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Did you know that August 1 – 7 is NATIONAL CLEANSE YOUR SKIN WEEK? I didn't either, but now that I do, I am going to celebrate it by washing the heck out of my face with my new CeraVe® skin cleansers. The weather is hot and I am sweating! I could definitely use a deep facial cleansing, among the rest of my body.
NATIONAL CLEANSE YOUR SKIN WEEK was created by CeraVe®, America’s fastest growing skin care brand, to make consumers aware of the importance of cleansing and understanding how ingredients can impact the skin. To gain full insight, CeraVe® conducted a national study, entitled the CeraVe® Skin Survey, with over 1000 adult men and women
18 and over to look at overall awareness and general habits and practices solely focused on facial cleansing. The study reveals that, despite the abundance of skin care products available and information dedicated to the topic, most Americans don’t take proper care of their skin. Also apparent is the huge need for education on ingredients as well as the critical role of proper facial cleansing to maintain healthy skin.
Key findings of the CeraVe® Skin Survey reveal that:
- 60% of men and 48% of women admit they often skip face washing before bedtime
- 66% of men and 40% of women admit that when they simply use body wash or hand soap to wash they face
- 63% of Americans don’t understand the purpose of the ingredients in the skin care products they purchase
- 65% have no idea what ingredients to look for when purchasing a facial cleanser
Only CeraVe® delivers ceramides through an exclusive patented, controlled-release unique technology that penetrates the skin’s surface to help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and lock in moisture. Your cleansing routine is the first step in building and maintaining healthy, strong skin. CeraVe® tapped into top dermatologists to provide tips for better cleansing.
I was given the chance to review CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths, Hydrating Cleanser Bar, Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser:
“Skin oil and skin water content are two separate issues,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “While foaming cleansers can effectively remove oil, a squeaky-clean feeling after washing the skin actually represents harmful post-wash dehydration. When the outer skin layer becomes disrupted, the skin can become dry and irritated. Look for a cleanser that helps effectively removes oil but maintains hydration and a healthy outer skin layer. Ceramides are like natural mortar that sit between skin cells bricks to help the skin maintain water content and prevent loss of natural hydration.”
For oily to acne prone skin, Dr. Dendy Engelman states that CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser is ideal. “This cleanser helps remove oil, makeup, and impurities while still hydrating the skin and maintaining the skin’s protective layer”, says Dr. Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.”
CeraVe® Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths:
“I always keep a pack of CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths in my bag for makeup touch-ups throughout the day and quick cleansing after the gym or travel,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham. “During the hot Texas summers, I will keep a pack in my refrigerator at home for a refreshing makeup removal before I cleanse. The cloths are great because they are gentle without over-striping or disturbing the protective skin barrier."
CeraVe® Hydrating Cleanser Bar:
“For normal to dry skin, CeraVe® Hydrating Cleansing Bar cleans the skin while providing sustained hydration throughout the day,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.”
CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser:
“ Over washing our hands with soapy cleansers and when we wash our dishes washes away our evolutionarily designed protective skin barrier,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham. “Repeated daily this seemingly “normal” hand washing can lead to “hand washing dermatitis” which manifests as dry, rough, itchy patches on the tops of our hands and may even lead to painful cracks and fissures on our fingers. I recommend daily, and whenever possible, to wash your hands with synthetic liquid cleansers such as CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser and avoid classic bar soaps. Also, always wear gloves when doing dishes.”
“For drier or more mature skin, CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser is great for gentle cleansing without risk of drying,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.
CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser:
Exfoliates and cleanses while ceramides help restore your skin barrier. Good for normal skin as well as acne or psoriasis prone skin. Exfoliates, detoxifies and gently cleanses the skin of dirt and oil without the use of harsh microbeads. Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin D, it’s hydrating, fragrance-free and non-irritating.
“The skin on your elbows, knees, and heels are among the thickest on the body,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “Subject to wear and tear, the skin there commonly becomes thick, rough, and often uncomfortable for many patients. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin and contribute to the thick skin that develops.
