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As we adjust to life during this challenging time, it’s crucial, now more than ever, to maintain your health, both physical and mental. And while this can be difficult, it’s not impossible. All you have to do is find the time and willpower to adjust your wellness habits to your current surroundings. Fortunately, thanks to technology and express shipping, you don’t have to make compromises with your fitness and beauty routines. Here’s how:
The Best at-Home Workout Apps and Streaming Services
“Along with being great for body and mind, exercise plays a very important role in the health of your skin. Increasing circulation will help to move toxins and keep your skin fresh and dewy,” says Moon.
Of course, even if you have no skin issues you should still find time to exercise at home as there are so many benefits to it including boosting your immune system, which is essential right now. The American Heart Association recommends two and a half hours of cardio per week or 75 minutes if your workouts are especially grueling. We know that motivating yourself to get up from the sofa can be challenging but these workout apps will make it easier to maintain your fitness level:
Want to shoot 3-pointers like Stephen Curry? Or how about learning the basics of gymnastics from the most decorated American gymnast of all time (that’s Simone Biles, by the way)? You can do all of that plus a lot more from some of the world’s most talented athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, and chefs if you sign up for Master Class—arguably one of the best online learning platforms.
The annual membership gives you unlimited access to all classes, videos and downloadable workbooks on your phone, TV, iPad, or any other device.
To buy: $180/year, masterclass.com
Don’t worry you don’t have to invest in Peloton’s equipment to be able to take advantage of the company’s app. In fact, you don’t need to own any gear, Peloton-branded or otherwise, to participate in one of the thousands of fitness classes that you get access to. Whether you are into HIIT, strength training, or simply need a good stretching session, you can find it all on Peloton.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Peloton is now offering a 90-day free trial (as opposed to just 30) so you really have no excuse not to give it a try.
Obé may be just two years old but the company is incredibly popular thanks to their signature 28-minute (very intense) workouts. The membership gives you access to 100 live classes per week and an on-demand library of even more workouts ranging from yoga, barre, stretching, cardio and many more. The classes are super fun and you may even learn a new move or two if you opt to try out any of the dance sessions.
Now through August 16th, 2020, US American Express Card Members are eligible to redeem a 2-month free trial to obé fitness monthly membership. Trials are only available to new obé fitness subscribers and only for the monthly membership.
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The Best Meditation Apps
To deal with anxiety caused by the novel coronavirus, the Harvard Medical School recommends practicing yoga, meditation, and controlled breathing. Whether it’s five minutes or an hour, you the benefits of practicing any one of the three have been scientifically proven. These apps will make it so much easier to get into the habit at home:
A lot of meditation apps only offer meditation sessions but Calm takes a more well-rounded approach to your wellbeing—breathing exercises, sleep, and non-fiction stories sometimes narrated by celebrities (hello, Matthew McConaughey!), calming music and natural sounds, as well as exclusive mindfulness classes (there is one with LeBron James, for example) teach you how to deal with stress and anxiety by helping you create long-term healthy habits.
Now, eligible American Express Card Members can get a complimentary first year of Calm Premium membership and receive half off of their second, if you enroll between May 18 and September 30, 2020. Card Members are also eligible for the first year free if they had a membership and then canceled.
Click here to start your free membership.
Arguably one of, if not, the most popular yoga apps right now. Actually, we stand corrected, it’s a yoga, meditation, and pilates app. Glo started out as a yoga studio in Santa Monica, California, by brothers Derik and Ryan Mills whose goal was to make yoga accessible to as many people as possible regardless of their location.
Now, there are more than 4,000 on-demand classes divided into 16 styles taught by world-class instructors. If that’s too overwhelming the app will recommend classes based on your experience, style and teacher preferences. So whether you are a complete rookie or have been practicing for years, there is a class for you on Glo.
Click here to start your 15-day free trial.
Headspace is a community of over 60 million people all united by their commitment to mindfulness. If you become a member you will get a new meditation session every day and get access to guided breathing exercises and videos that will not only improve your mood and overall wellbeing but also help you sleep better.
There is also a ton of useful information on Headspace’s website about how meditation can help you deal with anxiety and stress.
