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Robin Diamond

Robin Diamond is a beauty, wellness and fitness fan always willing to try the newest treatment, trend or workout. When she’s not putting pen to paper, she’s busy running her public relations business, helping brands and personalities shine through impactful media placements. Born and raised in Miami, Robin first established herself working for some of the most well-respected New York lifestyle and beauty agencies before bringing her talents to Miami. A self-confessed beauty and fitness junkie, Robin gets her best ideas while running along Miami Beach’s boardwalk or sweating it out during a hot yoga class, after which a green juice and face mask just the ticket.

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Try One of These 10 Miami Boxing Studios in 2021

Step into one of these ten Miami studios and punch and kick your way into a better mood!


5th Street 

This boxing landmark on Miami Beach dates back to 1950 and with its history of famous boxers (Muhammad Ali used to frequent), 5th Street Gym is as real as it gets. Now offering daily traditional boxing classes, you can also take advantage of Thai boxing, Kong boxing, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do classes. 

  • Location: Miami Beach


Anatomy

Voted by our readers as the Best Gym in South Florida, be sure to check out Off The Hook (boxing) and Roundhouse (kickboxing) at the Midtown location. You’ll learn the basics about proper technique in both classes and walk out feeling like a champion. 

  • Locations: Miami Beach and Midtown


CKO Brickell

Get ready to punch, kick and sweat at this Brickell studio. First-timers to the studio will be given a rundown on punching and kicking combinations before the high-intensity workout begins. Expect bag work, body weight, and core exercise all in the hour-long class. 

  • Location: Brickell


Equinox

With 5 locations across South Florida, the newest addition at Brickell Heights offers Boxing that you don’t want to miss. In this technique-based class, you’ll punch heavy bags, and utilize speed bags, focus pads, and jump ropes for calorie-torching cardio and upper body workout that will leave you in fighting shape. 

  • Locations: Coral Gables, South Beach, Brickell, Brickell Heights 


Fight Club

This 20,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility features several central stage-like main Boxing Rings as well as other gym and resistance training equipment for your entire body. From group classes running from Boxing Explosion to Bootcamp and Circuit classes and supervised sparring, Fight Club has been a mainstay in the Miami-boxing scene for professional, weekend warriors, and first-timers too.

  • Location: Downtown


Fit Box Method

Whether you choose a 45-or 60-minute class, prepare to get in a full-body workout that includes improving your technique while shaping, toning, and sculpting your upper and lower body. Through a mix of cardio boxing and resistance training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and circuit training, boxing moves are fundamental to each class. 

  • Location: Edgewater


Knockout Miami

Knockout offers a wide range of cardio boxing classes designed to work your full body. Certain classes focus on specific areas ie upper body, lower body, legs, booty, and core, but no matter what class you sign up for, be prepared to work.  

  • Location: Doral


Mickey Demos

This traditional boxing club, run by Mickey Demo, son of Mickey Demos Sr, is University of Miami’s Sports Hall of Fame member representing the boxing program, the real deal ring will turn you into a skilled and fit fighter. Bring a friend on Saturdays to the community class at 10 AM.

  • Location: Miami


Punch Elite Fitness

Step in front of the bag or get into the ring with these elite boxing professional-led classes that focus on the fundamentals of boxing.  From bag work and drills to free weights and core work, you’ll get a full-body workout and fighter's mentality. 

  • Location: Edgewater

Tapout Fitness

Tapout fuses the discipline of boxing with the energy of cardio, weight training, and HIIT, all classes are designed to deliver an experience that is challenging and rewarding, no matter your age, fitness level, or background.

  • Locations: Coral Gables, Downtown, Pembroke Pines

Step into one of these Miami studios and punch and kick your way into a better mood!

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Virtual Assistance – How Pros are Helping to Keep You Looking Your Best

As we enter into our first full month of quarantine, many of us are starting to feel the effects on our beauty routines. Greys and roots are peeking through, manicures are chipped, and our skin is missing your regularly scheduled facials. Cleary there are much bigger problems in the world, but there is no need to have added stress because you’re not looking or feeling your best. Thankfully, there are a handful of beauty pros offering you ways to keep your quarantine look on point. 

Right before COVID-19 drove us to stay home, we visited Vanessa DaSilva, @nkd.beauty, for an incredible facial. We will report on the treatment once she reopens her doors (FYI, it was amazing!), but for now, she is offering 30-minute virtual consults for only $30. It includes skin analysis, treatment, and product recommendations and an effective daily skincare routine guidance. Follow her on Instagram and DM her to set up an appointment. 

