The Checkup: The Daily Exercise You Should Be Doing (But Aren’t)

• We hear you: You’ve already penciled all your workouts for the week into your calendar. (And we applaud you.) Still, there’s one type of exercise you probably aren’t doing, and you may want to start: facial exercise. Yes, as in a workout for your face, designed to halt signs of aging. Hey, it’s cheaper than Botox, right? [Byrdie]

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The Checkup: The Breakout-Banishing Smoothie to Chug When Your Skin Has Turned on You

• As I type this, I am trying my best to not be distracted by the piercing sensation of a nagging pimple attempting to break into the world via the left side of my chin. So, I will be making this skin-clearing smoothie — loaded with the likes of turmeric, cilantro, ginger, collagen and more — the minute I can get my hands on a blender. If you’re dealing with pesky skin woes, you may want to follow suit. [MindBodyGreen]

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Best of Philly 2017: Acupuncture Is the New Botox

Philadelphia magazine’s brand new Best of Philly issue has arrived, both online and on newsstands. In the issue, you’ll find the best in everything from fitness studios to brow grooming to brewpubs. Below, a little taste of this year’s issue.

It’s funny, I thought to myself as I drifted peacefully into that weird stage just before sleep, that having a dozen needles stuck in your face can actually be relaxing. I was lying on a table, a heat lamp warming my toes, in a sage-walled treatment room of the Healing Arts Center in Old City while founder Steven Mavros moved quietly around me. On the center’s website is a long list of reasons why people do acupuncture — weighty concerns like infertility (for which Steve has cultivated a loyal following), MS and migraines. Which is why I appreciated the decidedly un-hippie vibe of both the office and the man. I was here for wrinkles.

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10 Dos and Dont’s of Dealing With Sunburn, According to Philly Skincare Pros

So, we all know that sunburn is something that should be avoided at all costs. I mean, at this point, using sunscreen is a no-brainer. Plus, we know the havoc exposing ourselves to sun damage can wreak on our skin, in addition to all the other summertime skin mistakes that you may be making.

But even the folks who are on their sunscreen A-game sometimes walk away from the beach a little (or a lot) burnt. Whether every nook and cranny on your back wasn’t covered in sunscreen (lookin’ at you, significant others) or a new layer wasn’t applied in time, the fact of the matter is: Shit happens. So, for if a sunburn shows up your body, despite your diligent care to avoid it, we asked three Philly skincare pros to spill on their top tips and tricks for treating, healing and dealing with it. Below, Ashley Richardson, esthetician and owner of  Green City Beauty, Emily Watson, esthetician and founder of BeautyxEdit,  and Naomi Fenlin, owner of About Face Skincare and certified medical esthetician, have shared their dos and dont’s of sunburn care.
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The Checkup: A Full Year’s Worth of Totally Doable Weight-Loss Tips

• BuzzFeed is an unlikely treasure trove of weight-loss tips. And being the kind people they are, they’ve compiled a bunch of their useful weight-loss posts full of totally doable tips — think: ban mindless couch eating (done!) — into a GIANT master list featuring 333 doable weight-loss tips. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, maybe read a tip a day as food for thought. Skipping weekends (because you gotta give yourself a break), that’s a full year’s worth of tips to take in! [BuzzFeed]

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Fact: Your Showers Are Probably Way Too Long, Experts Say

I used to loathe showering just as much as I loathe anyone who unnecessarily takes up two subway seats during morning rush hour. I am well aware that this shower-averse sentiment may seem, well, gross. But I just always found showering to be so … boring. This all changed when I got a portable speaker that I could bring with me into the bathroom. Cue a bangin’ Bruno Mars soundtrack (call me embarrassing, I don’t care) and daily dance-party showers that last, oh, somewhere around 25 minutes. So when I, in all my newfound shower-loving glory, stumbled onto this post on Furthermore this morning, outlining the shower mistakes athletes make, I nearly let out a shriek of disappointment.

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