For optimal results, apply to the skin, sing the alphabet while the cleanser sits on the skin to do its job, then rinse off.”
National Cleanse Your Skin Week, now in its second year, is officially listed on the National Day Calendar with the sole mission of bringing heightened awareness to the importance of proper skin cleansing.
I have been using CeraVe® products for several years, and they are the brand that my daughters and I always go back to. CeraVe® is high quality, effective and very affordable. Plus the bottles of product are larger, and last a long time!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I am a huge fan of Sebamed Skin Care products. My skin gets very sensitive when the weather gets colder, and I trust Sebamed to help keep my skin healthy and protected during these colder months of winter. From Dry and itchy skin to stretch marks and Eczema, Sebamed offers science based solutions for sensitive skin.
I have been using Sebamed body lotion for a few years now because it gives my skin the moisture it needs without any unnecessary ingredients that irritate my skin, and I love it. I was recently given the chance to review a few of Sebamed's products that I had never tried before, and I chose the products below.
Visio Gentle Cleansing Milk~ My face is the first thing to show sensitivity when the weather gets colder. I go from a heated house or car to brisk cold weather, and that makes my skin go crazy. It gets very sensitive and dry. During this cold season, it is imperative that I use a cleanser that won't further irritate my skin. This cleansing milk is the perfect solution because it gently removes dirt, sebum, makeup and other impurities without drying out my facial skin.
Specially formulated with a Biophytex complex containing panthenol and calendula extract, Cleansing Milk soothes irritation. Plus, it can be used either with or without water.
Sebamed Spa Shower~ Most body washes contain chemicals and harsh fragrances that really irritate my skin. I need one that is effective, yet gentle. Sebamed Spa Shower is the perfect body wash for me because it hydrates, refreshes and cleanses my skin while making me feel relaxed.
Relaxation promotes good health overall and can even reduce skin condition outbreaks that are triggered by stress like psoriasis. Formulated with mild cleansing agents and water lily extract, our Spa Shower wash is completely calming – the perfect shower gel in today’s stressful world.
Q10 Skin Firming Body Lotion~ I love my daily Sebamed body lotion, but it is very nice to have found a product that can also help to tighten and firm my skin.
The Q10 Firming Body Lotion is enriched with shea butter, argan oil and barley grain wax to help firm up aging skin and maintain youthful elasticity. As we age, our cell reproduction begins slowing down and eventually loose skin becomes noticeable. The Q10 Firming Body Lotion improves your skin’s elasticity, making it firmer and restoring tone. However, the q10 lotion rich ingredients not only firm up your skin; they help to protect it with our special pH 5.5 balance, too. Body lotion with q10 contains many benefits such as works as an anti-aging solution, firms your skin for radiance, and helps support skin cell renewal.
Enter to win! One winner will receive the following Sebamed products: Visio Gentle Cleansing Milk, Sebamed Spa Shower body wash and Q10 Skin Firming Body Lotion.(ARV $94)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: https://www.sebamedusa.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With Fashion Week on the horizon, channel your inner fashionista! Be sure to have your vanities’ stocked with the perfect beauty essentials so you’re always looking runway ready from head to toe.
Show off clear, camera ready skin, with a sense of style thanks to Bioré® Limited Edition Deep Cleansing Pore Strips! Cast in bold leopard, zebra and giraffe prints, Bioré Limited Edition Deep Cleansing Pore Strips make the already immensely satisfying process of purifying your pores even more fierce and fun. Whether you’re prepping for a girls night out or movie night in, these exotic, animal-print pore strips will make you feel like strutting down the catwalk and leave you with cleaner, healthy looking skin. ($6.49; Drugstores and mass retailers)
Feel fresh all day long with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant Collection. Get superior odor protection with this 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Soothing essential oils blend with beta-glucan technology fight odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results ($14; Lavanila.com).
Maintain smooth, moisturized skin for 24 hours straight with Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion. Ideal for severely dry skin, this formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers).
