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#Workout Goals: Michelle Obama Is Still Hosting Bootcamp Weekends for Her Girlfriends + MORE

Beauty and health are wonderful areas to dedicate one’s life. We have seen the simple addition of hair with Invisablend’s hair extensions and treatments cause an immediate increase in our client’s confidence and life enjoyment. We encourage you to do the little things that make you feel good and give you confidence. It will have a dynamic effect on your quality of life.

One Bottle of This Face Oil Sells Every 20 Seconds

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This article originally appeared on InStyle.com. 

It's easy to wax poetic over the benefits of rosehip oil—it's jam-packed with antioxidants, can help soothe redness from acne flare-ups, and since it extends the life of your cell membranes, signs of aging slow down at a rapid pace. Plus, it generally just smells fantastic, and the scent isn't from anything artificial, mind you. The pure ingredients are just that pleasant.

Trilogy's Rosehip Oil ($19; amazon.com) in particular has gained a reputation of its own, thanks to its totally organic blend that contains 80% essential fatty acids (shoutout to omegas 3 and 6), and word on the street is that Kate Middleton actually used the product during her pregnancy. It's no wonder that one bottle of Trilogy's formula sells every 20 seconds, which tallies up to 30,240 bottles within the span of a week.

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A few drops absorb like a dream on your face, and can be used both morning and night, as it's lightweight enough to be worn underneath makeup. The benefits of rosehip oil don't end at your jawline, though. Because of its reparative properties, it works just as well over areas on the body where you want to fade scars or stretch marks. In fact, when Trilogy had a group of women take the product on a test-drive, 43% reported that their stretch marks were minimized, and 41% claimed that the color of their scars had improved.

Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?

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This article originally appeared on Time.com. 

Last summer, public health experts were on high alert due to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has now been proven to cause birth defects and other health problems in infants. Today, experts know far more about the virus than they did at the start of the outbreak. Here’s what you need to know now about Zika.

Should pregnant women worry about Zika while traveling?

Short answer: yes. “Our general advice is that if you are pregnant, you should not go to places where Zika virus transmission is ongoing,” says Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the division of vector-borne diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It’s all a matter of risk. Obviously, if you are staying in an air-conditioned hotel, your risk may be less. However, are you willing to take that risk? We know the consequences of infection of the fetus are huge and lifelong.”

Petersen recommends people check the CDC website for guidance on what locations have active Zika transmission. The CDC updates this list regularly, sometimes on a daily basis. If an area is no longer on the list, Petersen says it’s considered safe to travel. Currently, the CDC recommends that if a pregnant woman or her partner travel to an area with Zika, the couple should use condoms every time they have sex or avoid sex for the rest of the pregnancy, even if they do not have symptoms of Zika.

Should women who plan to get pregnant avoid traveling to places with Zika?

Women who are planning to get pregnant, and their partners, should also pay attention to where they are traveling. The first trimester, during which women may not know they are pregnant, appears to be the most risky time when it comes to Zika-related health complications for infants down the line.

The CDC recommends that women who travel to areas with Zika who want to get pregnant in the near future wait at least eight weeks after their last possible exposure to the virus before trying to conceive. For male partners, the CDC advises waiting six months after the last possible exposure before trying to conceive. Using condoms is also recommended for the waiting period.

What if I am invited to a destination wedding in a place with Zika? Should I not go?

It may be challenging to get a firm yes or no from your doctor about whether or not you should travel for a major event, though the recommendations are not to go to places with active Zika transmission if you’re pregnant or want to be soon. “My job is to give guidance; I never tell people what to do,” says Dr. Richard Beigi, the chief medical officer of the Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “But I think the travel warnings are there for a reason, and nothing has changed from last year other than the fact that we have more information that has validated that Zika causes congenital health problems…

#Workout Goals: Michelle Obama Is Still Hosting Bootcamp Weekends for Her Girlfriends

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This article originally appeared on People.com. 

As first lady, Michelle Obama motivated Americans to get active through her “Let’s Move” campaign. Now she’s giving fans more healthy living inspiration with a peek inside her post-White House workouts.

