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If you haven’t been able to tell by the chocolate rose, red hearts, and sappy (sometimes sassy) greeting cards, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The “season of love” can often trigger feelings of stress and loneliness, and Cupid’s arrow can hit where it really hurts – your wallet. This month try trading out the emotion (and financial) pressure of Valentine’s Day for Palentine’s Day – a modern alternative to the traditional couple-centered holiday.
Taking place on February 13, this gender-inclusive, identity-friendly celebration of love encourages us to celebrate those most meaningful in our lives, from our #besties, to our co-workers, to our chosen families... and even our four-legged friends (because let’s face it, life can be ruff).
Palentine’s Day is about every form of love, so there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the festivities! If you’re not sure where to start your Palentine’s Day festivities, here are a few of our favorite ideas:
Traditionally, this means lots of junk food and a movie marathon, but why not kick it up a notch? Think: self-care. Before you Netflix and chill with a bowl full of goodies, try engaging in a fun wellness activity. And yes, you can keep your stretchy pants on.
Work it out in a group fitness class – the friends who sweat together, stay together... especially in these sweat-worthy classes!
Take time to #treatyoself – nothing says “I <3 you” like a tandem spa service (maybe one to compliment your zodiac signs?).
Explore the great outdoors – connect with nature... and each other.
Does February have you thinking about chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate? Move away from the rich, heavy food of the recent holidays and make some memories by showering your pals with healthy, savory and satisfying snacks. PS: Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect – it’s the thought that counts!
Whip up some delicious Inside-Out Almond Butter Cups.
These three-ingredient truffles will please any palette.
Cozy up with homemade vegan hot cocoa.
Many of us remember those cheesy little cards we delivered to friends in elementary school. They always made you smile, right? We are in a creative revolution (coloring never felt so good!) and this is the perfect excuse to unleash your inner Bob Ross. Plus, Pinterest has a ton of ideas for any level of talent.
Cards and love notes – Pencils, paper, stamps – use whatever supplies you have on hand to surprise your pals.
Snail mail – There’s some magical about getting a surprise piece of mail. Take the time to send a note to a faraway friend.
Eco-friendly option – Want to go zero-waste and want your message to be received right away? Send a digital greeting! Paperless Post has plenty of clever and cute options.
At MINDBODY HQ, our MBPride affinity group is sponsoring a make-your-own-card station so employees can deliver fun homemade cards and notes to friends and co-workers. MBPride supports Palentine’s Day because we all deserve a day to celebrate the love in our life, romantic or not.
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.