Health + Fitness

My First Cryofacial

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Getting a facial is probably my favorite self-care activity. I will seriously take a facial over a massage any day. Today I got to try a cryofacial, which is a facial that is non-invasive and works through the means of freeze therapy. Just like my cryotherapy experience, it was cold but it felt so nice and I would absolutely do it again.

Some really amazing benefits include:

  • younger looking skin

  • helps to reduce pigmentation or uneven skin tone

  • soothes inflammation

  • increases skin radiance
  • lightens scars left from acne

This morning I woke up with a HUGE pimple smack in the middle of my right cheek. I was hoping my cryofacial would get rid of it or at least lessen the appearance and guess what? it actually minimized the size and redness in just one session. Like any other facial, this facial started with some steam, exfoliation and extractions (which I have a love/hate relationship with lol) and it ended with some cryo. 

I have really sensitive skin and whenever I get any facial, my skin gets red and irritated for hours and sometimes it lasts up to 2 days. I was happy that with the cryofacial it didn't get as irritated and it didn't feel weird. My skin felt soft and fresh, it looked bright and alive and the best part is that I didn't have to wear makeup to cover my blemishes after it. 

If you guys are interested in giving your skin some extra love, visit Advanced Cryo and book your session. This was definitely one of my favorite facials so far, I can't wait to go back.

Disclaimer: No part of this treatment is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness.

Cryotherapy Craze

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Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you "Yasmin is a holistic health FREAK" 

Yes, that statement is accurate. I love learning and reading up about the newest wellness trends and sharing them with you guys. This is one trend that I've been wanting to try for the longest time and I had the opportunity to try it today at Advanced Cryo NYC

Cryotherapy is basically a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a few minutes. The chamber is like a sauna, except its freezing. Cryotherapy can be focused on just one area on the body or you can do whole body cryotherapy. I went with the whole body experience and I'm soooo glad I did. 

When I got to the cryotherapy center, I was greeted by the sweetest workers and manager. They made the whole experience easy and fun while explaining thoroughly the step by step process as well as the benefits and side effects of the treatment. Keep in mind, you will be asked to fill out and sign a few health forms to make sure you are capable of going through with the cryotherapy treatment. It's important to know what your body can and can't handle so always be alert when doing any kind of holistic treatment.

I was told to remove my clothing and was given a pair of socks and gloves for protection. The cold air that comes out of the chamber is a dry fresh, oxygenated air and due to the lack of humidity, it's not painful or uncomfortable like a cold ice bath or shower. I personally dislike cold showers because they're so uncomfortable, so hearing how different this icy experience would be made me excited. 

During the treatment, your skin temperature drops about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. All it takes is about 3 minutes and then you'll be done. So even if you don't like being cold, this process will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. I actually felt nice and warm as soon as I stepped out of the chamber and my muscles felt immediately relaxed. I was feeling a bit anxious this morning and the past few days but after trying cryotherapy, my mood felt elevated and I've been feeling super calm all day. This was definitely something I want to continue doing just to keep a healthy lifestyle. This treatment is something that should be used as a tool to help you feel physically and mentally better. 

Disclaimer: No part of this treatment is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness. 

Activating Your Stabilizers And Building A Firm Foundation

Personally, one of the best feelings in life is working out. Whether it's running, swimming, cycling, yoga or even dance, you're working towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. As the sister of a personal trainer, I understand the importance of staying active and doing something you ENJOY is key. But before getting into heavy exercises or activities, you have to know your limit and you should never compare or copy another person's workout because everyone has a different body and different goals they want to reach. Get to know your body first and see what your strengths and weaknesses are. This is your FOUNDATION to a fun and meaningful workout. 

So, today I decided to meet with my trainer for a little session and it was so awesome --because he's great-- but also because I was able to feel which parts of my body were tight and tense and what I need to work on in order to reach my goals faster and more efficiently. A lot of tightness gets trapped in the hips and that's where it is for me. We spend hours sitting in front of a computer and that causes our hip flexors to shorten up and become tight. This then leads to problems with posture and back pain. We did a lot in a short amount of time but I can't walk right now so that's a great sign. 

 

 

Whenever I'm at the gym, I see people using incorrect forms when doing their workouts OR they're doing more than their body can handle which will result in getting hurt. Working with a trainer is making me realize I'm not using the correct form when I do certain exercises like pushups or lunges. BUT, like everything else in life, you need to start from the bottom and work your way up. No one is meant to know everything and sometimes guidance is needed. Working with a trainer helps to get rid of unhealthy workout and diet habits so we can get that body ready for the beach...which is essentially what I'm doing. 

