It’s been a year and a half of craziness, but one of the things I’ve missed most is getting together in-person with my people. Now that the world is opening up again (and please don’t let me jinx it by saying it!), I was eager to get some quality girl time with my high school bestie. We needed a post-pandemic getaway.
Any good getaway has the essentials the mind and body need – rest, movement, and food all wrapped up in the giggles, conversations and sacred moments of a good friendship.
The pandemic gave us a lot to freak out about. The will-I-get-COVID freakout. The toilet paper freakout. The will-I-lose-my-job freakout. The when-will-my-kid-go-back-to-school freakout. And if you’re like me - the skin freakout. Thanks to a lovely combination of stress, lack of sleep, poor eating and "maskne" my skin was in need of a serious reset.
My secret weapon? Vitamin C.
Fun fact: Sweat doesn’t stink. It’s actually odorless until it combines with bacteria living in your armpits.
“The smell comes from normally present bacteria breaking down sweat and body secretions,” explains Barry Goldman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan.
So what’s your best defense against that unpleasant body odor — deodorant or antiperspirant?
Here’s what you need to know about how each product works, key ingredients, and how to choose the right product for you.
Sunnier days are here. We’re (finally) getting out of the house more. But before you venture outdoors, don’t forget about sun protection.
Sunscreen should be worn every single day — beach days, overcast days, days when you’re in the car for hours, and even if you’re just popping outdoors for a few quick errands.
And not just in the summer. You can get still get a sunburn in the middle of winter if you’re out skiing or playing in the snow when it’s sunny.
“The sun is always shining ionizing ul...
Dietary fiber may not be the most exciting nutrient, but it’s a key part of any healthy eating plan. It’s also vital for helping keep your digestive system functioning…er, regularly.
And most of us aren’t getting enough of it.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the general recommendation for daily fiber intake is 25 grams for adult women and 38 grams for adult men.
But one survey found that only 5 percent of us are meeting those fiber goals.
Here’s what you need to know abou...
From melting ice caps and rising sea levels to record-breaking temps and bigger and more destructive storms, we can see the impact of climate change all around us. One place you might not realize climate change's consequences, though, is your sleep.
Had a good cry recently? Crying is a natural reaction to experiencing intense emotion. It’s often associated with feelings of sadness, but you may also shed tears when you’re overwhelmed with joy or gratitude, experiencing pain, or having a hearty laugh.
Whatever the reason, can crying burn calories?
If your online grocery carts contained extra bottles of booze in 2020, you’re not alone.
In September 2020, a study conducted by the RAND Corporation found that overall drinking was up an average of 14 percent for Americans in the last year, in large part due to pandemic-related stress.
Especially concerning was the increase of “heavy drinking” — consuming five or more drinks within a couple of hours for men, or four or more drinks within a couple of hours for women.
Women, in particular, saw...
No matter how dedicated you are, it can happen: Your sweat sessions get sidelined by an illness, an injury, a vacation, a hectic week at work, or, you know, a worldwide pandemic.
If your fitness goals have been put on pause, you may be wondering how to start working out again. It depends on how long your exercise hiatus has been, explains Michael Julom, an ACE-certified personal trainer, CrossFit athlete, and founder of This Is Why I’m Fit.
If it’s only been a few weeks off, don’t stress.
A good night’s sleep can often be hard to come by, but in 2020, it seemed extra challenging, right? As we start to see a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, though, there may be added motivation to get more shuteye.
Studies show that getting regular, quality sleep can have an impact on not only your immune system’s ability to fight off sickness but also help your body mount a better response to getting a vaccine. Here’s why you should make getting a good night’s sleep a top priority bef...
Here’s the thing about motivation: It requires constant renewing to be effective.
It’s not enough to just get motivated for one workout, one well-balanced meal, or one meditation session. Pushing past plateaus and accomplishing goals require that we get motivated every single day — to lace up those shoes again, to grab an apple instead of chips again, to refill your water bottle again.
Finding that day-to-day motivation isn’t always easy. Maybe you recently started a new workout but you’re fi...
2020 has been anything but restful. There’s been national disasters and economic hardship, racial unrest, a global pandemic, and a turbulent election—and that was on top of all of your regular life issues like kids, relationships, money, health issues, and work!
It’s safe to say all of that stress has probably wreaked havoc on your sleep. In fact, research out of the journal Sleep Medicine finds the pandemic specifically has caused an increase in insomnia.
As you head into 2021, it’s time to ...
Depending where you live, your kids may be doing virtual school (and PE) online. Your gym may be closed. Your kid's sports team may not be practicing. In some areas, even parks are closed. All this - and months of this! - can make an active family get pretty stir-crazy. Luckily winter offers a way to get outside and active while still prioritizing safety: hitting the slopes.
Of course venturing outside with others right now does have inherent risks. However, skiing or snowboarding both have s...
Chances are, you’ve heard someone complaining about their “muffin top”
Alas, they’re not talking about perfectly-crusty top of a blueberry muffin or pumpkin muffin.More likely, the “muffin top” in question is a common problem area around the midsection and includes what many people refer to as love handles.
Here’s what causes this stubborn belly fat and what you can do to prevent it.
Winter brings chilly mornings, cozy evenings by the fire, and — for many of us — dry skin.
Dry skin can lead to cracking, chapping, itchiness, irritation, and even infection. So if your skin isn’t as dewy as it was in the warmer months, you may be looking for the best body lotion for dry skin.“Maintaining the skin barrier is essential to the functioning of healthy skin,” explains Susan Van Dyk, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Van Dyke Aesthetics in Scottsdale, Arizona. “...