All Posts By

Lauren Gleisberg

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X PREVIEW WEEK: X-Treme Workout (day 4)

One of the defining features in the new Weight Training Plan X is the x-treme workouts, which is today’s workout! These workouts are a unique format designed to push you in both strength and endurance. I wanted to include these workouts in this X version of the WTP in order to continue focussing on progressive overload – the effective training concept that ensures we are always making forward progress. I am looking forward to your reaction to this! 

 

If you participate in preview week, be sure you drop your email here to sign up because:

  • giveaways happen via email (sneakers, leggings, etc.)
  • at the end of the week, I share an exclusive discount code for the new plan! 
WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN PREVIEW WEEK?

Let’s start with what this week is about. It’s a preview of my new Weight Training Plan X (30 min edition) that is dropping on Monday. For this entire week, I will be previewing the program by sharing bonus workouts that are the style of the workouts found in the new plan. 

Basically, it’s a way for us to kick off the plan early and give you a taste (or a$$ kicking hehe) of the amazing workouts!

 

HOME VERSION? GYM VERSION? WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Let’s cut to it… there is a home version and a gym version. Gym version uses full gym equipment (barbells, cables, smith machine, leg press, etc.) Home version requires a set of dumbbells and a resistance band. I love a separate home & gym version!

 

 

DAY 4 WORKOUT 

I am sharing images but click the link under each photo to save the PDF version to your phone/computer!

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X PREVIEW WEEK: Arms + Abs (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Weight Training Plan X Preview Week, which means we are even closer to the launch of the new workout program! This preview week gives you teaser workouts of what is coming in the new plan, launching on Monday!

 

If you participate in preview week, be sure you drop your email here to sign up because:

  • giveaways happen via email (sneakers, leggings, etc.)
  • at the end of the week, I share an exclusive discount code for the new plan! 
WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN PREVIEW WEEK?

Let’s start with what this week is about. It’s a preview of my new Weight Training Plan X (30 min edition) that is dropping on Monday,. For this entire week, I will be previewing the program by sharing bonus workouts that are the style of the workouts found in the new plan. 

Basically, it’s a way for us to kick off the plan early and give you a taste (or a$$ kicking hehe) of the amazing workouts!

 

NEW WORKOUT STYLE?

Let’s talk about the type of workouts found in this new plan, which you’ll see below. The workout is divided into 3 parts:

1. ACTIVATION CIRCUIT: to engage the muscles we are targetting/warm up the body

2. WEIGHT TRAINING WORK SETS: 4 movements. 3 sets of each. This is where you need to WORK! I want you to increase weight with each set and I want the last few reps you complete to be a major challenge (if they’re not, up the weight!) Short rest times will encourage fat loss by keeping our heart rates elevated.

3. FINISHING CIRCUIT: ensuring we fatigue the targeted muscles for optimal results. I love circuits because they also get the heart rate pumping and burn major calories

This is BY FAR, HANDS DOWN my favorite workout style. EVER!

These workouts are so effective! AND, they’re just 30-ish minutes with optional ways to extend and intensity the workouts if that’s more your thing. 

 

HOME VERSION? GYM VERSION? WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Let’s cut to it… there is a home version and a gym version. Gym version uses full gym equipment (barbells, cables, smith machine, leg press, etc.) Home version requires a set of dumbbells and a resistance band. I love a separate home & gym version!

 

 

DAY 3 WORKOUT 

I am sharing images but click the link under each photo to save the PDF version to your phone/computer!

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X PREVIEW WEEK: Back + Shoulders (day 2)

Welcome to the Weight Training Plan X Preview Week, day 2!

 

BIGGEST THING…

If you participate in preview week, be sure you drop your email here to sign up

1) giveaways happen via email (sneakers, leggings, etc.)

2) at the end of the week, I share an exclusive discount code for the new plan! 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN PREVIEW WEEK?

Let’s start with what this week is about. It’s a preview of my new Weight Training Plan X (30 min edition) that is dropping in 1 week. For this entire week, I will be previewing the program by sharing bonus workouts that are the style of the workouts found in the new plan. 

Basically, it’s a way for us to kick off the plan early and give you a taste (or a$$ kicking hehe) of the amazing workouts!