Roots and greys begone thanks to True Hair Miami owner Ellie Menocal. The Master Colorist is creating custom color kits and delivering them all over the city, socially distanced drop-offs, of course. New clients can text images of the current state of their hair color to 786-253-9032 and discuss hair needs with Ellie, so she can create the perfect blend. Root Touch Up Kits and Color Gloss Kits are $45 each and come with the customized color, gloves and applicator brush. Follow @truehairmiami and DM or text 786-253-9032.

Looking to lift, tighten, tone your face while easing stress? Then book a session with Dr. Elizabeth Trattner who will teach you how to properly perform the ancient art of Gua Sha via Zoom. Gua Sha, can lift and sculpt the face, improve blood circulation, help TMJ, reduce puffiness and drain the lymph, reduce fine lines, and create a healthy glow. Follow her on Instagram and click link in bio to schedule.

Many are starting to feel the quarantine effects on our beauty routines. Thankfully, there are beauty pros offering ways to keep your look on point.

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Masking the Day (and Nights) Away - 4 Face Masks For Glowing Skin

If you’re wondering how to pass the time during quarantine, let us introduce you to the world of face masks. The perfect way to brighten up your day and your skin, face masks are a fun and necessary step to keep your skin glowing, especially during a time of stress. Make an evening of it and mask with your quarantine crew, whether that be in person or via video chat.  

Hear Me Raw The Brightener

There is so much to love about this mask so we’ll just start with the ingredients, which include matcha green tea (more on matcha here), spirulina, lemon peel, lactic and phytic acids, swiss cress sprout extract and Bakuchiol. The mask goes on cool and smells super refreshing. There is a slight tingle that you’ll feel, but not to worry, it’s supposed to happen. It’s the lactic and phytic acids working to exfoliate your skin. It quickly subsides and when you wash off after 10 minutes, skin is clearer and tighter. You can use it as a 10-minute mask or a daily cleanser. Another huge plus is the sustainable packaging. Packaged in a glass jar the actual formula is encased in a removable and recyclable pod, so when you finish, all you need to do is replace the pod. The Brightener, $42, The Brightener Pod Refill, $32. hearmeraw.com, @hearmerawbeauty

Fré Post-Sweat Clearing Mask

With so many free streaming workouts, we hope you’re getting your sweat on. If you are, then this mask is a must. It’s designed to prevent post-sweat breakouts and acne, remove excess oils, and unclog pores. We love the fun blue color and the lightly gritty texture that helps to exfoliate while you’re applying it. $54, Freskincare.com. @freskincare

Elina Organic Sahara Soufflé

Just because we live in South Florida, doesn’t mean that we can’t have dry skin. Enter Elina Organic’s Sahara Soufflé. This super hydrating and soothing mask that contains camel milk, which is rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids, proteins, and vitamins. It can help reduce hyperpigmentation, and balance dehydrated sensitive skin.  $55, elinaorganicsskincare.com. @elinaorganics

nügg Aqua Boost Spout Pouch

Another great option for drier skin types, is nügg Aqua Boost Spout Pouch. Camellia Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, and Aloe Juice combine in this ultra-hydrating mask to send dry, dehydrated skin packing revealing a soft, dewy complexion. Just what you need for you next video chat. $9.99, nuggbeauty.com, @nuggbeauty

The perfect way to brighten up your day and your skin, face masks are a fun step to keep your skin glowing. Make an evening of it with these 4 face masks.

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4 Tools You Need In Your Beauty Tool Box

Let’s face it, most of us have a lot more time on our hands and are feeling a bit stir crazy. One great distraction is to focus on your at-home skincare routine. Make it more fun and effective with these tools that will aid in “operation quarantine skin glow.”

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an ancient technique used to lift and tone the skin andPrimally Pure’s GuaSha will detox, depuff, drain, and glow. This sustainably sourcedSerpentine Jade stone tool features divets, smooth edges, and teeth, alldesigned to give you the ultimate facial. The tool comes with instructions onhow to properly perform the technique at home. Available at PrimallyPure.com,$32. Follow on Instagram, @primallypure.

