Explore the Delights of Earth-Friendly Beauty Products with Herban Renewal Body Wash

Whether you have time to luxuriate in a relaxing shower or you need to jump in and out in your mad dash for work in the morning, using any one of the aromatic array of body washes created by Herban Renewal is going to give you a skin-softening, fragrant, body-cleaning experience. Aromatherapy in a mini-version of pleasurable delight! Seriously, I am not kidding and truly mean it when I say that this line of body washes offers a silky feel with fresh, clean scents reminiscent of some earthly delight.

I love the zing of each one as the scent of each variety wafts up to my nostrils while I am using it. The silkiness of the body wash is amazingly sleek as it glides along my skin, moisturizing it with its nourishing oils. This fact alone makes this a perfect cleaning product for dry, chafed hands that desperately need a gentle touch. After all, just because the label states “body wash” does not mean that is the only good use of this product. I find that these delightful body washes are also great for washing fine delicates that should never see the inside of a washing machine.

Plus, I get a chance to do something nice for the earth while doing something nice for myself. Each product has been carefully blended using the freshest of fragrant botanicals and herbs, moisturizing oils, and in some cases, natural sea salts. I love that these body washes were all-natural, allowing me to avoid harsh chemicals and dyes.

The flagship line, Herban Renewal, offers four unique body wash varieties: Lavender Aloe, Love Aloe, First Rose Aloe, and Mint Aloe. I couldn’t wait to try them all. These are sold in three sizes (1 oz, 2 oz, and 8 oz) at three affordable prices, all of which are currently $8.00 and under. Since the smallest size is so tiny, you can easily keep one in your purse, briefcase, or desk drawer for those times when a light touch of aromatherapy is all that you need for a special pick me up.

I also sampled the line of body wash intended for the younger crowd, Arcelia. The fragrances are a bit more robust, offering an extra bit of zing. This line is earth-friendly as well and caters to the trends of today. Arcelia offers the following three scents: Calming Cucumber, Mango, and String Bikini. All of these are rather invigorating to the olfactory senses and a bit brighter in presentation than the flagship line. I can definitely see my youngest daughter “borrowing” these when she comes home for spring break next week.

In addition to enjoying the variety of fragrances and the silkiness of the body washes, I also loved the fact that the 8-ounce size came with a pump. This is so much more enjoyable for me to use than the typical body wash bottles sold in the store that I need to pour out. The pump offers a touch of that pampering feel that all women love to enjoy.

A word of caution – if you have severe allergies, make sure that you read the list of ingredients carefully before applying any of these products liberally. I haven’t read anything on this, but I like to remind people with allergies to be careful when using any type of fragrant product.

Products provided free to writer for reviewFor a look at the full line of Herban Renewal products, visit http://www.herbn-renewal.com.

Are Your Lips Chapped? Remedy for Super Chapped Winter Lips – Neosporin Lip Health

Try Neosporin Lip Products like Daily Hydration Therapy and Overnight Renewal Therapy to battle chapped lips.Are your lips chapped? If you live in a cold climate, chances are you’ve experienced some pretty chapped, sore lips from the bitter cold winters. Keeping your lips healthy and hydrated can really combat winter’s bite. Neosporin now offers a great remedy for super chapped winter lips. Neosporin Lip Health products, available as Daily Hydration Therapy in a squeeze tube and Overnight Renewal Therapy white petroleum lip protectant in a small tub with screw top.


My husband and I have used traditional Neosporin on extremely chapped lips for quite some time. Imagine our delight when we come to find out that Neosporin has actually formulated product specifically meant to help lips chapped due to the elements or any reason at all. Both Daily Hydration Therapy and Overnight Renewal Therapy products are compact and fit nicely in a pocket, purse, or in your medicine cabinet.

Try Neosporin Lip Products like Daily Hydration Therapy and Overnight Renewal Therapy to battle chapped lips.The Neosporin Daily Hydration Therapy product comes in a handy little squeeze tube with a twist cap. The applicator delivers a thin strip of lip therapy product that you can easily smooth over your lips and then smack them together to spread the lip product for even coverage. Because it contains sunscreen (SPF20), Neosporin Daily Hydration Therapy truly lives up to its name as a great option for daily lip care and preventing lips chapped by exposure to the sun.

