Lines We Love- Sally B’s Skin Yummies

If you’ve stepped inside The Bar Method East Cobb or Lenox, you’ve probably noticed our shop featuring consciously curated products that include apparel by Spiritual Gangster, fresh-pressed juices, by Bamboo Juice and more. Our goal for the shop is to find and feature quality brands that are eco-conscious and wellness-focused and, lastly, beautiful. Our latest addition, Sally B’s Skin Yummies, fits within that mindful criteria and contains some of the most seriously yummy ingredients that nature has to offer.

Here are a few reasons Sally B’s Skin Yummies is a line we love and we think you’ll feel the same:

The back-story. There’s something so special about a brand with a story behind it, and I don’t mean one that starts on the 30th floor of a high-rise with bigwigs throwing around terms like “ROI” and “buy-ins”. I mean the type of story that began with an idea over a morning cup of coffee or on a cocktail napkin at 2am, and grew out of passion, ingenuity, and often with few resources. Here’s the very short version of one of those stories…

Atlanta native, Sally Larsen’s, brand story began with a devastating diagnoses of bone cancer. Within a year of her diagnoses, the successful businesswoman, wife and mother of two found herself bed-ridden and undergoing radiation treatments, which worked. The surgery removed the cancerous tumor growing from her pelvis but it also took the lymph nodes in her right leg. A diagnosis of Lymphedema took the place of her cancer and with that came a slew of health issues that included a compromised immune system.

More focused on her health and immunity than ever, Sally began researching inflammation and its impact on the immune system. The more she read, the more conscious she became about eating organically and choosing foods that combat inflammation. But what about the products she was putting on her skin? She began researching the correlations between the chemical ingredients in skincare products and health conditions and realized there was a lot that was not being discussed by mainstream media (this was the early 2000s). She began working with a nutritionist and a chemist to develop safe skincare principles and began formulating products that were both nontoxic and effective, and so Sally B’s Skin Yummies was born.

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Sally Larsen in her shop.

That was 11 years ago. Today, Sally B’s Skin Yummies is distributed internationally, has been raved about by some of our favorite beauty and wellness experts and is now available at The Bar Method East Cobb and Lenox!

Cruelty free is a beautiful thing. Did you know that 80% of the world still allows animal testing for the cosmetics industry? In fact, most big-label cosmetics brands in the US still engage in this nasty and inhumane practice. Sally B’s is not one of them. In 2012, the brand earned the esteemed Leaping Bunny seal on all of its products, meaning not one of them has ever been tested on animals, and proving no one really has to be harmed in the game of beauty.

It’s made right here in “the A”! As an entrepreneur, I see first-hand how the support of your community means everything to a small business’ success. Not only does shopping local (and small) support other business owners and the local economy, but it’s one of the best decisions you can make for the environment. Shopping from other local small businesses mean products are distributed over a shorter distance, which requires less fuel and toxic output.

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Our very own, Carson, with Sally B’s Healing Hand Butter and Peptide Booster Serum.

What’s missing is as important as what it contains. Our skin is our largest organ, yet we often limit the importance of detoxing and eating clean to our food. Think about the way a nicotine or hormone patch delivers its ingredients continually into a person’s bloodstream; the products we apply on a daily basis follow that same path into our system.

Sally B’s Skin Yummies is completely free of the following toxins:

  • GMOs
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Nano Particles
  • Animal Products (except for sustainably harvested beeswax)
  • Bismuth
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Lead, aluminum and other heavy metals
  • Mineral oil and other petroleum-based ingredients
  • Artificial Ingredients and masking agents

Food for your skin. With hard-working ingredients like neem oil, pea peptides and caffeine (oh my!), these products go to work tightening and plumping skin to its most youthful, healthy state. It’s amazing that everything we need internally and externally exists right in nature. Find a more comprehensive list of ingredients used in Sally B’s Skin Yummies products and their effects on the skin here.