Kansa Wand

We’re confident you’ve heard of a Facial Roller, but what aboutKansa Wand? An Ayurvedic skincare secret, Kansa wands can be used on theface and body to aid in lymphatic drainage as well as toning. Repêchage® Kansa Wand is theperfect addition to any treatment and will improve the appearance of skin by toning,tightening and firming skin, while reducing the appearance of puffiness, finelines, redness and irritation. Available at Repechage.com, $55. Follow on Instagram, @Repechage.

Sonic Cleansing Brush

StyleCraft Scrubs Gentle Sonic Cleansing Brush silicone device removes dirt and makeup way better than your hands or a washcloth could ever do. The USB -powered brush has 6 speed settings that gently vibrate and bristles of varying thickness and lengths to help clean skin. Use it twice a day and skin will be left so soft you won’t ever want to cleanse without it. Available at Macys.com (currently on sale for $33.96!) and Amazon, $39.95. Follow on Instagram, @stylecraftus.

MicroCurrent

While you’re busy focusing on toningyour body, NuFace Mini, is like a personaltrainer for your face. This non-invasive device gently stimulates the surfaceof the skin, stimulating facial muscles to improve contour, tone andreduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Available at NuFace.com,$199.  Follow on Instagram, @mynuface.

Focus on your at-home skincare routine. Make it more fun and effective with these tools that will aid in “operation quarantine skin glow.”

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4 Local, Female-Founded Beauty Brands to Support in Miami

When we decided earlier this month to feature a handful of Miami-based, female-founded beauty brands, we had no idea that just a few weeks later the state of the world we’d be living in. While the original focus was to tie into Women’s History Month and celebrate the women in our community doing big things in the beauty world, which it still is, it has now expanded to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting our local brands. Now more than ever, shop local! Let’s meet these amazing ladies.

Leslie Munsell, Founder, Beauty For Real

We first met Munsell many moons ago when she was Co-Owner of Van Michael Salon on South Beach, and have watched her go from Salon Owner/Celebrity Makeup Artists to beauty brand owner. Beauty For Real is the culmination of years of Munsell listening to women talk about how overwhelming choosing makeup can be. She designed BFR with the intention of being “a brand that fills the gap through expertly curated high-performance beauty essentials that get the job done.” We love the multi-tasking, high-quality formulas that make everyday beauty a cinch. https://www.beautyforreal.com, @beautyforreal

Karina Moises, Founder, Beautology Lab

Former Ad Tech executive turned beauty entrepreneur, Karina Moises founded Beautology Lab as a way to bring health and wellness to skincare. Moises’ passion is to create clean skincare using ingredients found in nature that deliver skin nutrition and are free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. She’s been able to successfully merge nature with science with her line. Beautology Lab’s unisex, Refresh + Revitalize 24K Gold Collagen Eye Masks are the perfect 15 minute treatment to impart hydrated, smooth, de-puffed, and bright eyes. https://www.beautologylab.com, @beautologylab

Andrea Lisbona, Founder & CEO, touchland

Originally from Barcelona, Miami-Based, millennial entrepreneur, Andrea Lisbona, set out to disrupt hand sanitizer industry, with the goal of making hand sanitizers chic and luxurious. She succeeded with her brand, touchland, which yes, is having a very unexpected moment right now. touchland’s super sleek packaging, with 8 scents in a rainbow of colors, delivers a non-sticky, moisturizing mist of germ-killing hand sanitizer. We love that the brand’s social campaign, touchlives, which dedicates 5% of their profits to send sanitizing hygiene solutions to developing countries. https://touchland.com, @touchland

Dana Richards and Jamie Kovelman, Co-Founders, Miami Gorgeous 

Miami is synonymous with sun and sand, but for many of us, including Miami Gorgeous Co-Founders, Dana Richards and Jamie Kovelman, we’ll take the sun without the side skin damage, and at worst, skin cancer. For these reasons, Richards and Kovelman set out to create sunless tanners, after sun care and skin care products that not only shield us from harmful effects of the sun, but that are also free of harsh chemicals found in many other lines. Miami Gorgeous products are paraben-free, vegan and gluten-free and give you the ultimate bronze glow. https://www.miamigorgeous.com, @miamigorgeousbeauty

Shop local and celebrate the women in our community doing big things in the beauty world. It is important to support our local Miami brands.

Elizabeth Trattner

9 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

There’s no escaping the news about COVID-19, thecurrent strand of coronavirus causing a global pandemic. Whether you’re on the‘it’s no big deal’ side or you’re currently hoarding enough toilet paper tolast you until 2022, one key thing that everyone should be focusing on is theirimmunity.

