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What parts of your body are most susceptible to skin cancer?


According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States since one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. If you live to age 65, you’ll have a 40-50% chance of developing skin cancer at least once.

Since about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, I thought I’d share this infographic from Vitals  about what  parts of your body are most susceptible to skin cancer.

How do you protect your skin from the sun?

Putting your best face forward with Clearasil PerfectaWash

clearasilI'm a big believer in making skin care part of my kids’ daily personal care routine, along with brushing their teeth and bathing. Since the time they were babies, my kids have used sunscreen and moisturizer for their dry skin and eczema. Now that Nathan is almost 13, it’s time to include another skin care step to his routine – an acne face wash. I’ve noticed that he’s starting to get a few pimples. It’s not that serious yet – just a few whiteheads. So, I was excited to have him test the new Clearasil® PerfectaWash.

PerfectaWash appeals to teens

Clearasil’s new face wash comes in an automatic dispenser, which I knew Nathan would like. He agreed and thought that the dispenser was really cool, even if it was a little slow dispensing the face wash.  (Patience, grasshopper!)

Nathan liked the smell and felt using the product made his skin look good – when he remembered to use it that is. He felt if he could use PerfectaWash it in the shower, instead of using it at the sink, he would use it more regularly. (Feel free to use that suggestion, Clearasil!)


Why moms like Clearasil PerfectaWash

My biggest concern was that PerfectaWash was going to be too harsh and drying  since Nathan’s skin is very sensitive. So I was glad that the wash only contain a 2% salicylic acid solution, which is less than some of the acne products I use on my skin. (Yes, at 47 I still get breakouts.) Nathan didn’t have any negative reactions to the product. In fact, it did improve his skin’s appearance and give him that “freshly scrubbed look,” which was a nice change from his usual messy boy countenance.

I also liked that the dispenser gave a perfect dose of facial wash, so Nathan would know how much to use and there wouldn’t be any waste. It’s also a very reasonably priced product. Clearasil PerfectaWash is available nationwide at Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Amazon.com for $19.99. Each starter kit contains a PerfectaWash dispenser, two refills (100 doses each) and three batteries. Additional refills are $8.99 each. That’s pretty comparable with other acne wash products.

To save even more, you can get a buy one, get one coupon on the Clearasil Facebook page – a great deal if you have a couple of teenagers or mom or dad has some acne issues, too. (While you’re on Clearasil’s Facebook page, check out the chances to win VIP tickets to the Clearasil Six Flags Summer Concert Series and tickets to Lollapalooza Music Festival, too.)

I’ll be printing out a coupon and stocking up, for sure!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Clearasil. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Finishing up my Meaningful Beauty journey

Meaningful Beauty

It’s been a month since I started using Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty five-step skin care treatment. In case you didn’t read my first Meaningful Beauty skin care post, I was given the following skin care products to try:

  • Skin Softening Cleanser
  • Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 UVA/UVB
  • Firming Chest and Neck Crème
  • Lifting Eye Crème
  • Creme de Serum
  • Travel Size Glowing Serum (extra gift)
  • Glycolic Treatment Pads (extra gift)

While I can say I really like the Meaningful Beauty skin care system, I didn’t see any miracles either. Not that I was expecting any. I already take good care of my skin, and have to give thanks to my mom for teaching me to do so. She worked for Elizabeth Arden in the ‘50s and ‘60s and Mary Kay in the ‘70s and showed me how important it is to have a good skin care routine. Also, my dad was always concerned about skin cancer and made sure I always used sun block, which I do to this day. Plus, I inherited my mom’s terrific skin and like her, I look younger than I really am.

Not that my skin’s so perfect that it can’t be improved. But it would take some drastic measures, like Botox, to remove the few lines (mostly around my mouth and between my eyebrows) that I’m self-conscious about. Also, I think it’s time to get a professional facial to get some clogged pores cleaned up. There’s only so much you can do at home.

