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Hot Yoga and Skincare Tips With Well & Good NYC

NY-based yoga instructor and general badass Loren Bassett.

Last night, I headed uptown to hang out with Well and Good NYC at Pure Yoga West, a gorgeous space that feels more like a spa than a studio. The event kicked off Pure Shape, Pure Yoga, a three-part series with some of the city’s top instructors. First up: Loren Bassett, who led us through a sweaty but fun hot yoga class (think Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and plenty of vinyasas). But that was only part one: after we all toweled off and rehydrated, the site’s co-founder, Melisse Gelula, told us the secret to preventing post-workout blemishes.

It’s as simple as this: Wash your face. Before you sweat and after you sweat. Make sure to always thoroughly clean your skin before you work out to make sure you don’t have any residue on your skin that might clog pores. After you exercise, all that hard work you did leaves a salty film on your skin that throws your pH out of whack and triggers breakouts.

And finally: exfoliate regularly. This keeps your complexion congestion-free and clear. To drive that message home, the gift bag included one of Gelula’s (and my!) favorite exfoliators: Suki Exfoliate, a  gentle scrub made with raw sugar and alpha-hydroxy acids. 

Endorphins plus skincare wisdom? I’ll be back for more. If you live in New York, check out the two upcoming events!

—Mollie

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