Let’s Talk About: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those things that your mother has been harassing gently reminding you about for years. And just like sensible shoes and higher thread-count sheets, she is totally right. The huge bummer about sunscreen is that you often times don’t realize just how important it is until some damage – Either major or minor – Has already been done.

It’s preventative – So start early babies, start early!

So what are we going to talk about today? My favorite brands, my picks for different kinds of days, and my routine.

Daily:

I wear it every single day. Moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen – That’s my skin care routine each morning. Even for long work days when it’s dark when I leave for the office and dark when I get home.

It doesn’t matter that I’m never in direct sunlight, sunscreen is still a vital part of my daily routine.

But since I’m not out running around in the sun, I choose a slightly less heavy-duty variety. I change products fairly regularly, but go back to some standbys between new trials, so here are some of my favorites:

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Outdoor Days:

When I’m getting sweaty outside I like to amp things up, so here are my picks for running days, long hikes, and hanging outside on warmer weekends.

Vacation:

When I’m on vacay somewhere warm, humid, or tropical, I like to step up my skin care game. Traveling itself is drying and rough on your skin, so I like to give my skin some additional TLC while I’m also protecting it.

Tell me about YOUR sunscreen routine! What’s your favorite brand or product that I should try?

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Clarins Body Fit | Upgrade Your Self Care Routine

Creating luxurious little rituals in your daily life is a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy the moment. From savoring a cup of tea without the distraction of your phone to going for a hike to enjoy a beautiful view – You’re giving yourself a little love and boosting your mood.

When I heard about Clarins’s new Body Fit campaign, I was quite interested. While I love feeding my skin through healthy nutrition and fitness, I’m also a devoted fan of trying new skin care products. And this new product, from French luxury beauty house Clarins, is intended to add a step to your fitness routine and produce firmer, smoother, lifted skin.

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Color me intrigued!

And when I saw the skin care application video I knew I had to try it. They may call it an anti-cellulite self massage, but I call it self-love!

Spending a few minutes applying a luxurious cream, relaxing, breathing deeply, and focusing on yourself is just what a girl in this crazy, hectic world needs. It’s also the perfect addition to the nighttime routine I’ve been working on this year. My goal is to spend some time on myself every night – A bath, meditation, and journaling.

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Clarins Body Fit is the ideal addition to my routine – So I decided to take the challenge!

Have YOU tried Body Fit? Would you?

Note: While this post is sponsored by Clarins my opinions, of which I have many, are all my own.

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Skin Care for Beginners | Drugstore Products

I wish that I religiously used sunscreen growing up.

I wish that I understood the value of eye cream in my twenties.

I wish that I had been interested in maintaining my skin’s health.

But, in reality, my skin care routine was minimal to nonexistent for most of my twenties. It didn’t interest me, nor did I have the time or money to focus on things of those nature.

It wasn’t until I turned thirty that I started to appreciate what a quality skin care routine could mean for the face that I present to the world. Incidentally, that’s about the time that I started to enjoy yoga as well. Maybe there’s something about putting yourself first and enjoying the luxury of “me time” that you learn to appreciate around that age…?

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{Alba Hawaiian Facial Mask // St. Ives Scrub // L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream // RoC Multi Correction Cream}

And you don’t have to spend a fortune at a department store or a specialty beauty shop. You can what you need to get started on a better skin care routine at your local drugstore!

Do YOU have a favorite drugstore find that I’ve missed?

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February Favorites

Welcome to my February Favorites round-up! After sharing some products, snacks, and accessories I was loving at the beginning of the year in my January Favorites post, I’m back to share a few more Must Haves!

SweetGreen – I knew that I was going to love SweetGreen after hearing raves from my New York friends, but was still blown away when it finally came to San Francisco. My favorite bowl? Right now I’m loving the Spicy Sabzi.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pore – I loooovvveee this mask. I’ve used this in the past and really enjoyed it, but I also like trying new products so I’ve gotten away from using it regularly. I just reordered it from Sephora and I’ve already fallen back in love.

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{Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pore}

Sweet Potatoes – I’ve always loved sweet potatoes, but have rediscovered their amazingness lately. From orange to purple – I’ve been adding them to everything!

Barre – From Avant-Barre to Dailey Method, I’ve been loving getting my booty kicked at barre classes lately. I love the low impact side of these workouts, but they still KILL you!

Trade Joe’s Ginger Pear White Tea – I’ve been taking a break from caffeine and love this mellow blend. It smells delicious too which is always a bonus.

What was on YOUR hit list for February? Any reoccurring favorites?

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Race Training for the Injured

As a long-time athlete, I’ve learned a lot about my body. For the most part, I can tell when I should sit something out, and when I can push myself. I’ve trained and competed while injured many times of the years. Broken collarbones {gymnastics}, dislocated shoulders {volleyball}, and spinal injuries {diving} haven’t done much to slow me down over the years. But what they have done is taught me how to listen to my body and how to train smarter instead of longer/harder.

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Leggings & Tank – Fabletics

Active Colorblock Windbreaker – Forever 21

Sneakers – Saucony

Here are a few things that I’ve learned to apply to my programming over the years:

  1. Rest when needed – No matter how careful you are with training, you will hit a wall at some point. You need to learn to listen to your body and realize when fatigue can’t be pushed through.
  2. Recovery is vital – Giving your body time to recover is important, but you also need to think about the foods that you put in your body which also impact your recovery.
  3. Fuel is everything – How you fuel your body before, during, and after training is imperative for keeping your body in top condition. All of your hard work will be wasted if you try to keep yourself going on Hot Pockets and Coke.
  4. Invest in your equipment – Whether that means a bike or running shoes, you want to research what will work best for your needs. Quality equipment can stave off injury as well as help you heal.

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So how have I applied these to my own training? With back and feet injuries, I realized that following a traditional half marathon training schedule wasn’t feasible. Attempting 2-3 runs a week left me in so much pain that I couldn’t get through all the runs and my cross-training.

What works for me is, like I spoke about in my Workout Schedule: Weight Training & Race Prep post, is one run a week. I do either a longer, somewhat slower run, or a shorter, faster run. From a cardiovascular standpoint I’m capable of running 13 miles if I manage my pace, so training is much more about preparing my body to take the intense physical beating. 3-7 miles once a week does just that – My joints and muscles stay in top shape, without being overworked to the point of increasing my pain levels.

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

I’m sure by now some of you are thinking – Why do you keep running?

Because I love it!

I started running in my 20’s to get outside when I became utterly sick of the gym, and I quickly became addicted. And I just LOVE racing. I may not be fast, but the excitement and fun and rush of race day is a total blast.

I’d love to try a half triathlon in the future, but for now I’m stick to a few foot races a year. In the past year I ran five – The Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Race, the San Francisco Half Marathon, the Women’s Health 10k to benefit the Feed Project, the Golden Gate Half Marathon, and the Kaiser Half Marathon.

Have YOU ever trained for a race or competition while injured? Any tips?

Reminder: I’m not a doctor and I don’t have background on your specific injury/injuries. Please do not take this post as a personal recommendation to you for race training – Please speak to your doctor about what would work best for you.

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