Beauty

THE TROUBLE WITH CELLULITE

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Alright, guys, I promised we’d talk about cellulite this week so here goes! Do you want to know the perfect solution to all of your bumpy thigh woes? My ideal equation for the smoothest skin ever and to eliminate those dimples once and for all? I really hate to break it to you, but the magic pill for cellulite just does not exist. Unfortunately, cellulite is just a part of life and primarily driven by your genetics. But we can look at what it is, and ways to somewhat reduce the dimpled look if it’s making you uncomfortable.

Cellulite is subcutaneous fat that causes dimpling of the skin, and it primarily affects women around our butt, thighs and hips. There seems to be a difference in the structure and interaction between connective tissue and fat cells in males versus females, which is why skin dimpling is much more common in women. Generally, in women, collagen is arranged in vertical rows, while in men the fibers are more closely bound in a latticed pattern. When fat is pressed against the vertical rows, it is more visible on the skin’s surface than the more tightly bound net.

Tons of treatments, remedies and therapies are advertised out there to erase cellulite, but they either provide temporary results or no discernible results at all. Carboxytherapy, endermologie, laser lipo, and subcision are great ways to spend a whole lot of money for minimal outcome that has not been studied or proven effective sadly.

While I said there’s no magic pill, there is actually one tried and true way to improve the appearance of cellulite (and skin in general): stop smoking. Smoking reduces blood vessel flow and disrupts the formation of collagen, allowing connective tissue to become stretched or damaged. Cigarettes are terrible for you for so many reasons, so cut your nicotine habit and your skin will improve without a doubt.

I currently don’t have much cellulite, but I have had it during and after pregnancy and when I’m a few pounds heavier. I find that exercise and a eating a healthy, whole foods diet helps immensely.

Spray tan and moisturizer are your friend! This is something I swear by. Whenever I’m feeling less than confident in the appearance or texture of my skin, a little golden glow gives me a serious boost. I love the pampering aspect of a personal airbrush session, but also love St. Tropez and Kate Somerville tanning towelettes for an at-home solution.

Another practice I’ve recently adopted, and will dig deeper into later on the blog, is Gua Sha. I’ve noticed it can temporarily smooth out my thigh bumps if I’m going to be in a bathing suit or doing a photo shoot. Gua Sha is an alternative therapy that involves gently scraping your skin with a tool to improve circulation. In general, practices like Gua Sha, massage, or body brushing can give short term results for your thighs’ texture and have myriad other health benefits for your circulation and skin.

So I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news when it comes to “cottage cheese” or “orange peel” skin, but if you have cellulite then there’s little proven to do to eliminate it. Instead of battling our genetic makeup and wasting time and money on snake oil, maybe we can embrace our so-called-imperfections. Looking at facetuned, photoshopped and filtered Instagram “models” can get in your head and convince you that everyone else has magically smooth and lump-free legs but remember that’s not real life. Sure, our legs and booty might have some dimples if you’re looking extra close, but they also give us the ability to do thirty reps of squat jumps, side lunges, and hip bridges. They can take us on long hikes, stroller walks, stand-up paddle boarding, and dancing our hearts out. Personally, I’ve chosen to say fuck it about my cellulite, and I rock my short shorts regardless. Life’s too short to sweat a few dimples.

INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN BOGGI

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How has living on the West Coast affected your lifestyle?

California has always felt like home to me. Whenever I would travel here for work or vacation I’d never want to leave. Jordan says LA is my “Spirit City” which seems about right. My lifestyle has shifted a bit since moving to the West Coast. I feel like it’s quieter in LA - I spend much more time at home in LA than I ever did in Philadelphia. I’m not on edge and running around LA like I was on the East Coast. I’m much more balanced, present, and chilled-out here. In addition to my at-home Studio LB practice it’s also been really nice for me to step outside my house and go for a walking call, or a hike or run at Runyon.

Is routine important to you, or do you prefer to go with the flow when it comes to your schedule?

Routine is important to me when it comes to health and wellness but I’m very much a go with the flow person, which can be both good and bad! Being over-scheduled with work squashes my creativity and I prefer to create and produce one - two workouts on certain days, and then the rest can be more spontaneous. I think leaving room for spontaneity in your life leads you down some pretty awesome roads.

With that being said, do you have any bedtime routines or rituals that help you sleep well?

Every night I put ten solid minutes in on my foam roller and take a bath followed by Papa & Barkley’s Whole Body Releaf 30:1 CBD Tincture.

