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As 2017 fades into the rearview mirror, I once again find myself staring at a proverbial blank slate—OK, a Google doc—with that recurring, possibly life-changing question: “What do I hope to accomplish in this new year?” Of course, I want to workout more. Eat less sugar. Be more patient (I’m a Leo, so that can be hard). But what about trying something totally new? What about the little things?
Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole resolution idea.
This year, I’ve established six “resolutions” based on continual positive empowerment and self-improvement. Goals that bring me back to basics. Actionable items that challenge my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Things that encourage me to try—and stick—to something new. Hopefully, my list (and tips) will inspire you to reevaluate your goals and achieve new ones. Are you ready to join me?
A thank you text is great. But in 2018, I am breaking out the pens, paper, and getting back to snail mail. The power of gratitude is proven to be good for the soul—and it’s almost guaranteed a thank you note will make someone's day. If Jimmy Fallon can do it, so can I.
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead and buy a pack (or two) of colorful thank you cards. Keep blank cards + stamps at home and work so you can write one quickly when the time is right.
It's time to put my mind where (hopefully) my muscles are as I get ready to focus on flying high. Aerial silks and hoops, anyone? Not only can I work my way up into the air with this great full-body workout, it also makes for some pretty awesome Insta-worthy images.
My Tips to Succeed: Make it your new happy hour! Recruit friends who will commit to trying aerial, so you can hold each other accountable. Use the MINDBODY app on iOS or Android to discover aerial studios and book classes in your area.
Do you find yourself snuggled into bed scrolling through social media and answering emails? I do. Way too much. And I wonder why I can’t sleep well. It’s time for me break the bedtime cell phone addiction. Ignoring my cell is not always easy, but I’m committing to unplugging at least one hour before bed.
My Tips to Succeed: There are many ways to fall asleep faster, but one of the most important has to do with putting down the phone. Don’t get under the covers until you are ready to commit to shut-eye (and that means not answering work messages). Also, if you charge your phone in your bedroom, plug it in out of arm's reach.
This fermented gut-healthy drink continues to be all the rage, and with kombucha becoming even more popular and craftier in 2018, my ‘booch’ budget is going to make me broke. With many easy-to-follow tutorials on the internet, I am prepared to become a kombucha brewer (warning, there might be some trial and error stories to follow!).
My Tips to Succeed: Save your glass bottles from your previous kombucha purchases and use them for your homemade concoctions. Also, experiment with different flavors and recipes—I’m currently all about the tropical taste of pineapple during these chilly winter months.
Yogis unite! This year I will l use my musical festival funds and put them towards a weekend of Zen—by myself. No social media. No texting. No distractions. I want to detach and be inspired by the energy of those around me. Plus, festivals like Wanderlust and Camp Yoga take place in numerous locations so one might be just a short drive or flight away! Organizers make you feel super welcome, no matter if you’re a newbie to the mat (like me!) or a seasoned vet.
My Tips to Succeed: Book sooner than later! Sometimes there are ticket price breaks for early booking. If your finances allow, travel to a festival location far from home and spend an extra day before or after the festival exploring the area—that's my plan!
If you’re like me, I tend to use my time off at work to go-go-go on vacation. In 2018, I’m saving some time for a “mental health day.” More and more employers are encouraging employees to take mental health days, and I think it’s a great idea. Find time to unplug—and get some fresh air!
My Tips to Succeed: Plan ahead when it comes to your workload so you can ensure your mental health day is all about YOU. And if you’re comfortable, let your coworkers know your intentions. Make sure you are taking your mental health day for the right reasons, though (not because you stayed out too late last night).
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.