4x The best things to do for your body

Brr… It’s pretty cold in the morning this time of year! Your body is getting ready for the summer and the sun. It has a lot to endure. Your skin needs some extra hydration, because the weather is varied. Give your skin (and yourself) a boost with these tips! 


Ofcourse, a hot shower is very nice, especially if you are numb by the cold. But do not put the shower too hot, because that’s definitely not good for your skin! Put the shower on lukewarm, so that it’s nice and not bad for your skin!


Even in Winter it’s important to continue to scrub. Use once a week a mild scrub to remove dead skin cells and you get a soft skin! Just by the smell you get a good and warm feeling!


Apply a cream after showering on your skin and use a hydrating day cream for your face. That way you will keep your skin soft and you are ready to defy the cold. Your lips can also receive a bit more care. Lubricate a greasy lip balm to prevent dryness.


Never go outside with wet hair during the cold days. Your head will get really cold en it’s no good for your hair! When your head get’s cold your whole body will! Dry your hair with a blow-dryer or let it just dry by itself.


I believe i’m ready! Do you have any tips, share them in the comments!

Honey hair treatment for healthy & shiny hair

These days a lot of people are committed to eating healthy. But what about the products you put ON your body, like shampoo, body lotion and deodorant? I discovered that all the beauty products we use on a daily basis contain a lot of ingredients we know nothing about. Most of the ingredients are no good. So I did a little research for healthy alternatives. I found some beauty product in the most natural way possible. It got me really curious and now I somewhat addicted to try new things. The latest thing I tried is putting honey in my hair instead of artificial shampoo.


The ‘No Poo’ movement
The more natural the better, is my opinion. A year ago I started trying bicarbonate (baking soda) to wash my hair with. My hair got a bit rough and dull, but clean. I wanted to try something new, so I decided to try pure honey to wash my hair with. What I read on the internet got me really curious. Normal shampoo is actually designed to clean you scalp of sebum. But did you know that your hair gets greasier the more you wash it? Daily washing may cause the oils to be stripped too quickly, encouraging them to come back even oilier to make up for the loss. If you have naturally greasy hair, it’s recommended that you only wash it every 2-3 days. Wanna know more about this subject? Try searching on the internet for ‘no poo’. You’ll find lots of information.



Shiny & clean hair
So, how does it work? Make sure you get real natural honey (no sugar, water or preservatives) for your hair treatment. I used organic honey from a beekeeper. Put one tablespoon of honey in an empty bottle or cup and add a few spoons of hot (if you use cold water it doesn’t blend well) and stir. Poor the mixture over your head and massage your scalp easily. No need to wet your ends, the water and honey will run down automatically. Leave it in your hair for a couple of minutes. Rinse your hair carefully. You don’t need to use conditioner anymore. The result: shiny and clean hair!

I washed my hair with honey for quite some time now, but I don’t want to state yet that this is the best way to treat your hair. First I want to try out other natural products. Although, if you want to experiment with natural products, honey or baking soda are good ones to start with. Please share your experience with me! I am really curious to hear your opinion about it! One more tip: try extra vergine coconut oil as body lotion. It makes your skin super soft and smooth!


Share your tips and tricks for shiny and healthy hair! Everything is welcome 😉 

Fit skin: Peach and brown sugar facial scrub

When you lead a healthy lifestyle, it not only shows through your body. Your hair, nails and skin also improve a lot from eating right and drinking lots of water (something I personally have a lot of trouble with). Having healthy, radiant skin is sooo important to me. If your skin looks healthy it reflects that you are also healthy on the inside. But, you can always give it a little boost from the outside, by using a facial mask or scrub.

By scrubbing your skin regularly, you remove dead skin cells. These dead skin cells make your skin look dull, so it’s good to get rid of them every once in a while. Depending on your skin type you should scrub once every week/two weeks. If you have oily skin, you might want to stick to once a week. Otherwise once every two weeks is fine. Here’s the recipe for a peach and brown sugar facial scrub, that will leave your skin feeling smooth and looking radiant again.

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  • One ripe peach
  • 1/2 tbsp oil (coconut, almond or olive oil)
  • 1/2 tbsp raw organic honey (warm it a little in the microwave so it gets runny)
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar (you can use more or less depending on your own preference)


Puree the peach in a blender or foodprocessor. You can add a little water if needed, to get it nice and smooth. Put the peach puree into a bowl and mix in the oil, honey and brown sugar.


Take the mixture onto your fingertips and apply on your face and neck in circular motions. Remember that your goal is to exfoliate the dead skin, so if you feel you need to add some more brown sugar, go for it!

Let the scrub sit on your face for about 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and/or a warm washcloth. And voilà! Your skin is ready to shine like never before! (P.S. don’t forget to moisturize afterwards!)

We found it: THE solution against rubbing thighs and other skin chafing horrors!

Summer is just around the corner, and we can finally wear the skirts and dresses we have been hiding in our closet all winter. And that means: we can show off those beautifully toned legs we have been working on as well!  I love the summer because I can wear my favorite outfits; short skirts, dresses, shorts and the cutest tops. However, as much as I love wearing these clothes, I also slightly hate them. In the summer I tend to get a lot of irritated spots on my body due to the heat and friction whenever parts of my body rub against each other, such as with my inner thighs (when wearing dresses) or when my arms rub against my side (when wearing crop tops for example). This is a lot less fun and I’m not alone, as millions of women (and men!) suffer from this, especially during the summer. Young, old, slim build or with a few extra pounds, it does not matter: we all share this problem together. It’s time to do something about it!