 

NEW WORKOUT STYLE?

Let’s talk about the type of workouts found in this new plan, which you’ll see below. The workout is divided into 3 parts:

1. ACTIVATION CIRCUIT: to engage the muscles we are targetting/warm up the body

2. WEIGHT TRAINING WORK SETS: 4 movements. 3 sets of each. This is where you need to WORK! I want you to increase weight with each set and I want the last few reps you complete to be a major challenge (if they’re not, up the weight!) Short rest times will encourage fat loss by keeping our heart rates elevated.

3. FINISHING CIRCUIT: ensuring we fatigue the targeted muscles for optimal results. I love circuits because they also get the heart rate pumping and burn major calories

This is BY FAR, HANDS DOWN my favorite workout style. EVER!

These workouts are so effective! AND, they’re just 30-ish minutes with optional ways to extend and intensity the workouts if that’s more your thing. 

 

HOME VERSION? GYM VERSION? WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Let’s cut to it… there is a home version and a gym version. Gym version uses full gym equipment (barbells, cables, smith machine, leg press, etc.) Home version requires a set of dumbbells and a resistance band. I love a separate home & gym version!

 

 

DAY 2 WORKOUT 

I am sharing images but click the link under each photo to save the PDF version to your phone/computer!

 

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X PREVIEW WEEK: Legs + Abs Workout (DAY 1)

Welcome to the Weight Training Plan X Preview Week! I feel like I have 50,000 things I want to tell you (like always! lol) I want to share about this day 1 workout, the new program and what I’ve got planned for us this summer.

 

BIGGEST THING…

If you participate in preview week, be sure you drop your email here to sign up

1) giveaways happen via email (sneakers, leggings, etc.)

2) at the end of the week, I share an exclusive discount code for the new plan! 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN PREVIEW WEEK?

Let’s start with what this week is about. It’s a preview of my new Weight Training Plan X (30 min edition) that is dropping in 1 week. For this entire week, I will be previewing the program by sharing bonus workouts that are the style of the workouts found in the new plan. 

Basically, it’s a way for us to kick off the plan early and give you a taste (or a$$ kicking hehe) of the amazing workouts!

 

NEW WORKOUT STYLE?

Let’s talk about the type of workouts found in this new plan, which you’ll see below. The workout is divided into 3 parts:

1. ACTIVATION CIRCUIT: to engage the muscles we are targetting/warm up the body

2. WEIGHT TRAINING WORK SETS: 4 movements. 3 sets of each. This is where you need to WORK! I want you to increase weight with each set and I want the last few reps you complete to be a major challenge (if they’re not, up the weight!) Short rest times will encourage fat loss by keeping our heart rates elevated.

3. FINISHING CIRCUIT: ensuring we fatigue the targeted muscles for optimal results. I love circuits because they also get the heart rate pumping and burn major calories

This is BY FAR, HANDS DOWN my favorite workout style. EVER!

These workouts are so effective! AND, they’re just 30-ish minutes with optional ways to extend and intensity the workouts if that’s more your thing. 

 

HOME VERSION? GYM VERSION? WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Let’s cut to it… there is a home version and a gym version. Gym version uses full gym equipment (barbells, cables, smith machine, leg press, etc.) Home version requires a set of dumbbells and a resistance band. I love a separate home & gym version!

 

 

DAY 1 WORKOUT 

I hope you love it! Can’t wait to hear your feedback. I am sharing images but click the link under each photo to save the PDF version to your phone/computer!

 

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X – SIGN UP EARLY!

The brand new Weight Training Plan X (30 min edition) is dropping in one week, so I am kicking off a “preview week” because the plan is that good!

It’s our official summer fitness plan and it will completely transform your body with less time spent in the gym.

I share an exclusive discount on the new plan for those who participate & I do private giveaways, so be sure to drop yours in the sign up below!

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

 

This week, you will get a chance to preview the plan with a week of workouts like those found in the new Weight Training Plan (30 min edition). Workouts begin Monday – come back here at LaurenGleisberg.com for your daily workout!