The former first lady took to Instagram on Monday to share photos from a recent “bootcamp weekend” that she hosted for her “crew” at a friend’s house outside Washington, D.C.

“When I was at the White House, I often hosted bootcamp weekends for my close girlfriends. It didn’t matter that we were all at varying fitness levels. Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first,” she wrote in the caption. “And even though I’m no longer at the White House, I’ve continued this tradition and wanted to share some photos.”

Obama’s bootcamp squad includes about a dozen old and new friends of varying age and fitness levels, a source close to the former first lady tells PEOPLE.

“My girlfriends have been there for me through all kinds of life transitions over the years – including a pretty big one recently! – and we’ve done our best to stay healthy together,” Obama continued in the caption. “Whether it’s a bootcamp or a walk around the neighborhood, I hope you and your crew can find some time this summer to be healthy together.”

This isn’t the first time Obama has shared details on her personal fitness routine.

In 2015 she released a video of her workout regimen as part of the #GimmeFive challenge celebrating the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign to raise awareness about healthy living in the United States.

In the video, Obama lifts weights, jump-ropes and boxes — challenging viewers at home to do the same.

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Is Your Doctor Gaslighting You? Here's What to Do + MORE

Four years ago, Deborah J. Cohan went to her primary-care doctor with excruciating pain throughout her midsection. “I wasn't able to stand up straight. Eating and going to the bathroom were uncomfortable,” Cohan, who lives in South Carolina, tells Health. She had a hunch it was .... More »

Margot Robbie Debuted Spring’s Hottest Haircut at the 2018 Oscars + MORE

Margot Robbie’s lob is now a bob. The Academy Award-nominated actress debuted one of her most dramatic hair changes yet on the 2018 Oscars red carpet, and it also happens to be a testament to how much a trim can truly transform your entire hairstyle. Up until yesterday, the Robbie was wearin.... More »

This Is the Easiest Way to Get an Anti-Aging Prescription + MORE

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The Ladies of SNL Welcome You 'to Hell' with Anti-Sexual Harassment Music Video + MORE

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7 Self-Care Tips That Will Make You Happier This Summer + MORE

Practicing self care is something you should be doing 365 days a year. But we get it—sometimes work, relationships, and everyday hassles take up all your free time. Now that summer is approaching, however, incorporating self-care into your routine has become a little bit easie.... More »

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Asked and Answered: In What Order Should I Apply My Skincare? + MORE

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Why You Should Move Your HIIT Workout to the Pool

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Why You Should Move Your HIIT Workout to the PoolThis article originally appeared on Life by Daily Burn.

HIIT workouts have been a big hit among gym goers for years now. Understandably so: They crush loads of calories and improve your fitness, fast. But sometimes you need to switch up those all-out-effort intervals to give your body a break — and challenge it in new ways. Enter these pool exercises from Life Time Fitness, EXOS and Speedo’s collaborative class, WTRX.

An important note: This is not your grandma’s aqua aerobics class. You may not hold regular water classes to the same fitness standards as, say, a bootcamp. But that’s exactly why fit pros created WTRX.

“In a nutshell, I wanted to bring sexy back to the pool,” says Rob Glick, senior director of programming and innovation at Life Time Fitness. “When we think about HIIT classes, they’re pretty rugged, pretty intense and pretty sexy. A lot of times when people think about aqua classes, those are not the words people would use.” That is, until now.

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Making Aqua Workouts Awesome

WTRX, offered at Life Time locations across the U.S., starts with a dynamic warm-up both in the water and on the deck. Then, like classes you might take in a studio, you’ll move around different stations, doing exercises that challenge your muscles and get your heart rate revved. Instructors also mix in high-energy activities, like partner races across the pool, treading water or a quick run of Marco Polo. (Work hard, play hard, as they say.)

Even if some of the exercises performed in WTRX look similar to those you’d do on land, the experience is totally different. And Glick explains several reasons for that.