Bye-bye discomfort ?

I have tried lots of different methods to solve this skin chafing problem. From wearing shorts under my dress or skirt to using Vaseline or talcum powder. Nothing really worked and me sweating quite a bit in the summer only made things worse. This problem happens to both men and women, but there is finally a solution which will end these horror experiences; Skin Contact Spray by Smoovall. The spray prevents skin irritation caused by friction (woohoo!). It is not only convenient when wearing a skirt or dress in the summer, but also during exercises or when you suffer from skin abrasion in nasty places. This awesome spray acts as an invisible and breathable layer that absorbs the friction and in doing so prevents skin chafing and sores. This is exactly what we have been waiting for!

Spray and go ?

Smoovall is not only very useful, it is also practical. Applying the spray is as easy as using a deodorant spray. The only thing you’ll need to do is afake the canister well prior to use and spray the product evenly on the ‘problem zones’ on your body. Now wait 20-30 second and you’re good to go! Did you think the magic ended here? Oh, no. The spray is completely invisible after it dries, unlike talcum powder or Vaseline, which tend to leave an either matt-white or shiny and oily finish. Also, you don’t even need to worry about your clothes getting stained as the spray doesn’t rub off. If you’re wondering how long the product stays on for, the answer is approximately four hours, depending on how much you’re moving and the weather conditions. Do you require longer protection? Simply shake, shake, shake and spray again to reapply when needed. But does that mean I have to carry it with me? Yes, it does, but due to its cute small size (80ml) it fits into any bag and is super easy to carry! To me, carrying the little canister is much better than having irritated thighs!

Well, I’m convinced, ladies! This product is invisible, easy to carry, does not stick, you can easily apply it without getting your hands dirty and it smells nice. Love it! Do you want to try Smoovall’s Skin Contact Spray yourself? Order it here!

Disclaimer: this article was written in collaboration with Smoovall. That doesn’t mean I’m not sincere, I stand by this article for 100%! 🙂 

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Honey facial masks for every skin type

Recently, we posted about how honey, and other natural (food) products, are great for your hair. But, honey can also do wonders to your skin! Actually, many daily skin-care products contain honey and here are just some of the reasons why:

  • Honey is a great anti-aging agent since it is full of antioxidants and it protects your skin from harmful UV, which is perfect for the summer season!
  • Honey absorbs skin impurities, making it an ideal cleansing agent.
  • Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.

Pretty great benefits so far! I also love that I don’t necessarily need to rely on expensive skin-care products to take care of my skin. Here are four different mask for various skin types. Let’s give it a try!

Honey facial mask for oily acne-prone skin

  •  3 teaspoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix these two ingredients together and apply while letting it sit for 15-30 minutes. Cinnamon has antibacterial properties which is also great against acne. However be careful if your skin is very sensitive, cinnamon can sometimes irritate your skin, so you might want to try a patch test on the back of your hand first.

Honey facial mask for sensitive skin

  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

Mix both ingredients together and apply it on your face for 10-20 minutes. Aloe vera gel will help with inflammations and calm your skin. I usually apply these masks when I am studying or working on my computer before going to sleep, the next morning my skin feels great!

Honey facial mask for dry skin

  • 1 teaspoon mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

For this mask mix all ingredients in a bowl until it becomes a smooth cream. Spread the mixture and leave the mask on your face for 20-30 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. This mask left my skin feeling silky, supple and soft!

Honey facial mask for scars and dark spots 

  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Mix both ingredient together and apply the mixture to your face for 20-30 minutes.  The lemon juice works as an astringent juice, it exfoliates your skin, it cleans out impurities by drying out excess of sebum and it brightens dark sport on your skin. You can apply this honey mask twice a week and soon you will start seeing nice results!

Honey, are you ready for some flawless skin? Have a try with these masks and let us know what you think! 

Natural products for your hair

Many of us spend quite a bit of money when it comes to beauty products, such as face creams, body lotions and more. But, not many of us stand to think about our hair and the shampoos we use. The majority of shampoo products contain chemicals that are damaging to your hair. This is where we turn to nature! Here is a list of 6 natural hair products that you could use to make your hair look as good as new. 

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Lemon: Itchy scalp

Do you have an itchy scalp which has been annoying you for ages? Try out a self-made lemon mask! Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of olive oil as well as water. Gently massage the mixture into your scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse it in the shower and wash your hair with your regular shampoo.

Honey: Dry hair

Been spending too much time in the sun or have you almost killed your hair with that flat iron? Honey is a great way to capture moisture in your hair. Take approximately a cup of honey and apply it to your hair. Make sure you’re hair is damp so the honey can spread easier. If the honey is still too thick, you’re free to add a tablespoon or two of olive or melted coconut oil. For the desperate ones out there, you can even add a yolk of an egg to the mixture to restore the keratin in your hair.