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X (30 MIN) DETAILS:

  • 8 weeks of weight training, cardio & ab workouts
  • highly effective training method for sculpting and defining a fit body while losing fat
  • 30 min edition… all workouts ~30mins (+options to create longer workouts)
  • cardio add on options
  • easy-to-follow photo demos of every exercise on the same page as the workouts

 

HOME VERSION: requires a set of dumbbells and resistance band

GYM VERSION: requires full gym equipment like barbells, smith machine, cable machine, leg press, dumbbells, etc.

 

My favorite thing about the plan is the workouts are just 30 minutes but sooo effective at achieving a fit and lean body. Plus, there are add on options to extend the workout. The workouts are the ideal combination of supersets/circuits and traditional weight training sets, making the plan as results-driven as possible!

I can’t wait to drop it and for you to have your fittest summer ever!

 

Be sure to sign up to receive your exclusive discount and giveaway details this week!

 

WEIGHT TRAINING PLAN X
SIGN UP EARLY + RECEIVE YOUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

HEALTHY CHICKEN + WAFFLES BREAKFAST RECIPE

I opened up my recipe suggestion box to you and the most requested recipe was: Healthy Chicken + Waffles. First things first, I wouldn’t make a healthier version of anything unless it tasted great; this breakfast recipe will satisfy everyone at the table. The recipe is not only health-ified but also high in protein, making it even more of a beneficial choice. Enjoy!

Print Recipe
Healthy Chicken and Waffles Breakfast Recipe
A breakfast favorite turned healthy yet equally delicious
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, waffles
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, waffles
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a pie plate, whisk together the eggs
  3. In a separate large pie plate, whisk together panko, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  4. Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment
  5. Dredge the chicken through the eggs and then into the panko mixture
  6. Place the chicken on the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 mins, or until cooked through
  7. Cook waffles according to package directions
  8. Serve waffles topped with chicken and maple syrup

 

MEAL PLAN 

If you liked this recipes, you’ll love 100s just like it in my Meal Plan

$46

How to Reduce Stress + Anxiety | these 5 things work IMMEDIATELY for me

How to reduce stress and anxiety… there are 5 science-backed things I do that work immediately for me to help manage these emotions. I’ve been pretty open about my anxiety that developed this past year. 

Some words I would use to describe myself: peaceful, calm, content and happy.

Some words that describe how I feel lately: overwhelmed, anxious and stressed.

Quite a contrast. Not only are those overwhelmed feelings difficult to manage in the moment, but as someone who has never struggled with anxiety, it eats at my sense of self. I am constantly saying to myself: “this isn’t me,” which only adds to the stress level.

I really feel that stress and anxiety is a 2 part battle:

  1. finding the “causes” and seeing what can be done to reduce them
  2. finding ways to manage the emotions when they arise

For me, I struggle a lot with the balancing act… balancing a growing business, being a present mom to young children, wife life, trying to be a good friend/daughter/sister and doing things for myself and my wellbeing in the mix of all of that.

Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life and these emotions vary from manageable feelings that arise on occasion to completely debilitating emotions. I know that the level of anxiety I deal with is in the manageable range and using some of these tips that I am about to share really help me. 

1. I CHANGE MY PHYSICAL STATE

That sounds a little bit “out there” and I guess I could better describe this as… get your ass moving. I’m not talking about going to workout- although that does help! When my anxiety peaks the last thing I want to do is arrange childcare, drive to the gym and get in a workout. Also, my stress normally creeps in later into the evening and it’s not the ideal time for a workout.

What I mean by “I change my physical state” is that I introduce some type of movement. Stressed and anxiousness are actually physical states… we hunch over, our breathing gets shallow, etc. When you change your physical state, you can actually change your emotions. 

For me, I find picking up and starting a load of laundry to be something that can start to shift my physical state and mood. The first thing I do is I take the sheets off my bed. I gather whatever laundry is lingering around my house and I pop in a load of laundry (more on that in point #3). 

My husband loves to go for a walk. My girlfriend will tell me that she just drops to the ground and does a yoga sequence. You could run around with your kids, get the mail, walk up and down your stairs… anything to physically change how you are standing and how you are breathing.