If you guys are interested in working with my trainer, reach out to him. He's so inspiring and motivating, the positive vibes are INCREDIBLE when you work with him. His info is below!!

 

Eddison Brown

Email: edfitid@gmail.com

Instagram: @edfitid

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Best Holiday Gifts Under $50

The countdown to Christmas has begun! I love this time of year because I get to spend it with my loved ones and there's really nothing better than that. As amazing as the holiday season is, it can also be a little overwhelming and stressful when it comes to figuring out what to give to our friends, families or partners. So in order to relieve some of that stress, I've put together a little holiday gift guide with a lot of great goodies for everyone in your life. Keep in mind that you DON'T need to spend a fortune on gifts. A present should be useful and personal, that's what makes it special. Remember, it's the thought that counts!

 

FOR HER

 

   Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub, $24,  w  ww.sarahapp.com

Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub, $24, www.sarahapp.com

              Clarity Pouch, $32,  www.onetruffle.com

           Clarity Pouch, $32, www.onetruffle.com

       "An Original Introduction Kit" from Frank Body, $37.95,  www.us.frankbody.com

    "An Original Introduction Kit" from Frank Body, $37.95, www.us.frankbody.com

        Glam Caddy Rotating Cosmetic Organizer, $29.99,  www.bedbathandbeyond.com

     Glam Caddy Rotating Cosmetic Organizer, $29.99, www.bedbathandbeyond.com

   Bluetooth Beanie with Wireless Microphone, 24.99,  www.target.com

Bluetooth Beanie with Wireless Microphone, 24.99, www.target.com

 

FOR HIM

 

   Beard Pack, $40.00,  www.uncommongoods.com

Beard Pack, $40.00, www.uncommongoods.com

   Water Free Shaving Lotion, $10.79,  www.iherb.com

Water Free Shaving Lotion, $10.79, www.iherb.com

   Personalized Rustic Wall Mount Bottle Opener, $42.00,  www.brookstone.com

Personalized Rustic Wall Mount Bottle Opener, $42.00, www.brookstone.com

   Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser, $39.99,  www.sharperimage.com  

Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser, $39.99, www.sharperimage.com 

   Temperature Regulating Slippers, $49.99,  www.sharperimage.com

Temperature Regulating Slippers, $49.99, www.sharperimage.com

 

FOR EVERYONE

 

   Amazon Echo Dot, $39.99,  www.amazon.com

Amazon Echo Dot, $39.99, www.amazon.com

    Tile Mate phone + key finder, $24.99,  www.target.com  

 Tile Mate phone + key finder, $24.99, www.target.com 

       Cutea Tea Infuser, $7.49,  www.thecontainerstore.com

    Cutea Tea Infuser, $7.49, www.thecontainerstore.com

   PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser, $29.99,  www.amazon.com  

PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser, $29.99, www.amazon.com 

   SleepCycle Pillowcase, $30.00,  www.skinlaundry.com

SleepCycle Pillowcase, $30.00, www.skinlaundry.com

There are soooo many different types of gifts that you can give and the ones I've posted here are some of my favorites (Especially the Amazon Echo Dot!! Shoutout to my boyfriend for introducing me to Alexa) but personally, I love giving and receiving experiences. When you give an experience to someone such as a ticket to a broadway show, a spa gift card or even something a little more unique like a flight lesson, you're giving the person memories that they can cherish for the rest of their lives. Plus, who doesn't want to be able to say they flew a plane at some point in their lives???? I always find amazing deals for cool experiences and weekend getaways on Groupon so that's definitely a great place to get your last minute holiday shopping done as well. It's not about how much you spend on a person, it's about how much thought you put into the gift itself. 

Happy Holidays, loves! xx

Confidence and self love with SENMO: Get to know Ellie Aaron

It's been a crazy week with a lot of election related drama and now that its over, we can all finally go back to being less tense and anxious. BUT, if you're finding it difficult to unwind and de-stress, I have the perfect solution.

About 2 months ago, I signed up for a class called SENMO. That decision was probably one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. SENMO which stands for sensual movement for the modern woman is a movement practice that incorporates sensuality, dance and meditation and it was founded by yoga and meditation instructor, Ellie Aaron. I've always loved dancing and being in touch with myself and I felt like this was a great way to express who I am and have a blast while doing it. The reason why I became so obsessed with taking this class after my first time is because its basically a community of women who come together to empower each other and create friendships and lifelong connections. To all my ladies out there, how many times have you felt judged for acting a certain way or doing something that felt "wrong" to you? When I first started getting into modeling a few years ago, I would feel shy and very embarrassed when I had to dress a little sexier than I should and I wouldn't fully feel like myself if I had to provocatively pose in a photo. Now I've come to realize that its all in my head. Why should I feel awkward and embarrassed for being comfortable in my own skin? Why should I feel weird for being confident and showing it to the world? Being in touch with yourself is an attractive trait regardless of what others say. This class is genius because not only do you get to have fun and be around great energy and beautiful women, but you also get to learn how to love yourself completely and feel sexy.

