This is a big race weekend, with the Love Run and the Back on My Feet 5-Miler both going down. And if you’re running either of those races, you’re going to want to hold onto your bib! Mount Airy’s Y2B Fit is offering a free drop-in class to runners who bring their bibs from certain spring races with them to the studio. Yasssss.
Lately, the skin on my face has felt like an overstuffed plastic grocery bag that’s stretched to the point that it’s juuuust about to break and dump my groceries all over the sidewalk: taut, that is, thanks to a seeming inability to retain any ounce of hydration, and unpredictable. I keep a container of Kiehl’s moisturizer in my bag and dab it on dry spots about as often as I blink my eyes or wonder what Kanye West is doing at this very moment. (So, often.)
Recently, as I spotted yet another flaky dry spot on my chin as I washed my hands in the office bathroom, I wondered, WAIT, what if I’m washing my face too much? After all, experts say that washing your body too much (chances are, you probably are, by the way) can dry out your skin, along with wiping out beneficial good bacteria. According to skin pros, you really only need to shower once — get this — every two to three days. What if the key to perfectly moisturized, Kendall Jenner-like skin was just to cut my number of face washes in half?
After this thought popped into my head, I made the decision: I wasn’t going to wash my face the next morning. Instead, when I woke up the next day, I just gave my face a quick rinse, moisturized and went to work. And my skin really did feel a bit less dry. I repeated the next day, but then I got worried about clogged pores and went back to my usual morning-and-evening face-wash routine. Then, this morning, I stumbled across a blog post on Man Repeller titled “You’re Probably Washing Your Face Too Much.” It was like they were talking directly to me.
Whenever I go to Whole Foods, I peruse the beauty aisle in the same way I peruse the Lululemon website. That is, with very little intention of purchasing anything unless it’s on sale, because a face moisturizer that costs the same as a week’s worth of Sweetgreen salads (lookin’ at you, Dr. Hauschka) — no matter how lovely and Goop-appropriate the packaging — just does not fit into my budget. And this, my friends, is why Whole Foods Market’s Beauty Bags, a piece of their annual Beauty Week celebrations, are like a gift dropped from the heavens. In said bag, you get 11 popular beauty products from the aisles of Whole Foods for — wait for it — 18 bucks.
• If you rely on over-the-counter nasal decongestant spray during spring allergy season like you usually rely on, say, water or air, you’re going to want to cut back. Turns out, ODing on nasal decongestant spray can actually leave you more congested. Say it with me: NOOOOOOO. [Women’s Health]
Ladies, ladies, ladies: Go ahead and clear your schedules for May 12th through 14th. That, my friends, is when the ladies behind Rise Gatherings will be putting on their very first “women’s transformative adult summer camp experience” at Camp Canadensis in the Poconos, about two hours from Philly. And the whole thing sounds like something I made up in a dream. Think: a weekend filled with waterfall hikes, rock climbing, yoga, vision and goal-setting workshops, 305 dance fitness classes (YASSS), and no boys allowed. I think that calls for another YASSSS.
• BREAKING NEWS: Starbucks now slings a packaged avocado spread that you can put on anything and everything, from a bagel to make your own avocado toast to the feta egg wrap to, well, whatever else you want avocado on. (Everything? Okay then.) That said, it looks kind of weird in that it’s dark green and appears watery in photos, so maaaaybe don’t get too excited until you actually try it. [Eater]
There are two things that signal to me that spring really is a comin’: 1) People preemptively donning shorts to go to brunch in 38-degree weather and 2) the announcement of when Yoga on the Pier will start up again. And we, my friends, have spotted both of these signs in the past few days. (Dear fellow humans of the world, please — I beg you — put on a pair of pants. There is SNOW on the ground.)
So, about Yoga on the Pier: In case you aren’t familiar with what it is, Yoga on the Pier is the beloved free yoga series (though donations are always very much welcome and appreciated) held at Race Street Pier in the warmer months, helmed by local yoga instructor Malik Wilson and made possible by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The views of the Ben Franklin Bridge from savasana are amazing. You can bring your (well-behaved) dog. You can bring your kid. Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome. And this year, they’ve added even MORE programming than they offered last year.
• Who knew you aren’t supposed to down your vitamins at the same time you chug your morning coffee? Not me. (Turns out, caffeine screws with the absorption of certain vitamins.) And who knew that you’re supposed rinse canned beans because they are covered — like completely drenched — in sodium? Not me. (Rinsing the beans knocks almost half of it off.) And another thing: Did you know that not all yogurt is probiotic-packed? Here, 10 nutrition mistakes that even healthy people fall victim to. [Washington Post]
You know what’s better than pressing snooze on a Monday morning? Rolling out of bed to go punch stuff. More specifically, rolling out of bed to go punch a heavy bag at Rittenhouse’s CKO Kickboxing. And you know what’s even BETTER than that? Punching things at CKO Kickboxing and then getting your savasana on at the neighboring CorePower Yoga. And that’s exactly how our morning starting at our Be Well Philly Underground Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana event today, alongside a crew of dedicated Be Well Philly Undergrounders who will officially serve as our Monday early-morning workout motivation heroes from here on out.