2. DIFFUSER/CANDLE

I light a candle or diffuse essential oils to further reduce stressful and anxious emotions. These scents can help you breath deeper and clam you down. I don’t stand there deep breathing and make this some huge thing. I simply light a candle or click my diffuser on and keep on with my movement. The less I think about this as an anti-anxiety step, the more helpful it actually becomes.

There is a lot of research on how particular scents elicit emotions. 

Scents for Stress Relief:

  • Lavender – relaxes instantly both mind and body
  • Clary sage – lifts mood
  • Cinnamon – makes you feel refreshed
  • Orange – reduces stress
  • Lemon – improves mood
  • Apple – controls anxiety
  • Peppermint – wakes up your mind and enhances focus
  • Frankincense – helps battle anxiety and gives a great stress relief
  • Sandalwood – relaxes and calms body and mind
  • Vanilla – increases happiness levels, uplifts your mood and stimulates feelings of relaxation and joy

source: here

3. BEDSHEETS FOR BETTER SLEEP

You’ll read that sleep is one of the most important things for feeling better. BUT, when you’re stressed, it’s also the hardest. There has been one single thing that has been an absolute game changer for me with improved sleep. And, I preach about it all of the time.

MY BEDSHEETS! full review, here

Legitimately, these sheets are the most luxurious-feeling bed sheets. They’re only $20ish from Amazon. They feel like butter. And for whatever reason… I sleep like a rock on them. 1000s of you have also purchased these and shared similar, cult-like feelings about them too!

Now my trick is that I love them freshly washed.

When I’m having a night where I am overwhelmed with everything I have to do and further stressing because I am not doing any of it… I stop myself. I get moving, light a candle, collect laundry and snag these sheets off my bed to wash. 

If you want to take my bed sheet trick to the next level, splurge on THIS laundry detergent. It’s pricey but I only use it on linens. I’ve never had a house guest not ask about the detergent because it’s that fragrant and smells like a spa. 

I usually just run a quick wash, dry and get these back onto my bed in under an hour. 

I mean this so honestly… I get my best night of sleep after doing this. I can’t recommend this enough! 

4. SMILE + LAUGH

Force it until you feel it. I used to have more of a positive yet passive approach to anxiety: “oh this stinks but it will pass.” I’ve gotten to a more proactive approach, feeling like “okay this stinks but I can do something about it.” 

I have several go-tos to make myself smile and laugh. I’ll list a few that work for me but think about what you can turn to. 

  • looking at photos and videos of my littles
  • watching my favorite comedian… Sebastian Maniscalco (if you’re new to him google his airport check in skit)
  • news bloopers on YouTube (my husband and I LOVE these)

Maybe this is a bit of changing your physical state too. If I add in things that make my smile an dlaugh, I just start feeling more like my usual, happy self. 

5. WRITE IT ALL OUT 

I heard a tip on a podcast that when you feel like sending your husband/partner a text of “blah blah blah *insert angry message here*” you should instead type it into your notes section. Get it all out. Then, delete it. You never send the actual message but getting the thoughts out of your head makes you feel better.

Along the same lines, I like to write out what is causing me to stress out. I don’t do this every time more so just when I feel I need to.

Sometimes I’ll write out my thoughts like I am writing in a journal. Other times I’ll list them out. On occasional, I’ll actually create a to-do list based off what I’m thinking and feeling. There’s something about getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper that helps reduce stress and anxiety. 

IN CONCLUSION

Basically, I want you to know that if you have stress and anxiety that creep up into your everyday life, you’re not alone.  Sometimes it’s too big for you and you should seek professional help. Other times, such as in my case, I cant take seemingly small steps to have big effects on how I am feeling.

This list is more of a mini routine that I do to help reduce stress and anxiety and these 5 things work immediately for me. I wish the same for you!

Always here,

Lauren

 

5 BEST AMAZON PRIME PURCHASES OF THE MONTH (MAY 2019)

This is one of my favorite blog posts to write and coincidentally, these posts always appear on my “most read” blog post list as well. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise because who isn’t using Amazon prime for just about every purchase these days?!

I order so much from Amazon that I never have a clue of what is arriving; yesterday, I opened what I thought was a workout top only to discover it was garbage bags. The day prior, I gave my husband a box of what I thought was something he ordered and it turned out to be nursing bras haha. Anything and everything – we order it online!