The texture and consistency of the Neosporin Daily Hydration Therapy product is rich and creamy, delivering supreme hydration to lips whether chapped or not. This product is safe for reapplication as needed and helps to hydrate as well as protect against sunburn. There’s really no taste to this product that I can notice, and it is pleasant to wear on your lips as often as needed.

Neosporin Overnight Renewal Therapy is rich and emollient, offering overnight rejuvenation of your lips. When applying it with your fingertips, the product feels like soft, smooth butter. The active ingredient of white petroleum provides full coverage of your lips to soothe chapped lips and to heal cuts and cracks. This product has a lightly sweet and very slightly fruity aroma, but again, no taste.

TheProducts provided free to writer for review tube of Neosporin Daily Hydration Therapy is .35 ounces and retails for under $6. The jar of Neosporin Overnight Renewal Therapy lip protectant is .27 ounces and retails for under $6 as well. You can buy these products at your favorite drugstores and mass market retailers, as well as online at Amazon.com. For more information, visit Neosporin Lip Treatment online.

Skin Care Tips – Experience Finer Beauty with the Mannatech™ Optimal Collection

Having healthy skin is an important component of any woman’s wellness plan, and the products that she chooses to use should help her to achieve that goal. Maintaining a youthful look starts with clean skin that is moisturized and replenished. While there are any number of options available for women to use to soften, rejuvenate, and hydrate their skin, not all of them are worth their weight in gold. Personally, I discovered the Mannatech™ Optimal Collection to offer the perfect combination of skin-cleansing ability and pampering pleasure.

Believe it or not, the Mannatech™ Optimal Collection is the real deal – that is, as long as you follow the directions and use the products each day. After all, we aren’t young enough or foolish enough to believe that any of these skin products offer magical abilities to give us what people only dream the fountain of youth can provide. However, these products come relatively close to that – moisturizing dry skin, softening damaged skin, and minimizing fine lines and pores.

I admit that I have not been the most vigilant when it comes to using facial creams to maintain my skin’s natural softness or beauty. As a result, my face has started to show some wear-and-tear from old man winter who hasn’t been to kind to me with his harsh boldness and gruff ways as well as from the harshness of the sun. Dried out skin on a woman past her prime (or maybe not, as I’ll never tell) isn’t the prettiest of sights to see.

I had my doubts about these products as I have always leaned toward the glass-is-half-empty theory of life. I might soon be changing sides in regard to that idea though, because the Mannatech™ Optimal Collection has been much kinder to me in a speedier timeframe than facial products I have used in the past.

A touch of luxury is nice every once in a while and honestly, fancy facial scrubs, lotions, creams, and oils that actually do what they purport to do is a luxury that every woman should be able to afford. The Mannatech™ Optimal Collection utilizes a seven-step process that cleans, moisturizes, and refines your neck and facial skin to a softer, more beautiful appearance. I am so pleased with my results that I plan to continue using this product for quite a while. Here’s a run through of the products and the line up for using them.

The first step of this skincare process involves two products. First, you use the Optimal Face Cleansing Oil to remove makeup and any dirt. It’s gentle and silky. Next, use the Optimal Face Cleansing Cream to gently remove any remaining dirt or facial oil. I really like the silky feel and gentleness of both of these products.

Next, it is time to soften. The Optimal Skin Lotion comes in an adorable pump bottle and I feel as though I am pampering my face with its silky, rejuvenating formula. The next step involves the use of a special Skin Serum that is designed to help revitalize dry skin through its marine collagen ingredient. The combination of these two products made a visible difference in the suppleness of my skin without making it oily or sticky like some of the less expensive products on the market.

A lightweight moisturizer offers the benefit of providing a touch of hydration while protecting the skin against damage due to makeup or grime. The Optimal Skin Cream is perfect for this. One of my favorite products is the Optimal Eye Cream, which helped to minimize the fine wrinkles starting to form around my eyes.

Optimal After Shave Milk can be used by men, but I recommend saving it all for yourself. It’s great for nourishing your skin even if you haven’t shaved your legs. It is a delicate, luxurious concoction. This is the only product of the seven that isn’t designed expressly for the neck and face.