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First off, the water slows down your movements so you can better your coordination. For example, if you have trouble with a single leg squat or kettlebell swing outside of the pool, you’ll be able to work on your form and execution in the water, Glick explains.

Working out in the water also means less gravity, which leads to less impact on your joints. So you won’t wake up feeling super sore the next day. “Training in water removes the eccentric action of exercises,” says Glick. “That’s where most delayed onset muscle soreness comes from” — that downward phase of lifting.

Finally, it also adds constant resistance to every motion you make and in every direction. For instance, when you do a bicep curl, the downward motion works your triceps as you act against the H2O. Better yet, you’ll lap up the fun factor as you race around the pool.

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5 Pool Exercises to Dive Into

Now it’s time to dip your toes into WTRX with these five pool exercises, borrowed from the class…

Asked and Answered: In What Order Should I Apply My Skincare?

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This article originally appeared on InStyle.com. 

The general rule of thinking is to apply creams, lotions and serums with the thinnest or lightest consistencies first, recommends New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. “For every rule, however, there may be an exception,” he says, so follow these guidelines with your judgment and the advice of your doctors.

In the mornings, “I usually recommend washing the face first and afterward applying serum,” he says. “Then you can follow with your moisturizer and lastly a mineral sunscreen.” There’s some debate, he says, about when is best to apply a chemical sunscreen. Some pros suggest applying to clean skin “as the ingredients in the chemical sunscreens interact with the skin to give adequate protection.” Chemical sun blockers work “by absorbing UV light and converting it into heat,” he says. “A mineral blocker works by forming a protective seal over the skin and reflecting harmful UV rays away.” That’s why it’s best to slather on that layer of mineral block right before you head out the door. “Cosmetics or moisturizers with tint should be applied last.”

A note about the wrinkle-fighting ingredient retinol: “I generally recommend applying it in the evening,” says Dr. Zeichner, as in some product formulations the ingredient has the best chance at remaining stable and potent outside of certain UV light. So try designating it to your evening skincare ritual.

And if you’re dealing with acne medications that contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, try applying these over your moisturizer, as moisturizing the skin first hydrates and can help minimize any potential irritation, suggests Dr. Zeichner.

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Generally speaking, you can view the morning as a time for prevention (your key player being sunscreen), and the evening a time for repair (hello, retinol). “For that reason, I typically recommend antioxidants in the morning, as they serve as fire-extinguishers that put out inflammation caused by free radical damage,” says Dr. Zeichner. (Free radical damage is a side-effect of sun exposure.) At night, look to products that repair and help stimulate skin-firming collagen with ingredients like retinol and peptides.

4 Exercises for Sexier Shoulders From a Celebrity Trainer

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Summer is in full swing, and it's become clear that one of the biggest trends for this sun-filled season is cutout sleeves. Translation: Shoulders are going to be on the scene this summer. Though celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson argues that they never left: “Shoulders have always been in style,” he says. “They are like the little black dress of the upper body.”

Whether new fad or old hat, it’s time to give yours a little extra love, so they'll be strong, sculpted, and ready to show off during the these dog days and beyond. To do that, you have to work them from all angles.  “The shoulder has three heads: the anterior, medial, and posterior head,” explains Peterson, who is the director of training and endurance for the Los Angeles Lakers. “You have to train all three.” He also notes that the leaner you are, the more muscle separation you’ll show.

Follow along with Peterson’s four-move shoulder circuit in the video above, and you’ll be reaching for those tank tops in no time.  

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Front Raise

Stand with feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand at thighs; palms face back. Raise dumbbells straight up to eyebrow height, keeping arms straight. Slowly lower back to start and then repeat.

Lateral Raise

Stand with feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand at sides; palms face in. Maintaining a slight bend in elbows, raise arms straight out to sides to shoulder level. Slowly lower back to start and then repeat.

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Rear Deltoid Raise

Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees soft, and a dumbbell in each hand at sides; palms face in with a slight bend in wrists. Hinge forward at hips and lower down so that torso is almost parallel to floor. Keeping a slight bend in arms and back flat, raise arms out to sides until they are in line with body, and squeeze shoulder blades together. Slowly lower back to start and then repeat.