 

It's a great feeling when you find a community you're comfortable in but its an even better feeling when the instructor has an incredible aura and way of teaching (insert fire emoji here). I wanted you guys to get a better idea of the class and of the founder and instructor herself, Ellie Aaron. SO, I was able to ask her a few questions and I got some pretty awesome answers. 

 

FAQ WITH ELLIE AARON

 

 

Q: Tell us a little bit more about yourself and where this idea for SENMO came from. What inspired you to start teaching it?

Ellie: I help women find confidence, strength, and joy in their bodies so they can express their brilliance in the world, and find home in themselves. I teach privately, at companies, and in studios in NYC. I love what I do so much, and always feel happier after teaching. The idea for SENMO came during pole dancing class a few years ago. I loved being there- but knew many friends (and other women) that would never go to pole dancing class. I had to craft a class that more women would feel comfortable expressing their sensuality in… And voila! SENMO was born! It combines meditation, yoga, sensual movement and community. We move, breathe, connect to our sensuality, AND talk about the experience together. It’s not like anything else out there. 

Q: As an instructor, what do you love most about the classes you teach?

Ellie: I love observing how the women transform during the class. They start SENMO feeling timid, shy, and unsure, and leave feeling vibrant, more confident, and juicy. The friendship and support in the room that gets created during SENMO is breathtaking. It always blows me away. When women come together, love, and support each other, it’s magic. 

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Ellie: My biggest inspiration is Duncan Trussell. He’s a comedian and my favorite human on the planet. He talks about spirituality, love, and consciousness (such rich material) and changing our world and humanity through these lenses. He also makes me laugh a LOT. I listen to his podcast incessantly and I’m kind of obsessed with him.

Q: What do you want your students to learn from taking this class?

Ellie: That their bodies are a source of wisdom. That love is inside of them ALL THE TIME. They don’t have to search for love in a person, place, or thing. They are love embodied. That feeling GOOD in your body isn’t about the size of your belly pooch or shape. It’s about your relationship to your body, your heart, your unique sensuality and sexuality, and nurturing and truly LOVING and listening to your body. 

Q: What advice would you give to a woman who struggles being comfortable in her own skin?

Ellie: There’s nothing wrong with feeling uncomfortable. We’re all uncomfortable sometimes. SO really getting that…Then, start doing things that may make you feel confident in your body. Experiment. Dance in your room. Wear something sexy. Take a dance class. And Meditate. Meditation turns the self critical judgmental mind, into a more loving, compassionate inner voice. Meditation changed everything for me. Try it here: http://www.ellieaaron.com/podcast/ep12-mindulness-meditation 

Q: On a personal note, did you ever come across a time you felt constricted as a woman and unable to express yourself freely?

Ellie: Of course, happens every day. I get shy around talking to men and people I’m envious of. It also happened a lot growing up. I grew up performing musical theater and singing- so I was definitely connected to performing for and pleasing OTHERS, but being taught that there was a source of pleasure, joy, and freedom that I could find for MYSELF, was foreign to me. Thank goodness for movement practices like SENMO. :)

Q: What are some goals you want to accomplish while teaching SENMO?

Ellie: I want women to know, their goal can be to satisfy, be true, and honor themselves first. So many women put other people’s happiness before and above their own and that builds resentment towards ourselves and others. It also translates to how we treat and care for our bodies. Love has to be how we relate to our bodies, no criticism or shame of needing to look a certain way. Again, its not about the size or shape of your body- but how much true self love you can really have - for your body- and your whole life. Oh! And that its really okay to feel GOOD in your body and experience pleasure there. :) 

 

I want to give a huge thanks to Ellie for being such a positive, beautiful, energetic soul, and for teaching women to love themselves first. She's such an inspiration and a pleasure to be around. Trust me when I tell you that you will NOT regret taking this class. Once you go SENMO, you can never go back!!! If you're interested in taking the class, visit her website at http://www.ellieaaron.com/ and you'll get a free SENMO practice when you sign up for two free video classes. Killer deal if you ask me. 

Thank you for reading, loves! Any questions about the class can be asked below xx