I found that using these products even only once a day made a huge difference to the condition of my skin, but twice a day did create a bigger improvement. I noticed a change after only the first three days, but my skin was a bit dry and damaged to begin with. By the end of the week my facial skin felt silky and smooth to the touch and fine lines began to fade a bit.

Products provided free to writer for reviewI received all seven of these products free for the purpose of reviewing them and I hope you discover the same great results if you decide to try them out. I recommend these products even if your skin is in good condition already since your face and neck deserve to be pampered.

Making a Difference Beautifully – Ava Anderson Non-Toxic

Everyone wants to be healthy and keep their families safe. There is a movement toward breaking away from harmful chemicals and enforcing higher product safety standards. It’s not easy, especially when many of these chemicals are hidden in everyday products. They are found in shampoo, deodorant, household cleaners, and even make-up. Many of them are toxic or cancer causing agents. The chemicals are legally labeled, but not always disclosed. They are often hidden under a variety of benign titles such as ‘fragrance.’ Even products advertized as ‘pure’, ‘organic’, or ‘natural’ can contain toxic ingredients.

A very impressive young lady is making a difference. Eliminating toxic products from her and her family’s lives was the first step. Spreading the word and sharing the information was the next. Finally, developing alternative products to provide solutions, Ava Anderson Non-Toxic was born.

Ava’s mission began with a report she saw from the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, detailing levels of hazardous chemicals found in the blood stream of teenagers. These chemicals are most commonly found in cosmetics and skin care products. Generally thought to be safe, ‘trace’ or ‘biologically insignificant’ amounts can build up in the blood stream over time. With such a recent, dramatic rise in life changing disorders from cancers to learning disabilities, these levels are coming under fierce scrutiny.

On her Web site, www.AvaAndersonNonToxic.com, Ava has news articles, recommended reading, and links to resources from the EWG. The site also hosts a list of every day products from cosmetics to cleaners rated from 0-10 in toxicity so consumers can check the toxicity of products they use in their own homes. One of the highest objectives Ava has is to share information so that everyone has the knowledge to protect themselves and their loved ones.

With the support of her family, and a manufacturer with proper research facilities, Ava developed the first full line of completely non-toxic skin care products and cosmetics, appropriately named, Ava Anderson Non-Toxic. Ava promises 100% transparency, which means no hidden ingredients; everything is listed. Her products also have no ‘fragrance.’ They have a light citrus scent explained by the use of oils in the products. Given the opportunity to try her skin care line, I am as impressed with the products as I am with the young lady. That is saying a lot coming from a cosmetic skeptic with dry, sensitive skin.

Her products are simply packaged in pink and white, clearly labeled, and even promote her Web site. The Eye Make-up Pads were very effective, yet gentle. They removed eye liner, eye shadow, and waterproof mascara completely and without irritation. I was surprised by the large size of the grit in the Exfoliator, but once again, it did the job without scratching. I recommend using that only once or twice a week, not every day. The Cleanser foamed up nicely and removed my everyday makeup. It did not leave the usual tight skin feeling most cleansers do. I am completely in love with the Lip Scrub, from the tingle to sugar exfoliate. I found that using it before bed had the best results. It softens the dry winter lips and just feels amazing. Follow it up with the no-sting Toner and the non-greasy, quick absorbing Moisturizer and you will feel truly pampered.

Believing in something is important. Taking action to put your beliefs into motion is commendable. Making a difference to help others is more than words can convey. I look forward to following her career, sharing her message, and looking for her new products coming in 2010.

Degree Women Natureffects to Offer Exciting New Products for Spring with a Sensory Experience in Every Use

Did you know that 88% of women agree that inviting nature into their homes decreases their stress levels and makes them feel happier as a whole? A recent survey by Degree Women discovered that more than half of the women participating in the survey kept plants in their homes.

I can truly attest to the benefits of houseplants, flowers, and even starting plants and flowers from seed. There is something soothing, calming, and even exciting, about Mother Nature’s wonders growing and thriving in your own home. Degree Women’s new Natureffects product line embraces this love of nature and invites you to enjoy it in your own beauty and personal hygiene routines.

