How working up a sweat keeps your skin healthy.
- Always remove your makeup prior to working out
- Clean your face as soon after working out as possible
- Rehydrating is an important step to keeping your skin fresh
There is no doubt that hitting the gym for a daily sweat sesh has some serious benefits for your bod, but have you ever thought about what it can do for your skin?
Getting a daily dose of exercise helps lower cortisol levels – a hormone released in response to stress that can lead to a breakdown in the collagen of the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles. In addition to bringing amazing stress relief, exercise leads to an increased production of collagen and ultimately, firmer, younger looking skin.
Sweating is a natural way for your body to clear the dirt and toxins that accumulate in your pores and activating this process daily can contribute to that healthy glow we are all striving for. Think of it as a trip to the spa. According to Dr. Mauro Romita, a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Ajune Center for Beauty Synergy in New York City, exercise enhances circulation bringing blood flow and oxygen to the skin and increases the delivery of nutrients. This process helps repair damage from daily environmental insults like the sun.
A few things to remember so your fitness routine doesn’t have a negative impact on your complexion:
Always, always, remove your makeup. Working out with a face full of makeup is a recipe for clogged pores and a breakout reminiscent of pre-pubescence.
Ditch the dirty duds. Hanging out in your sweaty gym clothes allows oil and grime to get comfortable, often resulting in body breakouts. Even if you can’t shower post-workout, freshen up with a cleansing wipe and switch to a fresh change of clothes.
Moisturize. Intense exercise can be unforgiving on already sensitive skin (the skin on your face is more delicate than anywhere else on your body!). Rehydrating after your workout is an important step to in giving back what may have been lost through sweat.
No more excuses, get moving and enjoy the benefits a healthy, fit body!
Spring is here, which means whittling down our wardrobes and waistlines.
Luckily, with longer days and warmer weather, getting back into the swing of exercise may be easier than you think. Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you can’t have fun while you do it!
There are lots of great ways to get moving and keep motivated this time of year, and here are just a few creative outdoor activities to help you take advantage of the warming spring weather:
Saunter down a trail – The best way to get exercise this spring and enjoy everything in bloom is to go on a hike. Find a new park or trail in the area where you can get some peace of mind while getting your body in tip top shape.
Get on the court – Challenge friends or family to a game of tennis or basketball; both are great sports to play outside on those warm spring days! You’ll have fun spending time out in some sun and getting a cardio workout at the same time.
Explore your surroundings – What better way to get to know your neighborhood or explore a new place than on foot? Grab a friend and set out to reach a new destination while catching up on the latest news and events. Improving your circulation through regular walking can improve immune function, as well as your metabolism and health in general.
Bicycling – Taking a bike ride is another excellent way to get some exercise while having a great time! Make a date out of it and bring some snacks for a picnic in the park to enjoy once you’ve reached your destination.
Make a splash – Just because the water is not warm enough for swimming, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy other water sports. Give paddle boarding or kayaking a try this spring – both give you a great workout whether you enjoy a leisurely trip across a lake or an adrenaline pumping whitewater adventure.
What activities are you looking forward to this season?
Vacation season is on the horizon and it’s time to think about getting swimsuit-ready.
Donning a bikini in front of others takes courage and confidence, but if you take good care of your body beforehand you’ll be beach-ready and worry free by the time you hit the sand. Just be sure to eat your full 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day, drink lots of water, and choose your beauty regimen with care.
Waxing: If you’re thinking of getting a bikini wax, do your research before deciding on a spa. Traditional waxing can be harmful to your skin and unsanitary if done incorrectly, so we tend to prefer sugaring (a natural, toxin-free process that only adheres to hair, so it won’t damage your skin).
Tanning: If you want to come to the beach with a glow, skip the tanning beds and try a self-tanner. You can check out our tips for getting the perfect sunless tan if you’re looking for options. And don’t forget to use and reapply sunscreen regularly once you’re out in the sun.
