How to Hydrate Your Skin & Beat The Hot, Dry Summer

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Everyone envisions summer skin that’s smooth, firm, and glowing with a hint of tan for that perfect sun-kissed look. However, it can be really difficult to get well-hydrated glowing skin in the summer. Summer weather is really hard on skin! 

Soaring temperatures combined with humidity can make active oil glands go into hyperdrive. With enough time spent in the hot, summer rays, you can eventually end up with excessive sebum around the t-zone, itchy rashes, sunburn, and even premature signs of aging. This makes a proper skin care routine incredibly important as it’s your first line of defense. 

Here’s how to hydrate your skin and get glowing during the summer:

  • Consider Changing Your Face WashWashing your face is possibly the most basic (and probably the most important) skin care routine that you need to consistently follow year-round to hydrate your skin. During the summer, the climate is hot and humid, causing your face to produce more oil, so you should change your cleanser care

    Oily skin is the most at risk- your pores can easily get caused, leading to breakouts. Other articles recommend a foaming cleanser with salicylic acid for summer, but we advise against that. We are conditioned to think that foaming cleansers equal clean, but this is leading us awry. Sulfates are foaming agents and are enormously drying to our skin- as harsh detergents, they are enormously damaging to the moisture barrier of our skin and can dry us out, so we cannot recommend them.

    As such, we also cannot recommend salicylic acid in this case either. This acid is harsh on the skin-moisture barrier and can actually cause skin to produce more oil as it dries it out.

    Instead, we highly suggest a double cleansing method. This is the only way to ensure you wash off your SPF and makeup all the way without harming your moisture barrier. For beginners, you can get a budget-friendly set for under $30. We highly recommend beginners to start with the ELF gel melt first cleanse followed by the La Roche Posay Toleriane Milk Cleanser or the Pixi Double Cleanse from Caroline Hirons.

    With these products, it’s safe to wash your face twice a day-leaving you refreshed and allowing you to hydrate your skin without drying you out
  • Do Not Skimp on SunscreenWe often fixate on using SPF on our body during the summer, but we forget that our face needs daily protection too. Using a moisturizer, bronzer, or makeup product that has SPF in it is not enough to provide protection. These products make it impossible to get the amount of coverage you need to get proper protection. Excessive UV exposure can permanently damage your skin, causing sunburn, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and premature aging. We highly suggest that you invest in a sunscreen that has a broad UV spectrum of SPF 50. Apply it every two hours (if possible) on your face, neck, and décolletage. We suggest you check out Missha’s Sun Milk– it’s a favorite around here and doesn’t pill when used with makeup or a moisturizer.
  • Invest In Your Faceskin care summerCheck into serums and oils that add the additional benefits of antioxidants. For example, vitaminC protects skin from environmental damage, boosts collagen development, and can help aid the fight against existing sun spots and damage. There are great serums that can reduce inflammation and repair your skin from the harsh summer weather.

    For vitamin C, we like Ole Henrikson’s Truth Serum (not all vitamin C is created equally and we can stand behind this product). To help with inflammation, hydration, and redness, we like Herbivore’s Lapis Facial Oil. To combat dark spots, Caudalie makes a fantastic serum. And for a miracle potion workhorse that does wonders to existing sun damage, we love Alpha H’s Liquid Gold.
  • Drink All The Water!Drinking lots of water is incredibly important during the hot summer months. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go and keep sipping as you go through your day. This is absolutely crucial for skin health- you wear your hydration on your face. It also flushes out toxins from your body and helps keep you refreshed under the sun’s hot rays. Hydrate your skin and drink more water!

    We’re a little partial to Hydroflask as it’s a local Oregon company out of Bend. Might we suggest one of their 32oz Wide Mouth Bottles?
  • Don’t Forget To Exfoliate!During the hot summer months, your skin pulls double duty keeping itself healthy and healing any irritation or sun damage. You can assist your skin with this process with gentle exfoliation. Exfoliation helps slough away dead skin cells, helping you look more youthful and radiant.

    Do not, however, use sugar scrubs or that terrible apricot scrub everyone seems to love. You’ll be doing yourself a disservice as these are made of particles with jagged edges and can cause micro tears in your skin.

    Since we don’t really like most physical exfoliation items, we suggest chemical exfoliation products. Two favorites are Pixi’s Glow Tonic (which has glycolic acid in it at a 5% solution) or Biologique Recherche’s P50 1970. If you need some more immediate care, might we suggest you check out B Salon & Spa for a pore cleansing facial!

Sultry summer days are numbered, but the damage that can pop up from the sun’s rays on your skin will hang out for a while unless you care for your skin. Following these tips during summer will help you maintain your skin’s natural balance while keeping it protected in the heat. 