Make a statement with KORRES Morello Lip Duos. These creamy Morello lipsticks provide a perfect and pure color release in one stroke, and conditions lips while lending them a bright, rich, luminous finish. The KORRES Cotton Seed Oil Long-Lasting Lip Liner provides precise, luminous color enriched with nourishing cotton seed oil, jojoba oil and antioxidant vitamins. Soft, smooth texture helps you define the contours of the lips and create a base for lipstick, ensuring beautiful, long-wearing color without feathering ($32.50; HSN.com).
Give yourself a chic, non-committal do with Hairdo’s Clip-In Bang. Don't snip - clip! This 5" long bang has 9 1/2" face-framing sides that blend seamlessly with your own hair. Going out with a bang has never been so much fun - or so commitment-free ($29; Ulta.com).
After running around in your heels all day, treat your feet to the PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask!These treatment filled wearable socks noticeably smooth, soften and repair dry creaked, calloused feet and heels. With ingredients like Shea butter, apple extract and peppermint, this foot mask significantly improves the look and feel of even the driest feet. ($9.99 for two complete pairs; Exclusively at Target Stores in the Foot Care Aisle and Target.com)
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Channel your inner athlete while staying fresh and smelling great. Go for the gold with these favorite picks!
Lather up with Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Bodywash, which is a sulfate-free bodywash that was created for an active life in motion. Coconut oil infused with proprietary Smartsport Technology gently tackles post work-out sweat, dirt and oil while hydrating rosehip and aloe deliver a silky, smooth shave. ($16; Lavanila.com).
Wipe sweat and impurities away with KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes. The highly-effective wipes remove dirt, makeup, and oil from face and eyes. Great for all skin types especially oily and combination, each pre-saturated wipe eliminates impurities, tightens pores, and offers antioxidant protection ($15; Sephora and Sephora.com).
Keep your hair out of your face with Hairdo’s French Braid Band. The French Braid Band is as quick and easy as putting on a headband – while looking chic, you’re ready for any activity in a flash ($10; Ulta and Ulta.com).
Smooth skin deserves to be seen all summer long! Transform dry, rough skin in just 3 easy steps thanks to these skincare essentials – you’ll be showing off a beautiful, glowing you this season with skin that’s soft to the touch from head to toe!
Step 1 – For your face, gently exfoliate combination skin with Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. This ingenious concentrated powder cleanser is specially formulated to foam up on contact with water, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as a basic cleanser. The formula gently exfoliates while forming tiny bubbles that dive deep into pores to break up oil and impurities. When you rinse the foam away, oil, debris and dead cells are swept away, for instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores after just one use!
Step 2 – For your body, moisturize all over with Curél Rough Skin Rescue which works with your skin’s natural exfoliating process to uncover healthy, smooth skin. Ideal for severely dry, flaky skin, this smoothing lotion gently loosens flakes without irritation, allowing essential hydration to reach the areas that need it most. The dermatologist-recommended formula uses natural ingredients to relieve roughness and help prevent it from returning.
Step 3 – For your feet, slip dry, cracked heels into PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask! PediSpa isyour non-traditional masque that contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Found in the Pharmacy Foot Care Aisle, the effective treatment contains key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts to help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. (Find it at Target!)
The time is limited in our busy days, so why not make the most of our beauty routine with these multi-functional products!
Korres Greek Yoghurt 3-in-1 Cleansing, Toning & Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion is a multitasking, calming, and healing emulsion features euphrasia—also known as eyebright extract—which reduces redness, swelling, and irritation, along with antioxidant macadamia and sunflower oils to moisturize and protect skin. The result is a formula that cleanses, tones, and removes even the most stubborn makeup from face and eyes ($24; Sephora.com).
Put your Day Cream and SPF AND Infrared Ray Defense into 1 with Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is a multi-level anti-aging cream formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance ($69; Kohls.com).
Disclaimer: I received product samples in exchange for this post. Any opinions are my own.