I am rounding up my 5 best Amazon prime purchases from this month. 

best amazon prime purchases

1. CHIC COOLER (here)

So, I purchased this as a “bottle cooler” but it’s become so much more. In fact, last weekend, my husband asked if he could use it to put 2 energy drinks in it for him and his buddy while they went on a little road trip.

If you need a mini cooler or bottle cooler, this is it!

I decided on this one because:

  • STUNNING -navy stripes, tan accents and gold hardware
  • the gold top handle is beautiful yet functional; very often, I wear it like a wristlet when I’m holding the cooler, kids, keys and other random things
  • it can hold 2 full sized bottles/cans + extras (so many I found were for 1 bottle or 100)
  • I actually saw multiple functions for it. For example, it was big enough to hold Beckham’s bottle and some of Leo’s cold food items like fruit and cheese. It could also entirely serve as a food cooler for when Beckham begins solids. And, my husband uses it for cans. 

I HIGHLY recommend this!

2. MIRACLE ZIP ZAPPER (here)

This is a multiple-time reorder for me! First off, I am a huge fan of the brand and this is totally my miracle zip zapper. Seriously, I apply a dab before bed and my pimple is completely diminished by the morning.

For those who like specific ingredients… it uses salicylic acid, sulfur, and zinc oxide to help draw impurities from the skin.

IMPT, HOW TO APPLY: do not shake the bottle. Once you receive it, let it sit on your counter. The liquid will rise to the top and the sediment will settle at the bottom of the bottle. After I wash, tone and moisturize, I then apply this. I use a cotton swab and dip it into the pink sediment. I then dab it directly onto the pimple. Allow it to dry. Don’t rub it in. In the AM, rinse off and look for the magic.

3. $16 ESPADRILLES (here)

I had THESE $100 espadrilles in my shopping cart (I still may purchase) but then, I saw this nearly identical look alike.

Fair warning – these don’t have great reviews on Amazon but I think you just have to know how to order them based on the reviews. The reviews state that the shoes run big – almost a full size I found. So just order 1 size smaller than what you are. That worked perfect for me. 

The shoes are CUTE! No, they’re not the highest quality (but they’re $16 and I honestly find them to be great). I really wanted a cream pair of espadrilles but knew that meant dirty dirty. I plan on wearing these without fear of marks and then I may get that more expensive pair to wear for nicer occasions. 

4. COLLAPSIBLE LAUNDRY BASKET (here)

You may recall this item from my Amazon Organizational Essentials list. Since then, I’ve ordered another and love it so much that I felt the need to share it again here. 

I have cloth-lined, metal laundry baskets that are a farmhouse style. They’re beautiful but bulky and I need an option that was lighter and easier to carry. I wanted a classic basket but picked this one because you can collapse it down to nothing. 

I slide it behind my washer/dryer and stand them upright in closets when I’m not using them! They would be ideal for college dorms, apartments/smaller homes or if you just need space-saving options like me.

5. FUZZY SLIPPERS (here)

For mother’s day I purchased my mother-in-law these Ugg slides. She loves a cozy slipper/sock but she’s also always letting their 3 dogs out, so I thought the hard sole was good for that. I was tempted to order myself a pair but then I stumbled upon these.

I LOVE how full of fuzz they are. The open toe is perfect for summer because it’s a little cozy but not too hot. I have to retire my normal Ugg slippers in the warmer months. These aren’t prime but were worth the wait! They are a tiny bit narrow so I would order up if you have a wide foot or are between sizes.

3 BEST NATURAL SUNSCREEN FOR HEALTHY SKIN

long blonde hair lauren gleisberg

I was once the teenager and 20-something who slept in her make up and went to a tanning bed regularly. Fast forward and now all my fellow tan-aholic girlfriends and I are proactive about healthy skin and keeping our faces out of the sun- oh how times have changed.

I love the sun-kissed, dewy, highlighted look but I want to do it right. I’ve learned it all starts with SPF so today, I’m sharing my picks for the 2 best natural sunscreen options I’ve found and they’re great for those of us with sensitive skin. Then, stick around for how I achieve that “just returned from a tropical vaca” look without actually going anywhere haha.