You can now find Sally B’s Skin Yummies on shelves in The Bar Method’s East Cobb and Lenox locations. You can also enjoy them in our locker rooms in both locations. Stop in, sample and tell us what you think!

The Mind-Body Connection: 5 Ways The Bar Method Cultivates Mental and Emotional Strength

Each of our fitness journeys tell a story that is uniquely our own. Some of our stories might read like a lifelong love affair and some teeter between love and hate (note: you just have to find what you love, but that’s another post). For many of us, our fitness story began when a wedding, a class reunion or… wait for it… bikini season (!!!) was looming.

Superficial as these motivators may be, it’s the starting that counts and looking our best is a massive confidence-booster. However, in the 20 years that I’ve been teaching fitness classes, the most rewarding transformation I ever witness can’t be seen with the eye but rather felt in the hearts and minds of my clients.

Here are the top five ways that I’ve watched The Bar Method transform students’ mental and emotional health:

Meditation through Movement

For a moment, imagine a person meditating. It’s likely that you envisioned someone sitting cross-legged on a pillow with eyes closed, maybe with their palms resting on their knees. But meditation comes in many forms, and exercise, especially the type that requires moving through an intense posture rhythmically and continually, may be the most surefire way to achieve a meditative state, even when we’re most distracted.

That moment at the barre when our quads are screaming, shaking and quaking- that’s when the noise in our mind is most silent. It’s when our focus is solely on the movement at hand and that focus is the essence of meditation. I should note that the more practiced we are with the exercise, the easier it is to achieve this meditative state, as self-doubt and comparison dissipate to make room for mindful movement and mental clarity.

Power Posture

Over time we store resentment and stress deep within our bodies. We tighten and hunch our shoulders when we feel inferior, clench our jaw when we’re angry or irritated and tighten our hips to suppress emotions of fear and sadness. At The Bar Method, we learn to release these tensions while gaining control of the core muscles that tighten with emotional buildup.

We’re also reminded to assume the confident and aligned posture of a dancer. The more we practice this, the more it becomes muscle memory and your natural stance. There is a breadth of research that proves assuming a posture of power is directly correlated to self-confidence, increased energy and contentment.

Controlling our Emotions, not the Other Way Around

You may hear your teacher say, “remember to breathe through the movement” a dozen times in class. This is partly because many of us unknowingly hold our breath when pain sets in… and oxygen is, well, essential for life… but mindful breathing also creates mental clarity to regain physical strength and control. We’re reminded to check our breathing in class so often that it becomes a go-to during stressful or painful times outside of class. Again, that which benefits the body also benefits the mind.

Confidence Building

Someone very wise once told me, “if there’s one piece of advice I can give for building self-confidence, it’s to finish what you start.” This sage advice applies to almost any area of life but naturally barre class was the first scenario to come to my mind.

When your glutes are on fire and you haven’t one more pulse in you and hear a resounding “last 20”, you tap into a source of strength you didn’t know existed. Hopefully we’re competing with our own performance and not with those around us; either way, we discover a well of strength that exists below our mind’s perceived limitations.

We realize this power reserve is not only available for physical challenges but in work, relationships and any area of life that requires us to push through just a little harder, for a little longer.

A Chemical Reaction

Ahhh endorphins. Nature’s perfect drug that triggers happy, even euphoric feelings sans the comedown or addiction of many “happy pills”. The best part about endorphins is that they’re an inside job and we can, to an extent, do things that put our brains into hyper-drive producing the stuff. One of the best ways to ramp up your endorphin production- you got it: exercise.

When we exercise, our brain releases endorphins that reduce our perception of pain, both physical and emotional, and cause a positive feeling, similar to that of morphine. They also reduce stress, boost self-esteem, fight anxiety and depression, and improve sleep. Ever walked into class mad at the world and left on a cloud? That’s just the reward we get for getting our butt to the barre on the days it’s the hardest. For those are the days we need it most.

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