In honor of their upcoming Degree Women Natureffects collection, Degree has included Life Love Beauty in the exciting introduction of their fabulous new nature-inspired products. The Natureffects collection by Degree Women aims to give women a healthy dose of “Outdoorphins” – in other words, Degree wants to inspire and encourage us all to join forces with nature.

The new Degree Women Natureffects collection features unique and invigorating natural aromas, like tea tree, honeysuckle, orange flower, and olive leaf. In a recent press delivery from Degree Women, I received a delicious cake with a very light hint of citrus – a nice herald of the delightful Natureffects products to come. The cake was beautifully packaged and definitely sparked my curiosity as far as what else is to come from Degree Women this year. The light citrus taste was just enough to delight my senses without being overpowering; I know from experience that Degree products operate the same way.

Degree Women also sent me a lovely pair of sunglasses by Tory Burch, reminding me of my sense of sight in daily life. The shades protect the eyes from the sun, but they’re also stylish and trendy. They came with a beautiful gold case and soft pouch for storage when not in use, and they are a nice and luxurious accessory to help me welcome the spring. Thank you, Degree Women! I’m excited to welcome the spring with you – c’mon warmer weather, no more snow, and blooming flowers!

Something I can say about Degree products unlike just about everything else I’ve tried – even with the keenest sense of sight, you aren’t going to find any white, cakey, chalky, or powdery residue when you use Degree deodorants and anti-perspirants. Very much on the contrary, Degree deodorants leave your underarms protected from wetness and odor without any trace of white – truly a godsend for the little black dress, prom gown, and wedding gown, just to name a few. Would you trust just any deodorant on such a special occasion? No, of course not – and now that you know how well Degree protects you while still invigorating your senses, you have no reason to wait any longer. Make the switch to a deodorant that works for you and delights your senses at the same time.

One thing I always love about Degree deodorants and anti-perspirants for women is the sweet and pleasant lingering fragrance that lasts all day long. Some of my favorite fragrances are the products in the Little Black Dress collection, especially the Pure Rain fragrance. I can’t tell you how excited I am to learn more about the exciting new products coming from Degree this year. There’s so much more I’d like to say, but I am going to save it for my next post. Thanks again, Degree!

For more information about Degree Women products, please see http://degreewomen.com. You can also check out the Degree Women on Twitter – @DegreeWomen, or on Facebook, too!

Sonoma Soap Company Collection Product Review

I love, love, love the fall and winter months. One of my favorite things to do during this time of the year (aside Sonoma Soap Company product reviewsfrom visiting family and vegging out on the couch next to a cozy fire) is shopping for products that are themed for the season.

This product review features a collection of beauty products brought to you by Sonoma Soap Company. Sonoma is a brand that offers wonderfully fragranced natural products for the body and hair. Each one of their products is made with you and the environment in mind.

For my review, I received not one product, but six from Sonoma that were used over the course of the two weeks (happily). In the box was a bottle of their shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, hand and body lotion, bubble bath, and body gel. Each product was amazing and left me feeling soft, clean, and smelling fresh. I was actually very impressed with the smells, the results, and I would recommend Sonoma Soap Company to all.

Sonoma Soap Company Products:
Sonoma Soap Company Citrus Medley Shampoo Product ReviewCitrus Medley Shampoo – A beautiful aroma of fresh Sonoma citrus grove that will leave you wanting more…. The shampoo has so many wonderfully combined scents of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, green tangerine, spearmint, bucchu, and certified organic extracts; all in this gentle Citrus Medley Shampoo. As well as the ingredients above, each shampoo features nut shell extract, which is a traditional Indian hair remedy that provides added moisturization.
SIZE: 12 oz.
PRICE: $9.95
IDEAL FOR: All hair types

Sonoma Soap Company Natural Daily Conditioner First Crush Product ReviewNatural Daily Conditioner (First Crush) – Amazing results after the first use…. My hair felt so nice, soft, vibrant, and healthy looking. I loved the smell and it blended so nicely with the Citrus Medley Shampoo. Natural Daily Conditioner First Crush savors the 100% natural aroma of freshly crushed certified organic grape seed, red raspberry, and green apple extracts. Each formula is also pH balanced with precision and formulated with a natural vitamin complex to promote shine (and that it does).
SIZE: 12 oz.
PRICE: $9.95
IDEAL FOR: daily use for all hair types