Cleansing: If you think you’re the only person out there with body acne, rest assured that you’re not. Everyone deals with it at some point, and getting rid of it is just a matter living a healthy lifestyle and cleansing regularly. The Clarisonic Body Brush Extension Handle makes it easy to deep-clean hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back, your knees, and your feet.
Exercise: Try exercises that tone your body, like yoga or jogging. Just don’t stress out about it too much. Extreme dieting and last-minute sets of 100 sit-up repetitions won’t do anything for you but make you tired (and they might even cause more acne!).
Now, get out there and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!
*Photo by Kidoki licensed through Creative Commons
Whether it is taking care of your skin, eating right, or staying active, we at Clarisonic are all about living a healthy lifestyle. As part of a great daily routine, we should all try to include some type of physical activity. The majority of us love to stay active outdoors but busy schedules and the weather can get in the way. Heading to the gym may be the most convenient way to get an amazing workout into that jam packed schedule of yours.
Here are 7 essential items we believe every gym bag should have:
Clean skin before and after a workout will leave your pores clean, clear and refreshed.
2. Music Player
The tread mill and elliptical can be very monotonous, so listening to music can be a great motivator. Creating a playlist with your favorite upbeat songs will surely help get you through your workout in no time.
3. Flip Flops
A great line of attack in good hygiene is to bring your own flip flops to the gym. If you are going to hop into the shower, this can be a simple and easy way to cut your chances of contracting a gross fungal infection on your feet.
We all want to smell fresh and clean after a great workout, especially if we have somewhere important to go. Try a clear, natural deodorant to stay dry and battle unwanted odor and minimizes streaks on your clothes.
Another must have is a personal towel, to wipe yourself down after a shower or after a hard workout.
6. Water Bottle
Always bring a water bottle. Staying hydrated before, during, and after a fantastic workout is important. Opt for a stainless steel BPA-free water bottle. Not only does a portable water bottle cut down on plastics entering our landfills, studies have shown that BPA may have harmful effects on the body.
7. Mini Product Bottles
Keep you gym bag stocked with mini bottles filled with your regular skincare products. Just because you may have to shower at the gym, doesn’t mean you should neglect your skincare.
As a Clarisonic fan, what do you pack in your bag when hitting the gym?
Every year it seems the most common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more and lose weight. The first instinct is usually to join the gym. However, we have all seen the influx of members the first two weeks of January and then they slowly disappear. So why not try something a little different than heading over to the gym and tackle two resolutions with one activity: try something new and get more exercise.
On a crisp winter day with the sun shining, it is hard to beat a nice hike. Not only will you get fresh air and connect with nature, you are also getting workout. The uneven ground provides a natural variety instead of constantly changing the incline on the treadmill or elliptical. If you want a more intense workout, head up to the mountains and go snowshoeing. If you happen to be near water, kayaking can provide a great workout for your upper body as well.
If the weather isn’t cooperating for an outdoor workout, head over to an indoor rock climbing facility and you might surprise yourself with what a fun activity this can be. Another great option for indoor workouts is a dance class. A workout that can be useful on the dance floor is always a good bet.
Whip yourself into shape by joining a boot camp session. These classes are geared towards ultimate fitness and will surely jumpstart your workout routine. If you want to continue to sweat it out, go to a hot yoga or martial arts class. Hot Yoga could be the extra oomph added on to your regular yoga routine. If it’s cardio you are looking for, martial arts classes will definitely get your heart pumping.
Do you have any favorite alternatives to the gym?
We had such a lovely time at AFI Fest 2010 and loved our Clarisonic Empowered Woman of the Year’s Mila Kunis’ and Natalie Portman’s film, Black Swan. Both actresses endured intense training prior to filming to not only learn the fluid moves of a ballerina, but look the part as well. Vogue‘s recent Ballet Beautiful piece details Natalie Portman’s workout with former New York City Ballet dancer, Mary Helen Bowers for more than a year, up to 8 hours a day, six days a week.
