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Published Tuesday Feb 04, 2020 by Christa Quattrocchi

When the Stars Align: Which Zodiac is Your Soulmate?

Personal Growth
Motivation

Have you ever met someone and immediately felt like your connection was written in the stars? When that special someone is cosmically compatible, your world can really light up.  

Your sun sign represents your core personality and can bring out traits that may or may not mesh well with others. Though all partnerships require hard work, clear communication, and trust, astrology can help us figure out which personality types we naturally connect with and where we might need to put in a little extra work. Whether you’re looking for love or going steady, we’ve looked to the sky to tell you which sign could hold the key to your heart.  

Pro Tip: If you happen to have access to your love interest’s chart, compare your Moon/Venus to get even more nitty-gritty on how your odds stack up in the realm of emotions and the planet of love. 

Aries + Gemini

Aries + Gemini 

Fire, meet smoke. You’ll be that couple everyone’s whispering, “goals” about. This fabulously brainy pairing guarantees good conversation, never-ending adventure, and countless inside jokes that would leave even Kristen & Dax envious.  

Your Love Anthem: If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys 
Your Perfect Date: Rent an airstream in a nearby city for a spontaneous weekend getaway. 
 

Taurus + Sagittarius

Taurus + Sagittarius 

If you haven’t heard, opposites attract. Find yourself a free-spirited Sag and be ready to commit to open communication with a blissful balance of hometown roots and various vacation condos. They’ll coax you out of your cave, and you’ll guide them home at a decent hour—the perfect harmony between introvert and extrovert. 

Your Love Anthem: Stay With Me – Sam Smith 
Your Perfect Date: Find the nearest firepit and head there at dusk (and don’t forget the red wine and cheese plate)! 
 

Gemini + Aquarius
Gemini + Aquarius 

We don’t mean to be dramatic, but this pairing is soulmate status. You’re both up for anything and drag quick-witted banter and change-the-world plans along for the ride. Aquarius is the partner who will help you see all those million-dollar ideas you’ve got in life (just be sure to make time to get in your feels). 

Your Love Anthem: Paradise – Coldplay 
Your Perfect Date: Trivia night accompanied by the most exotic pizza on the menu. 
 

Cancer + Taurus

Cancer + Taurus 

Bust out your Sunday sweats and favorite snacks—it’s gonna be a real cozy ride. You both are the Netflix > nightclub type, so you can count on a Taurus to be the first to leave the party with you. Cancers are typically family-oriented and on the hunt for someone to settle into domestic bliss with. Just remember to get out of the house once in a while—or don’t. Stay happy, lovebirds. 

Your Love Anthem: Can’t Help Falling in Love (cover) – Haley Reinhart  
Your Perfect Date: Dig into your collection of old movies, grab take-out from your go-to restaurant, and park yourselves on the couch for the perfect evening sheltered from the world. 
 

Leo + Aries

Leo + Aries 

An Aries companion is a sure-fire match for your bold, confident energy. Your natural zest for life is met with their energizing spirit and sets the stage for a harmonious blend of socializing and couple adventures. There’s a lot of heat between the two of you, so make sure to let each other shine or else your snap, crackle could pop quickly. 

Your Love Anthem: Africa – TOTO
Your Perfect Date: A Saturday morning run followed up with a hearty, refuel brunch, leading up to a night of dancing with friends. 

Virgo + Capricorn

Virgo + Capricorn 

Virgo don’t want no scrubs—Capricorn is the type that’s ready to go steady right away. You’re looking for that practical, got-their-check-book-balanced type, and they’re dreaming of a C-Suite seat. They, too, have a five-year plan in place, and if you meet the right one, you can probably bet on securing a wedding date.  

Your Love Anthem: You’re Still the One – Shania Twain 
Your Perfect Date: Go to an escape room and impress the group with your stellar exit strategy plans. Celebrate with cocktails at a romantic, dimly lit bar. 
 

Libra + Leo
Libra + Leo 

You’re ruled by Venus, the planet of love, and there’s nothing that brings out your rose-colored glasses quite like sexy confidence. Leos will enchant you with their stellar, self-love style and social status. Together, you’ll serve up an entrée of glamour with a side of strong family values—like a modern-day Partridge family.  

Your Love Anthem: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 
Your Perfect Date: Head to a flea market or thrift shop and try on some funky outfits. Then, take it to the streets to strut your stuff straight to the hottest brunch spot in town. 
 

Scorpio + Cancer

Scorpio + Cancer 

We’re far from the shallow now. Get ready to dive straight into the deep end with Cancer, who understands the emotional well you often find yourself in. Spending time with them will make you feel right at home, so don't be surprised if you end up browsing the web for an actual home after the first date. 

Your Love Anthem: I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie 
Your Perfect Date: Watch a true-crime documentary and cuddling up on the couch when the suspenseful scaries set in. 

Sagittarius + Libra
Sagittarius + Libra 

BFF turned friends with benefits, turned ultimate romance. A Libra counterpart will indulge in your grand plan for an offbeat life and keep you laughing through it all. Try to hold off on the “what are we” talk, Libra’s usually need a little more time to sink into commitment. But when you two manage to find common ground, your relationship is sure to withstand the test of time.  

Your Love Anthem: Lover – Taylor Swift 
Your Perfect Date: Get out of town. Road-trip to a fresh destination where you can explore hand-in-hand and laugh amongst the locals like you already belong. 


Capricorn + Scorpio
Capricorn + Scorpio 

As someone with a stacked set of goals, it’s important that you find someone who doesn’t always fly by the seat of their pants. Scorpio shoots for the moon while also challenging you to step beyond practicality into their emotionally driven ways. They make it easy to slip into a comfortable groove, inviting some more fluidity to your structure. 

Your Love Anthem: Someone Like You – Adele 
Your Perfect Date: For a classically romantic vibe, get together at a wine bar with some ambiance to set the mood. 
 

Aquarius + Pisces
Aquarius + Pisces 

Careful! Do not let this fish slip away; Pisces is your perfectly quirky companion. You’ll find yourself comparing theories on the Seven Wonders of the World and reading self-help books with your spiritual soulmate. They’ll help you embrace that sensitive side you’ve been neglecting all these years. 

Your Love Anthem: All My Loving – The Beatles 
Your Perfect Date: Pack a picnic, grab your telescope, and head outdoors together to revel over the planetary magic in the sky. 
 

Pisces + Virgo
Pisces + Virgo 

Do you hear the word ‘relationship’ and immediately want to dig a hole to China? A Virgo just might have what it takes to hold you down. You can put down the world you’ve been carrying on your shoulders and let them take the weight for a bit. ‘The Virgin’s’ care-taking nature level-sets your need to nurture everyone around you, allowing you both to spend some time on the receiving end.  

Your Love Anthem: September – Earth, Wind, & Fire 
Your Perfect Date: Plan a spa day where you can Zen out with a couple’s massage and pamper in harmony. 

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Written by
Christa Quattrocchi
Acquisition Program Manager
About the author
Christa is a 300hr certified yoga instructor on a soulful journey to integrate spiritual practices, such as astrology, tarot, and pranayama, in her guidance both on and off the mat. She is Mindbody’s resident witch and advertising aficionado. Beyond her credentials, you can find Christa channeling creativity through writing, cooking plant-based goodness, & surfing her home waters in sunny San Diego.
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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.

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Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
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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.