 

WHAT I LOOK FOR IN A SUNSCREEN

Here’s a little cheat sheet of what I will elaborate on…

BROAD SPECTRUM:

Sunscreen is a nonnegotiable for protecting our skin against harmful ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun.

The sun emits radiation energy in 2 types of UV rays:

  • UVA: these rays cause a sun tan and premature agains signs (wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots and sagging skin).; their longer wavelengths can penetrate two layers into the skin’s dermis
  • UVB: these rays cause a sunburn; their shorter wavelengths penetrates the top layers of skin, causing surface burns. They also can interact with the skin’s DNA and are thought to be responsible for most skin cancers

*broad spectrum sunscreen blocks against both UVA + UVB rays

SPF 30+

SPF = sun protection factor

Many of us are tempted to think the more SPF the better: “can I get SPF 100, please” Well, it doesn’t exactly work that way. First off, no sunscreen can block all UV rays.

  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30blocks 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays

So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent. Most findings I came across pointed to SPF 30 as being the “best pick” and suggested reapplying every 2 hours as opposed to increasing the SPF.

MINERAL SUNSCREEN VS CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN

I really learned about mineral sunscreen when I asked my son’s pediatrician and my dermatologist about the best options… they both said a mineral suncreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the ingredients are best.

Both of those minerals sit on the surface of your skin to physically reflect sunscreen away from the face.

Side note + benefit: zinc oxide acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory to treat and prevent acne breakouts

Why doesn’t everyone choose mineral over chemical?

Mineral sunscreens can feel thick/sticky, take longer to rub in and appear white on the skin. Chemical sunscreens are easier to apply which is why some women reach for them.

BUT chemical sunscreens contain compounds that absorb UV rays into the skin. The chemicals then transform the UV rays into heat and release them from the skin. To be honest – I only recently learned that and it freaked me out to know that was happening on my skin!

FYI – common chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone

Negatives of Chemical Sunscreen:

  • takes 15-20 mins after application to begin protecting
  • the chemical reaction can increase skin temperature
  • chemicals can cause skin irritation and breakout
  • added chemicals are required to increase SPF (so many chemicals!)
  • oxybenzone may be linked to hormone disruption

LOTION > SPRAY

This is a bit more of a preference and something to be mindful of when you’re really relying on sunscreen such as on summer days or on vacation. 

I read that spray sunscreen may not provide a thick enough coating to achieve the SPF advertised. Also, some sprays may have harmful chemicals in order to allow them to physically spray.

 

MY PICKS FOR BEST NATURAL SUNSCREEN

These 3 are my tried and true picks for sunscreen and also work well with my sensitive, breakout-prone skin

1. EltaMD Under Make Up Sunscreen (here)

If you purchase any sunscreen from this list, get this first. All of the dermatologists recommend this one!

This is the sunscreen I wear every single day.

VERY IMPORTANT – wash your face, do your skincare routine, apply your moisturizer THEN put on this product. If you do sunscreen before moisturizer, it can dilute the SPF/effectiveness.

This sunscreen is mineral-based, SPF 46 (kind of a random number) and it’s literally weightless. I apply it under my make up and it’s as if I have nothing on yet I am protected all day every day.

Think of this as part of your make up routine- apply right before your primer. I’ve read a daily sunscreen is one of the best steps you can take for anti-aging, which is why I added this in.

WHEN I USE ELTAMD: everyday!

The EltaMD sunscreen I use:

 

2. SUPERGOOP BRAND SUNSCREEN (favs: this + this)

This is my classic choice for both myself and my family. Just a note – they offer both mineral and classic sunscreen options.

I choose supergoop because of the quality, variety of product offerings and affordable price for natural sunscreen. The goal of Supergoop is to infuse SPF into products you’re using so that you remember to use it daily.

WHEN I USE SUPERGOOP: days when I need extra sunscreen, such as when I’m outside for long periods of time, at the pool, on vacation, etc.

