#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

TRX is back — this week, Michelle is tackling arms! We think you’ll want to follow suit…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey, who will be introducing us to new workouts all month long! 

Note: For each exercise, aim to do 10-15 reps of each, 1- 3 rounds.

TRX Y DELTOID FLY; 10-15 reps

Stand with your feet together (harder) or apart (easier), arms pulled back to a Y position, tension on the TRX, palms forward. Lower body, keep arms straight, return to start position by slowly extending arms. Try not to bend the arms and keep your body on a plank position.

TRX ROW; 10-15 reps

Start by pulling your shoulders down and back, bend elbows, palms facing each other, hands besides chest. Walk your feet towards the anchor point until there is a squeeze on the back. Lower your body down by extending your arms but don’t protract your shoulder blades. Maintain plank position. Return, pull body toward anchor point by driving elbows beside body.

 

TRX BICEP CURL; 10-15 reps

Start by bending your elbows higher than your shoulders with pinkies aligned to temples. Walk your feet towards anchor point until you feel a squeeze in the biceps. Lower body down until arms are fully extended, maintain plank. Pull body toward anchor point by bringing pinkies to temples. Elbows remain high, eyes on anchor point.

TRX SWIMMER PULL; 10-15 reps

Start with hands besides hips, palms back, tension on the TRX. Offset your feet. Lower body down, keep arms extended, maintain plank. Pull on handles, drive palms back, maintain plank.

TRX TRICEP PRESS; 10-15 reps

Stand facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, palms down. Choose appropriate foot stance, keeping in mind that the closer your feet are to the anchor point, the harder this may be. Keep elbows up and stationary, lower body down until thumbs are next to temples. Drive through palms to extend the arms while maintaining plank.

TRX CHEST PRESS; 10-15 reps

Start facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, and choose your foot stance. Maintain plank as you lower body down by bending elbows 90 degrees. Drive through the palms while squeezing the chest, maintain plank position at all times.

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#MovementMonday: TRX Abs with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: TRX Abs with Michelle Vahey

New season, new you! Welcoming TRX into your fitness routine…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey, who will be introducing us to new workout series all month long! 

TRX SIDE PLANK WITH ROTATION

Start by suspending your feet on to the straps. Make sure your feet are dorsi flexed (toes towards your shins) at all times, your legs and core are active and engaged. To start the rotation make sure your elbow is right under your shoulder and begin lifting your hips as you rotate your chest to face down parallel to the ground and your toes will face downwards to the ground, forming a V shape with your body. Return to the side plank and repeat.

BODY SAW WITH KNEE TUCK

Start with feet suspended and dorsi flexed (as if you where standing on the ground), elbows directly underneath your shoulders. Begin the saw by pulling feet back so shoulders move away from your elbows, important to keep squeezing your gluteus  AT ALL TIMES to protect your lower back. Make sure you don’t sag your hips. As the feet come back toward the starting point,  bring the knees in towards your chest and lift the hips to create a crunch. Extend legs back to initial plank and repeat.

TRX PIKE

Make sure that you dorsi flex your feet while suspended on your plank. Squeeze your gluteus and make sure your hands are directly underneath your shoulders. To begin the pike press the feet on the straps using your leg strength and begin to lift your hips up to the ceiling, creating a V shape with your body while your head naturally will end in between your biceps. Release back to your strong plank, repeat.

TRX OBLIQUE KNEELING ROLL OUT

Start directly underneath the anchor point, facing away from it. Kneel sideways and then turn your torso so your shoulders are parallel to the ground. Start rolling forward, leading with your front hip. Make sure your arms stay straight and never allow biceps to roll out past your ears. Inhale on the roll out and exhale on the roll in. Keep core engaged at all times. Repeat.

TRX SUPINE LEG DROP

Begin by extending your straps about 3 inches from the ground. Lay on your back with your head underneath the anchor point and your feet going away from the anchor point. Press your hands on the cradles with your arms straight by your hips. Press your hands on the cradles as you lift both legs up and lower slowly using your core.
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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

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Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

</div

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

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Wellness Wednesday: Does Drinking Collagen Really Improve Your Skin?

Wellness Wednesday: Does Drinking Collagen Really Improve Your Skin?

Consider this your magic serum for inside-outside beauty…

Now that supplements are sold alongside lipsticks, tending to your inner beauty has become just as important — if not, more — than the products you slick on topically. Australian beauty Carla Oates has always been far ahead of the ingestible craze, having launched her first The Beauty Chef probiotic powder in 2012. Now that everyone else has realized the benefits of getting an extra shot of nutrients and vitamins to round out your beauty routine, Oates’s line still remains one of the most innovative, as she continues to turn out formulations that really work.

