Let's face it (and this one is a tough fact): dairy is not good for your skin. Although many dermatologists aren't jumping on the dairy-free bandwagon, most aestheticians can agree that your skin is better off taking a break from it. We can imagine you're not convinced yet, but hear us out. Your skin might thank you!
Basically, it all comes down to this:
- Dairy products contain hormones that cause inflammation and insulin spikes that cause problem skin.
- Dairy cause your skin to produce excess sebum (that's a fancy word for oil) that clogs pores and breeds lots of acne causing bacteria.
- All dairy products contain these hormones, unfortunately nothing is a safe bet. Milk, cheese, kefir, even raw milk can't escape it!
It's pretty simple, but the resolution is what's hard. Giving up dairy is never an easy task, but it can be done!
Simply put, start with a slow taper on milk/dairy products for the next 90 days, and make sure to keep note of all the changes in your skin. After that, start working in milk alternatives wherever possible, we recommend coconut milk (I mean, who doesn't like coconuts?), but definitely not soy, as it messes with your hormones as well, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
In fact, DE is going to make it a bit easier for you; here's some dairy-free substitutes that we highly recommend:
Rice Milk: Ideal for people with allergies to the nutty alternatives.
Almond Milk: A good source of Magnesium and Vitamin E.
Coconut Milk: Has a low starch content and and is soy, gluten, and cholesterol free!
Hazelnut Milk: Rich in Vitamin C and Folic Acid,
Oat Milk: Cholesterol free and loaded with Vitamin E.
Hemp Milk: Rich in Omega 3.
Cashew Milk: Contains 38% of your daily need of Copper.
Yes, you can sneak some brie every once in awhile. We won't tell. But for your next latte? Go coconut. Or almond. Or hemp. Go wild!
Chances are, at least once through your weekly grocery shop, you’ve came across the word “probiotic”. If you dismissed it as another buzzword, there’s a billion reasons why you’re probably reading this. Literally. Probiotics, whatever you thought they were before, are your friends, and it’s about time you got acquainted with them.
What is a Probiotic? Why should I supplement?
Simply put, probiotics are bacterias with loads of benefits. Bacteria you say? Yes! A very good kind of bacteria, already living in your body, pulling their weight, keeping your gut healthy and keeping you in a general state of body wellness. They live in your GI tract and are constantly detoxifying it. Supplementing more probiotic bacteria promotes a healthy and varied amount of gut flora, which helps balance things and fight more of that unwanted stuff in your stomach. You’ll want to make (and keep) things right down there, because if they aren’t, you get all types of nasty digestive problems and even blemishes and break-outs. Not to mention, if you’ve got digestive problems right now, it’ll make things feel better. Easy enough, right? We thought so.
What are the benefits?
Supplementing with these little guys gives a lot of desirable effects:
- Helping with general digestive issues
- Helping with debilitating digestive diseases
- Protects against yeast build up, harmful bacterias and fungi
- Helps clear up skin issues
- Helps with oral health
And that’s not all! Scientists have been constantly researching the properties of probiotic bacteria, so the list will keep on growing and growing as time goes on.
What should I be looking for in a supplement?
There are many types of probiotic bacteria that are beneficial to you; both are various types of Lactobacillius and Bifidobacterium. But don’t let the word supplement fool you, while we’re using that in the literal sense of the word; you can find probiotic bacteria outside a pill or powder (and frankly, they all taste a lot better!). Look for probiotic cultures in yogurt (make sure it says so on the packaging, because many yogurts lose it during the pasturation process), kefir, miso, and even kimchi. There’s tons of food that has it, so get creative! However, if you feel that a pill or powder is better suited to your lifestyle, make sure it has well rounded selection of strains (usually five will do the trick).
And there it is folks, now you’ll be supplementing probiotics with the best of them; keeping your gut healthy, your skin glowing, and you body working. Not too shabby coming from billions of bacteria cultures, no?
So you're finally getting around to it... finding that perfect workout routine that's going to change the game, that is. It's been a long time coming, and after all of those false starts and impromptu splurge-y girls nights, you're ready to bite the bullet. Enough is enough! But as for finding a regular workout routine that you don't have to near-drag yourself to each and every morning? Well, there might just be a solution for all your exer-woes. We're talking, of course, about the boutique workout. Lets just say this isn't your Billy Blanks, Made-for-TV Tae Bo we're dealing with here. There's no three easy payments of $14.99, just highly-specialized routines that challenge your body, shape you right up and, of course, make it fun and addicting (even more so than your other vices, believe it or not!). We've even taken out the hardest part for you, and compiled a list of our favorites; so now, there's no excuse for not having a bit of get up and go. Let's get started!
1. SoulCycle: Everywhere
We're going to start off with the granddaddy of them all: SoulCycle is by far the most well known of the bunch, and you've probably heard it in passing at least once. The concept is simple; a workout based around cardio-heavy workouts (weights, jogging, dancing, and of course, cycling) with an emphasis on community, so you can rest assured that you're not in this alone. SoulCycle lasts around 45 minutes a class, and is ubiquitous; chances are no matter where you are in the world, a SoulCycle (or SoulCycle-esque) class is not far from you, making it one of the more convenient choices on our list.
2. ModelFit: NYC
You've probably heard about ModelFit as the go to place for the requisite Manhattanite to get their daily dose of exercise, or as Karlie Kloss' go-to when she needs a little tone up. But don't let the hype fool you: the ModelFit team does not mess around. Their approach is based on getting you "Model Fit", not "Model Thin". They offer classes that fit the needs of beginners and pros alike, focusing on body driven weights, cardio, and even boxing. Classes come in single pricing or packages and you pick the dates, making it totally non-committal... just in case you sleep in.
3. CityRow, NYC
Another NYC fave on our list, CityRow is a cardio-based class with a focus on (you guessed it!) rowing. Not only does CityRow offer state-of-the-art rowing machines (they use actual water!), but they also offer classes with routines focused on body-sculpting exercises, yoga, and much more. Classes can be attended individually with the option of weekly and unlimited packages (which is a plus!).
4. Barry's Bootcamp, Select Cities
Barry's Bootcamp is a chain that reaches coast-to-coast and even parts of Europe. It's been frequented by A-Listers, athletes, and in-the-know city dwellers alike. But what makes Barry's stand out? The experience. More akin to a club than a gym, the instructors' enthusiasm and pumping music is sure to motivate even the most resistant of us. Workouts are split between 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of free weights; making it balanced and easily accessible to every fitness level.
5. Bikram Yoga, NYC
Yes, we couldn't forget hot yoga. The more famous of the bunch, Bikram Yoga is by far the best deep stretch you're gonna get. With several locations and multiple rooms per practice, it's prolific to say the least. The instructors are top notch, who direct every level of yoga practitioner through the 26 poses and breathing exercises that make up the routine. Classes can be booked in singles, or weekly.