Avocado: Frizzy hair

Oh god. You get out of the shower and before you know it your hair is a big and messy fluff ball. What do you do? You get yourself an avocado and mash it into a paste. To the paste you add an egg yolk or a bit of mayonnaise to make it smoother and easier to apply. This mask can be applied every 2 weeks. Bye-bye frizzy hair ?

Bananas: Shiny hair

This sh*t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S (sing it like Gwen). Bananas are a great way to make your hair look silky and make it shine. Mush one banana and mix it together with 1/4 cup of olive oil and an egg. Let the mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes and wash it out with shampoo.

Coconut oil: Conditioning

Being rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, coconut oil is a great way to deep-condition your hair every once in a while. Take roughly 1/4 of a tablespoon, or 1/2 for really long hair, and let it soften in your palms. Apply the oil to your hair and scalp and let it sit for 1-2 hours or leave it in overnight. Wash your hair with shampoo after the treatment to get the oil out. Did you know that coconut may even help to reduce dandruff? Well, now you do 😉

Eggs: Oily & dry hair (yes, both!)

Eggs are a great product for all hair types out there. For the ones with oily hair, separate the egg whites from the yolk and apply about 1/2 a cup of the whites to clean, damp hair. If there is not enough mixture for your long hair, you’re free to use more of it as long as it covers all the hair. Leave the egg in for 20 minutes and rinse it out with cold water. Afterwards, shampoo your hair as normal. You may also only use the yolk of the egg to moisturize dry hair. For normal hair, the entire egg can be used as a conditioner!

These are common, everyday products that the majority of us have in the house. Go to the kitchen and take a pick! 😉 

Take a look at these inspirational sources for more natural hair products and their uses: Live Strong and Woman’s Day.

Face Mapping: how to listen to your acne

Struggling with acne that just won’t go away? If you’ve tried everything you can think of, and still can’t get rid of those stubborn pimples, then perhaps the causes are more than skin deep.

There’s a theory held by traditional Chinese medicine called Mien Sheng that is still around today. In this view, you can infer a lot about someone’s health (and even their personality) from just looking at their face. If your skin is pale, you may need to incorporate some more iron into your diet or if you have dark circles under your eyes, you need to get some more sleep.  Besides that, each zone on the face correlates with a certain internal organ. So, when you have persistent acne that always pops up in the same places, this can be a sign of an underlying issue in some other organ in your body.

What does it mean?

  • The forehead: When the bulk of your acne accumulates here, this might be linked to issues in your digestive system. If your body is not able to properly break down certain foods, this could be allowing toxins to build up. So kick out some of those greasy or fatty foods and replace it with more antioxidant rich foods and drinks like green tea and lemon infused water.
  • On your cheeks: Spots that pop up here are linked to the lungs and can be caused by allergies and breathing in polluted air. If you’re a smoker or breathe in a lot of smoke, it’s a good idea to cut back on that exposure!
  • Your nose: Acne here can be an indication of an imbalanced diet, or show that you’re suffering from high blood pressure or bad circulation. Keep your blood pressure stable by watching your cholesterol intake and keeping your stress levels low.
  • Sides of the chin: This area is linked to your reproductive system and your kidneys. Leading up to your menstrual cycle, you may experience more breakouts here than normal. That part is pretty hard to control, but what you can do is minimize your stress. Stress causes your kidneys to do more work than necessary, so calm down, drink lots of water and eat as many vegetables as you can.

Do note, however, that there are also external factors that play a role, like touching your face regularly with dirty hands or not washing your face every night. These are just some starting points to help you figure out where your problems lie, and shouldn’t negate medical advice.

Sources: annmariegianni.com & davidwolfe.com

How to curl your hair the easy way!

When you’re looking for an easy way to curl your hair, you should try this tutorial. After years of struggling with hairclips and curls that just didn’t do what I wanted, I finally found a method that will get you wavy hair the easy way! Just in time for Christmas!

I know what you’re all thinking: “That’s some fabulous, wavy hair… but mine could never look that good.” – I kid you not! Just give it a try this weekend. Remember: practice makes perfect but once you get the hang of it you’ll be pretty happy with the results, I guarantee! I have to admit, my hair is long and really thick so it looks really voluminous already but this will work for most hairstyles (except the reeeeally short hairstyles of course).


Step 1: Turn your curling iron on. Mine goes up to 220 degrees but I usually use the 200 degrees setting, because I want to minimize the damage.
Step 2: Brush your hair thoroughly. I love the Tangle Teezer because it’s pain free, even with wet hair!


Step 3: After spraying a heat protection all over your hair, you divide your hair in two sections and just let hang on both sides. I like to part my hair in the middle but you can part it sideways if that’s your style.

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Life is short: wear lipstick!

There is one simple rule when it comes to wearing lipstick: if the eye make-up is your focus, then keep the lips subtle: choose a sheer or nude lipstick shade that enhances your natural lip colour. BUT if you keep your eye make-up super simple (neutral shadows, a little bit of eyeliner and mascara), than you can go bold with the lips!

Every girl walked out of a cosmetic store or beauty department once with 28 different colour lipstick stripes on her hand, but the best way to test a lip shade is on (SURPRISE) the lips! So I did!