For example: The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost, a deliciously fruit-infused supplement that I recently tried after I noticing my skin was just looking a bit worn out — less plump, radiant and bounce-y than I’d like (I blame my increasing age and lack of sleep!). Anyway, two-plus-weeks into taking this supplement daily and I know it’s doing something since I’m no longer startled by my appearance in the mirror in the a.m. Now I’m like, ‘Oh hey, brighter and dewier skin!’ But I like to think it’s not just my imagination. The elixir is made with a bio-fermented probiotic concentrate (certified organic fruits, multiple strains of good-for-you bacteria, zinc, grape seed extract) to stimulate collagen growth, counteract cellular damage from free radicals and balance your digestive tract. All of which translates into healthier skin — along with stronger hair and nails as a bonus.

I also find that mixing up the concoction — one tablespoon in six ounces of water — has become a ritual that I look forward to every day. It’s a moment to breathe and literally drink in some healthy time for myself. Now all I need to do is get to bed earlier and all my #beautygoals will be mastered.

If you’re curious to try The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost, here’s a quick recap of how it works…  

Naturally plumps skin

Increases collagen production

Counteracts free radical damage

Rich in probiotics, vitamin C & zinc

Supports digestive health

Promotes radiant skin

Boosts hair and nail growth

Just mix 1 tbsp with water and drink up!

 

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The Color to Wear for the Most Mood-Boosting Workouts

The Color to Wear for the Most Mood-Boosting Workouts

You guessed it: It isn’t black….

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

Your black leggings have always been the anchor of your tried-and-true workout look, but a brighter color is having a major moment in the world of athleisure: Pink.

Yup, rosé all day just got taken to a whole new level courtesy of FP Movement, our chic activewear line that combines fashion and function for head-turning looks that will take you from yoga straight to brunch. FP Movement’s take on the flushed-fashion trend is inspired by the philosophy that when you look amazing, you feel amazing. And what inspires good vibes more than happy hues? (Specifically, the color of watermelon and girl power.)

From high-performance leggings to cozy hoodies and matching yoga mats, these are the looks that will give you that post-workout-endorphins feel…before class even starts.

Scroll down for 8 pink activewear looks that will make you stand out at your next workout class (in the best way).

Kyoto Legging + Lua Bra

Finally, leggings with pockets are a thing (insert praise hands emoji here). Pair these extra soft leggings with the high-neck bra you’re going to want to wear with everything, and strike a (yoga) pose—without having to juggle your tangle of headphones, phone, and keys.

Yella Hoodie + Harem Jogger

For ultimate freedom of movement, this roomy hoodie-jogger combo is a fashion-forward take on the tracksuit that’s ideal for layering over your gym-wear (or for lounging if you want to call it a rest day).

 

Pop Color Sports Bra

Underneath your bold outer layer, rock a super supportive sports bra that doesn’t skimp on style. Adjustable straps prioritize comfort, while high-tech fabric proves pink isn’t just for looking pretty.

Breeze Yarn Turtleneck + Shade Flare

ICYMI: Flowy pants are the new leggings. Pair these ultra-soft oversized sweats with a form-fitting long sleeve for an active-layering look that’s made for outdoor runs and covering up after a sweaty indoor class. (Think: post-Peloton once the weather turns.)

Techloom Pro Trainer

Your toes can get in on the all-pink trend, too (beyond your pedicure, of course) courtesy of these blush APLs that are sleek enough to wear with a dress, but sturdy enough to crush a 10K.

Twist and Shout Tee

Great for layering (so you can add more shades of pink to your outfit, obviously), this tank is made from FP Movement’s Wicked Triblend fabric—which wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable even during your sweatiest HIIT seshes.

Barely There Bra + Barely There Leggings

But if you want to lose a layer, show off your rose-tinted sports bra and coordinating leggings. The Signature Seamless fabric is super flexible yet durable enough for a hard-hitting boxing class—so it’s basically like working out in a second skin.

Sun Salutation Yoga Bag + Rose Deodorant

For the full effect, give your accessories the blush treatment, too. A hot-pink yoga mat will keep the good vibes flowing, and with a rose-and-vanilla-scented vegan deodorant, you’ll have the whole matching-scent thing down, too.

 

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Meet: Heather Andersen of New York Pilates

The greatest challenge of being a Pilates instructor is teaching complex biomechanics in a simple way that is fun, entertaining and varied…

We’re going LIVE today at 12:30 pm EST on Facebook!! Heather Andersen, founder and lead instructor of New York Pilates, will be taking us through a 15-minute power packed Pilates workout to shape and tone your abs. Join us every Monday this month to get your at-home Pilates workout! @fpmovement #movementmonday

New York Pilates… how did it come about?