I have the Supergoop:

  • CC cream (my pick for no make up days)
  • regular sunscreen (I use this for when I am outside/at the pool; oxybenzone free)
  • sunscreen stick (I use this on Leo)
  • lip balm (I always get crispy lips when I forget this)
  • setting spray (I use this for reapplications after I’ve already applied sunscreen when I’m outside; it does make me feel a tad oily)

 

3. COOLA SUNSCREEN (here for face)

I can’t say enough about Coola! Coola has organic, mineral sunscreen options that smell AMAZING! The only downfall (literally the onlyyy downfall) is that the price point is pretty high in my opinion.

I have the Coola:

WHEN I USE COOLA: when I need sunscreen for a day where I still want to smell really nice (like a couple’s trip – not that I take many of those lol or when you’re meeting a friend for an outdoor lunch… that type of stuff)

 

TAN, DEWY, GLOWING SKIN

Finally, I want to direct you to THIS BLOG POST because it summarizes the facial tanning drops I mix into my moisturizer. 

This past year, I’ve received more compliments on my skin than ever before – not because it’s perfect but because it’s improved so much.

I used to have really dull skin, large pores, regular breakout and now I really feel that my skin is radiant, smooth, clear, all those good words you hear on skincare commercials. 

THESE tanning drops help give the sun-kissed appearance and I’ll be sure to share my skincare products in a post soon!

 

MY SWEATSHIRT TRICK FOR HOW TO HAVE A GREAT WORKOUT

I have a sweatshirt trick for how to have a great workout that I’ve been obsessed with lately. You may have heard me share about it on social but in case you missed it, I wanted to create this dedicated blog post with all the details. Let’s get into it…

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • classic crewneck sweatshirt 
  • workout to follow

WHAT TO DO:

  • wear your sweatshirt throughout your entire workout

…yes, that’s all. It’s really that easy and let me tell you why it works.

 

WHY DO WE SWEAT?

What exactly does it mean when we sweat during a workout?! Sweat is one of the body’s cooling mechanisms. When we workout, our core temperature rises. Our bodies are constantly working to keep things within “normal ranges” so when that core temperature increases, a thermoregulatory response signals to body to begin perspiring (such a fancy term for sweating). The act of thermal sweating (did you know there are different types of sweating?!” is what can help cool down the body.

 

IS SWEATING A SIGN OF A GOOD WORKOUT?

Yes and no. Sweating during a workout is influenced by certain things out of our control: genetics, gender, age, etc.

Also, the type of workout highly depends on how much we sweat. If you’re doing a restorative yoga class in an air conditioned studio versus doing an LG leg workout with heavy weights and a plyometric finishing circuit… your sweat level with vary drastically. Yet, both are still good workouts!

 

WHY I WEAR A SWEATSHIRT DURING MY WORKOUT

It’s mental. This isn’t real science like I normally share rather LG science

When I workout in a sweatshirt, I obviously increase my core temperature quicker than if I were working out in a tank top. Therefore, I begin sweating quicker and produce more sweat overall. 

Here’s the LG science… for some reason when I am physically hot (thanks to my sweatshirt), I swear I have a better muscle pump. I feel the contraction deeper. My blood flow is great, furthering the muscle pump. The visible sweat I am producing makes me feel like I’m crushing it. In my head, I’m like “yes, girl… keep it up!”

It’s bizarre because I really hate sweating. I don’t like the way it feels and in the back of my head, I’m thinking “ugh, this is ruining my hair” but I am addicted!

I am so into an intense, sweaty workout. I love leaving the gym feeling like I gave that workout all I had. And, it all starts with a sweatshirt.

Hence… my sweatshirt trick for how to have a great workout.

It’s simple. There’s nothing to it. It’s really just mental But, for me, it works!

I would love to hear if you try it out and what you think, so keep me posted!

Lauren xo

 

MY FAVORITE SWEATSHIRTS FOR THIS TRICK

Oh what do you know… I have my own LG sweatshirts that work perfectly for this (shamless plug! haha), but seriously you see me wearing these all of the time for my workouts because they do the job perfectly!

MY 2 FAVORITES: HERE (LG Sisters, bold), HERE (LG Sisters, subtle) + HERE (Mom)

lauren gleisberg lg sisters sweatshirt

 

lauren gleisberg mom sweatshirt

 

powered by chloédigital.