The Best Summer Date Night Ideas In The Village

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Summer is upon The Village! Tis the season for more daylight, warmer weather, our summer concert series– all good news if you’re looking for summer date night ideas. No doubt that picnics are the good ol’ mainstay for summertime date night fun, but if you’re looking for something new and different, we’ve rounded up some additional ideas right here in Bethany Village to inspire you. It doesn’t matter if you need first date ideas or are spicing up your current relationship, these summer date ideas at Bethany Village are hot for a rendezvous al fresco.



  • Dinner At Brooklyn Trattoria
    Brooklyn Trattoria describes itself as an “upscale, comfortable neighborhood restaurant” that’s located in the heart of Bethany Village. They are passionate about the food they serve and the ambience is perfect for you to get passionate about your sweetie. 😉 Share a tiramisu for two in an incredible space.
  • Cup And Cone Bubble Tea
    Cup and Cone’s motto is: “Inspired globally, served locally. They aim to serve goodness and spread kindness. This is a fantastic space to grab some fresh boba tea and roam around The Village! Their ice cream and boba tea are both handcrafted with all natural ingredients.
  • Frappuccinos At The Fountain
    Grab your favorite drink at Starbucks and walk right over to the fountain and enjoy the view! The Village’s fountain is up and running with ample seating for grabbing some sun and drinking some cold brew! Grab your sweetie, get some coffee and spend some time enjoying the scenery of Bethany Village.
  • Get A Couple’s Massage At Massage & Spa Bethany
    Escape the hustle that is your everyday life and walk into Bethany Village. After you stroll through the water fountain (drinking your coffee) find Massage & Spa At Bethany for some relaxation. As you walk through the doors, their diffused essential oils will immediately put your mind at ease the moment you step in. Massage & Spa at Bethany has years of experience in the art of you- it’s a great way to bond with Bae as you are exploring The Village.
  • Wine And A Stroll At Bethany’s Table
    Bethany’s Table is a neighborhood bistro inside of Bethany Village that’s a great place to grab a bite to eat if you’re hungry…but their wine list is the star of the show. The Table features an extensive wine list with a wide variety of wines at all price points and for every palate. Take the time to enjoy the evening with your other half and sip on a glass (or two…) of wine and then take a stroll around Bethany Village! 



No matter what you choose to do for your Summer date night or how you spend your time, the important thing is to enjoy your day with the one you love (or are interested in). Bethany Village is home to a million different ways to spend time with a date- no matter if you’re in a relationship or just starting one! Come visit us for a low-key fun night with the person who catches your eye. 

Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts In The Village

Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts In Bethany Village

Father’s Day 2019 is coming in hot (much like the weather we’ve been having this week ☀️) and for those of us who haven’t found a gift worthy of Dad, the pressure’s on. We have four days until his day, so it’s time to get your pops that grade A gift.

While we’re on the subject, there’s no better place to get amazing gifts than at Bethany Village. We have incredible stores that have all the best things for Dad. We spent an afternoon at Tesori Gifts shopping for our Dads and saw some amazing gift ideas. Here’s what we found:

These Awesome Beer Bottle Soy Candles From Torched

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Torched Beer Bottle soy wax candles are handcrafted from amber beer bottles and are inspired by the flavor notes of craft beers and cider. This is a fantastic gift for any beer lover and Dad is sure to love it. The bottles are cut at a 20 degree angle, giving the candles an interesting holder that adds a bit of a unique flair to your home decor.


Get Dad Some Self-Care With Jack Black’s Skincare Line!


father's day 2019 gifts

Dad’s about to hit the father-load! Jack Black creates luxury skin care and shaving items designed specifically for men’s faces. Skin care is absolutely self care, so get dad to pamper his face a bit and get him some luxury face care. Tesori Gifts even has gift kits available!


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The Best Wall Of Father’s Day Gifts Ever

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For the dad that loves humorous knick knacks, we’ve got you covered! Socks, coffee mugs, gag gifts, beer cozies and more! There’s something for everyone’s dad for Father’s Day gifts at Tesori Gifts. Check it out!


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Father’s Day is June 16th, 2019. Once you get Dad that coveted gift to celebrate his dadness, be sure to grab a bite to eat with the man of the hour at one of the amazing restaurants in Bethany Village.

Char and Tim are the owners of Tesori Gifts at Bethany Village- be sure to say hello when you visit! They have been in Oregon and apart of the Bethany Village community for 3.5 years.

Tesori Gifts was started when a friend of theirs convinced them to have a gift store since there wasn’t one in the village when Hallmark left. Not just another gift store, they wanted to be unique and different and sell the things you can’t easily find. That’s when they came up with the name Tesori (which means treasures in Italian).

If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone that can be hard to shop for, no worries Tesori Gifts will have the most unique gift for everyone.

The Top 6 Places For Father’s Day Meals In Bethany Village

Father’s Day is right around the corner (It’s June 16th this year) and Dad deserves a meal to celebrate! We’re here to help you explore Bethany Village and celebrate your dad in the best (and tastiest) way possible. Here’s our favorites for a Father’s Day meal at any time of day:

Father’s Day Breakfast

These restaurants in Bethany Village are perfect to grab an early bite to eat before you adventure through the rest of Father’s Day!

