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What Your Skin NEEDS In Your Gym BagFeatured

My Workout Wunderkinds: What’s In Your Gym Bag?

Tons of my friends are living more mindful lives through yoga. The Jiu-Jitsu guys at the club where I go for kickboxing classes get totally in the zone during their matches. Barre, CrossFit, Pilates, there are so many studio classes you can choose from to integrate into your daily work-life routine…each with proven physical and mental benefits. Committing to a more active lifestyle is a challenge as it is. It’s no surprise that your post-workout skincare is the last thing you think about. But don’t let all that hard work undermine your skin’s clarity! If your exercise is making you break out, that’s one more excuse not to work out…which is the last thing any of us needs.

Here are 5 multi-function wonders you should be packing:

1. Essence Superwash + Conditioner — gym amenities may not give you the same anti-allergy, anti-acne care. Getting clean as soon as you’re done with your sets helps prevent sweat and bacteria from clogging pores and wreaking havoc.

2. SuperSkin Care Regimen — just like exercise, it’s consistency that gives you results. Get travel-sized versions of your regular regimen — super handy to throw in your bag’s side pocket.

3. Id Monolaurin Gel — prevent post-workout sweat acne. And bacne. And buttne. This knockout sanitiser is also great for anything that requires hand wraps or gloves where perspiration tends to pool during your session. You should also apply it to any part of your body that comes into contact with shared gym equipment — kettle balls, kicking pads, the studio floor mat, etc. — because nobody has time for staph infections.

Side skinsider tip: if you start itching, check if it’s because you’re sensitive to dyes or rubber in your gym gear!

4. Boo-Boo Balm — for cuts or abrasions. I’ve had one too many a mat burn myself from kickboxing. This ouchless first aid champ has also come to the rescue of long-distance runners who suffer chafing.

5. Armada Sport 50+  — when you’re at the pool or sweating it up outdoors.


Karen leads VMV Hypoallergenics’ Global Markets division, traveling extensively and loving VMV’s distributors across the world, including Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. Karen finds exhilaration in VMV’s aspirations of amicable global expansion, systems and strategies, the realm of words, English humor, and music festivals. Follow Karen on instagram for travel, health, and overall positivity!

Beauty, Featured, Skin

Multi-Function Skin & Beauty Wonders You NEED In Your Bag Every Day!

What skincare and beauty essentials should live in your bag? There’s no one combo that’s ideal for everyone but we know that it’s the multi-function products that save the day!
Between work and errands, we know bag space is valuable real estate. Check out our suggestions for the most valuable multi-tasking products to keep in your bag if you’re…
…the Every-Ready Betty (the busy career woman, gal about town or no-time mom; you need everything to cover the busiest of days, from gym to work, cocktails…and possibly kids’ parties, too!),
…the Snapchatter (aka, the Teen), and
Shredded Sister (fitness is your life).

What Multi-Tasking Skin & Beauty Musts Should You Keep In Your Bag?

Brand Ambassadors, Featured, Healthy Living, Skin, Skinthusiasm

Elaine Abonal, SurfistaFeatured

Elaine Abonal

surfing
Multiple Islands, Philippines

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Hooked on surfing after her first taste of surfing culture in high school in Florida, Elaine chose the Philippines to set up Surfista Travels, a surf tour company that helps surfers and travelers arrange trips to the Philippine islands that include accommodation, transport and surf lessons  and island hopping.
Elaine speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog. She has contributed her photos and articles to numerous magazines and newspapers. She is also available as a personal surf tour guide.

Follow Elaine and Surfista for surfing, fun, friendship and the most gorgeous islands imaginable now!

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How long have you been surfing? 
My first surf lesons were in La Union in 2002! So 13 years.

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Why do you do it? 
I do it because it has become such an integral part of my life. It is my exercise, my alone time, my meditation, my job. I love it so much and I can’t imagine my life without it!
Why do so many fall in love with surfing? 
I learn something new every time I go surfing. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for it. There’s knowing your limits but not being afraid to push yourself; realizing that it’s great to have a good ride, but it takes more to appreciate, even enjoy, getting back up after a big wipe out. I learn a lot about people; age differences disappear and languages become insignificant. You see that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you make. You respect each other’s differences and share a common passion for being in the water that called to you.
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How do you train for it?
Surfing is a very physical sport. I eat healthy, surf as much as I can (daily if possible), do yoga so that I’m flexible, and get enough sleep.
How did you get started?
I was in Florida in high school and saw surfers and the whole surfing lifestyle. As soon as I got back home to the Philippines, I researched about surfing lessons, went on a trip with 4 boys (I was the only girl) and never stopped since!
You talk a lot about safety…
Surfing is not as hard as it seems but it’s not as easy as it looks either. Never underestimate the power of the ocean. Conditions change every day, every hour. It’s important to respect the ocean and know our limits. As surfers, we’re not only dealing with ourselves out there but also other people and their surfboards. Knowing basic safety is to protect others as much as ourselves.
Safety is so important. Surfista Travels organizes everything (transportation, accommodation and lessons) for people who want a safe and worry-free trip to the best surf spots. And this includes sun safety. Staying protected from the sun is a real concern because I live and breathe surfing. My lifestyle and job means that I am in the water and under the sun a LOT and at different times of the day. I try to avoid peak UVB hours but sometimes waves are too good to miss, or surf lessons get extended. I wear rash guards but my face, legs, and hands are still exposed. I make it a point to slather on sunscreen repeatedly and remind Surfistas to do the same!
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Why do you like using Armada Sport as a sunscreen?
Armada‘s my favorite, I can rely on it to protect my skin while not having it get in the way of what I do. I love that it’s not sticky or thick. It doesn’t feel hot even if I’m not yet in the water. I won it in a surfing association’s raffle once, and all the surfers there said it was the BEST sunscreen ever, so I started using it. It’s been in my beach bag since.
I LOVE Armada Sport because of many reasons! It’s not sticky or heavy when applied so it’s not uncomfortable on my skin. It’s the only sunscreen that I’ve ever used that doesn’t only protect me from the sun but helps IMPROVE my skin condition at the same time. I had skin problems where my skin tone became uneven and I couldn’t be under the sun and my skin was too sensitive for other sunscreens. Ever since I started using Armada Sport it has slowly been healing!
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What was your most memorable moment in surfing?
I can’t think of one particular moment since I’ve been doing it forever. It’s more like a mix of different moments that I treasure – surfing in beautiful conditions during sunrise or sunset with my good friends and good vibes and lots of laughter in the water, with a rainbow in the background for example – those are moments that I treasure the most!
You feel prettiest when…
My skin is SUCH a big part of who I am because it represents two major things about me — being a surfer and being Filipina. I always get complimented on my skin tone wherever I go in the world. 🙂
I feel prettiest when I am in my bikini, with no make up, barefoot and with a flower in my hair – AND surrounded by people who I love and love me just as I am!
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Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?
Always put VMV Armada Sport 70 sunscreen – ALWAYS – whether you’ll only be out in the sun for 15 minutes or an hour, eat healthy because anything that you put in your body will be your fuel, do something active everyday. It takes WORK to be fit, it doesn’t come from just looking at pictures. Also don’t forget to RELAX & HAVE FUN!
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What’s your daily skin care and/or makeup?  
I only use VMV Hypoallergenics products. I don’t use so much makeup on the island, except for blush and Ooh-La-Lash!. I pretty much use VMV Armada Sport sunscreen as soon as I get out of my room during the day. At night, I always wash my face & moisturize. I’m under the sun and in a lot of extreme conditions so it’s good to have a daily skin regimen.
 


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