdoor HIIT class, try out a silent meditation, or down dog next to your pup? We've got all that and more in our latest roundup of LA health and fitness events that you don't want to miss.
Take some time for yourself during this restorative, day-long wellness retreat. Going down at a picturesque home in Venice, you'll start the morning with coffee and a supplements bar before diving into a full schedule of curated activities, including yoga, meditation, and cold immersions, with a few surprises along the way. It all wraps up with a multi-course, all-organic dinner with your new friends. Sound like your kind of experience? Snag your ticket — spots are limited.
Join your fellow runners for this scenic trail run complete with quintessential LA sights. You'll sweat it out on an 8k or 12k course through Griffith Park with views of downtown, the Observatory, and the Hollywood Sign to carry you through the muscle burn.
Olympic boxing coach and former fighter Cary Williams is teaching a 45-minute class at 2XU Century City, where you can truly train with the pros. Did we mention it's free as part of the store's Master Trainer series? See you at the heavy bag.
In addition to the awesome benefits of a heated practice, this energizing flow at Modo Yoga West will end with one lucky yogi leaving with some sweet OV gear. If that's not a reason to get up for a morning workout, we don't know what is!
Head to Sweaty Equity Fitness for an immersive silent disco yoga session followed by a mindful meditation and wellness-focused discussion. Headsets are provided; all you have to do is bring your mat, water bottle, and a positive attitude. All levels welcome!
Goat yoga was so last year. Now, it's all about puppy yoga! Head to Laughing Frog Yoga for a class filled with six or so puppies, as well as a few foster pups who are looking for a forever home. Come for the yoga, leave with a furry friend.
Grab a workout buddy and sweat it out during this full-body circuit training class focused on building strength and endurance. Stick around after to refuel with a post-workout shake.
Leave it on the mat during this sun-soaked, all-levels yoga class on the deck of Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles. Hang out post-sweat for brunch and mingling with your fellow yogis, plus the chance to shop your favorite fitness and wellness brands.
The Fit Girl Club LA is at it again, this time, partnering with Sweat Yoga Little Tokyo to bring you a fun-filled afternoon of yoga and networking. Unroll your mat for an energizing flow, followed by complimentary healthy snacks and drinks, along with 20% off retail from Sweat, Vuori, Beyond Yoga, and Onzie.
If you enjoy working out and coffee, then join Outdoor Voices LA for a morning jogging club meetup in Venice. Start with a two-to-three-mile run, then head back to Bluestone Lane on Rose Ave. for a free cup of joe and half-priced avo toast.
Join the Fitbit Local team at Echo Park Lake for an all-levels bootcamp workout and followed by a rejuvenating yoga flow. Listen for the name of the giveaway winner of the free Fitbit (fingers crossed!) while drinking some coconut water post-sweat.
Runstreet and Athleta LA are teaming up to bring us the first-ever LA Art Run. You'll sweat it out on a scenic, 5k course along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, pass by some of the area's well-known street art and murals, and make a few well-timed stops for photo ops. Hang out after for giveaways and a photo contest.
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.