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Essential Personal Care Products to Pack for Coachella

Essential Personal Care Products to Pack for Coachella

If you’re lucky enough to have scored wristbands to Coachella this year, pat yourself on the back as you’ll soon be breathing in the same air as some of Hollywood’s finest. With only days left to make critical decisions around creative outfits and camping gear to pack, the common concern about hygiene creeps across your mind: “How on Earth am I going to take care of my skin and body in the middle of the desert?” Anticipating that there will be alcohol consumption and lack of sleep in the equation, you realize that waiting for you in Coachella Valley is the perfect formula for a skin catastrophe!

Anyone who has been to a music festival knows that it offers an experience like no other. With that said, you must be ready to battle extreme weather conditions, aggressive crowds and less than ideal bathroom situations. Though these factors are inevitable, personal hygiene does not have to be compromised if you’re simply prepared. Be sure to pack these essential items and follow this skin care regimen so you can have the time of your life, worry-free.

Start with a Deep Cleanse

With the desert comes heat and with heat comes sweat. Sweat will not only interact with the dirt and debris that is in the environment but also the makeup on your face, which will lead to clogged pores and high likelihood of breakouts. For this reason, you’ll want to give your face a good clean, preferably with a gentle cleanser and an exfoliating tool. Try Page Ashbury Jasmine & Neroli Facial Cleanser ($25) which contains all natural ingredients like soothing aloe vera and evening primrose extract, perfect for skin that’s been out in the sun.

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Tip: Don’t bother bringing your Clarisonic to the middle of the desert. That already sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Try a konjac sponge ($19), which originally hails from Japan and has been deemed to be more economical and just as effective!

Nourish with a Light-Weight Moisturizer

Once your face is nice and clean, apply a light moisturizer to re-hydrate your skin. Try Page Ashbury Jasmine & Neroli Facial Moisturizer ($25) which is all natural and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores). It has a light, tantalizing scent of orange blossom and jasmine that isn’t too overpowering and provides a wonderful matte base for either liquid or powder foundation.

Tip: You can add a few drops of the line’s facial serum to give your face a gorgeous glow all day long!

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Suncreen (Face)

This is a no-brainer. Use a sheer sunscreen over your moisturizer to protect yourself against the harsh UVA and UVB rays! Wrinkles, age spots, sun spots; not worth it! Try Sunology Natural Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50

Tip: Keep tabs on your SPF! Make sure you apply 30 minutes before going out in direct sunlight and then reapply every 2 hours. Try a spray version to keep re-application from ruining your makeup.

Sunscreen (Body)

This is equally as important. Follow the same guideline above and remember that reapplication is especially important when you’re at a festival because you’re outdoors and constantly sweating! Pick up Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 ($38).

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Deodorant

Just imagine, you’ll be hot and sweaty in a sea of tens of thousands of people. At some point, you’ll want to throw your hands up in the air and dance to Major Lazer, but just remember one thing: Wear deodorant! As bohemian as the whole music festival experience is, love thy neighbor and sport a scent that’ll be pleasant for all. You’re already doing all kinds of bad things to your body that weekend, so do one less and use an aluminum-free deodorant made with non-toxic ingredients. The essential oils in the natural varieties are actually more effective at keeping you fresh longer thanks to their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Stay away from heavy fragrances and opt for more subtle, fresh scents like Page Ashbury Natural Deodorant in Lavender Bergamot ($15). It smells like a spring meadow and will keep B.O. at bay all day.

Thermal Water Spray

The scorching sun will be your archenemy. Keep your skin cool and fresh by misting it with thermal water, containing low levels of minerals and designed to soothe and comfort irritated and sensitive skin. Look into Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Water Spray ($16).

Personal Wipes

Please don’t forget, there is NO toilet paper in the porta potties (at Coachella). To keep yourself fresh, try the Dude Wipes Toilet Paper & Wipes Combo. They’ll help to keep you clean and you can use them to wipe down your face, hands, neck and more. It’s really the closest you’re going to get to an actual shower while dancing in the middle of the desert.

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You’re all set for Coachella; now go have an amazing time! Remember to live in the moment and not through the lens of your iPhone.

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7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

Video Summary

Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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