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Beauty
Published Monday Mar 02, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

Skincare After Your Workout: Expert Advice for Your Post-Gym Routine

Fitness
Beauty

It’s no secret that a great workout is good for your health. It’s also no secret that workouts can sometimes contribute to unwanted breakouts, dry skin, and the appearance of fine lines. While seemingly unavoidable, there are skincare routines you can practice after your workout to keep you hydrated and luminescent. We asked Dermatologist’s Choice founder and award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B, for recommendations for avoiding post-workout acne, preventing wrinkles, and maintaining glowing skin. Here’s everything you need to know. 
 

woman cleansing face

On eliminating post-workout acne and breakouts: 

According to Dr. B, “Leaving excess sweat on the skin can lead to infections and clogged 
pores which cause stubborn acne.” So after that hardcore cycling class, the last thing you should do is go straight to lunch without cleansing. “Immediately after exercise, when the face is sweaty and oily, use Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to cleanse your pores of sweat and oil to prevent and treat acne breakouts and fine lines.” What’s a glycolic peel cleansing pad, you ask? These powerful pads cleanse and remove sweat, oil, and debris that collects on your skin during a workout. The result is almost immediate, and the application is easy. Just store a pack in your gym bag so you can cleanse your face quickly and go get that post-workout smoothie bowl! 
 

Pre-Bath Oil and Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads

What exactly is glycolic acid? Is it safe?

Let’s break this down: Glycolic acid is a non-toxic, all-natural, safe-for-all-skin-types alpha hydroxy acid,  naturally derived from sugar cane. Dr. B shares, “Glycolic acid penetrates into the dermis (the second layer of skin) where the collagen is (and where the wrinkles are)... Once you get to the second layer, you force the body to rejuvenate the collagen we lose as we age. It takes off a dead layer of skin as well and cleans out the pores. It’s also gentle enough to be used daily and even on sensitive skin. It is the natural, over the counter competitor to Retin-A.” Once applied to the skin, it enters the pores and activates a cell renewal process, breaking down the “glue” holding the top layer of skin together, so that the fresh layer can emerge. When the top layer of skin falls and flakes off, it removes unwanted acne, fine lines, and skin pigmentation. Essentially, you make way for a “new” layer of clearer, brighter skin! That’s pretty amazing. 

It should be noted, though, that not all glycolic acid is made equal. “A non-neutralized glycolic does tingle and may cause redness, but it also works,” Dr. B says. “The stinging is because it is an acid. It goes into the pores and takes off a layer of skin…getting the dead layer of skin off looks better. It’s working better if you see mild irritation and/or some redness.” Many products on the market today advertise “pure” glycolic, but in reality, these products are neutralized (made ineffective) because the manufacturers think that the tingling effects of strong glycolic will scare off consumers. The reality is glycolic can’t hurt or burn the skin—it’s completely safe. These neutralized products sound flashy but won’t do anything for your skin. But, when you feel the tingle (like you will with DermChoice products), you’re only hours away from clearer, brighter, and healthier skin. 
 

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Working out every day means showering every day. What can we do about super dry, post-shower skin?

Showering frequently or after every workout dries out your skin by stripping it of the natural oils and moisture. We are not saying you should walk around with a post-workout sweat smell by skipping the shower post that intense cycling or bootcamp class. But there are preventative measures you can take to make sure your skin stays moist, your body stays clean, and your friends and coworkers stay happy to be around you. Meet Pre-Bath Oil. “I developed the Pre-Bath Oil after a patient with eczema (clinically irritated and dry skin) could not find relief from over-the-counter lotions and prescriptions,” Dr. B said. “The patient told me he applied the oil before entering the shower and experienced relief right away. That’s when I knew we had a winning formula, and I have been recommending the Pre-Bath Oil to all my patients with dry skin ever since.” This easy-to-use product is far more effective than lotion for those who shower daily. Just apply it all over your face and body before entering the bath or shower. This will create a protective barrier on your skin’s surface. Plus, oil penetrates deeper than lotion, so the Pre-Bath Oil will thoroughly moisturize the deeper layers of your skin, soothing dryness and irritation.

Bonus: DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance. Their products are certified cruelty-free and formulated with natural and organic ingredients—and they actually work. Talk about a win-win!


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Dr. B Dermatologist
Written by
Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
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.
I chose to 'swerk' inside
Fitness
Published Wednesday Nov 04, 2020 by Sara Lesher

So, I Tried an Online Twerk Fitness Class...

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Dance

Have you ever come across a fitness class on Instagram and thought, that looks so fun, only to scroll on by knowing you’d never in a million years actually sign up for it? Because, same.  
For me, it’s always been dance. Pole dancing, twerking, salsa, ballet, Zumba... I don’t even think twice about booking. There is no way in hell I’m heading into a studio with a bunch of strangers and attempting to follow along to some moves I’ve never tried before.  

...and then there was COVID.  

When studios everywhere started to shut down, virtual fitness started to blow up—and all of the sudden, I had the opportunity to try basically anything without leaving my house (or feeling at all embarrassed). It was a silver lining and a kick in the ass all wrapped into one.  


Finding a Virtual Dance Class 

I started small, doing the classes I was most comfortable with. Once I had perfected my online yoga routine, I needed a little more oomph, so, I stepped it up to HIIT. I was proud of myself for getting back into the swing of things after a long the-world-is-ending-so-I-don't-need-to-work-out break. But still, I hadn’t fully gotten out of my comfort zone. I had taken in-person yoga and HIIT classes before, so even though I had tried out some new studios online, I had a general idea of what to expect.  

