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Beauty
Published Sunday Mar 03, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Your Guide to an Eco-Friendly Beauty Routine

Beauty

While some may say “beauty is pain,” it shouldn’t be for Mother Earth. Something as small as buying stainless-steel razors instead of the plastic disposable ones can make a huge difference for your skin, and our precious planet. 

Here’s our easy, go-to guide on looking fabulous while switching to a sustainable beauty routine. Your body and the environment—will thank you!

 

Invest in simple, one-time swaps. 

essential oils

Whether it’s ditching the disposable razors for a long-lasting stainless-steel safety razor, wearing a more natural fragrance made of essential oils instead of perfume, or using a washcloth instead of swabs, small habits can play a much bigger role in a sustainable routine. Plus, you’ll save some money and reduce your impact! 

 

Brush up your routine. 

eco-friendly makeup brushes

It’s time to trade in your old school, animal-hair makeup brushes. Opt for an eco-friendly alternative when it comes to makeup application. Brushes crafted from sustainable materials—like bamboo—are not only cruelty-free, but synthetic bristles are less expensive and easier to wash.

 

Choose double-duty products. 

shampoo bars eco-friendly

Switching your everyday self-care items to ones that serve multiple purposes equals less waste for the environment and extra money in your pocket. Did you know a shampoo bar from Lush can last up to 80 washes? That’s around two to three bottles of its liquid counterpart! There are other brands that have bars for both your hair and body, so you only need one product in your shower. It’s eco- and travel-friendly!


Save water. 

tips on saving water shower

In an average home, a normal shower lasts around 8 minutes and uses up over 17 gallons of water. Yikes! Want to conserve? Wash your face with a biodegradable, rinse-free facial wipe to gently exfoliate and remove buildup while using less water. If you’re seriously committed, shave two to three minutes off your shower time by setting a timer on your phone to hold yourself accountable.


Nail the eco-friendly game. 

eco-friendly nail polishes

What kind of polish you put on your nails matters. From bright corals to natural nudes, there are plenty of brands committed to creating non-toxic polish free of chemicals and additives. Try one of Base Coat’s plant-based 105 custom colors that are safe for your skin—and the Earth. Or shop the adorable Ella + Mila hues at Target for just $10 (every shade is chemical-free!).  


What products are you using? Start making an impact through small, manageable lifestyle changes to your beauty routine that are cost-effective and help the planet! 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!