 This colour lipstick is nude and doesn’t do anything for my face. Maybe a smokey eye would be better with this.

Ahh the classic red lips! I love this colour lipstick. It screams happy!

I am a big fan of the darker, more purple lipstick, like this one called Starry Eyed. Perfect for wintertime!

If you want to stand out then buy a red/orange lipstick! A total head turner!

Oeh la la! This is my Christmas favourite! A beautiful creamy, red wine lipstick, One-of-a-Kind.

With this colour red you can’t go wrong! Wear it to work or on a hot date. Either way, it will make your day!

My new years resolution for 2015 is wearing lipstick more often! What’s your favorite color?

XO Kiki

Autumn skincare essentials

Your skin could use some extra care during autumn. The low temperatures can cause your skin to become more dry and that could bring up more flaws. I’ve collected the key essentials to create your own perfect autumn skincare routine.

First of all it’s important to know how your skin changes during the seasons. Every skin is different and because of that everyone has his/her own ideal skincare routine. Does your skin get extra dry because of the chilly weather or does it stay a bit greasy? I have a really dry skin, even during the summer. This only gets worse during autumn so I always use some extra products. Adding numerous layers of cream won’t always cause the result you’re looking for. That may even cause more flaws in the worst case.


Choose the right serum

A serum is an emulsion which you can definitely use next to your daily make-up routine. The effect of a serum is that it helps your face to stay moist. During cold days your skin may get a bit more dry and that’s when a serum will be useful. There are a lot of different serums, one may cause your face to become more hydrated while another one simply lifts up your face a bit. I personally love this serum by Weleda, their ingredients are 100% natural.


Use facemasks

Facemasks can really help your skin to get more hydrated. You could choose to make your own facemask with natural ingredients but they’re also available at drugstores. One mask a week will give your face the boost you’re looking for! Mud masks are defenitely my favourite.


Creams instead of lotion

During autumn you could choose to replace your lotion with a cream. I like to switch those up during autumn because a cream will make your skin more moist. It basically create a magical layer. If a cream still won’t do it for you, you could also try a body butter. This is even more greasy. The classic Nivea bodycream is perfect for each season of the year.


Keep on scrubbing

Giving your skin a regular scrub is just as important during autumn as it is during summer. By doing this weekly you will remove the dead skin cells. By this you’ll prevent yourself from getting annoying skin flakes. You could easily DIY with brown sugar, oi, honey and a few drops of aromatic oil. I always use Therme scrubs as they make my skin as soft as a baby’s bum.


S.O.S. hand cream

Dry hands are my worst enemy. I even get them after a really short bike ride so that’s why I don’t leave the house without a really greasy hand cream. For me it actually can’t be greasy enough. These kind of creams are also perfect for dry spots on your face. I currently take this Nivea cream with me everywhere I go.

What are your autumn skincare essentials? Please let us know in the comments!

How to get to know your skin

Last week I visited an Dermalogica event together with our brand relations manager Shelley to attend the launch of a new product. Well, that’s always a good reason to get out of bed in the morning! I feel much more confident when my skin looks good too. And it just happens that Dermalogica is an expert in this area. We cruised over the canals in our brand new Jogha/#FITGIRLCODE car and arrived safe and sound at the event which took place in Amsterdam.  

These kind of events are always a lot of fun and not only because I think Dermalogica is a cool brand! I love to chat with other bloggers and exchange stories and ideas. We don’t get to see each other that often (you know Amsterdam – Rotterdam 😉 ), so it’s always nice to discuss all the ins and outs of bloggerworld. And of course the snacks hmm… the snacks. For once I didn’t have to think about a healthy lunch.


Face Mapping

Face Mapping was an important part of the day. I had never done it before, so I was very curious! So, what is Face Mapping exactly? A Dermalogica specialist performs a skin analysis and determines which skin care products suit your skin best. I thought I was doing a reasonable job, but I guess not! I have a irritated skin around my nose and my chin is pretty sensitive as well. I’m not really surprised. I have a busy lifestyle and run from one meeting to the next. I also train several times a week at Elevator Sports. I sweat a lot during these killer workout and obviously this is not very conducive to your skin. A lot of sweat leads to irritated skin, so there you are! Conclusion: my nose and chin need extra attention and care so it’s quite handy to know which products I should use. I got some tips on how to deal with this so I will start right away! According to the Face Mapping the following products are most suitable for my skin:

UltraCalming cleanser: purifies and calms a sensitive and irritated skin.
– Skin smoothing cream: hydrates and nourishes combined to dry skin.
Barrier repair: helps shield the sensitive skin against environmental and internal triggers.
– Gentle cream exfoliant: helps detach dead skin cells en increases cell renewal.


Concept store Maastricht

So, did you also get curious how to treat your skin properly, then don’t forget to take a look at the Dermalogica concept store. It’s the first store in the Netherlands, yes finally! The store is located in the centre of Maastricht, so I can hear your girls thinking… Perfect shopping weekend in Maastricht! 😉 They offer many other treatments besides Face Mapping. I would love to try out the Skin Bar and Microzone treatment, but unfortunately I didn’t have time yet, busy busy busy.