We turned to Doctor of Chinese & Integrative Medicine, Elizabeth Trattner, for tips on how to boost our immunity and keep our defenses up.

According to Dr. Trattner, “Now more than ever it’stime to start eating well. Eating well is paramount for a healthy immunesystem. Getting 3 squares meals in a day that are loaded with organic food, andlots of veggies and fruits can boost the immune system.”

We know the stores are scarce at the moment, but look for things like Greens, Mushrooms (not button), Turmeric, Ginger, Matcha, Garlic, Marrow based soups, and citrus.

Anotherbig tip that Dr. Trattner shared, which might be tough to wrap your head aroundwhen you’re stuck inside and working from home, is to decrease junk food,alcohol and sugar which can all deplete immunity.

Beyondwashing your hands, avoid touching your face, and staying home if you’re sick,here is more advice from Dr. Trattner to keep you well year ‘round, not justwhen a pandemic strike.

  • Work Out - Moving your body has positive immunomodulatory effects. Again, get outside in the fresh air. Yoga can keep you calm and boost immunity.  Any movement is a positive one.
  • Get Plenty of Sleep – Instead of staying plastered to the TV or your phone, rest. It’s the best medicine. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime and no TV in the bedroom especially the news.
  • Get Outside for Fresh Air – Being in nature resets our brains and induces a state of calm. We also need vitamin D from the sun as well, which boosts our health.
  • Practice Breathwork –This technique was taught to me by mentor Dr. Andrew Weil. It can calm you down within a minute or two. With your tongue against your teeth at the roof inhale through your nose for 4 counts. Hold for 7. Exhale for 8 through the mouth making a whooshing sound.  Repeat for about a minute.  This technique has roots in Pranayama.
  • Feed Your Gut Bacteria – I like a multi-strain probiotic of at least 8 strains and at least 25 billion units. Take first thing in the AM and at bedtime to increase permeability. Foods like kimchee and pickles have good bacteria as well.
  • Use a Gratitude Journal – With everything and everyone scared, write down a few reminders why life is good. Gratitude helps calms the mind.
  • Try Essential Oils – Essential oils can calm anxiety and nerves and my favorite is rose, lavender, and vetiver. Make sure to always use a carrier oil, never applying them directly to the skin. Fun fact: Oils like Rosemary help clean the air and were used hundreds of years ago to purify the air in hospitals.
  • Protect your wind Gates – In Chinese Medicine, the back of your head and neck are your wind gates. Wear a scarf around your neck and pull up your hoods! Protect your back of your head against wind/drafts/ fans. It’s how colds enter the body. Make sure to dry your hair for extra protection.
  • Self-Care – Small acts of ritual can help increase the production of oxytocin, a hormone that reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. This can be a bath, Gua Sha, a foot rub or even cooking!

Dr. Trattner notes “Sometimes we can’t control what’s going on in the world, but good self-care, nutrition, sleep, and other self-care practices optimize our health and immunity. Now more than ever take control of your health!”

For more health and wellness related tips, follow Dr. Trattner on Instagram @dreliztratts.


We turned to Doctor of Chinese & Integrative Medicine, Elizabeth Trattner, for tips on how to boost our immunity and keep our defenses up.

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Black Out Beauty: 5 Charcoal Infused Products You Should Be Using

Charcoal is no longer just for BBQs or for Santa to hand out to his naughty list. It may shock you to learn that it can now be found in everything from soap to toothpaste, and you can even ingest it (but do so under the advisement of a trusted medical practitioner).

“Charcoal, because of its adsorbent qualities, binds bacteria and small particles, like dirt, to itself making them easier to remove,” explains Claudia Christie, Co-Founder of Claudiana Beautanica. “It’s cleansing and purifying actions make it particularly beneficial for oily skin, and for treating skin inflammation caused by oxidative stress. We are currently experimenting with it for a future body care formula,” she shared. 

We traveled to the dark side to find the best charcoal-infused products you should be using. 

Physicians Formula Charcoal Detox Cleansing Stick

Cleanse and exfoliate with this multitasking stick formula that you can stash in your gym bag. It removes makeup and dirt or use it as a spot treatment. It will leave skin brighter and works to reduce pores size and remove dead skin cells thanks to Bamboo Charcoal. $9.95, Amazon.com.

