Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray Review

Neutrogena Body Clear Body SprayNeutrogena Body Clear Body Spray Review

I suffered from acne on my back and chest for as long as I’ve had it on my face – since around age twelve. I have tried different things over the years; everything from store bought products to home remedies.

The only thing that has ever really worked for me (other than oral meds which I don’t like to take) has been tretinoin also known as Retin-A. Now, the biggest problem with that is the application. It is very difficult to get it evenly applied everywhere necessary since I can hardly reach my own back, and it gets tedious having to find time for my husband to apply it every night for me.

So once again, I set out to find something better. I have always like the Neutrogena products, so I decided to give this one a try. I was already using the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub which wasn’t working any wonders for me, but I thought maybe I needed to layer the products for more effectiveness.

Below is a list of the ingredients taken from Amazon:

Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (0.5%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denatured, Butylene Glycol, PPG 5, Ceteth 20, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, PEG/PPG 20/6 Dimethicone, Cetyl Lactate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Camellia Olefifera (Green Tea) Extract

So here is my assessment of Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray:

  1. Easy to apply.
  2. Spray comes out evenly from bottle.
  3. Sprays fairly well even when turned upside down.
  4. Dries quickly.
  5. Leaves a sticky residue on your skin.
  6. Didn’t stop my breakouts.

I applied various amounts using trial and error over several weeks, but it just didn’t deliver the results I was looking for. In fact, I could tell very little difference at all, but I felt sticky all the time. I started applying twice each day, rather than just at night. It made little to no difference.

I must note that there are lots of reviews from satisfied customers on Amazon who claim this product works for them. I realize that I have a worse than normal case to deal with and the fact that I live in the hot and humid southeastern United States makes my problem even worse. With that being said, I don’t think I will purchase this product again.

However, if you are considering trying this product I would recommend checking out the reviews on Amazon first.

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How To Get Perfect Eyebrows

How To Get Perfect Eyebrows

How To Get Perfect Eyebrows

Your eyebrows can make or break your face. We have all seen people who have eyebrows that catch your eye…in the wrong way. Here are three tips to make your eyebrows enhance your beauty (not take away from it):

1. Don’t over pluck your brows.

Don’t under pluck them either, for that matter. A natural looking brow is always more flattering, so make sure you leave your natural brow line and arch. Not sure how to do that? You can always get a professional waxing in order to get the shape you want, then maintain your brows at home afterward.

2. Don’t go overboard with the brow liner.

In fact, it is okay to only fill out thin areas without penciling in the whole brow. (Turn the pencil sideways to get a smooth application without that “hard line” look.) Also, pick a shade that is slightly darker than your natural brow color. Some professionals recommend mixing the chosen color with a grey pencil for a more natural look, but I personally never liked that look on myself.

3. Keep your brows in place.

There are products you can buy to brush through your brows that keep them in place once you get them perfect, but here’s a much cheaper fix. Spray some hairspray on an old toothbrush and sweep it through your brows. It sets them instantly, and you don’t have to worry about another product in your make up bag getting old and having to throw it away.

There you have it – how to get perfect brows. Hope you learned a trick or two that will be helpful to you!

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Power Struggles In Relationships – Gone In 4 Weeks With Dr. Oz Plan!

Power Struggles In RelationshipsPower Struggles In Relationships – Tired of Pushing & Pulling?

Power struggles in relationships are so common these days that many reality shows base their whole design on the concept. Why? Because people can relate to it. I have one word for you: Trust. Let me explain…..

Although the battle of the sexes has been raging since the beginning of time, women in the workplace have poured lots of fuel on the flames. They pull their half of the load, therefore, they want their half of the power.

People are tired and stressed out. Add the rising divorce rate to the mix and you get people in relationships who really only want control of their future. They want some say in the shaping of their relationship and life.

That’s where the trouble often begins, especially if both partners are not communicating as well as they could. (Please see the exercise below.)

Who Wears the Pants In Your House?

You or your partner? If you answered, “The dog!” then forget this article and go pet your pooch!

But seriously, do you feel like your home is a perpetual battlefield where the most aggressive sergeant gets to rule the whole army?

Power struggles in relationships usually start as small irritations that snowball into one huge avalanche. Why? Both individuals feel like they are:

a. not being heard

b. losing control of their life and individuality

c. not having their feelings considered

All this comes down to one big concept. They feel like the other person cannot be trusted to make decisions that are positive for BOTH partners. So ultimately, a big component of  most power struggles is lack of trust. Just let that sink in your brain for a minute.

The sad part of this is that often both individuals CAN be trusted, but the lack of openness in the relationship simply does not allow the trust to break through, then you will see that it’s true.

Are You a Turtle Or a Sponge?

