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LA’s wellness scene has never been better. But with so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. That’s where we come in. Consider this your official guide to all the latest and greatest health and fitness happenings going down in the city.
Let the countdown begin! We’re psyched to share that local boutique boxing studio BoxUnion is opening a new location in Sherman Oaks. The expansion marks their third area studio, and while details are still sparse, we’re sure you can expect the same high-intensity, beats-based workouts that have made them an LA favorite. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.
It’s no secret that plant-based eateries are growing in number, and Plant Power Fast Food is no exception. The vegan chain is taking over a former Carl’s Jr. location in Fountain Valley, opening its third LA-area digs in 2020. From The Big Zac burger to their perfectly-crispy ‘chicken’ nuggets, dairy-free milkshakes, and breakfast bites, the new spot will be slinging all your favorites. Not in the neighborhood? Check out their other restaurants in Long Beach and Redlands.
Four locations are better than three and local climbing gym Sender One Climbing Gym thinks so, too. That’s why they’re not stopping with the opening of their first bouldering-only facility in Playa Vista in 2020. Nope, they plan to continue expanding, eyeing a second bouldering gym (and their fourth location) in Westwood Village in 2021. We know — we’re also stoked.
Spread the news — Remedy Place, a new social wellness center in WeHo, is officially open! Stop by and treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury self-care. We're talking meditation sessions, a cryotherapy chamber, infrared sauna, IV drips, healthy eats, and more. It has everything you need to live a balanced life.
The truly one-of-a-kind fitness studio PLATEFIT is now officially open in Venice, and we couldn’t be happier! The location marks their fifth in the area, so you can now hit up their muscle-burning Power Plate and interval-focused classes all across LA (well, almost). Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own any, they’ve got you.
Matthew Kenney has been quietly taking over LA, and his newest spot just opened in Long Beach. Introducing Hungry Angelina, a lunch and brunch concept (we’ve heard dinner may be in the works) whipping up a variety of delicious, unsuspectingly plant-based, dishes. From sushi to flatbreads, burgers, and bao buns, plus an incredible selection of handcrafted cocktails, there’s a flavor for every taste.
Start perfecting your headbang, Fitt fam. Plant-based pop-up The Vegan Hooligans has landed a permanent space in DTLA. That’s right — our go-to spot for vegan burgers, wings, sandwiches, and shakes recently announced they’re planning to open a brick-and-mortar diner and they’re revamping their menu in preparation. So, get ready for tons of punk music and new breakfast items, along with a few classics, like their mouth-watering crunchwraps and Hooligan Melts.
Get ready to sweat and sculpt because a brand new fitness studio has opened on the east side. Introducing Made By Pilates in Highland Park, a bright and airy boutique space featuring muscle-burning, Reformer-based Pilates classes. Reserve your spot and welcome this local business!
Kreation Organic Juicery, our go-to for inventive concoctions, good-for-you snacks, and more, just went live with their avocado toast bar for all you #avoholics out there. Stop by and sink your teeth into crunchy innovations, like the Greek Goddess, the Papi Chulo, and—our favorite—the Kreate Your Own, piled high with all sorts of delicious ingredients. It’s currently available at their new La Cienega location, but will be coming soon to Kreations around town!
Prepare to move and groove your way through your sweat session because 305 Fitness classes have landed at Studio B by Bandier in WeHo. Instructors Tom Feeney and Divinity Gaines are ready to help you start your day feeling your best with their dance-cardio workout party. Check out the schedule to try out the new addition for yourself!
A beloved restaurant group has opened a new health-conscious concept in Los Feliz: Kismet Rotisserie. The third location in the Kismet fam, the dine-in and takeaway spot features a mouthwatering menu of roasted chicken dishes, salads, spreads, dips, pitas, and all sorts of veggies (we’re looking at you, turmeric cauliflower). And if you’re feeding the whole crew, they also offer a chicken party pack.
Alright, Brentwood, we hope you’re ready to upgrade your avo toast game because Bluestone Lane’s latest location has arrived. Situated in the Wells Fargo building on the corner of San Vincente and Wilshire boulevards, the new cafe is serving up the same quality coffee, wellness-inspired drinks (hey, beet latte), and healthy brunch bites the brand is known for — all with a side of friendly, Aussie vibes, of course.
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.