Skin Bar

As a true Dermalogica fan I really have to try out this treatment. It’s calling my name! During a miniworkshop you get the opportunity to try out all the Dermalogica products. Sounds like heaven to me! Why didn’t I try this earlier? And it’s a good excuse to do something fun with your friends, or it can be the perfect birthday gift. Who wouldn’t love that?


As I said earlier, like many others I’m really busy and I can use a boost once in a while. The MicroZone treatment is the answer to this problem. It’s ideal when you’re busy or stressed or just need some me-time. It gives you a lot of energy so you get to it again. I’m all over the place and I find it difficult to make time and plan something like that, but I think I will manage to take a day off between Christmas and New Years and treat myself in Maastricht. I’m already looking forward to it!

Wearing make up to the gym

Do you wear make up to the gym? No, not currently! Am I someone who has at any given point in time wore a full-beat-to-the-makeupgods-face of make up to the gym and will do so again? HELL YASSSS! Why is that, you ask? Because I CAN for crying out loud. Simple as that. Wearing make up stirs up a discussion every once in a while so I thought it was about that time I put my two cents in on the topic and share it with y’all.

To make up , or not to make up

I’ll admit, as a full-time theatre director and freelance MUA I might be a bit biased talking about other peoples physical appearance because at the end of the day it is my job to look at people all the time, see what they do and how they look. And in the last case, also enhance or camouflage any outstanding feature for display on stage, photographs or camera. Nevertheless I’m convinced by the fact that every individual should wear whatever he or she damn-well pleases, even when this comes to wearing make up to places where it can be labeled as ‘uncommon’ or just plain old ‘weird’ like the gym, the pool or the sauna.


Walking to the gym with my make up on

I’ve seen girls (and guys) in real life and online wearing a full face – with their eyebrows on absolute fleek – busting out the meanest deadlifts I’ve ever seen and at NO point whatsoever did it come to mind afterwards to tell them that they shouldn’t be wearing so much make up or that they look ugly lifting ‘in make-up’  or whatnot. Instead, I tend to compliment people when I see them do amazeball stuff because I’m kind like that and kindness, ladies and gents, is #free. Taking that into account you can imagine that I was absolutely appalled by some of the comments on a few of the fitspiration accounts that I follow on Instagram of people who lift and wear make up to the gym. I will not go in to detail, because I think hate doesn’t deserve a platform ANYWHERE, but you will have to trust me when I say: some individuals can be so cruel for no reason whatsoever. Why can’t you just be inspired by someone’s accomplishments instead of pin pointing stuff you don’t like – which is actually non of your business to begin with? I’ll let you know when I find the answer to that, I promise 🙂 and in the meantime I just advise anyone who’s ‘opinionated’ to watch this video right here.

No problem

I think after the above, it is clear that the fact of the matter, in my eyes, is that wearing make up or not wearing make up to the gym is a matter of personal preference. Being experienced in make up I can tell you what products to use so that it stays on while you drop-it-like-its-hot in the smith machine or work on those muscle ups. And I can also tell you how the burn of that beauty store’s so-called ‘waterproof mascara’,  feels on the inside of your eyeballs or how ‘nice’ it is to smear foundation all over your favorite gym shirt :-). But at the end of the day there is no such thing as the right way and I suggest you just do you!

Want to share anything in regard to this matter? Find me on instagram @ily_fitgirl.

4 everyday habits that make your boobs sag

Gravity is a force that sadly can’t be reckoned with, especially when it comes to boobs. Small or big, they won’t stay the same forever I’m afraid. But there are a few every day habits which could be speeding up the process. Breast tissue ages two to three years faster than the rest of your body so you might want to quit any of these habits that are impacting the perkiness of your pair! 

Some people just have damn good genes when it comes to boobs. But whether they’re big or small, they’re mostly made of fat on top of your chest muscles and supported by your skin. It’s then down to the collagen in your skin that keeps it supple and this affects how much it creases and stretches over time. This is why collagen is one of those words banded around all of the time in adverts for anti-wrinkle cream! It make your skin appear ‘younger’ because the inevitable is, with every birthday your body naturally makes less of it. So even if you’re like me and part of the, “my boobs aren’t small, they’re low in fat” crew, boob droop is as much about your skin as it is about the volume of your boobs so listen up.

1. Crash Dieting

Yo-yo dieting which leads to big fluctuations in weight in a short period of time can leave the ladies empty. When you lose a large amount of fat (the filling of your boobs) without giving your skin the time to adjust and shrink with them this could result in your boobs feeling empty. Gradual weight loss reduces the chance of this and moisturizing your body all over, every single day will help keep your skin hydrated and elastic so that it’s easier for the skin to bounce back.

2. Wearing an unsupportive bra

So many people wear a bra that doesn’t fit them properly. The more that your boobs are moving around daily, the more the skin is strained to keep ’em in place. Dainty lace bras might be the latest fashion trend but if you’re going to be moving around then it’s probably not the best style to wear as you’re skin will be doing the job that the under-wired bra was invented for. When it comes to working out, did you know that your boobs actually move in a figure of eight motion when you run?! So yes, running and other high impact exercises that involve jumping up and down cause extra stress to the skin but don’t think that gives you an excuses to stop with those jump lunges just yet Fit Girls. Oh no. The benefits of exercising really outweigh the cons and keep you healthy and youthful in other ways. The solution? Get yourself multiple sports bras that make you feel extremely secure and minimize the ladies jumping too!