Biscuits Cafe

Biscuits Cafe is a great way to ring in Father’s Day with the best breakfast in town. Their servings are heaping and the diner-style comfort food is a great way to start the day. If you have other plans with Dad and want to grab an early bite, this is the place to go! They have something for everyone (blueberry pancakes, hint hint), so the kids will be able to find something that they will devour right along with Pop. Biscuits cafe bethany village

Bethany Public House

Bethany Public House is a chill, family-friendly neighborhood spot that features an American gastropub menu. They serve Sunday breakfast, in case you want to catch some early eats with Dad. They have a fantastic craft brew selection with 24 taps, a generous selection of wine, and a wide array of seasonal and craft cocktails.

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Father’s Day Lunch

For midday eats, Bethany Village answers the call! Here’s a few of our favorites that we think are great for a Father’s Day Lunch:

Koi Fusion

Koi Fusion is a homegrown restaurant that is the brainchild of Bo Kwon. Combining traditional Korean flavors with unlikely partners came to Bo as second nature. As the first-born child of Korean immigrants, Kwon grew up concocting tasty Korean-infused after school snacks. These days are less grilled cheese kimchi sandwiches and more Korean-infused Mexican street food. This is a great place to take Dad for a refreshingly different kind of lunch.

koi fusion at bethany village

Smok’N Grill

It’s all about the smoke! Smok’n Grill only uses charcoal and wood in their smoking process and the result is incredible Southern BBQ. The Pacific Northwest is a food mecca in a lot of ways, but we are woefully deprived of authentic BBQ- not anymore! Smok’n Grill uses a light rub so they don’t take away from the wonderful flavor that the wood infuses into the meat. Not only that, but their sides are second to none. If you’re not firing up the grill this Father’s Day, this is a great way to celebrate Dad and grab some BBQ.

smokn grill

Father’s Day Dinner

To wine and dine your dad, dinner is always classy at Bethany Village! We are in love with the dinners at these fine establishments:

Brooklyn Trattoria

Offering old world charm fused with Pacific Northwest inspired cuisine, Brooklyn Trattoria is an upscale, comfortable neighborhood restaurant that is passionate about Italian cuisine. A focus on high-quality local ingredients and thoughtful pairings brings together a thoughtful dinner that Dad won’t soon forget.

brooklyn trattoria

Bethany’s Table

Self-described as a casual, European-style bistro, Bethany’s Table is an elegant place to take the family to celebrate Dad for Father’s Day Dinner. With an incredible wine list and carefully curated ingredients, you can treat Dad to a classy dinner in Bethany Village. We highly suggest you try their patio seating!

bethanys table at bethany village

The Best Summer Workouts To Rock The Season

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The Best Summer Workouts To Rock The Season


Summer is nearly here and that means that there’s a huge push to get a little leaner, live a little cleaner and grab some rays while we can in the Pacific Northwest.

Bethany Village is right across the street from the West Side’s premiere athletic club, Bethany Athletic Club and together, we’ve pulled together some of the best workouts that take 15 minutes or less because we know you’re busy being outside!


These exercises will target all those areas that are a core focus during the summer season: from legs to rear and from core to abs.

The Best Core Workouts For Your Stomach

Strength & Conditioning Stomach Workout

Kettlebell Figure 8
kettlebell figure 8
Squat down, sticking your booty back and pick up an 8kg kettlebell in your right hand. Pass it behind your right leg and reach your left hand behind to

 catch it. Then bring it around the outside of your left leg and pull the weight up in front of your chest.Hold for a count of 3 and then repeat the movement to the right while keeping your back straight and core tight. Aim for two sets of eight reps.






Target Your Legs And Bum

Step Up With Leg Lift

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Place your right foot on a step and your hands on your hips and then push up so that your right leg is straight and you’re standing on the step. Squeeze your cheeks to raise your left leg as far behind you as you can without arching your back. Lower it and step down. Repeat on the left leg and alternate until you’ve done thirty 

reps total.







Target Your Arms And Back

push up rows

Take a pushup position with hands on dumbbells (use the weight you’re comfortable with) and your feet slightly more than hip-width apart. Brace your abs, pull dumbbell to the side of your rib cage. Pause for a count of three, lower weight, and repeat with the other arm.









Get That Core Workout!


plank exerciseLie face down on the floor, propping yourself up on your forearms and toes. Make sure that your body forms a straight line. Then contract your abs and glutes as tightly as you can and hold for sixty seconds. Don’t forget to breathe!


Most importantly: get out there, stay active and enjoy the season. Don’t forget the sunscreen and don’t forget to hydrate during your summer workouts! If you want more workout tips, check out our crew at Bethany Athletic Club. With group fitness classes, athletic training, and personal training, our team will help you up your training regime and hit your fitness goals!