UpCircle Chocolate Charcoal Chai Soap Bar 

Not only are we fans of the sustainability of this soap – it was made with residual chai spices used to create chai tea syrup - but also love that the charcoal works to draw out toxins, tighten pores, while cacao extract boots circulation and brightens skin. $9 Ulta.com

PiperWai Natural Deodorant Stick

Infused with activated charcoal, coconut oil and a blend of 11 essential oils, this powerhouse will absorb your sweat (and odor), making it the perfect gym companion. $16.99, PiperWai.com.

Hello Activated Charcoal Epic Whitening Fluoride Free Toothpaste

It may seem like an oxymoron to use black toothpaste to whiten your teeth, but in this case, it’s not. The activated charcoal, made from sustainable bamboo, helps remove plaque and surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling as cleans as if you just left the dentist. Plus, your mouth will be minty fresh. Warning! The foam from brushing, if it gets on your clothes, will temporarily stain them so be careful or brush in the buff. $5.99, https://www.hello-products.com 

Beast Balancing Face Mask

For the fellas who take flex their skincare muscle, Beast’s mask works to draw out impurities, absorb oil thanks to a combination of Kaolin Clay, Bakuchiol and Activated Charcoal. $29, GetBeast.com

We traveled to the dark side to find the best charcoal-infused products. It may shock you to learn that charcoal can now be found in everything from soap to toothpaste.

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Lymph-omaniac: Why You Might Want To Be One

If you haven’t heard of your lymphatic system perhaps you fell asleep in science class. Quick lesson, Cliff’s Notes style. Your lymphatic system is key to your health as it moves lymph, the fluid that transports toxins, viruses, and other foreign invaders out of your body, not to mention it can lead to the appearance of cellulite if your system is sluggish. It is an intricate system of vessels, ducts, nodes and other vessels that is your body’s’ first line of defense. Lymphatic fluid doesn’t move on its own, so you need to exercise, drink plenty of water, or seek out a manual drainage that either you can do it yourself or get a lymphatic drainage massage.

Since I prefer to leave it to the professionals, when I heard that The Tox was opening in Miami in Surfside at 9541 Harding Avenue, I (somewhat obsessively) stalked their Instagram in order to book one of their first appointments.

Upon arriving at The Tox, I loved the black and white vibe not to mention the jars of rose quartz and palo santo that you can take complimentary. Once I checked in, my therapist, Karla, escorted me to one of the five treatment rooms. You’re encouraged to use the bathroom before the treatment as they will work on your stomach area and you want be comfortable.

The treatment began with me lying on the back and Karla began to gently massage behind my knees, groin, armpits, and clavicle with light pressure. This helps to ensure that the lymph “ports” are open. Then she began dry brushing my skin from my ankles up my legs followed by my arms, also in an upward motion from wrist to shoulder.

Next, Karla applied The Tox Drainage Cream, which includes green tea, coffee, chestnut, and rosemary and other ingredients and began to massage my legs. The Tox told us that the cream is caffeinated to “help to stimulate the skin and get things moving.”

Karla used fast long strokes followed by short ones, always in an upward motion (towards the heart) pushing my lymph fluid to the ports so that it could drain out. She focused on my legs and around my knees where she could feel that I was holding inflammation. Next came Tox Machine, which is the ultimate suction cup.

“Our technique is 90% hands-on and 10% using the machine, just to make sure no fluid gets left behind. We are able to adjust the frequency depending on our client’s sensitivity, the strength doesn't necessarily equal better results. It really does depend on how well you maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after,” The Tox team shared. The Tox Machine didn’t hurt, but there were a few spots where I practiced my yoga breathing.

Then Karla moved onto the stomach area. She informed me that she was going to work on my colon and liver. Before getting started, she took a before shot. If you browse The Tox’s Instagram, you’ll see some dramatic before and afters, especially of the stomach area. This area was the most sensitive, but again, not painful and even if it causes a bit of discomfort, no pain, no gain, or in this case, no pain, no loss, right? The Tox Machine is also used on the stomach which is why some of the pictures you’ll see a bit of redness.

To complete the treatment, I flipped over and Karla repeated the massage and The Tox Machine on the backside of my legs and glutes. The 90-minutes flew by and I couldn’t wait to see my before/afters, which they send to you when you’re done. You’re given the dry brush in a The Tox branded bag to take home, and it’s the perfect blend of soft enough not to scratch you, but firm enough to do its job.