Sonoma Soap Company Foaming Hand Soap Product ReviewSonoma Natural Foaming Hand SoapCitrus Medley foaming hand soap will leave you feeling wowed by the extra softness your hands exhibit. Enjoy the fresh aroma, as with the shampoo, of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, green tangerine, spearmint, bucchu, and certified organic extracts. Each bottle is enriched with therapeutic botanicals and natural aromas reminiscent of Sonoma Valley that will naturally soothe your hands and your senses.
SIZE: 8.4 oz.
PRICE: $8.95
USE: wash slowly; savor the pure fragrance and deep luxury of the orange grove

Sonoma Soap Company product reviewsNow these are just three of the six items I received (also received: Bubble Bath, Lotion, and Bath Gel), but I can assure you that, if tried, it will be loved. I’m just delighted to know that the Sun Harvest here in Corpus sells them (yea!!!). I know that I am going to be purchasing some products in the Citrus Medley and First Crush scents again. I love the way each and every product made my skin, hair, and hands shine. Now, if you’re wondering just what my favorite product out of the whole bunch was, I couldn’t answer you; the reason, I love them all equally. Sorry all — I just can’t see making a choice between any of them. You’ll just have to try them out for yourselves to see.

If you’d like to check out more of what Sonoma Soap Company has to offer, please feel free to visit www.sonomasoapcompany.com. If you’d prefer to purchase your products locally, please visit the Sonoma Soap Company’s store locator page for more details.

Products provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: this review was made possible by Sonoma Soap Company. I was given the opportunity to receive free products in order to give you my straight and honest opinion. Results may vary therefore; I hold no responsibility for those who disagree with my opinions.

Harvest Themed Products: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa

Here’s yet another great harvest themed product worthy of sharing…

Pumpkin pro enzyme mask by The Dragontree - Product ReviewThe Dragontree Holistic Day Spa, out of Portland Oregon, is something to be desired as the products whisk you away to unforeseen territories of sanctuaries unknown. I deem this the perfect harvest themed product for those that crave their “spa time.”

From moisturizers to massage oils and therapy treatments to spa packages, you are sure to find something for that perfect someone this holiday season (or year around). The products may be a little pricy, but if you’ll take a moment to visit The Dragontree, you’ll see why.


Dragontree Day Spa pumpkin pro-enzyme face mask product reviewI received the Livia Pure Skin Care Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Masque… SOLD! My skin is still enjoying the effects and it’s been about seven days since my last application. Let me first say, I have never been one to use specific products when it came to cleaning my face; soap and water was always good enough, but now, well, let’s just say —  I’m spoiled and will not go back to the old soap and water bit again.

The scent is actually the first thing you’ll notice. It’s strong, yet pleasantly breathtaking. I actually had to tell myself to stop sniffing the bottle… I just couldn’t help it. The sweet smell of pumpkins lingered around my nose. Like a cartoon character, I was dragged to the bathroom, led by a string of fragrances pulling me at the nose. I was forced to try it.

Livia Pure Skin Care Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Masque has a retail price of $67.25 (plus applicable taxes and shipping). It has ingredients that will resurface even the most complex skin types and will nourish your skin down to the core; the deep layers of skin where the environment has plagued the vibrant textures that once were.

Pumpkin pro enzyme mask by The Dragontree - Product ReviewI did receive another product and, needless to say, I am thrilled to be recommending this to you. Using this masque has given me something that I hadn’t felt in a long time, long ago when I was younger… back when my skin was young; that vibrant, radiant looking skin I once had!

There are so many other products to choose from at The Dragontree that I can’t even begin to list them all. But the important thing to remember is that the products are well worth the look (and possible purchase).

For more information, visit The Dragontree online at http://thedragontree.com.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: I was gifted with a few product samples, FREE, via The Dragontree for the purpose of this review. My opinions will always be my own and, sometimes, may not be the same as others therefore I claim no responsibility if there are those that disagree. Thank you.