A turtle has a hard shell and doesn’t allow anything inside that shell. He keeps everything out so he can remain safe. If you are a turtle, then you are keeping out the good stuff as well as the bad stuff.

On the other hand, a sponge soaks up everything. If you are a sponge, then you soak up every single thing your partner has to offer. You are not afraid of the bad stuff because with it comes the good stuff too.

Here is the cold hard truth: If you have a relationship with ANYONE, then you will get hurt at some time. Parents, friends, family, partners – ALL HUMAN. Every single one of them. (Just like you.) People are not perfect and they will make mistakes. So you will get your feelings hurt and people will fall short of your expectations in life.

So ask yourself, “If I trust my partner, what’s the worst thing that will happen?”

Well, I will answer that question for you.

If both of you learn to trust each other, then you will have a mutually respectful relationship which will lead to both of you consulting the other’s opinion before any big decisions and you will be a great team instead of two lonely individuals.

Now, doesn’t that sound warm and fuzzy?

When you rationally think these scenarios through, you will see that the consequences are usually not that bad.

Life is too short not to love and feel and experience as much as you can. So don’t be the turtle. He has a slow, dull, boring life.

Here is the best exercise I could find to overcome the power struggle in your relationship. In the book YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (I love these books!) they recommend the Your Way/His Way Four Week Trial. (Before you get too excited, this has nothing to do with sex.)

 

Here’s what you do. For the first two weeks your partner gets to make ALL the decisions. This means everything from what’s for dinner to who to invite over for dinner. They will decide on plans for the weekend and what goes in the basket at the supermarket.

But wait, your turn is coming. The next two weeks are your turn. Just how will this help your relationship? According to the authors, “First, it separates the actual issues from the power struggle over who is right.” This is important because allows you to trust each other without the baggage, and it also reaffirms that trust when you see that your partner considers you when making decisions and does not abuse the power even when they have permission to do so.

Back to sex. This power experiment does not apply to the bedroom. That’s one place that needs to remain the same. (It could do more damage than good.)

So, set your partner down and agree to complete this experiment and end the power struggle in your relationship right now.

Your future will thank you.

Another great resource I recommend to bring you closer is called 1000 Questions For Couples. You can download this ebook, print it off, and place it on your shelf to use for years to come. It will never be outdated because it contains timeless questions to help you achieve a level of closeness that most couples never feel. It’s a great investment for ANY couple (as well as a great wedding gift).

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by Angela Christian Pope @ ModernRelationship.org

Avene Compact Review (Avene Sunscreen)

Avene CompactAvene Compact Review

I accidentally discovered the Avene compact while searching for powder sunscreen for my face. This happened to come up in the search results on Amazon and I didn’t even realize at first that it wasn’t a powder. It is actually a creamy texture and looks like a regular make up compact.

Well, as always I set out to research it. I found that it was recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. You can view it here. (Just search under “recommended products” for foundations with SPF of 50 or higher.)

The Avene website listed the following benefits:

  •  Available in 2 shades: honey and beige 
  •  100% mineral sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection 
  •  Enriched with patented Pre-Tocopheryl (a photostable form of vitamin E) for powerful antioxidant protection 
  • Soft-to-touch, easy application with matte finish 
  •  Paraben-free, fragrance-free, water resistant 
  •  Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

I also read tons of reviews from users, and while there are always some people who will not like a product, the overwhelming number of reviews were very good.

But here was the strange thing. It only came in two colors.

What?

That’s right. Two colors. Beige and honey. But people were raving about how they were skeptical, but that it matched their skin perfectly. I have had some nightmare situations with “tinted” products that were supposed to blend into my skin, so I wasn’t too sure about that.

But I ordered the compact and waited.

When it finally arrived, the first thing I saw was that is had a separate area for the sponge. This lifted up to give access to the creamy product itself. As someone with oily skin, I always look for that in a compact. I don’t like for the sponge to get oily and gunky and  then sit in the powder, foundation, etc.

When I tried the product I was blown away. It covered better than the foundation I had been using…..or had ever used. And it was supposed to really be sunscreen, not foundation. It stayed in place and didn’t seem to wear off during the day either.

Those are the pros. Here are the cons.

I purchased the beige version. It went on so well and match my skin so completely that I couldn’t tell when I was missing a spot. However, I was sure someone else could tell when looking at my face outside, so I got out a magnified lighted mirror and found all those places. I also saw that the texture of my face left something to be desired. It sits on top of my skin and doesn’t absorb at all.

I realize that it IS a sunscreen first, and a foundation second. That can be understandable seeing as how you are getting stupendous sun protection.