Overhead Press

Stand with feet hip-width apart, a slight bend in knees and wrists at shoulder-height and a dumbbell in each hand; palms face forward. Press dumbbells directly overhead. Pause, and then slowly lower back down, and repeat.

Peterson’s Tip: “If you start to fail—you can’t do the move properly and your form is compromised—and you are in the 5, 6, 7 rep range, lighten up the weight. If you are cranking out 15 reps and are still fresh as a daisy at the end, add some weight. You want to get to where you are reaching technical failure between 12 and 15 reps.”

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The One Shoulder Muscle You’re Neglecting + MORE

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These Women Are Posing in Nothing but Glitter for a Surprisingly Powerful Reason + MORE

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9 Times J.Lo Showed Off Her Insanely Defined Core and Proved She's the Queen of Abs + MORE

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This Hotel Now Has Rooms With Mini Personal Gyms Inside + MORE

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This Hotel Now Has Rooms With Mini Personal Gyms Inside

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It’s not always possible to keep up with your workout routine while traveling. So one hotel chain is making it easier to cycle, do yoga, or sweat along to a cardio routine video without ever leaving your room.

Last month, Hilton Hotels debuted their Five Feet to Fitness in-room mini gyms, which offer 11 different fitness equipment options just steps away from the bed and nightstand. Eight rooms are currently available—three at Hilton's Parc 55 San Francisco and five at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Virginia.

The chain plans to add more than 100 rooms with mini-gyms around the country by the end of the year, says Ryan Crabbe, senior director of global wellness at Hilton. They'll be available in Hilton hotels in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, and San Diego.

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What kind of workout options will guests have? Features include a stationary Wattbike, medicine balls, sandbags, a Bosu ball, TRX, a yoga mat, and a foam roller, among other gear and accessories. Each room also comes with a a touch-screen "fitness kiosk" that shows guests the right way to use each piece of equipment. The kiosks are also loaded with more than 200 workout videos covering cardio, cycling, endurance, strength-training, HIIT, yoga, and stretching and recovery.

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If guests aren't up for a cycling session after a long day on a business trip or sight-seeing, Hilton still has them covered by outfitting each room with other wellness-related features—such as a meditation chair, protein drinks in a hydration station, and mini Biofreeze packets for sore muscles. 

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Hilton’s focus on fitness and wellness was driven by feedback from hotel guests and research into how travelers use hotels. A recent study conducted by Cornell showed that while 46 percent of travelers intend to use the hotel gym, only 22 percent end up doing a workout.

“We know that creating a wellness stage right in the hotel room might just be the solution for those guests who need the convenience of being able to get a quick workout in before breakfast or after a long day of business meetings, or those that prefer to workout in the privacy of their own room,” says Crabbe. “We also know that movement and mindfulness make for a better travel experience.”

Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For You

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This article originally appeared on Time.com. 

For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging pecs. But experts say it’s well past time to discard those antiquated notions of what resistance training can do for your physique and health. Modern exercise science shows that working with weights—whether that weight is a light dumbbell or your own body—may be the best exercise for lifelong physical function and fitness.

“To me, resistance training is the most important form of training for overall health and wellness,” says Brad Schoenfeld, an assistant professor of exercise science at New York City’s Lehman College. During the past decade, Schoenfeld has published more than 30 academic papers on every aspect of resistance training—from the biomechanics of the push-up to the body’s nutrient needs following a hard lift. Many people think of weight training as exercise that augments muscle size and strength, which is certainly true. But Schoenfeld says the “load” that this form of training puts on bones and their supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments is probably a bigger deal when it comes to health and physical function.

“We talk about bone resorption, which is a decrease in bone tissue over time,” he says. When you’re young, bone resorption is balanced and in some cases exceeded by new bone tissue generation. But later in life, bone tissue losses accelerate and outpace the creation of new bone. That acceleration is especially pronounced among people who are sedentary and women who have reached or passed menopause, Schoenfeld says. This loss of bone tissue leads to the weakness and postural problems that plague many older adults.