The benefits of using the Meaningful Beauty skin care system

  • It’s a very easy skin care system to use. While there are several products to use in the morning, you can go through your routine quickly.
  • I really like the Skin Softening Cleanser. It removed makeup and oils well, and didn’t leave my skin feeling too dry.
  • I had some major breakouts due to stress in the past few weeks. While Meaningful Beauty didn’t prevent pimples, I noticed that my skin cleared up much more quickly than usual – sometimes in a day or two! Also, it was easy to use an acne flare up product with the Meaningful Beauty skin care routine.
  • I like that the day crème has SPF 20.
  • I love that a chest and neck crème are included as those areas are neglected by other skin care lines.
  • My skin seems better moisturized.
  • Price wise, the Meaningful Beauty skin care system is  reasonable – $40 for a 30-day supply (including free shipping
  • It has a 60-day guarantee.

Some suggested improvements to the skin care line

  • I’d like to see a night cream added to the regular skin care routine. I think a night time moisturizing treatment is very beneficial. Plus, it’s a nice treat after a long, stressful day.
  • I’d also like to see a lip treatment added. No point having great looking skin if your lips are peeling and cracked.
  • Please add a hand treatment. My mom always says you can tell a woman’s true age by looking at her neck and hands. Well, I must be 90 because my hands look awful.

I was pleasantly surprised I liked Meaningful Beauty as much as I did. I wasn’t expecting much and feel that the skin care product line did a good job keeping my skin clean, moisturized and protected from the sun. All in all, I recommend checking out Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skin care routine yourself!

What skin care products do you use?

Disclosure; I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Starting off on my Meaningful Beauty journey

meaningful beauty skin care line Last week I wrote about skin care products for the winter that I love. While I have favorites, I’m not very loyal when it comes to beauty systems. I feel that after using something on your face for six months to a year, it stops working and you need to change product lines.

That’s why I was interested in trying out Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty anti-aging skin care line as what I was using wasn’t improving my skin, just maintaining it. I wanted something that would work on softening some of the lines I started to see around my mouth and between my eyebrows. I also wanted to find something that was moisturizing but wouldn’t make me break out like the last skin care line I experimented with or that would irritate my skin like the line I tried before that.

Trying out a little Meaningful Beauty

If you’ve seen a picture of Cindy Crawford lately, she looks just as fantastic as she did 10, 15, even 20 years ago. Cindy’s secret is that she’s been working with French anti-aging specialist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh and following “Age Maintenance” approach to skin care. Cindy and Dr. Sebagh have partnered to bring his anti-aging skin care formulas to women everywhere.

I was given the following Meaningful Beauty products to try:

  • Skin Softening Cleanser
  • Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 UVA/UVB
  • Firming Chest and Neck Crème
  • Lifting Eye Crème
  • Creme de Serum
  • Travel Size Glowing Serum (extra gift)
  • Glycolic Treatment Pads (extra gift)

I was also given a kit to give to someone meaningful in my life, my friend Merrie. It was nice being able to treat her to something she wouldn’t normally buy for herself.

Please note: the two kits that are available online here are somewhat different from what I was given to review.

One week’s findings

So far, I like the Meaningful Beauty anti-aging skin care products. They don’t make me break out or irritate my skin. I also like that the line contains a cream with SPF 15 for your décolletage area as most skin care lines neglect that area. Almost all the products with the exception of the cleanser can be taken in your carry on luggage, too. Finally, I liked that the system came with a water resistant card that explained the day and night skin care routine, so you could keep it next to the bathroom sink until you had the routine down.

The products smell just OK, not great but not awful either. I wish a night cream was included in what I got as I love a good night cream. The glycolic treatment pads are a bit harsh and burn my skin a little, so I only use them once a week.

Have I noticed any changes? Well, my skin seems better moisturized and glows a bit. It’s also not as greasy in my T-zone area at the end of the day. If I do get a pimple, it heals more quickly than before.