But here’s the second problem. It is difficult for me to get the right amount of the product on the sponge and get it spread out evenly. I wind up thicker areas on my face that don’t look bad. For that reason, I simply cannot put it on without the magnified mirror I mention above. This makes it quite time consuming to get it on my face. (And I was trying to simplify things, not the other way around.) I considered mixing something with it (like a face corrector I like to use) in order to make it more manageable, but that really defeats the purpose of the product and cuts the SPF factor. It doesn’t go on well for me with water either.

Lastly, I found that after I after I had used the product just three times that I could already see the bottom of the compact in the center. Now, I am not saying that I used it up in three applications, because there was lots more product in the compact. But I am saying that I didn’t expect to see the bottom that quickly.

In the end I have to say this product could probably be great for someone who will take the time to apply it appropriately. It is also worth the money for the product if it’s benefits are important to you.

You can purchase the Avene compact here.

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Obagi Blue Peel Review

Obagi Blue PeelObagi Blue Peel Review

I recently had my second Obagi Blue Peel and feel that I must share the experience with my readers.

There was a huge difference between the first and second peels I have undergone, so I have mixed feeling about it at this time. Please read this post to the end if you are considering this same peel.

The Obagi Blue Peel is part of a larger offering of Obagi products aimed at improving the look and feel of skin. It helps with wrinkles, acne, and other imperfections.

The Obagi site states the Blue Peel is an:

In-office facial chemical peel procedure that uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special Obagi blue base to monitor and slow penetration.

Use of the Obagi Nu Derm System is recommended before and after your Blue Peel, which takes place in your physician’s office.

First of all, let me say that I had my first Obagi Blue Peel four months ago and it went just fine. I was able to tolerate three applications of the acid and I went home to have a typical recovery. My face became very tight, the skin turned dark brown, then my it started to peel off. Under that yucky peeling skin was fresh skin that looked and felt like that of a newborn baby. I was in heaven!

Fast forward to last week…..and things changed.

I was undergoing a horrific allergy attack, so I called the office and asked if they still wanted to perform the procedure. I was told it would be fine and to come on in, which I did. However, once I was on the table and being prepped she said my skin was overreacting to everything and rashing up, so she couldn’t do it. I was fine with that because I was not tolerating the procedure well at all. (She goes around your face doing all kinds of painful things to get you ready. She cleans your pores, uses an extractor to remove things, uses a laser to zap imperfections, etc.)

I returned to her office the following Monday and had two applications of the peel this time. The burning was extreme (same as the first time), but I made determined to hang in there. The aftercare includes mixing hydrocortisone cream (Obagi version is called Tolereen) and moisturizer (Obagi version is called Action) and applying it to your face 2 to 3 times a day. The first time she told me to do this for 2 or 3 days. The second time she said to only do it for one day following my peel. She said it would give me better results.

I go home after that and my face appears to be following the same routine as before. It got tight, turned brown, and peeled. But this time the skin under it was extremely red. Like a primary red crayon. The first time it has only been a slight pink. So I called the office and left a message on Thursday. I knew they would not be in the office that day, but expected a call back on Friday. But it never came.

By Saturday I truly looked like a science experiment. My skin had areas of bright red and dark brown with lots of peeling skin. My husband as freaking out and thought my face might be ruined. My mother-in-law agreed and they both said I should never get this done again. I gave this some consideration. However, I developed a new problem. I had a bright red rash that started just under my nose and went down my neck. I also ran up my jawline on both sides. It was raised and it itched like crazy. By Sunday it was driving me crazy.

After trying everything on the aftercare sheet, I finally started taking Benedryl (didn’t know what was causing it, so thought it couldn’t hurt) and applying Neosporin. I finally started to see some improvement after this, but who knows if this was just a coincidence.

Monday morning I finally got a call back from the office. I was in the shower, of course, so they left a message telling me to do exactly what my aftercare sheet said, which I had been doing. When I called back and explained my situation, she suggested that I come in to see the aesthetician if it didn’t get better by the end of the day. I was finally starting to look better, so I decided to wait it out.

So that’s what I am doing right now…..waiting it out…..while I am writing this.

I did some research online and found that it is common for your skin to become extremely red as mine did after a TCA peel and that it could last up to 3 months. I also found that Obagi suggests that you use their skin care system, Obagi Nu Derm System, for at least 4 weeks before you undergo an Obagi Blue Peel. My aesthetician never told me that. In fact, she asked what all I used and I told her, so she knew I wasn’t using those products.

She recommended that I stop using my tretinoin cream (Retin-A) a couple days before I came back for my peel since my skin had reacted so badly during my prep, which I forgot to do. But that is not something that you commonly need to do, as tretinoin cream is a part of the Obagi skin care routine, so I don’t think it really made a big difference.

So would I get this peel again? I don’t know just yet. I don’t do well with peels to begin with since I absolutely hate the feeling when it gets tight and I can’t move my facial muscles. We will see……

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