Experience Luxury with Juara Skin Softening Series: Candlenut Body Polish

What a delightful, sensational experience! Juara’s Candlenut Body Polish is a creamy concoction offering a nutty scent that is pleasant to smell. You can find it on a variety of Web sites including Amazon.com.

Consider this product review of Candlenut Body Polish by Juara.I received a 6.75 ounce container for the purposes of reviewing it for lifelovebeauty.com. While you might not agree with my feelings about this product, I am being as honest here as I can. I honestly did not like the scent of this product as I opened it to receive my first whiff. However, something about using it in a warm, steamy shower changed all of that for me.

Consider this product review of Candlenut Body Polish by Juara.As you might already know, fragrances have three notes to them – top, heart, and base. While this product is not a fragrance per se, it did incorporate one into its chemistry. The first note is the one that assails the olfactory senses as it interacts with the human skin. I absolutely fell in love with this heady, nutty scent as I began to gently scrub my body with this Candlenut Body Polish.

This is a product review of Juara's Candlenut Body Polish.As the top note dissipated, the heart note began to garner my attention, making me absolutely fall in love with it. The base note remained on my skin throughout the day, creating a pleasant reminder of this spa-like experience.

The body polish feels a bit gritty as most do when I first apply it to the skin. However, as I gently rubbed it on using a circular motion, the grittiness became intertwined with a silky-soft feel.

One of the most pleasant aspects of Juara’s Candlenut Body Polish that I enjoyed is the feeling my skin enjoyed directly after continuing all through my day. My skin actually felt alive. Yes, I know this sounds silly, but my skin felt refreshed and invigorated.

The clean, nutty scent of the body polish clung to my skin, which felt soft and silky from the very first time that I used this product. Perhaps this is so because it is winter and my skin has been rather dry. Product provided free to writer for reviewHowever, I believe that I am so pleased with the results that I am going to continue using this delightful gift from the beauty goddesses. I feel like I am in beauty heaven!

Product Review: Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel and Lotion

Try citrusy, orangey Skinsational Citrus Shower Gel.California Citrus Shower Gel and California Citrus Lotion by Skinsational both offer a truly invigorating experience for your senses. The fresh and juicy citrus fragrance makes both of these potions for your body refreshing and revitalizing. The lingering fragrance of these beauty products is enough of a reason to give them a shot.

Skinsational logo of citrus productsThe fragrance of the Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel is as potent as you’d hope, and it lingers nicely in your bathroom after your shower. This beauty product is worth the higher price tag for the scent alone, as my husband instantly noticed it after getting home from work. He liked the orangey fragrance a lot and thought I had been burning a candle or recently used a fragrant bath bomb like those offered by LUSH. To his surprise, it was very simply the lingering effects of my shower gel!


Try citrusy, orangey Skinsational Citrus Shower Gel.It did not take me long to use up an entire 8 oz bottle of the Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel. I tried to savor it and stretch out its use, but it was just too nice a scent for the spring, summer, and fall. The truth is you will also enjoy this refreshing citrus scent in the winter as a way to bring you back to warmer days. It’s just lovely. The shower gel produces a great lather that does not disappoint.

Try citrusy, orangey Skinsational Citrus Shower Gel.As for the 8 oz bottle of Skinsational California Citrus Lotion I received, I am still enjoying the effects day by day. The rich lotion is pure white with a slightly thick and emollient texture. The lotion rubs into your skin easily and delivers a beautiful lingering citrusy fragrance. After using the California Citrus Lotion twice within just a few minutes, my hands did feel somewhat greasy, but that goes away in time. I do feel the need to reapply here and there, but part of that could be due to my overly dry winter skin.

Both products feature a pump style dispenser and enough shower gel or lotion to last you a few months, in most cases. The fragrance is highly desirable and both these beauty products include botanical extracts and vitamins. All in all, I am very happy with both Skinsational California Citrus products and I would recommend them.

Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel and California Citrus Lotion are available at Skinsational Day Spa in Carlsbad, California or online at http://skinsationalspa.com/store. Skinsational California Citrus Shower Gel retails for $17.00 and California Citrus Lotion retails for $16.50.

Product provided free to writer for reviewFor more information about the California Citrus Shower Gel and Lotion products or Skinsational Day Spa, please visit www.skinsationalspa.com.

