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November Wellness Intentions MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 30, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

How I Set My Monthly Intentions

Personal Growth
Fitness
Food
Pilates

I’ve always been a fan of setting intentions each day. 

What do I want my day to look like? What do I want it to feel like? What do I want to achieve?

I ask myself these simple questions each day so that I can move about my day mindfully, and with intention.

I recently started zooming out and taking a look at my intentions at a month’s glance. What is my “theme” each month? Last month, I really wanted to focus on creating space in my home. By minimizing the clutter, removing the items I do not need, or want, I have created space for myself to be creative, be free, and be centered. With less around me, this has made me more focused (especially as someone who works from home!).

Over the next 30 days, I have a few specific intentions I want to keep in mind that are all aligned with the word: appreciation.

Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

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Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

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Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

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Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

Rachel Rhee
Written by
Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
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The Latest
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
Written by
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.