Click here to start your free two-week trial.
Spa-Worthy Beauty Treatments
“Skincare should be consistent. I always recommend an at-home facial every week, which is my routine. Do it on the same day each week and it should include a good cleanse, an exfoliation, and a mask to address your skin’s needs whether it is to hydrate, heal and soothe, or to rejuvenate,” says Rita Moon, lead aesthetician at Hawanawana Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Lāna‘i at Koele, A Sensei Retreat, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resort property.
She recommends taking “a cocktail approach” when using serums.
“I think the two most important antioxidants are Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid. Use the Vitamin C at night and the Hyaluronic acid in the morning. It is a humectant and will help to draw moisture to your skin all day.”
If a retinol product is part of your skincare routine, she recommends applying Vitamin C first and then the retinol. Since retinol can irritate some skin types and it will also make you sun sensitive, go slow with it as your skin will thin a bit. Moon’s favorite organic skincare line is OSEA Malibu. The brand has an excellent Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish that will make your skin more radiant and help with hyperpigmentation thanks to its formula that is enriched with Pomegranate Enzymes.
Here are a few other suggestions for face masks and treatments that will help you maintain a beaming complexion even if you skip a couple of visits to your facialist.
Guinot Nutrition Confort Mask
The secret of this nutrition mask, used in thousands of spas around the country and in Europe, is the potent blend of oils (rosemary, thyme, and jojoba) that deliver an instant boost of hydration that will leave your skin looking brighter, younger, and more plump after only ten minutes.
This miracle treatment also targets fine lines and other signs of aging so it’s also perfect for a more mature skin.
To buy: $44, dermstore.com
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
This best-selling natural mask delivers a healthy glow in no time. It is formulated with BHA from white willow bark that deeply penetrates the pores and pomegranate enzymes that remove dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, glowing complexion.
To buy: $65, tataharperskincare.com
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask
If you have acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, this face mask is your one-way ticket to clear and smooth complexion. It is a clay-based treatment with blue tansy oil—an ingredient known for its anti-inflammatory and skin-calming effects—that removes impurities and dead skin cells and unclogs pores.
To buy: $48, dermstore.com
One Ocean Detox Mask
One Ocean is a sustainable beauty brand that formulates its products with powerful, marine ingredients sourced from around the world. This mask purifies and exfoliates the skin at the same time thanks to a blend of blue spirulina algae,marine silt, and coconut shell particles.
The result is pretty impressive—after only 15 minutes, your skin looks brighter, feels softer, and has sports a healthy slow.
To buy: $78, oneoceanbeauty.com
Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
We don’t use the term lightly but this mask has definitely reached cult status. Thanks to its powerful blend of anti-oxidant berries and Vitamin C, it hydrates and nourishes the skin overnight to give you the glowing complexion of your dreams. If your skin is dull and very dry, use it every night as the last step of your night-time beauty routine and you’ll notice your skin becoming not just more plump but also less prone to breakouts.
To buy: $48, Sephora.com
La Prairie's Cellular 3-Minute Peel
A quick and effective peel that helps reveal younger cells resulting in a skin that is more radiant and refreshed. La Prairie’s peel is easy to apply using the brush that comes with it and acts in only three minutes without irritating your skin.
To buy: $250, neimanmarcus.com
La Mer The Brilliance Brightening Mask
This two-step serum-and-cream mask will leave your face looking like you just had a pampering facial at the spa. Its powerful formula contains La Mer’s proprietary “Miracle Broth”—a cell-renewing extract infused with Giant Sea Kelp that is known for its self-regenerating powers.
Apply a few drops of the soothing primer first and then follow with the gel cream. Allow it to act for eight minutes and then massage it gently into your skin. If you’re worried about hyperpigmentation or dark spots, you will love this brightening mask.
To buy: $250, Sephora.com
L.Raphael Correcting Mask
You may not be able to go to the Four Seasons spa in New York City but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the same treatments at home.
This anti-aging face mask that is a favorite at the property delivers younger-looking results in 20 minutes. Its formula helps the natural cell renewal process of the skin and locks in moisture. Over time, it also helps with collagen production and skin brightening.
To buy: $225, l-raphael.com