In addition to swimming, strength and endurance training, Bowers’ workout routine for Portman included muscle building exercises such as the bridge series. This is a series of lifts while lying on your back with your knees bent and toes raised in demi-pointe, lift and lower your hips; first big dips then miniscule, held up by only your right leg, then the left; with your knees pinned together, and then apart.
The workout continues with dips and push backs held up entirely by your hands and heels as well as barre exercises dipping from relevés into grand pliés. Vogue also mentions that Portman’s trainer, Mary Helen Bowers, meets her clients all over the world and is launching an online studio this month if you want to get in ballerina shape. Have you seen Black Swan and if so, what do you think of Natalie Portman’s transformation for the part?
The holidays are synonymous with large meals, treats and parties. Staying on track with your regular, healthy routine can be a challenge when you are constantly confronted with appetizers and delicious treats and drinks at holiday parties. Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t need to go by the wayside this holiday season if you keep a few ideas in mind.
The calendar fills up during the holiday season making it difficult to squeeze in a workout. Incorporate your exercise regimen into your holiday plans by taking longer walks at lunch, planning shorter, more intense workouts, parking further from the mall or even participating with friends or family in a game of Kinect or Wii. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, the goal is always to remain active.
Your office might have morphed into a smorgasbord of treats, but this doesn’t mean you have to go overboard. Planning out your day in advance with meals, snacks and opting for healthier treats will help you curb cravings. Holiday nuts or seasonal fruits like satsumas or tangerines and cranberries are always a good option. Being able to resist might be tough so if you do indulge, make it count. Don’t choose an item you can have any old time of the year.
The calories in drinks can sneak up on you. With all the delicious latte flavors and egg nog, it’s not hard to consume a meal’s worth of calories in one drink. Pay attention to your choices and you can still be festive but opt for an organic cider or dark chocolate cocoa.
Meals around this time of the year are a little more generous than other times. Try not to fill up on appetizers and treat the day like any other having complete meals instead of starving yourself for the main event. Making smarter choices like lean turkey, vitamin-rich sweet potatoes instead of other starches, vegetables not covered in dressing or butter and dark chocolate instead of cookies will help ward off the holiday weight gain.
Now that you know some of our secrets to surviving the holidays, what tips do you have?
Almost fifty percent of people who work desk jobs claim that they have gained weight at their current jobs. If you’re stuck at your desk for a good part of the day chances are it’s starting to take a toll on your waist and your productivity.
Women’s Health brings us eight sneaky ways to burn calories while on the job. With a few easy adjustments you can be on your way to feeling better and doing better while at work.
- Stand Up – ask your office manager if they can invest in an adjustable-height work station so you can stand and work for a portion of your day. This can help you burn calories and improved your overall posture.
- Headset = hands free – if you spend a lot of time on the phone invest in a headset and walk around while you take your calls. A pedometer is an easy way to track the steps as you move.
- Snack Time – this isn’t just for pre-school anymore. Schedule snack times into your calendar so you avoid mindless eating. Step away from your work when you snack and take an extra moment to enjoy your food and be aware of what you are eating.
- Stash away emergency provisions – if you have crackers, cookies and cakes at your work stations for emergency situations make sure they are hidden out of eye sight. If you have to have food on your desk keep fruit and health snacks in your line of vision.
- Green means go – Green tea is full of antioxidants that help to stimulate the body to burn more calories and decrease fat. If you can, skip the coffee in the morning and opt for green tea.
- Out of sight, out of mind – Candies stored in transparent dishes are more likely to be eaten then those in opaque dishes. If candy is a must switch to hard candies, they are lower in calories and they last longer.
- So fresh and so clean – Keep an air freshener at your desk. Those with a sweet scent like peppermint, vanilla or banana can help curb cravings and appetite.
- Set the stakes – make weight-loss/healthy living a competition in your office. Split into teams and require a cash fee to enter. The winner walks away with the cash prize.
Get the most out of your eight hour days. Try a few of these quick tips and you’re waistline will thank you for it! Do you have other work-day weight loss tips? Share with us!