3. Smoking

It can’t be avoided mentioning when talking about premature aging of the skin. An effect of smoking is that it decreases the blood flow to all parts of your body. For your boobs, let’s just say this means that the skin is less well nourished as less blood is going to the skin’s surface increasing the rate at which it ages!

4. Sun exposure

An elderly woman who looked at least 20 years younger than she was, once told me the sun was a woman’s worst enemy. That sounds extreme but she chose not to sunbathe for most of her life, revealing this to me as THE secret to youthful skin! Exposing the skin on your chest to UV rays without sunscreen stretches out the collagen and leads to extra sag.  Now I’m not suggesting that you stay inside all through summer or jump from shadow to shadow when the sun is out but leaving your skin unprotected from sun’s rays will damage your skin. Not to mention of course that you might get burnt and then the damage is more than aesthetic.

Get to work on your pair by trying Yola’s boob boosting exercises to help keep your pair perky. Fit Girls take care of their body in every sense of the phrase, it’s just not about what your boobs look like. So if you’re guilty of any of these habits, it’s probably time you ditch them because they’re not doing your health much good in other ways! 

Skincare tips for Fit Girls

While working out on the regular is super beneficial for your health, not caring for your skin properly can lead to increased breakouts. We definitely want to prevent this from happening since you deserve glowing skin to match your killer body! Here are some skincare tips for before, during, and after exercising to help minimize any imperfections due to your workouts. 

Prep your face before your workout

  • Clean your face. This applies whether you’re wearing makeup or not. We know it’s tempting to run home, grab your gym clothes and go without wasting any extra time, but breaking a sweat with a face full of makeup can cause excess moisture buildup and can trap bacteria in your pores. Did you know that pores enlarge when you work out? This means that they are even more vulnerable to being clogged by any makeup you might be wearing. Even if your face feels fresh and product-free, make sure to splash some water on it or use a light cleanser to ensure that any potential cloggers are washed away.
  • Go easy on the hair products. When you sweat, hair products containing heavy moisturizers are likely to drip down onto your face which can cause breakouts around your hairline. This means that, if you can, stay away from leave-in conditioners or hair masks on your heavy workout days. If you must use these products (some us have frizz that just needs to be tamed on the daily), make sure you wear a tight headband or use a sweat band to keep as much sweat from dripping as possible.
  • Outdoor workouts: Protect your skin from the sun. If your workout takes place outdoors, make sure to use a moisturizer with around SPF 30. However, try to use a lightweight oil-free product rather than a heavy one, as this plus your sweat could lead to a bad breakout.

Steer clear from bacteria during your workout

  • Wipe down  your equipment.  Don’t trust others to clean machines after they workout, and make sure to clean your equipment with anti-bacterial wipes before and after you use it. Gym machines are filled with bacteria, and just one quick swipe of your hand on your face during an intense sweat drip could have nasty consequences for your skin. Most importantly, not matter how tired you are on the elliptical machine, focus on your Beyoncé playlist and DO NOT- I repeat DO NOT- rest your face on the machine!
    • This also applies to yoga mats! A good rule of thumb is to not put your face anywhere that someone else’s sweaty feet have been. Tip: bring a clean towel to the gym to put down on any equipment that could potentially touch your face.
  • Drink water. This might sound like an obvious one, but be sure to drink plenty of water; sweating dehydrates you and water rehydrates you, helping to minimise any wrinkles and other skin damage resulting from dehydrated skin.

Post-Workout Care

  • Don’t wait to wash your face. If you only wash your face once you get home from your workout, you may give any built-up bacteria time to really sink into your skin. Bring your cleanser to the gym and clean your face ASAP to avoid this! Use a gentle, unscented cleanser if you can since your skin tends to be extra sensitive after a heavy sweat session.
  • Shower. Another obvious one, but take a few minutes to change out of your gym clothes and wash your body even if you don’t feel like you got extremely sweaty. This will help avoid any irritation or body acne that might be caused by bacteria build-up. If you don’t have access to a shower soon after your workout, try to at least wipe down the areas where sweat tends to build up most: your chest, back, and stomach.
  • Apply some moisturizer. To add nutrients back to your body, use an anti-irritation moisturizer once you are squeaky clean and cooled off.

I hope these tips are helpful for you! You can show off your healthy, glowing skin on Instagram to us by using the hashtag #FITGIRLCODE. Now it’s time to go and get extra sweaty, the bacteria has no chance against this fool-proof skincare routine! 

sources: Womenshealthmag.com, Teenvogue.com, Notpasty.com

Yogurt and Egg Face Mask

I thought it was time to share another easy, inexpensive, natural beauty product with you. This time I will be sharing a yogurt and egg white facial mask to sparkle up your skin again. Read below how to make it and what the benefits are.

Yogurt contains high levels of lactic acid, which is beneficial to skin and hair care. So here’s a super easy yogurt and egg face mask to promote healthy skin. Make sure to use a yogurt that is unsweetened and unflavored, because some ingredients can cause skin irritation. And that’s exactly what we’re NOT aiming for here! I’ve listed the benefits of yogurt for your skin at the end of this post.