Tell me about your skincare approach for your face and body.

My routine is pretty simple. I’m a huge believer in the benefits of a healthy diet and sweating everyday. I don’t eat a lot of sugar or dairy. Other than that, daily Gua Sha, and micro-current a few times a week. I’ve been using Dr. Bucky’s Alphaeon and Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform for years.

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave you, and do you actively follow it?

My parents always allowed me to be myself, and told me to do what I love and try to make money doing it. I absolutely follow (most of) their advice.

If stressors in your life cannot be avoided, what are your methods of dealing with them?

It has to be pretty stressful in order to really eat at me, but if I’m sweating something I like to breathe and remind myself that things aren’t always going to be okay, and to accept that.

How’s your relationship with your body? 

OMG I am so in tune with my body. I sorta have this like, body intuition with myself (and other people’s bodies). I can read it really well, and know when I need to cut out sugar or dairy, or back off during a workout. My outlook on my body has changed since turning 40. I feel stronger than ever and my mind and body are super meshed. I know who I am and I love every inch of me, and for me that really came with age.

Can you tell me about a book, movie, or podcast that has influenced you recently?

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari kinda blew my mind.

In your practice with Studio LB, you always build in a Rest or Yoga day. Can you explain the importance of that day?

Taking a rest day is so important. Your body rebuilds itself via rest. You simply cannot become stronger without it. CCS is intense and so full-body. Every muscle is integrated into the workout and the rest day is so necessary! Yoga is the perfect companion as it really helps with stretching and alignment.

What do you look for in a Yoga teacher?

The main things that I look for is a teacher with great anatomy knowledge, and a willingness to be super authentic. I don’t need someone to be nice and I think it's crucial for teachers to be real and that’s what really attracts me. I want to feel something. When teachers are true educators it’s so palpable. Here in LA, I love Emilie Perz. She’s so gifted!

Do you ever see yourself having a Studio again?

You know, CCS is very niche and unique but the current market is very different from when I started out. It’s so saturated. I’ll never say never, but not right now. I have days where I have a slight itch but operating studios is not what excites me. I love the digital world. I love being able to be a part of everyone’s day wherever they are. I LOVE teaching and creating. That’s my gift. I also love being a part of people’s lives without the need or pressure to be people’s ONLY thing. I think that we’re really in the midst of a huge fitness shift; a cultural moment.

Why do you think people gravitate towards you and Studio LB?

I think it's a mixture of things. First and foremost, the workout and the results. But, it's more than just changing your body. It's always been about empowering women through movement and this movement in particular really fuels confidence and strength. It literally makes you feel like you’re f*ing Beyonce. It’s so powerful. And fun. The Program changes people’s bodies and headspace.

What’s the most common mistake you see when you’re training someone new to Cardio Cheer Sculpting?

Just not giving it enough time to fully master the technique or not committing to learning the basic bio-mechanical principles. CCS is a different type of movement. Discipline is a huge part of success with CCS and there are huge rewards of committing to Studio LB fully, working hard, and seeing the program through. You can’t make excuses and succeed when it comes to fitness.

What advice to women always ask you for?

Number one would be what they should eat to see the best results.

What do you do to unwind or treat yourself?

I unwind by listening to music or reading and I love to hang with my girls or treat myself to a manicure and pedicure at Olive & June or go shopping. And wine…wine and shopping!

What’s your favorite love song?

Ahh! Probably a tie between Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones Beast of Burden.

To be continued next week…

CURIE DEODORANT

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I'm one of the lucky few that doesn't have to wear deodorant, but if I did I would want something natural that works as hard as I do, and I wouldn't want to smell like a pine tree. 

A friend of a friend told me about Curie and I passed it along to Katie so that she could put it to the two+ STUDIO LB workouts a day in LA test. Katie loves that it's natural, contains no aluminum, smells great, and held up after two very intense STUDIO LB workouts.

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Curie was founded in San Francisco by Sarah Moret. As a marathon runner with a demanding career in venture capital, she needed a natural deodorant that could keep up with her active lifestyle and couldn't find one. She spent almost a year developing the formula and launched Curie in April 2018.  Curie is an aluminum-free, natural deodorant made with simple ingredients that your body understands, like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and baking soda...and it works! Curie's signature white tea scent is light, fresh and feminine and smells heavenly :) 

I love that the brand’s name pays homage to French physicist and chemist Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and the first and only woman to win twice. She was a badass that broke barriers. Curie comes in regular, mini (temporarily sold out) and sensitive skin formulas.

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