I started New York Pilates because I needed a place to take Pilates. As a private Pilates instructor for over a decade, I always had to work out by myself or trade sessions with a friend. I noticed there wasn’t really a large Pilates community in NYC so I figured I’d start one. It’s funny to imagine, but three years ago there really wasn’t anywhere to take a group reformer Pilates class. What I wanted was an amazing, fun, music driven reformer Pilates class that was fast-paced and affordable (our Unlimited Pilates Membership is the most affordable way to get your Pilates on in NYC).

Your greatest reward/greatest challenge as a pilates instructor.

Being a teacher is such a unique experience.  Watching a student grow and develop a deeper mind/body connection is an awesome opportunity. Also, having someone run up to you and thank you for their new fab bottom isn’t so bad. 😉 I’m most proud of the community we have built and being able to spread the art of Pilates to some many wonderful people. The greatest challenge of being a Pilates instructor is teaching complex biomechanics in a simple way that is fun, entertaining, varied and well-paced. Keeping it fresh means never not working and keeping it creative — creativity is key.

How does fitness lead to happiness?

It’s all about growth and chemistry. Physical fitness changes the chemistry of your brain. Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, which not only make you feel great but also encourage you to keep it up. It’s those endorphins that lead to that “happy post-workout feeling.”

Favorite workout?

Pilates, duh! In particular, I love glute exercises, side lying and full body planks. I round out my workouts with yoga, ballet and the occasional run.

Favorite pre- or post-workout fuel.

Breakfast salads, all day every day (think fresh baby arugula, micro-greens, shaved radish, homemade dill vinaigrette, topped off with a poached egg, cracked pink peppercorn on a baked cassava & coconut tortilla and a touch of sea salt). Nothing leaves my body feeling happier and healthier than eating fresh produce, prepared in a home kitchen.  Luckily for me, my husband Brion (co-owner and creative director of NYP) has recently gotten into cooking so this is now a daily occurrence. I do the dishes.

What does “free” mean to you?

Free means being able to follow my dreams. It’s both physical and psychological.

 

Gym Bag Essentials

Requirements: the right approach and a kickass arsenal of products…

You did it, you made that classic New Year’s resolution: get healthier. You’re eating more greens, getting more sleep, you even joined a gym, and wonder of wonders, you’re actually going pretty regularly! And while your body and mind are definitely reaping the benefits of all those exercise-induced endorphins, your skin is a different story.

Yes, exercise increases blood flow which can work wonders on your complexion, and all that sweating is an excellent way to expel gunk and toxins. But sweat can also wreak some serious havoc if you’re not careful. Remember: it’s not actually the sweat that’s problematic, it’s when the sweat dries on your skin and leaves behind a film of salt that is not your skin’s friend. What’s more, if you’re exercising with makeup or wearing a lot of product, it’s possible to wind up with that stuff deep in your pores as they open during a sweat sesh. And if you’re really interested, the sweat you leave behind on your skin is a literal breeding ground for bacteria, and we all know that bacteria and pimples are two peas in a pod.

Now listen, you don’t have to stop exercising (and sweating for that matter), no matter how good an excuse skin troubles might be. You just need the right approach and a kickass arsenal of products. And since you’re already schlepping so much stuff around already, we’ve narrowed it down to the five things no gym bag should be without.

Deodorant

Before we even get to the skincare portion of the evening, let’s get the obvious out of the way and put deodorant at the top of the list. For the sake of everyone around you in the gym or vinyasa class, let’s not forget this one.

What to try: A personal favorite, Schmidt’s Deodorant pots take a little getting used to if you’ve never applied cream deodorant before, but the learning curve is well worth it. The scents are refreshing, it’s oddly fun to apply, totally free of aluminum, phthalates and parabens, and the arrowroot powder/baking soda/coconut oil combo ensures you stay dry and stank-free. If you’re a deodorant traditionalist and can’t imagine applying the stuff with your fingers, you’re gonna want to use a stick. Luckily, Kaia Naturals makes a killer vegan, aluminum-free version with its Takesumi Detox Deodorant (and it comes in three scents). The best part is that the bamboo charcoal (aka takesumi) base naturally deodorizes and keeps you dry while doing so.

Cleanser

If you’ve got the time, it is absolutely worth it to take a shower immediately after a workout and wash your face. Cleansing is the first step to ensuring your skin won’t freak out down the road from that early morning spin class. If you’re in a rush or the idea of communal showers skeeves you out, first buy a pair of flip flops, then get yourself some cleansing wipes. They’re the next best thing to a full cleanse if you don’t have the time. And the nice thing about wipes is that you can also use them pre-workout to get rid of any makeup or residue that might end up on your chin, buried in your pores.