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“Resistance training counteracts all those bone losses and postural deficits,” he says. Through a process known as bone remodeling, strength training stimulates the development of bone osteoblasts: cells that build bones back up. While you can achieve some of these bone benefits through aerobic exercise, especially in your lower body, resistance training is really the best way to maintain and enhance total-body bone strength.

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More research links resistance training with improved insulin sensitivity among people with diabetes and prediabetes. One study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that twice-weekly training sessions helped control insulin swings (and body weight) among older men with type-2 diabetes. “Muscle is very metabolically active, and it uses glucose, or blood sugar, for energy,” says Mark Peterson, an assistant professor of physical medicine at the University of Michigan.

During a bout of resistance training, your muscles are rapidly using glucose, and this energy consumption continues even after you’ve finished exercising, Peterson says…

This $4 Face Mask Gave Me Glowy Skin After a Long Flight

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I've always had very dry skin. So when I was getting ready for my first cross-country flight since having a baby (which has only exacerbated the dryness), I knew I'd be getting off the plane with parched, flaky skin. I was going to a friend's wedding, and I wanted to bring something with me that would plump my skin after the dehydrating flight and prime my complexion for makeup. A mask seemed like the way to go, but I've had trouble finding one that delivers enough hydration in the past. I also wanted to bring something small and portable, since I'd be stashing it in my carry-on bag.

While pre-vacation shopping at Target, something caught my eye: single-use pods of nügg Face Masks. Their Hydrating Face Mask seemed to be just what I was looking for, and as a bonus, it was only $4. Single-use pods of nügg masks are only available in stores, but you can buy multi-packs online at target.com ($18 for 5) and amazon.com ($16 for 4). I also loved how small it was, so there was no long-term commitment if I didn't like the formula.

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After the flight, I was exhausted. But the wedding was the next day, and I was determined to look my best. I opened the nügg mask (it kind of resembles a Keurig pod), slathered about a third of the cream on my face, and tried to relax for 15 minutes while letting it work its magic.

I had hoped I'd see some improvement in my skin, but I admittedly wasn't expecting drastic results. So I was surprised to wash off the mask and find that my dry patches had all but disappeared, my post-flight skin was plumped, and my complexion even looked dewy. I went to bed that night without putting moisturizer on (something I never do). And when I woke up the next day, my skin somehow looked even better than it had the night before—I looked relaxed and refreshed, my complexion primed and ready for makeup. Success! 

I used the mask throughout the rest of the trip (I found that the pod contained enough product for two more applications), and my skin never looked better. It's now a regular in my weekly skincare routine. And since the pods are so portable, I'll never travel without one again.

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Watch Jennifer Lopez Leg Press Nearly 300 Pounds Like It's Nothing + MORE

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6 Plyometric Exercises for a No-Running Cardio Workout + MORE

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Beauty and health are wonderful areas to dedicate one’s life. We have seen the simple addition of hair with Invisablend’s hair extensions and treatments cause an immediate increase in our client’s confidence and life enjoyment. We encourage you to do the little things that make you feel good and give you confidence. It will have a dynamic effect on your quality of life.

6 Plyometric Exercises for a No-Running Cardio Workout

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6 Plyometric Exercises for a No-Running Cardio Workout

This article originally appeared on Life by Daily Burn.

The answer to your boring relationship with cardio: plyometric exercises. The lovechild of speed and strength, these explosive movements allow you to create max force in a short amount of time. So you not only get fit in a flash, but you also crush mega calories — without doing super repetitive movements like running or spinning.

While moves like box jumps fit the bill, you can get extra creative with plyos, too. Enter: Daily Burn’s new Power Cardio program, which features lots of plyo combinations for a killer cardio workout you can do in 30 minutes or less — all while targeting your entire body.

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“You’re training the fast-twitch muscle fibers,” explains CeCe Marizu, one of the lead Power Cardio trainers. “This gets your heart rate up and works different muscles groups at once, too.”

