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.
Here comes the New Year! The end of 2011 means we can start thinking about all the exciting things we want to add to our lives (new shoes!) and all the resolutions we have for the next 12 months (get more sleep!). With that in mind, we asked some of our favorite people in the industry to tell us what their beauty/health/wellness resolutions are for 2012. They gave us a peek into how they’re planning on sprucing up their routines. For today’s post, we chatted with Melisse Gelula, one of the co-founders of Well+Good, which is our favorite resource for all things health, fitness, and well-being related.
My resolutions aren’t exactly civilian beauty issues because I cover natural and organic products on Well+Good. Therefore, I have a crazy stockpile of beauty products in a closet, so my resolution might be to try more of them and move it along!
You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Which is why we have new regular column: Well-Balanced. Check back weekly for our latest wellness obsession.
Whenever we have a question about wellness, we turn to the ladies behind Well + Good NYC. From juice cleanses to fitness crazes, co-founders Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula are all-knowing. This holiday season is no different. They’ve put together a Healthy Holiday Gift Guide, filled with items that combine style and wellness. Trust me, this is not your average collection of overpriced cashmere blankets and whimsical-yet-impractical objects d’art. Instead, you’ll find everything from cute performance windbreakers and OM-worthy yoga gear to healthy cooking products and a luxe $10,000 at-home Kinesis Personal machine (what, I didn’t say this was a budget gift guide). They’ve also got picks from New York’s wellness royalty, including Tata Harper and Jillian Michaels, and a roundup of splurge-worthy spa treatments. Download it now and see for yourself.
Get half-off a treatment at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza during SpaFinder Wellness Week. Photo: Well and Good NYC.
Despite my gluttonous tendencies, I’m actually a bit of a wellness geek. I love trying new exercise classes, and have undergone more nutty spa treatments that is probably advisable. But in the age of $30 spin classes and $9 green juices, taking care of yourself can get very spendy. Which is why SpaFinder’s Wellness Week, kicking off March 21st, is so awesome. Twice a year, spas, gyms, and studios across the country offer huge deals on their best classes and treatments — usually at least 50% off. It’s the perfect opportunity to kickstart a healthy routine, test out new fitness classes, or treat yourself to a swanky spa treatment.
Wellness Week happens nationwide (browse deals near you on the SpaFinder site), and in New York, we’re lucky to have a slew of tempting options. Thankfully our friends at Well and Good have put together a handy insider’s guide. Book early, before all the deep tissue massages and private pilates sessions are gone!
Want more healthy tips? Read our Birchbox Crush interview with Well and Good NYC co-founder Melisse Gelula.
Herban Essentials towelettes are a gym bag staple. Pick them up in our Shop.
Photo: Larkin Clark
Wellness guru Melisse Gelula, co-founder of Well and Good NYC, takes her skincare very seriously. When I talked to her for this month’s Birchbox Crush, we spent nearly an hour chatting about different types of cleansers, exfoliators, oils, serums, and moisturizers. The big takeaway? Switch things up. Your skin changes from day to day, season to season. The products that work perfectly during the winter aren’t going to translate to summer. Thanks to her, I’ve swapped out my usual salicylic acid wash, which was too drying on my skin during wintertime, and am using a creamy cleansing milk by Dr. Hauschka instead. I’ve also thrown a face oil and rich moisturizer into the mix—both to great effect. Read her 7 Habits of Highly Effective Skincare now—it’ll change the way you think about your products.
For more of Melisse’s natural beauty and skincare tips, read her Birchbox Crush.
I have a friend who has an atypical New Years tradition: he writes down all his resolutions on scraps of paper and, at the chime of midnight, burns them to ashes. I like this. It’s a firm stance against those un-keepable resolutions that we all make. Then again, there’s something about January 1st that is incredibly seductive - the chance to reset and charge forward refreshed. This year, instead of resolving to lose five pounds, I’m more focused on tweaking my lifestyle to make it healthier and happier. I love the approach that my friends at Well and Good NYC are taking: they’ve devoted this week to healthy resolutions that they can achieve, from trying exercise classes that scare them and detoxing their beauty cabinet.
My beauty resolutions are still in the works, but here is a small start:
-No more being lazy about SPF. I’ve been lectured by dermatologists, facialists, and skincare gurus for years and still I laze by with the modicum of sunscreen in my daily tinted moisturizer. No more. It’s SPF 30 everyday or bust. Stay tuned for more resolutions from me and Team Birchbox.