Winter Skin Remedy – Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion Product Review

Try Skin MD Natural lotion on dry winter skin for refreshing hydration to your skin.Dry winter skin plagues most of us from time to time. When the weather gets colder, our skin may become scaly, chapped, rough, or even chalky looking. A good lotion or skin cream should be able to repair dry and dehydrated skin, but usually the toughest part is finding a suitable lotion or cream to do the job. Thankfully, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion manages to hydrate winter skin with a combination of healing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Chamomile.

I tend to get pretty noticeable dry winter skin in the coldest months of each year. I hate the rough feeling of the skin on my hands and I especially dislike the general winter skin feeling. I was delighted to receive a sample of Skin MD Natural to try this winter. My hands are the worst offenders in the realm of dry winter skin. Lucky for me Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion deeply hydrates skin and works to soothe and heal dry winter skin.

One of the first things I noticed about Skin MD Natural besides its convenient bottle shape and size and the subtle and pleasant fragrance of the lotion happened to be how quickly it absorbed into my skin. When dispensing and first applying, the lotion felt very much water-based (it does contain purified water as the first ingredient!), so I was not sure how long the effects would last. To my surprise and delight, I noticed I was applying the lotion less frequently than the fragrant Bath & Body Works counterparts.

While I probably applied Skin MD Natural about three or four times the very first day, I’ve noticed less of a need to apply frequently after a few weeks of use. In fact, I may have even gone a day without needing to apply the skin cream at all. Sometimes I apply it more simply because I like it and I appreciate how effective it is, but not necessarily because my hands still need it.

Skin MD Natural works to combat dry winter skin with natural ingredients.I would say of all the skin creams I’ve tried, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion and the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream have been the most effective. Both quickly get to the root of the problem with dry winter skin. What I like better about Skin MD Natural, though, is that it does not leave your hands feeling greasy like the Norwegian Formula does. Way to go, Skin MD Natural!

“Most lotions just add moisture to the top of the skin using either lanolin or petroleum,” explains Carlo Verde, a representative for Skin MD Natural and the company 21st Century Formulations in Beverly Hills. “These are fine in the short run but they easily become ineffective after they have dried. Over time, the body can become dependent on artificial moisturizers, leaving the skin less able to handle stress and cracking. I remember many years ago when I first tried Chapstick. It was great. But since then I’ve always carried a lip balm with me. My lips had become so accustomed to the artificial moisture that they stopped producing their own natural oils.

“Our solution is simple,” Verde says. “Protect the outer layer of the skin so that moisture is retained and irritants are blocked out. This way the skin is able to keep its natural oils. Our lotion forms a breathable barrier over the stratum corneum, giving it the protection it needs to shield against pollutants and irritants in the environment.”

As far as I am concerned, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion is a must-have for combating winter skin and hydrating your hands, face, and body. The product absorbs quickly, it leaves skin soft and smooth for a long time, and it produces results quickly and effortlessly. The lotion is also used and prescribed by dermatologists.

Perhaps most importantly of all, Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion does not test on animals or contain any animal products. It is free from fragrances, colorants, and parabens, and the product is also hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested.

Skin MD Natural retails for $18 online or $25 for the version of the product containing SPF 15. For more information, see www.skinMDnatural.com.

Skin MD Natural is hosting a Valentine’s Day giveaway
Deadline to enter is Monday Feb 8th

Winner will have 24 hours to contact us with their mailing information after notification.

For contest entry your visit the link below and enter your name and email address: http://www.skinmdnatural.com/forms/valentines-giveaway.php.

The gift basket is valued at $100 and contains the following items:

– Bottle of Skin MD Natural shielding lotion
– Bottle of Skin MD Natural + SPF 15 shielding lotion
– One pound of See’s dark assorted chocolates
– Pack of Starbucks VIA Ready brew coffee pouches
– Kiss Me coffee mug
– A Cuddly teddy bear
– Lollipop Bouquet

Anti-Aging Strategies and Skincare Tips for Women (and Men!) of All Ages

Consider these skincare tips for all ages, from your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.While certain years of your life may call for more anti-aging strategies and better wrinkle prevention than others, it’s always a good idea to take care of your skin as best you can. Even in your twenties you can begin anti aging skin care strategies to help delay the onset of age spots, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Remember to take good care of your skin by protecting it from the sun and you should also help to improve the condition of your skin later in life, with or without anti aging skincare strategies.