The verdict? I loved it. I could see visible results when I was done and I just felt better afterward. Slimmer and energized. I would do these weekly if finances permitted, but The Tox doesn’t come cheap. The Master Tox costs $295, The Master Tox + Facial Sculpting costs $349. They are running opening specials, but hurry because they won’t last long.

For those looking to practice lymphatic drainage at home or to hold you over between treatments, I suggest getting a dry brush (there are many affordable options on Amazon) and my personal favorite, the Lymphatic Drainage Body Tool, $25 from De la Heart. This wooden paddle is my go-to after the shower and comes with instructions on how to use it. Be sure to use it with body oil or lotion – I mix the Organic Jojoba Oil also from De La Heart with a few spritzes of my favorite Nuxe Paris Dry Oil Spray for the perfect amount of slip and moisturization. You can dry brush and use the tool daily to help keep your body healthy and keep skin looking smooth.

When I heard that The Tox was opening in Miami, I (somewhat obsessively) stalked their Instagram to book one of their first appointments.

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Matcha Madness – When Your Beauty Routine Turns Green

For most, coffee is their morning go-to and many can’t imagine starting their day (or fueling through it) without it. However, what if we told you there is an alternative that gives you the same boost of energy with so many more healthy perks, including a glowing complexion?

Well there is, and as someone who recently weaned off a daily (and beloved) Nespresso, opting for homemade Matcha Latte, I can attest to the benefits. When choosing your matcha be sure to look for brands that offer Japanese tea ceremony grade, organic, and tested for lead, mold and other undesirable things you don’t want to be putting into your body.

Two favorites include Matcha Kari or when on-the-go Pique Tea. Matcha is easier on your hormones, doesn’t give you the jitters and, is loaded with antioxidants that will keep your skin looking youthful. So much so that there has been a boom in matcha-infused beauty products.

We had the opportunity to speak with Shiri Sarfati, founder of 23Skin, a Miami-based, DIY natural beauty brand all about matcha’s benefits in beauty products.

"Rich in polyphenols and EGCG, matcha is a super ingredient for skincare to help reduce free-radical damage and keep skin looking youthful,” says Sarfati. “In addition, Matcha contains tannins, which are known to contain astringent properties. Tannins help reduce the appearance of pores while helping to reduce oil-production. So whether you have oily-prone skin or mature skin, matcha is the perfect skincare ingredient.”

Hereare some of our magnificent matcha finds:

23Skin Matcha Clay Powder Mask

With just two ingredients, which makes our heart swoon, this DIY mask with organic matcha and kanolin clay not only delivers potent antioxidants, but also makes #selfcaresunday (or any day you take time to yourself) more fun as you get to mix it yourself. We also love that the matcha is slow ground using granite grinders in order to retain maximum potency. Plus, it’s USDA organic, non-gmo verified, gluten free, and responsibly grown. $34.99, 23skin.com

Odacite Green Ceremony Cleanser Matcha + Spirulina

This unique powder-to-foam formula relies on the power of matcha and spirulina to cleanse the skin by removing impurities without compromising the skin’s barrier. The cleanser comes with a scooper and muslin cloth. $58, odacite.com

Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream  

Packed with matcha, cape lilac extract, niacinamide, and adenosine, this “pudding” like texture cream delivers brightening and firming benefits.  $40, peachandlily.com

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo

Not only does this shampoo restore vibrancy to dry, parched, and dull strands, but its formula is infused with antioxidant-rich matcha, which helps to protect against environmental damage. It also has apple, which has natural compounds that support the scalp.  $28, briogeo.com

Matcha is loaded with antioxidants that will keep your skin looking youthful. So much so that there has been a boom in matcha-infused beauty products.

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How to Avoid a Stinky Situation

Have you everwalked into class ready to crush it and then you realize, you forgot to applydeodorant? That can be a sticky and stinky situation, but life happens andlet’s hope that you make it through without letting a little body odorsidetrack your fitness goals. However, if you want to keep your swolemate andfellow fitness friends close, then consider these non-toxic deodorants thatwill keep you smelling fresh. And remember to apply it!

There hasbeen an influx of non-toxic deodorants on the market that are free of questionableingredients including aluminum. While no study has yet to prove a direct linkbetween aluminum and breast cancer, there so many new aluminum formulas that getthe job done, allowing you to ease chemical load to your body while keeping youdry and stink-free.

From CBD-infusedto those with probiotics, we explored the latest in underarm care.