Price wise, Meaningful Beauty is very reasonable – about what you’d pay for a similar line at a drugstore. However, I think the quality is better, especially the Creme de Serum and the Glowing Serum products. I’ve paid $40-60 for similar serum products from Mary Kay and Arbonne. Considering that the whole line costs $40 for a 30-day supply (including free shipping), it’s a bargain. Also, since it has a 60-day guarantee, it’s worth trying out yourself.

What anti-aging skin care products do you use?

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Resolve to protect your skin this winter #CleverBeauty #spon


Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit discoverbeautywithin.com.

If you have one beauty resolution this winter, it should be to protect your skin and your family’s skin from winter weather. Not only is it cold, but the air is drier due to indoor heating. That means you need to keep your scalp, skin and hair hydrated to look and feel good. You don’t have to spend a fortune either as many products available at drugstores like Walgreens will do the trick.

Here are some of my family’s favorite scalp, hair and skin care products from head to toe:

  • On my hair I like to use a deep conditioner like Garnier Fructis 3-Minute Undo Triple Nutrition Dryness Reversal Hair Treatment once a week. I also use Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Strong Smoothing Milk to keep the frizzies and static electricity at bay.
  • My son’s scalp gets super dry during the winter. Regular dandruff shampoo wasn’t cutting it, so now he’s using Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo. It smells medicinal, but it works. Plus, my dermatologist recommended it.
  • For the daytime, I use a moisturizer with 28 SPF. My favorite is another Garnier product - Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion. If you’re going outside even for a little while, you MUST wear sunscreen. Yes, even in the winter.
  • Make sure your kids should use sunscreen if they’re playing outside especially when they’re skating, sledding or skiing as the ice and snow are very reflective.
  • At night, I like to use Alba Botanica Advanced Sea Plus Renewal Cream. It’s creamy, but not gooey and a good value at around $14-15. Many natural moisturizers are twice as much.
  • For lips I have two favorites - Aquaphor Lip Repair during the day and Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy White Petrolatum Lip Protectant at night. My lips crack and peel like crazy and both products work very well in healing my split lips. My kids like using them, too.
  • For the body I don’t have a particular favorite and usually use something fancy my family has given me as a present for my birthday or over Christmas. For my kids, when they were babies I used Eucerin Original Moisturizing Creme in the big tubs. That’s what my doctor recommended and I’ve stuck by that brand for a long time. Both my kids feel that the stuff in the tub is too greasy for them now and they prefer Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion instead. My husband likes using the thick stuff from the tub for his cracked feet.
  • For hands I use Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme. My skin on my hands seem to shrink from the cold weather and they literally hurt. Keeping them moisturized frequently helps.
  • Burt’s Bees has two wonderful foot creams - Burt's Bees Honey & Bilberry Foot Creme Honey & Bilberry and Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme Coconut. These are best used at night since they’re thick and greasy. Apply the cream then put on light cotton socks. If you have cotton gloves, use either as an intensive, overnight hand cream.

All of these terrific and effective products are under $16 at places like Walgreens. If you shop the sales and use coupons, you can pay even less. So don’t use cost as an excuse not to protect your skin – and your family’s skin – from the ravages of winter weather.

BeautyMint: customizing skin care one client at a time

beatymintThis is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BeautyMint. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m always on the lookout for skin care products that fit my individual needs. Unfortunately, my skin care needs are always changing. Even though I’m of an age where lines and sun damage are of a concern, I still get the occasional pimple. So it’s frustrating to buy skin care products for “older skin” that make me break out like a teenager or cause an eczema flare. This recently happened to me and I had to toss two products in the trash. I hate wasting money that way!

That’s why I wanted to learn about BeautyMint, which is founded on the concept that women have different skin care issues and goals, and want products tailored to their individual needs. BeautyMint takes a personal approach with an online skin care consultation that helps them match your specific problems with their targeted solutions.