Eggs, on the other hand, contain lots of proteins and minerals that help tighten and firm the skin.
Now let’s go…


  • 2 tbsp (plain) yogurt
  • 1 egg



  • Separate the egg white from the yolk and pour into a small bowl
  • Add 2 tbsp of plain yogurt and mix together



Apply to face using a facial mask brush (or your fingers, whatever you prefer).
Leave on face for 5-10 minutes, then rinse face with warm water and/or warm washcloth.



  • Natural moisturizer and skin brightener
  • Hydrating scrub to remove dead skin cells
  • Fights pimples and acne
  • Reduces blemishes, tanning, under eye dark circles and skin discoloration
  • Fights skin infections
  • Anti-ageing

WIN: Dermalogica skincare goodies


We Fit Girls have a busy life and work out quite often which is not always very beneficial to our skin. Our CEO on sneakers Aranka regularly gets a lot of questions on how she keeps her face so beautiful and radiant. Today we share the secret of Aranka and the other Fit Girls Roos and Alicia. Keep on reading because we have a really nice surprise for you guys.

A busy job, an intensive workout, that fun party or a long summer holiday, we all know how these activities can affect our skin in a bad way. It can cause impurity, pigments and dry or greasy skin. We often forget to be good to our skin due to our busy life and to give it the attention it deserves. Besides that, skin care products often use ingredients such as soap, perfume and oils which dehydrate our skin and do not contribute to healthy skin. This can be very frustrating and that’s why our Fit Girls Aranka, Roos and Alicia decided to introduce you to a brand they believe in and use every day: Dermalogica.

Dermalogica is more than a product and doesn’t spend time on pretty and luxurious packages, but instead aims to help everybody to have a beautiful en healthy skin. All Dermalogica products are free of synthetic aroma’s and colourants and when the products touch your skin something special happens. The products are made for anyone and can be used at various moments during the day.

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Fit Hair: Hydrating Hair Mask

So we’re all trying to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle. And for me, keeping my hair healthy is also a big part of that. I recently started transitioning into more natural products for my hair and skin. Because I don’t only want to be healthy on the inside, I want it to show everywhere. Including the outside of my body.

This hair mask is for all of you dealing with dry hair and/or a dry scalp. If you’re a curly haired girl like I am, you’re hair is going to be forever dry. But you can try to limit this as much as possible by taking really good care of your locks. One of the things you can do to help keep your hair in good condition is to regularly use a hydrating hair mask. Here’s a recipe that you will have whipped up in minutes. Oh, and you could consider eating it as well…


  • one ripe avocado (use half)
  • one ripe banana (use half)
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil

Note: Depending on the amount/length/thickness of your hair you might need to adjust proportions.


In a blender, mix all ingredients together, making sure the avocado and banana are completely blended into a fine puree. If not, it will be difficult to get the lumps out of your hair later on.

Apply it to your (dry or wet) hair and cover with a shower cap or cling film. Leave in for at least 30 minutes. If your hair is very dry you can leave it in longer or sleep with it overnight. After 30 minutes (or the next morning) use a sulfate free shampoo or botanical cleanser and cleanse as usual. Make sure every bit of avocado and banana is rinsed out!


  • Avocado: rich in vitamin E and protein. Smoothens and softens the hair. Also good for dealing with dandruff because of it’s nourishing/moisturizing qualities.
  • Banana: aids in strengthening weak, thin hair thanks to it’s vitamin A, potassium and protein.
  • Honey: a natural moisturizer because of its natural vitamins and minerals. Honey also has healing properties.
  • Olive Oil: probably the most important natural ingredient you should have for your (dry) hair. It is made up of fatty acids which protect damaged hair and add shine to dry hair. Softens hair, treats dandruff and frizz and makes hair more manageable overall.
  • Coconut Oil: fatty acids protect hair from breakage. Rich in vitamin E and K, moisturizes and improves scalp blood circulation. Contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and protects against dandruff.

Do DIY body slimming wraps really work?

Slimming wraps have been on the beauty parlour treatment list for a while, but they have an expensive price tag for unreliable and mixed results. Recently some women have been trying a home made version to replicate the treatment and have taken to using Saran wrap and bandages to turn themselves into human sushi. A DIY body slimming wrap might seem like the perfect solution to save you some cash or worth trying just out for the laughs – what do you have to lose? (Other than hopefully a few inches.)

Body wraps are a treatment that have existed with the purpose of moisturizing, cleansing and toning the skin. Beauty brands continue to develop body wrap products along with their claims of their effects such as detoxifying the body and the skin in attempts to encourage women to fork out with the belief this quick fix will help get their jeans zipped up more comfortably. Among the claims of what body wraps are capable of achieving, is their ability to actually help you lose a couple of inches around your stomach and arms, tone up and to make a desired body part more firm. Online testimonials even provide ‘evidence’ that they actually can achieve this. But how does it work?

