This Fitness Studio Is Giving Free Classes to Runners Who Bring in Spring Race Bibs

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.

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How Often Do You Really Need to Wash Your Face?

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.

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Make This Today: Shrimp Egg Drop Soup

Shrimp Egg Drop Soup | Photo by Rebecca Boyd

Shrimp Egg Drop Soup | Photo by Becca Boyd

March is a tricky month in Philly. We happily trade our parkas for bomber jackets only to get a blast of icy wind or even (please no) a freak snowstorm. It’s for this reason I love a spring soup. Light in calories but full of fiber and protein, it’s a way to prepare for bathing suit season while staying warm from the downright chilly early spring breezes.

This soup packs an amazing flavor punch. With garlic, ginger, soy, vinegar, sesame, honey and tamari this is umami rich. The broth itself is so flavorful with a delicate sweetness and a hit of spice in the back of your throat from the Sriracha. With a dinner this good (and warm!) to come home to, you can enjoy the extra hour of daylight outside, shivering with your friends.

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7 Unexpected Spots to Score Awesome Workout Gear in Philly

We’ve all been there: You realize that maaaaybe you’ve been rocking that T-shirt that was once white, but is now leaning much closer to a gray or yellow hue, and those shorts with a hole in the crotch (that is becoming increasingly noticeable) a bit too long. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it might be time to update your workout wardrobe. So, to take the guesswork out of the shopping experience, we asked some folks who wear workout clothes for a living — local fitness instructors — to dish on the unexpected spots where they find their favorite workout gear, right here in Philly and the ‘burbs.

Gina Mancuso of Core Fitness, Adriana Adelé of Three Queens Yoga and John Goldthorp of Fix Your Run spill on the hidden workout-gear gems nestled around town.  Read more »

Whole Foods Is Offering an Insane Deal on Beauty Products This Friday 

This year's Beauty Bag | Photo via Whole Foods Market

This year’s Beauty Bag | Photo via Whole Foods Market

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.

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There’s a New Summer Camp for Adults in the Poconos (And It Sounds Lovely)

Camp Canadensis | Photo courtesy Rise Gatherings

Camp Canadensis | Photo courtesy Rise Gatherings

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.

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Taste Test: We Tried Starbucks’ New Avocado Spread

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Here in Be Well Philly Land, avocado is life (see our Instagram for proof). So, when we caught wind of an organic avocado spread landing at Starbucks, we knew we had to try it … for the sake of our readers, of course. Now, we have tasted the lime-y, jalapeño-y organic avocado spread that you can buy from Starbucks and put on anything you damn well please. Below, our thorough analysis. Read more »

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