Jessica Simpson is the face of BeautyMint along with celebrity skin care expert Nerida Joy. Together, they’ve made BeautyMint’s personalized line accessible and affordable to everyone.

Taking the BeautyMint online skin consultation

The BeautyMint experience begins with a simple online consultation based on an 18 question skin care analysis quiz Nerida performs on her own clients. With key information supplied by you, Nerida recommends a customized BeautyMint system of skin care products that’ll deliver the best results. The systems are configured using Nerida’s professional methodology to address signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, diminished firmness, uneven skin tone, or a combination of concerns depending on your individual needs.

My suggested 4-Piece System was:

  • Essential Cleanser
  • Ultra Replenishing Serum
  • Strengthening Hydrator with SPF 15
  • Renewing Moisturizer

All this costs $39.95 plus $4.95 S/H or $44.95. However, for $49.99, I could get the Advanced 5-Piece System, which includes a Sculpting Treatment with Peptides. Both skin care systems are very affordable even and cheaper than the drugstore skin care products I usually buy. Heck, the cleanser and night cream I just tossed cost over $40!

Check out BeautyMint’s ingredients

I like that BeautyMint formulas contain botanicals and ingredients such as:

  • Marine collagen
  • Elastin
  • Peptides
  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Cucumber extract
  • Acai fruit
  • Mulberry extract
  • Green tea
  • Shea butter

Their website features detailed ingredient lists of each of their products. So if you have skin allergies or sensitivities, you can check the products out before ordering. And, if you're not 100% satisfied with your BeautyMint system, simply return all your products – even if they're empty – within 30 days for a full refund (minus shipping and handling).

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Protect your family from sunburn this summer with Neutrogena Wet Skin sunblock spray

Neutogena Wet Skin Sunblock Like me, my son Nathan is very sensitive to the sun. While the rest of the family tans (and my spots and freckles get darker) he breaks out in “sun blisters” all over his nose and cheeks. It’s a big problem now that summer is here and he’s outside playing, golfing, or going fishing with his dad.

When he’s at Y-camp, the counselors have all the kids apply sunscreen every three hours, since that’s the law here in Colorado for daycare providers. Pretty smart since we’re a mile closer to the sun than you folks who live at sea level.

Nathan’s usually pretty good about applying sunscreen, especially after we told him about a friend of ours who developed skin cancer. However, he’ll refuse to use sunscreen if it burns his skin. That’s why I bought buy him Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+ for his face. It doesn’t bother him, especially when he gets the cute female camp counselors to help him apply it.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock

Neutrogena has been a brand I’ve trusted for my personal sunscreen needs for years. I usually use the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock or the Age Shield depending what’s on sale.

But now there’s a new  line of Neutrogena sunscreen products that I’m excited to share with you – Wet Skin Sunblock. This product is perfect for anyone who  lives in a humid climate, loves to swim, or gets sweaty playing sports.

When applied to wet or damp skin, other types of sunblocks usually whiten, slide off your skin, and create a slimy mess. Instead, Neutrogena’ new Wet Skin Sunblock gives you full strength sun protection even when applied on wet skin. That means no more toweling off before applying more sunscreen. Instead, it cuts through water, creating a broad spectrum protective barrier with every application.

Wet Skin is hypoallergenic for my son’s sensitive skin, and I’ve had no complaints that it’s burning his skin. Also, to my kids delight, it’s a spray on sunscreen, so they really love using it.

You can save $2 on all Neutrogena sunscreen products! Just click here to check out all their sunscreen products and to take advantage of the savings.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Neutrogena and received sunscreen and other Neutrogena products as a thank you for my participation.

Healthy body, healthy skin – two great skin lotions to try

j0255371 Yes, you’re eating healthy and exercising, but your skin is dry and cracked, you may be itchy from eczema, and you’re starting to notice signs of sun damage.

What can you do? Read my posts:

And get some good advice on two superb lotions for hands, body and face that really do work.