Certain anti aging strategies may really be able to help you keep your skin looking younger and more radiant while others may simply be wishful thinking or a well-packaged marketing scheme. If you have concerns about the aging process of your own skin, be sure to speak to your doctor or see a dermatologist for skincare advice and possible anti aging skincare strategies that may work well for your skin.

Anti-Aging Strategies and Skincare Tips for Women in their 20s (and up)
Even though you are still young, try these skincare tips in your 20s.Women in their 20s can still take steps toward keeping their skin look younger longer. A lot of times prevention is the best medicine, so keeping skin from suffering damage in your younger years can take years off the condition of your skin later in life.

“Sunscreen in the morning and Retin-A at night are like brushing teeth for the skin,” says Sandra Witten, PA-C of Park Cities Dermatology in Dallas. “This simple regimen, along with gentle soap and moisturizer when needed, dramatically reduces the aging process and even decreases fine lines and wrinkles.”

Anti-Aging Strategies and Youthful Skincare Tips for Women in their 30s
Women in their 30s should start to take steps toward preserving the youthfulness of their skin, if they haven’t already. While many skincare problems due to aging may not be in full force just yet, it is important to prevent them whenever possible.

Skincare Problems for Women in their 30s
Skincare tips and tricks for your 30s can help give you more radiant skin.According to New York surgeon Dr. Todd B Schaeffer, women in their 30s begin to experience skin discoloration and facial blemishes due to time spent sun bathing in their youth.

Skincare Product Recommendations for Women in their 30s
Dr. Schaeffer recommends: SkinMedica Ceramide Treatment Cream, “which is so important post laser, micro, or chemical peel for restoring skin’s natural moisture back to the skin… also, Ultimate Daily Moisturizer with 20+ SPF or Environmental Defense Moisturizer 30+ SPF.”

Cosmetic Procedures for Women in their 30s
To treat the skin discoloration and facial blemishes caused by sunbathing, Dr. Schaeffer recommends a Laser photofacial,  microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical peels as cosmetic anti-aging treatments for women in their 30s.

Anti-Aging Strategies and Youthful Skincare Tips for Women in their 40s and 50s…


Product Review: Jergens Lotion in Original Cherry Almond Scent

Is it fair to review a product I’ve loved all my life? Sure, why not. I absolutely adore Jergens Cherry Almond lotions and moisturizers – and I loved the hand soaps whenever my mom would buy them as I was growing up. I recently received a bottle of Jergens lotion to try in Original Cherry Almond Scent, and boy did it bring back those memories!


I applied the lotion tonight right out of the shower before I threw on my worse-for-wear, broken-in jeans. Can you blame me for loving the comfortable and familiar? I enjoyed the pleasant scent of the Jergens lotion and my legs thanked me for dousing them generously during this bitter wintertime.

The bottle of lotion is sleek and slender, making it a good fit for your travel bag, gym bag, diaper bag, backpack, or oversized purse. The flip-top lid keeps the lotion safe inside the bottle, yet easily available for dispensing.

After just one use, my legs feel truly hydrated. My hands are awfully dry this winter, so perhaps it isn’t fair for them to make a judgment just yet. If I had to decide right now, I’d say it’s only been five minutes and my thumbs and fingertips are already parched for more lotion as I sit here typing. Perhaps I’d better reassess after a few more uses.

In using Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond Moisturizer on my hands over the course of a few days, I’ve noticed that my driest skin does crave more applications of lotion than the rest of my skin. I get the feeling that the lotion doesn’t moisturize beyond the initial few layers of skin. It’s great for a quick fix, but I don’t think it will solve your dry skin problems over time. Still, the fragrance of cherry and almond is extremely pleasant and I would recommend this lotion if your skin isn’t in need of total hydration.

Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond Moisturizer is available for sale at mass retailers, grocery stores, and drugstores, as well as online at Amazon.com. You can purchase the lotion in 10 oz., 12.5 oz., 21 oz., and 32 oz. sizes, all for less than $10.