Wrap it up

Typically the body is prepared with a lotion or oil containing ingredients such as tea tree and then a thermal or plastic blanket is wrapped around the body, tightly enough to apply pressure but not so much as to be uncomfortable. Variations of seaweed, algae and foil wraps have also been developed and claims include their ability to minimize cellulite by releasing toxins from the body. It’s claimed that they are better suited to areas such as upper arms and the stomach, rather than thighs. Among the advocates of slimming wraps are celebrities who use them before an event or on a film set, in order to feel their best and little more comfortable in figure hugging dresses. It’s probably fair to say that average women who has less time on their hands, isn’t so interested in lying in the beauty parlor listening to mood music of the ocean lapping on the beach but purely want the results.


DIY disasters

Cheaper home slimming body kits are increasingly more popular but if wasn’t a good enough, there are also DIY tutorials on Youtube showing you how to replicate the same effect with supplies all available from the supermarket. Yes, the same unproven results. The fact is, what is really working is the wrap making your skin sweat, releasing water from your body.  Celebrity dermatologist Dendy Engelman M.D. told Shape that people who are prone to dehydration and kidney problems should especially stay away from slimming wraps. She also says that with continued use, the wraps might actually reduce the quality of skin, because any ‘results’ are effects of the loss of water from the body. Other worrying side effects of the DIY trend, is that some people make the mistake of wrapping the film or bandage far too tightly resulting in excessive discomfort and even bruising. One Pinterester, saw a DIY wrap on her newsfeed and decided to give it a shot but reviewed that she felt like her internal organs were being pushed up her throat. She said, “after deciding that I could no longer breathe, I unwrapped my miracle wrap. I looked the same except for the strange bruising around my torso from the wrap cutting off my circulation.” Less alarming but another to keep in mind, dehydration is a primary cause of wrinkles so you could also be prematurely ageing your skin.

Slimming solutions

If you have done any research into ways to seriously reduce cellulite or lose weight then you might be familiar with the importance of staying hydrated. At #FITGIRLCODE we are constantly talking about the need to drink plenty of water and sharing tips on how to drink more. Increasing your water permanently means there’s no need to do any kind of pre party slimming wrap because keeping hydrated is one of the principle ways to beat feeling bloated. But don’t be disappointed if you are still looking for methods to actively improve the appearance of your skin. Instead, try foam rolling. This is a completely safe method to promote circulation achieved by massaging, rather than restricting an area of the body. And it’s beneficial for relaxing your muscles as part of stretching too.

So do they really work? It seems they work at getting people talking and releasing water through sweating. Although such trends might worth trying anyway, body wraps appear to be yet another ‘slimming’ fad that cause more problems than they are worth. At #FITGIRLCODE we want to help you find ways to be happier in your skin without wasting your time and money. Instead of sitting wrapped up for an hour waiting on a miracle to happen, grab a bottle of water and trying going for a walk and let the fresh air and extra movement naturally relieve bloating and promote circulation.

Sunprotection during your summer workout

Summer’s almost there and that means – besides going to the beach and drinking wine on the balcony all night – you’re probably going to do your workout in the park instead of the gym. You will spend a lot of time in the hot sun, which will hopefully get you a great tan. But don’t forget, UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage. Eventually it can even lead to cancer. You probably think that any sunprotector will take care of you, but you’re wrong. We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about sunprotection and how to use it during your workout.

Sun protecting factor (SPF)

Sun protecting factor, also known as SPF, is the most important ingredient in a sunscreen. It indicates how long you can stay in the sun without burning. The higher the SPF, the more sunprotection is provides. A SPF 15 blocks 93% of the UVB-rays, a SPF 30 blocks 97% of the UVB-rays and an SPF 50 blocks 98% of the UVB-rays. SPF only relates to UVB. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect from UVA and UVB.

How to apply

To get the full SPF of your sun protector, you need to apply about a shot glass full. Most people only use a quarter of that, which makes the SPF on their body lower than on advertised on the bottle. You need to apply the sunscreen about 30 minutes before sun exposure. This way the ingredients can fully bind to your skin.

No sunprotector should be expected to stay effective for more than two hours. You have to repeat applying the sunscreen whole day long. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming, towelling off or intense sweating. UVB causes sunburn, but UVA can do a lot of damage (for example: wrinkles) without even noticing. Reapplication is as important as putting it on in the first way.

During hot, sunny days it’s important to protect yourself every day, even though you are working inside because you still get in touch with the harmful rays.

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Long hair don’t care

Working out can be a hassle by itself. What to wear? What not to wear? Make up, or no make-up? But most of all what to do with your hair? Knowing that u will get all sweaty and things can get messy. In this article I’ll give you an idea how you can handle any hair situation, and especially how I handle mine 🙂 

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve got a head full of hair. I’m in love with it but as it grows longer I have to be very creative. For those who are wondering: I’ve dreadlocks for about eight years (read no weave, no braids, no extensions). NO,  I’m not planning to cut it all off anytime soon. YES, it’s all naturally growing out of my head.

Rubber bands are a girls best friendRubber bands
What’s a girl to do without them? I have them in a zillion colors, matching my sporty spice outfits. Just like socks they get lost all the time. And after a while me and my rubber bands get reunited so “we” can hit the gym even harder. My advice is if you find a certain type of rubber band that’s strong enough to stay at one place while working out! Stick with that brand.

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