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There are millions of products and must-try tips to accompany your workout and wellness routine, but what is truly battle-tested when it comes to a sustainable beauty regimen? You give it your all when it comes to your fitness classes, and what you use should, too.
From silky smooth skin to feel-good sprays, we asked eight active MINDBODY boss ladies for the inside scoop on what they swear by every time they step out of the studio.
“My number one beauty rule post-workout is all about cleansing my face. I like to book last-minute fitness classes, but I never have my facewash on hand. That’s why I love Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Cloths. They are gentle on my sensitive skin, keep my pores clear and leave my face feeling super clean, no rinsing required!”
- Julia M., Product Manager, Marketing
“From barre to the barbell, you can touch a ton of different equipment everytime you exercise. But how clean is it really? Always remember to wash your hands. It might seem like an easy task, but how many times have you rushed out of class to get somewhere on time? Your skin and your immune system will thank you.”
- Yuki D., Executive Assistant
“When I am looking to replenish my skin after an intense workout, Elemis Superfood Facial Oil is my secret weapon. It’s lightweight antioxidant and omega-rich concentrated formula keeps my face feeling hydrated, healthy and radiant, without a greasy residue.”
- Lauren T., Product Manager
“I like to schedule a variety of fitness classes most days, which means I sweat…. a lot. To keep my skin feeling clean, nourished and hydrated before and after my workout, I invest in a skin spray, like Pretty Athletic’s Workout Glow: Hyaluronic Vitamin Tonic. Featuring natural ingredients like rosewater, avocado, and aloe vera, this refreshing and light tonic makes it easy for me to spritz, wipe and go! It’s seriously my gym savior.”
- Lydia C., PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
“If you don’t wash your hair every day, one good sweat session can have your recent blowout falling a little flat. Dry Shampoo always saves the day. It absorbs oil and keeps my hair feeling flawless. The whole no wash, no worries mantra fits my busy lifestyle and with products like Drybar’s Detox or Batiste Dry Shampoo, my style stays intact.”
- Natalie E., Manager, Product Management
“All those post-workout showers can really dry out your skin. I swear by Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. This six-ingredient balm works wonders with it’s all natural ingredients. I like to apply this cream before bed so I can fully reap the benefits of its moisturizing power. This lotion has a cult following for a reason!”
- Devin D., Social Media Manager
“I love to sneak a workout in during my lunch break, but I don’t always have time to shower before heading back to the office. My smell good savior that has me feeling confident in back-to-back meetings? Pacifica Coconut Milk & Pineapple Deodorant Wipes. These all-natural, aluminum-free wipes have a subtle scent that is soft on your skin and super effective. Plus, they are biodegradable, so you’re doing Mother Earth a favor, too.”
- Mariah M., Manager, Product Management
“Whether it’s to accompany my yoga practice or add a little *extra* zen to my day, an easy, homemade essential oil spray is key to my workout and wellness routine. I like to make my own with 6 ounces of aloe vera witch hazel water and 5-7 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils. Shaken up in a small glass spray bottle, it’s my instant dose of hydrating calm, no matter where I go or what my fitness goals are.”
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.