What to try: A personal favorite, the transport-friendly bottle and all-in-one nature of the Easy Does it Balancing Gel Cleanser from One Love Organics is a gym bag hero. Use it on your face, body and hair if you’re going full shower mode to soothe and cleanse without drying. Bar soap more your style? The Miracle Bar by Joanna Vargas lives up to its name thanks to the activated charcoal that will work its butt off to detox your face and leave it hydrated. And for the wipe enthusiasts, we’ve got Leaders’ Labotica Cleansing Tissues for pre- and post-workout needs. Both the Bamboo Water and Argan Oil versions remove makeup, cleanse and leave your skin primed for a skin worry-free workout. If your skin leans to the oilier side, opt for the Bamboo Water wipes as they help keep oil and shine in check, while the Argan Oil wipes are deeply hydrating.

Dry Shampoo

Another no-time-for-a-shower savior is dry shampoo. (But try to limit its use to light schvitz workouts: no matter how hard you try, dry shampoo is not going to work on hair that’s soaked with sweat.) A quick spritz on your roots has the ability to transform your locks from limp, oily strands to hair you won’t be embarrassed by in public. Of course, dry shampoo can’t replace your regular suds, but it’s great to have in a gym-based pinch.

What to try: For days when you just need a little (literal) pick-me-up for your mane, the Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo & Styling Powder from Yarok is a great option. It’s little, so it barely takes up any space in your bag, soaks up oil and sweat in a couple of minutes, and the combination of aloe and essential oils (orange, lemon, lavender, geranium) keeps your scalp hydrated all the while. For a little more oomph at the roots, Rahua’s Voluminous Dry Shampoo adds crazy volume to limp hair.

Moisturizer

Once you’re cleansed and sweat-, grime- and makeup-free, it’s time to rehydrate your skin. You’ve come this far, don’t sleep on the moisturizer! Making sure your skin recoups all the moisture it’s lost during your workout is vital to the health and well-being of your epidermis. Fluids and water-dense foods like cucumbers are great ways to replenish from the inside out, but you’ve also got to treat the outside.

What to try: If you like an SPF in your moisturizer, Juice Beauty’s SPF Tinted Moisturizer should be on your radar. This four-in-one BB cream is a serious multi-tasker, providing sun protection, light color coverage, a serious dose of antioxidants and vitamin-rich essential oils for hydration purposes. Not into SPF? No problem. Kopari’s Coconut Face Cream is lightweight so it won’t leave you a greasy mess, but rich in the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your skin craves.

Makeup

By no means is post-workout makeup necessary, but if you want to get your rouge on, there are a few hero products that can pull double duty to lighten your load. Yes, I’m cheating a bit—there’s more than just one thing here—but deal with it! You can thank me later.

What to try: You’re already covered on the tinted moisturizer front (see last section), but if you want another option, check out the CCC Cream from CLE Cosmetics. With five shades, you’ll be able to find one that melts seamlessly into your skin to provide lightweight coverage and a healthy dose of hydration. A multitasking stick like one from Vapour Organic Beauty will help cut down on the number of products you’ll need as it can serve as blush, lip tint and eyeshadow in a pinch. And if you only carry one piece of makeup, there’s nothing more transformative for the face than mascara. The all-natural, highly-pigmented version from RMS Beauty stays put all day long and adds serious life to your lashes.

 

Can Yoga Clear Up Your Skin?

The science behind “Yoga Skin” and how to achieve the Radiant Effect…

This post comes to you from our friend and beauty contributor, Kari Molvar .

Is it merely a coincidence that practitioners of yoga, pilates, and all forms of meditation tend to have supernaturally glowing, clear skin? Science seems to say it’s all connected. “A healthy lifestyle is important to maintain the health of your skin,” says New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, who specializes in acne. Research now indicates that being stressed out can raise your cortisol levels, he says, which in turn can lead to pore-clogging inflammation and dullness. Doing things that center your mind and calm your body can be hugely beneficial for not only treating but also preventing future breakouts, says Zeichner. “It’s important to do what you can to minimize stress, be it yoga, meditation or whatever other method you need.”

But one session of transcendental meditation won’t cut it—you have to build restorative activities into your regular routine to keep cortisol levels consistently low so your complexion stays on an even keel, says Zeichner. (Reason to hit that studio or roll out your mat two or three times a week). In between sessions, reach for holistic-minded acne treatments that heal without drying out your face. Two supercharged and well-researched ingredients to look for: “Benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria and open up blocked pores and salicylic acid to remove excess oil and exfoliate dead cells from the surface,” says Zeichner. Pre- and post-workout, try lathering up with Neal Yard’s Remedies Delicious Ella Face Wash and dabbing on Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum. Once a week, go for a pore-refining mask like Leaders Pore Gone for Good.

Also essential for staying in the clear? Avoid “high glycemic index foods, which contain high sugar loads and may be associated with breakouts as well,” says Zeichner. After class, snack on avocado toast or add a scoop of Moon Juice’s Lucuma into your smoothie—the all-natural sweetener is made with low-glycemic lucuma fruit and won’t spike your sugar levels. Consider it namaste for your body—and skin.