Meet Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, perhaps the best cleanser of all time to share with your man. First and foremost, the bottle is white. Not pink. It's classic and unisex with a pump dispensing system, meaning its man proof! - am I the only one convinced guys are genetically programmed to lose caps?
Enriched with a natural moisturizing complex of vitamins and soothing allantonin, it rinses away completely for healthier, smoother, hydrated skin. Plus, it's a dermatologist developed wash with pH value of 5.5, the exact pH of healthy skin (body, face and scalp).
Oh, and the fact that it's under $20 means you won't squirm every time your significant other squeezes a palm full of the stuff into his hands. It's already the #1 selling wash for sensitive skin in 85+ countries, including its native Germany, and is now available stateside at CVS, RiteAid and Walmart.
I truly love my Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash! It smells extremely fresh and clean. I love that I can use it to wash my face as well as my body. I love how it thoroughly, yet gently removes all traces of my makeup, even my eye makeup without stinging my eyes!
It also makes the perfect sudsy lather for shaving my legs. My skin is left soft and moisturized. My husband loves it too!
For more information go to: https://www.sebamedusa.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
With the holidays right around the corner (literally!) it’s time to start thinking about what essentials you need to bring for your holiday travel needs.
Pack light by bringing only the most important essentials.
Your 6 Holiday Travel Essentials
1. The Refresher: During this crazy time, you want to clean and refresh your face AM and PM. For one that refreshes skin and foams away makeup and impurities -
Lumene’s Bright Tough Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99, CVS)
2. The Best Face Base: You want to look airbrushed, who doesn’t? For an optical line and pore minimizer with instantly beautifying effect -
Lumene’s Bright Now Line & Pore Minimizer ($19.99, CVS)
3. The Perfect Brows: For easy shaping and filling go to the all-in-1 helper -
Smashbox Brow Tech To Go ($28, Sephora)
4. The Winter Glow: Get the perfect rush of color with a silky powder blush -
Smashbox Blush Rush ($24, Sephora)
5. The Perfect Red Lip: Pucker up with the perfect pout in your favorite holiday shade -
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick ($20, Sephora)
6. The Secret Weapon: Through all the highs and lows of the holiday season, make sure you have a spot treatment on-hand to fight against any surprise breakouts -
DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46, DDFSkincare.com)
Disclaimer: I will receive samples of these products. Any opinions are mine.
Take multi-tasking to the next level with these 5 great products you can use in the shower! Color your hair, treat your face and moisturize your skin in under 10 minutes!
Step 1 COLOR: Apply the TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and lather thoroughly. After rinsing the Shampoo, apply the Color Depositing Conditioner and distribute throughout hair from root to tip. Wait 2 minutes before rinsing.
Did you know: This sulfate-free, rich-foam shampoo gently cleanses while it colors. UVA/UVB sunscreens and antioxidants safeguard hair and color fidelity. It’s temporary so it WILL NOT mess up your current hair color.
Step 2 EXFOLIATE: While you’re waiting to rinse your hair, exfoliate your skin with DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel!
Did you know: This self-warming formula uses an exothermic reaction to help open pores and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris to even skin tone and texture.
Step 3 MOISTURIZE: After rinsing your hair and face moisturize your skin with Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer glides onto wet skin (no need to wait for skin to dry before applying) and instantly absorbs for twice the moisturization in half the time.
Did you know: The unique formula blends effortlessly with the water from your shower to instantly lock in essential hydration. This helps you take advantage of the peak moisture moment, when your skin is damp and most receptive to hydration.
Step 4 DETANGLE: Last step is detangling your hair with Conair Detangling Brush! Glides through wet hair the gentle way.
Did you know: The soft flexible bristles removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Fall’s cooler temperatures and windy climates can throw our skin for a loop and leave our skin dry, irritated and flaky. With the change in season calls for a few change-ups in our beauty routine!
Below we’ve rounded up 5 habits board certified dermatologist, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum’s recommends incorporating into your daily rituals, for a smooth and soft transition into fall.
5 New Skin Care Habits for Fall
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.