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Published Monday Jan 13, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Add These 7 Self-Care Apps to Your 2020 Wellness Routine

Yoga
Fitness
Meditation
Personal Growth

While our busy schedules don’t always allow for that daily yoga class we really need, we can’t forget to make our wellness a priority. Turns out, there’s an app for pretty much everything these days – meditation, mindfulness, and self-care, oh my. 

Whether it’s looking up healthy dinner recipes or streaming the perfect playlist for your morning run, our phones play a big part in our daily wellness. Here are some of our favorite apps to help you stay on track and lead a happier, healthier life. 

FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Shine 

Looking for some extra inspiration? Shine is the self-care app for you. With daily motivational texts that hype up your morning and a vast selection of self-improvement audio, it can help you to de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel good overall. (I have the app and these texts put a smile on my face before my dreaded daily commute). The app even has the Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio series that gets you deeper into a selected self-care topic. While the Daily Shine texts are free, a subscription to Mindful Moments costs $9.99/month. 

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FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Shine 

Looking for some extra inspiration? Shine is the self-care app for you. With daily motivational texts that hype up your morning and a vast selection of self-improvement audio, it can help you to de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel good overall. (I have the app and these texts put a smile on my face before my dreaded daily commute). The app even has the Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio series that gets you deeper into a selected self-care topic. While the Daily Shine texts are free, a subscription to Mindful Moments costs $9.99/month. 

FOR YOUR SAVASANA

MINDBODY 

It can be challenging to find time for ourselves on a busy schedule, but our MINDBODY app makes it easy to book what you love. Whether you’re in your neighborhood or traveling for work, book a fitness class or treat yourself to a manicure or massage in seconds. You deserve it, and now it’s simple to explore your self-care. 

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FOR YOUR SAVASANA

MINDBODY 

It can be challenging to find time for ourselves on a busy schedule, but our MINDBODY app makes it easy to book what you love. Whether you’re in your neighborhood or traveling for work, book a fitness class or treat yourself to a manicure or massage in seconds. You deserve it, and now it’s simple to explore your self-care. 

FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mend 

If you’re looking to heal your heart, Mend is an app that makes sure all those newly-single souls aren’t alone. With a self-care program, the app gives you day-by-day guidance while providing progress tracking, in-app journaling, and audio trainings from mental health and wellness experts. It may not be your favorite pint of Halo Top, but Mend gives you the emotional support you need to move on, mentally. 

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FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mend 

If you’re looking to heal your heart, Mend is an app that makes sure all those newly-single souls aren’t alone. With a self-care program, the app gives you day-by-day guidance while providing progress tracking, in-app journaling, and audio trainings from mental health and wellness experts. It may not be your favorite pint of Halo Top, but Mend gives you the emotional support you need to move on, mentally. 

FOR YOUR DAILY ZEN

Headspace

Meditation and mindfulness made simple, Headspace is all about taking ten minutes out of your day to tune in and clear your mind. You can listen to general guided meditations or follow along to more specific ones dealing with topics like sleep or relationships. The app itself is free, but if you want more than a quick calm session, you can subscribe for $12.99/month. I mean, if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us

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FOR YOUR DAILY ZEN

Headspace

Meditation and mindfulness made simple, Headspace is all about taking ten minutes out of your day to tune in and clear your mind. You can listen to general guided meditations or follow along to more specific ones dealing with topics like sleep or relationships. The app itself is free, but if you want more than a quick calm session, you can subscribe for $12.99/month. I mean, if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us

FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Talkspace

While most people can benefit from therapy, it’s not always accessible to everyone. For those who need a more affordable option, Talkspace is a text-based therapy app for your phone, tablet, or computer. First, it matches you with a licensed therapist, then lets you send them messages – text, voice, photo, or video– at any time throughout the day or night. Unlimited chat therapy starts at $32/week. 

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FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Talkspace

While most people can benefit from therapy, it’s not always accessible to everyone. For those who need a more affordable option, Talkspace is a text-based therapy app for your phone, tablet, or computer. First, it matches you with a licensed therapist, then lets you send them messages – text, voice, photo, or video– at any time throughout the day or night. Unlimited chat therapy starts at $32/week. 

FOR YOUR MEAL PREP

Mealime 

Made for on-the-go eaters, Mealime serves up quick, healthy meals, all under 30 minutes. It builds grocery lists from your recipe selections, which helps you to keep track of your shopping list and make sure no ingredient is left behind. Bonus: you can also add your own personal preferences like if you don’t eat meat, or you really hate mushrooms. 

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FOR YOUR MEAL PREP

Mealime 

Made for on-the-go eaters, Mealime serves up quick, healthy meals, all under 30 minutes. It builds grocery lists from your recipe selections, which helps you to keep track of your shopping list and make sure no ingredient is left behind. Bonus: you can also add your own personal preferences like if you don’t eat meat, or you really hate mushrooms. 

FOR YOUR COMMUTE

SCRIBD 

After a long day at work, that 5pm traffic is exhausting. Distract your mind—and learn something new—with SCRIBD. Search through hundreds of audiobooks, snapshots (handy little summaries of books and audiobooks before you listen), magazines, and even sheet music, if you’re feelin’ musical. If you need some inspiration on which books to tune into, here’s our November picks!

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FOR YOUR COMMUTE

SCRIBD 

After a long day at work, that 5pm traffic is exhausting. Distract your mind—and learn something new—with SCRIBD. Search through hundreds of audiobooks, snapshots (handy little summaries of books and audiobooks before you listen), magazines, and even sheet music, if you’re feelin’ musical. If you need some inspiration on which books to tune into, here’s our November picks!

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

Beauty
Fitness
Skincare

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.

Dr. B Dermatologist
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Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
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.