Then, my coworkers told me about Rachel Vickhouse and MVP Dance Fit. Rachel and some other badass, beautiful ladies coined the phrase “Lift Your Booty, Love Your Body ™,” and that’s what MVP Dance Fit is all about. They told me this studio offered twerk fitness classes, and that right now, they’re not only offering virtual, but they’re giving one free class to all newbies, too. 
I was curious.  


Sweat + Work + Twerk = Swerk 

Without really looking into it much further, I trusted my coworkers and signed up for the signature “Swerk” class (Sweat, Work, Twerk) to take after work one day.  

Or so I thought...  

My first mistake was not checking the time zone before booking. I thought I was signing up for a class at 5:30 PM, but turns out, the studio is in Ohio. Seeing that I live in California, my timing was all off. Luckily, I realized my mistake when I received the link to join the class in my inbox, and I had time to get ready to twerk in the middle of my workday (whoops).  

I usually exercise out on my deck, but there was no way I was going to give my neighbors a free show (although I’m sure it would’ve spiced up their Monday). So, there I was—at 2:30 PM on a Monday afternoon, dragging my coffee table to the side, shutting my blinds and curtains, filling up my water bottle, and getting ready to dance like no one was watching. 


Here’s what it was like to Swerk 

When I logged on, I saw lots of faces on the screen. One woman was dancing while doing her laundry, another was rocking to the beat in her living room, and another had a prime weight room setup I was pretty jealous of. About half of the participants had their cameras turned on and were starting to warm up (AKA dance around) to the Drake song that was playing, while the other half kept their videos off. Because these women looked like seasoned pros, and I was a total newbie, I opted to keep mine off. (Yes, this is 100% an excuse. I know you see right through me.)  

Then, Rachel herself appeared onscreen with French braids and bright pink lipstick. I’ve never seen someone with more energy—I swear, I think she was drinking Diet Coke out of her tumbler, but I can’t be sure. She let everyone know there were a bunch of first-timers in class, and they’d all have to show us how it’s done (no pressure). She asked if anyone had any song requests, and the chat started popping off.  

After that, there was no messing around. The first song started playing, and she got right to it. Right about now, I was so glad I had my camera off because I must’ve looked ridiculous. She was moving so fast, and I was stumbling trying to keep up.  

She went from sliding left to right, to dropping low, to lifting a leg and landing in a squat, to hands-on-the-floor-ass-in-the-air, all in the span of a song. 

But after just a few minutes, I started getting the hang of it. The choreography repeated, with different moves for different parts of the song, and once I figured them out, I was able to keep up.  
As soon as I got the hang of song #1, we were onto the next. And I love a challenge, so I was ready. Throughout class, we switched from more cardio-intensive songs to leg-focused dances involving squats and lunges. Halfway through, I was sweating. I couldn’t believe how much fun I was having, while also getting such a good workout at the same time.  


Here’s a peek at what it looked like.

At the end, I was so proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone, and I definitely felt the high of a great workout on a day when I was feeling some serious Monday energy (or lack of energy) beforehand. I’m so thankful virtual was an option, because, without it, I don’t know if I ever would’ve tried a class like this. 

During class, I knew I’d end up being sore, and over the next few days, I proved myself right. The next morning, I stood up out of bed and I felt it in my quads and glutes. Thinking I’d be good by the weekend, I planned an eight-mile hike for Saturday morning with some friends. I was so sore I thought they were going to have to leave me on the mountain. Thanks, Rachel. 


Here’s what I wish I knew going in... 

1.    Check the time zone. 


Luckily, I figured it out just in time, but if I didn’t check my email, I easily could’ve missed my class. The beauty of online fitness classes is you can book them at studios all over the world. But, with that, comes time differences. Whenever you’re booking a virtual class, make sure you check the time zone and figure out where the studio is located, so you don’t have to ditch your afternoon meetings. (Unless that’s what you’re going for. Then, more power to you.) 

2.    Wear shoes. 


This might seem obvious, but to me, it wasn’t. When I was getting ready to start class, I wasn’t sure if I needed to wear shoes or if I should have a yoga mat, towel, or weights ready. I wasn’t really sure of anything, to be honest. So, after I made some space in my living room, I looked up MVP Dance Fit on Instagram to see if I could find some answers. From the looks of it, no equipment was necessary, and shoes were probably a good idea. So, if you’re reading this, I hope I saved you some trouble. All you need is some shoes and a little bit of space. 

3.    Know that no one’s watching you.  


Camera or not, no one can really see what you’re doing. And no one cares. I started off the class in gallery mode so I could see everyone, but to follow along with Rachel’s movements, I had to have her on full screen, and I couldn’t pay attention to anyone else in class. Having the camera on just gives everyone the sense that you’re in class together, just like you would be in person. So, maybe next time, I’ll toughen up and leave it on.  

4.    Maybe have some caffeine.  


Should I be encouraging that? I don’t know. But man, that girl had a lot of energy. And dancing takes a lot out of you. About halfway through, when I started getting tired, I wished I’d had something caffeinated before to get me through. But maybe that’s just me. The good music and Rachel’s encouragement definitely got me going, and I had a lot of fun with it. 

5.    Try it with friends. 


Distracting or helpful? I’m not sure. But I do know it would’ve been so fun to have seen all my friends dancing around in little boxes on the screen from their respective houses. And since the first class is free, it probably wouldn’t have been too hard to convince them. So, if you’re planning on trying it out, get some friends to join! I’m sure it’ll be fun to talk about after. 
 
I’d recommend this class to anyone who likes hip-hop and wants to spice up their routine. If you’ve thought about trying a twerk fitness class, just do it already. There are literally no more excuses (coming from someone who would literally never set foot in a dance studio for real).  

Maybe pole dancing is more up your alley, or maybe you’ve never tried a HIIT class before. Whatever it is, just know that it's the perfect time to get over your exercise embarrassment and try something new. 
 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).