Color Up FRESHEnzymatic Deodorant –Did you know that CBD has anti-bacterial properties and the ability to fightthe bad (odor causing) bacteria, while maintaining the healthy strains tosupport your skin’s microbiome? Well it does, and Color Up has infused it’s CBDderived from organic hemp into this gentle, non-irritating formula keeps youdry and stink free thanks to CBD along with enzymes and Kaolin Clay and ZincRicinoleate. We love that this is also free of baking soda, an all naturalingredient yet irritating to some sensitive skin types. The bonus, yourunderarms will be super soft. Color Up FRESH Enzymatic Deodorant, $24,colorupco.com

TypeA – We had totry this brand whose name matches our workout personality. This hybrid formula,has a patent-pending, sweat-activated formula with atime-release effect that kicks into action when you do. A bit skeptical atfirst, we fell in love with the cream formula that comes in a squeeze tube.It’s easy to use, not messy and it can withstand an intense gym session. Ourfavorite scent is the Visionary, a clean, crisp, sweet citrus scent (all thefragrance is natural), but there are total of six to choose from.Type ADeodorant, $10, typeadeodorant.com

Freedom – With justsix simple ingredients, this formula is aluminum free (all of those that wereviewed are), paraben free and phthalate free, is the brainchild of a singlemom of three who had three friends diagnosed with breast cancer. Realizing theimportance of non-toxic beauty, she set out to create Freedom and delivered aclean, odor fighting option that you can feel good about putting on your skin. FreedomNatural Deodorant, $17.50, freedomdeodorant.com

Lavanila – Probiotics go beyond the gut and this new formula from Lavanila, The Healthy Probiotic Deodorant, contains Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, a “breakthrough probiotic prized for its unique ability to neutralize the surface bacteria responsible for odor.” Infused with aloe along with traces of fresh eucalyptus and soft Madagascar vanilla the refreshing formula will keep you smelling clean. Lavanila The Healthy Probiotic Deodorant $11.99, exclusively at Target stores.

If you want to keep your swolemate and fellow fitness friends close, then consider these non-toxic deodorants that will keep you smelling fresh.

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Wipe On, Wipe Off: 4 Products to Get Your Skin Ready for a Sweat Session

Let’s be honest, ladies. How many of you go from work to workoutand don’t even think of washing your face before getting your sweat on?  Even if you applied your glam early in the AMand you don’t hit the gym until PM, you are making a big skin mistake byforgoing a pre-workout makeup removal.

“If you are wearing makeup, you need definitely to remove it before workouts, says Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd. “Wearing a full coverage foundation while exercising may contribute to breakouts. In addition, eye makeup can cause eye irritation when you are sweating during your workout.”

Makeup creates a barrier on the skin and if you don’t wash it off it can trap sweat, oil and lead to clogged pores and breakouts. For those that don’t want to go bare-faced, “If you feel like you need some coverage, consider a tinted sunscreen and you also will get the added sun protection that is essential when exercising outside, says Woolery-Lloyd.

And let’s not forget that it is also important to do a full washafter your workout. At the very minimum, rinse your face with water immediatelyfollowing your workout.

If you don’t feel like totting your bottle of cleanser with you tothe gym, then try out these easy-to-use cleansing cloths that can remove makeupin an instant and get your skin ready for its sweat session.

1. Hanhoo Argan Oi Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C

Formulated with Argan Oil and Vitamin C these affordable wipes clean deep into the pores without clogging, while moisturizing and brightening the skin. Vitamin C may help boost collagen giving a skin an added boost youth. $2.50 (15 wipes), Walmart

2. C’Est Moi Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes 

Infused with Organic Aloe, Glycerin, Green Tea and Cucumber Extract these gentle cleansing wipes are hypo-allergenic, dermatologist tested, made with natural & organic ingredients and are free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil, silicone or dyes. They will clean your face without irritating your skin or the  environment as they are  biodegradable, which we love. $10, cestmoi.com

3. Kaia Naturals Vitamin Cleanse

Do good for your skin and the Earth with these wipes soaked in vitamins C, E, and B12 along with antioxidant-rich honey and skin-softening sunflower seed oil. These are made 100% biodegradable and compostable, unbleached bamboo that the brand says can even be planted afterward. The best part, for each pack sold, Kaia Naturals will plant a tree. $16 (30 pack), Kaianaturals.com

4. Laura Geller Sensitive Skin Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Designed for sensitive skin, these towelette’s skin-calming ingredients like green tea extract, chamomile, and aloe vera are non-irritating but will remove even stubborn waterproof mascara. $10, LauraGeller.com

If you don’t feel like totting your bottle of cleanser with you to the gym, try out these easy-to-use cleansing cloths that can remove makeup in an instant.