Sounds like a one-stop shop for training, right? Well, your fitness is about to reach new heights. We pulled six creative, high-energy plyometric exercises, all from the Power Cardio program. We have a feeling you’ll fall (er, jump) for this cardio workout.

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6 Plyometric Exercises from Daily Burn’s Power Cardio Workout

Perform each plyometric move below for 30 seconds, taking a 30 second break (or less!) between each to really raise your heart rate. Do as many rounds as possible. Though most of these moves call for a box or med ball, you can easily use only your bodyweight for each of them. Keep in mind that solid form is key, says Marizu. So start out slow (and without equipment) until you get the movements down, then crank your speed up.

1. Squat Jump Tap

Heat things up right out of the gate. Your inner thighs bring your legs together at the top of the movement, as you mimic a basketball shot to get your arms involved.

How to: Start standing with feet hip-width apart, holding a med ball with both hands (a). Push your hips back and drop your butt down into a squat, as you touch the floor with the med ball (b). Explode off your feet to jump straight up, pushing the ball up toward the ceiling. At the top, tap your feet together (c). Land softly back on your heels, feet hip-width apart and knees bent (d). Then repeat. Keep your head and eyes up the entire time.

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2. Cross Mountain Climber Mini Thruster

A creative combination exercise that works your entire body, from shoulders to abs to legs. Feel free to skip the box and do this on the floor, just remember: the faster you go (with good form!) the more calories you torch.

How to: Start in a high plank position with both hands on the box and toes on the floor (a). Drive your left knee up toward your right elbow, then quickly return it to plank position (b)…

The Best Foundation for Summer Skin

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This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. 

We all know the struggle of wearing foundation on a hot, sticky summer day is so real. You want to even out your skin tone and cover problem spots (think: zits or dark circles), but the thought of swiping on thick foundation that most likely will clog your pores, make you look like an oil slick before noon, or even melt off the second you walk out the door is beyond annoying. After swiping on dozens of the latest formulas on the market, we found a new stick that solves all of your traditional foundation troubles.

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Meet Tarte’s latest addition to their vegan, hypoallergenic makeup family Clay Stick Foundation ($39; tarte.com). Available in 12 shades (from fair beige to rich honey), this powder-to-liquid stick formula melts into skin like butter and is housed in a sleek tube that takes up little space in your makeup bag and can easily be applied on-the-go. Swipe it on and blend with your fingertips for medium coverage or layer it with a sponge or brush for full coverage. Another bonus: It doubles as a budge-proof concealer. And unlike many full coverage foundations that look heavy or mask-like, this offers a natural finish—like your skin but better.

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So, sure, it sounds like a dream to wear, but we were curious about its skincare benefits because while we wear makeup to look good instantly, we also want it to do something good for our skin. Good news: For those who are oil-prone, the stick contains micro-encapsulated powders that—get this—burst on your skin when your body temperature goes up to keep you from looking shiny. It’s also packed with Amazonian clay that hydrates any dry spots while mattifying oily zones (bridge of the nose, we’re looking at you). It’s also got good-for-your-skin treats, including brightening vitamin C and antioxidant powerhouse vitamin E (and equally important, it doesn’t have any nasties like talc, parabens, sulfates, or gluten).

Selma Blair Defends Her Overgrown Gray Roots

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This article originally appeared on People.com. 

Selma Blair will not be shamed for her gray hair. The star was snapped by paparazzi in-between root touch-ups, and when the photos were called out online, she confronted the issue like a total pro.

After a recent article highlighted the star’s silver roots, she was quick to respond with a post on Instagram. The star shared the photo of her overgrown roots, writing, “Happy Monday. Things to do: turn off Google alert. Stop eating four cupcakes a day. Ask The Daily Mail if they could possibly start using filters. Wear exquisite hats!”

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Blair added that she’d actually like to embrace her grays one day, and also shaded the photographer who made it a point to call her out. “I think I have a fantasy I will grow my hair gloriously grey,” the star said. “But it doesn’t seem a real option. Thanks to this thoughtful paparazzi dude who has given me such a warm and fuzzy feeling.”

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