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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Gravity

Sleep Away the Stress: Gravity's Tips for Improving Sleep (Including Their Weighted Blanket!)

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From the challenges we face every day to what’s going on in broader society, life can be tough. We’re constantly moving from one task to the next, and before we know it, the week has flown by. With this fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to feel run-down. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself in a safe space to relax, de-stress, and give your body and mind the recovery they need. 

Proper self-care goes beyond what we do when we’re awake. It’s important to use the time you’re asleep to let yourself reset and recover. Sleep is linked to mood, mental health, productivity, and workplace performance. Getting good (or bad) sleep can often set the tone for your day, so it’s important to make quality sleep a part of your daily routine. Here are a few tips for better sleep!

Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

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Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

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Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Gravity is a premium sleep and wellness brand that creates science-backed solutions for sleep and stress, including the popular Gravity Weighted Blanket.
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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

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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.

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Dermatologist's Choice
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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.