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Save Your Strands: How to Keep Your Hair Healthy With an Active Lifestyle

We all (hopefully) know by now that moving your body daily is best thing you can do for your health. However, when your daily HIIT or hot yoga, running or boxing classes leave constantly you shampooing your hair, there is a good chance that your workouts are most likely wreaking havoc on your hair.

Washingyour hair daily can lead to dry, damaged hair, itchy scalp and for some,over-washing can lead to greasy strands. Oh, and did we mention that if youcolor your hair, all the frequent washing will lead the color fading faster?

Hair has scales that overlap an inner cuticle and this is what keeps your hair together. Over-washing, heat tools, too much sun, lack of nutrients can all contribute to the scales falling apart and eventually separating. This leads to damage along with breakage, dryness, and frizz.

Master French hairstylist, Guillaume M, who lives in NYC, but visits Miami every 8-10 week, says  “the ideal is to wash your hair no more than 3 times a week, but living in Miami and exercising daily will leave you washing it almost every day,” says Guillaume.  “Think about over-washing your hands, it will leave them dried out…it’s the same for your hair.”

Therefore, your daily workouts are going to lead to extra at-home hair maintenance. Guillaume suggests “having 3 different shampoos in rotation such as volumizing, color protection, moisturizing, gentle cleansing and rotate during the week.” Another imperative step, according to Guillaume, is to use good conditioner every time you wash on towel dry hair. To maximize hair health, he says to use a deep conditioning mask once a week. “Once a week you will need to do a deep conditioning mask that you will leave on your hair for about 20 minutes. Wrap hair in cellophane in order to keep in the natural heat from your body as it will activate the nourishment process of the mask.”

Ifdaily washing can’t be avoided, we’ve found products that will keep your hairhappy and healthy.

Shampoo/Conditioners

If you’re looking for shine and radiance while boosting fullness NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner Duo is for you. The formula is infused with Grape Stem cells, a source of powerful antioxidants that reduce damage to scalp papilla cells, revitalizing and adding shine to dull hair. It is free of harsh sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil and other harsh chemicals that not only damage hair but the environment. $28, naturelab.com

Damagedto the point of despair? Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Shampoo and Conditioner can repair and restore verydamaged hair with intense moisturizing that won’t weigh down your hair. Thesecret ingredient? Japanese sourced rice extract, which is enriched withminerals, antioxidants, and B and E vitamins. Shampoo, $49, Conditioner, $59, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.

Oilsand Leave-Ins

Skip the heat tools, and go au natural, while keeping frizz away with Daily Dose Miracle Moisture Leave In Conditioner. This lightweight moisturizing spray is a leave-in conditioner that detangles hair, eliminates frizz and fly-aways, softens hair and adds moisture and shine. This is a go-to for all hair types ranging from natural, fine, frizzy, dry, fine curly, oily, greasy, thick coarse, coarse, low, normal and high porosity hair. $17.99 (8oz) and $7.99 (2oz), dailydoseme.com

For an extra dose of moisture, BioSilkSilk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil works doubletime. It not only tames fly-aways and prevents split ends, but you can also useit on your skin to hydrate rough patches on your body. $16, amazon.com

Hair Masks

Significantly restore hair while supporting a Miami-based company Haielle with Haielle Hydrate Masque. This rich yet lightweight formula should be applied to wet hair and left on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Fortified with amino acids, enzymes, proteins, peptides, and fatty acids, and protects, seals split ends and with repeated use, will leave hair stronger, smoother, and softer. $45, haielle.com

If you’re guilty of over washing, over-processing, and excessive heat tool usage Kérestase  Resistance Mask is your new BFF. It repairs weak, severely damaged hair with a formula that includes peptides that penetrate into the deepest later of the cuticle to strengthen hair and stimulate growth. $56, sephora.com

For more info on Guillame M and to book an appointment for his signature haircut technique that leads healthier hair that grows faster and fuller with regular cuts, follow him on Instagram.

When your daily workouts leave constantly you shampooing your hair, there is a good chance that your workouts are most likely wreaking havoc on your hair.