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How To Winterize Your Beauty Routine.

Hope you had a lovely weekend! Cold winter weather can have damaging and negative effects on skin, making it important to “winterize” your regular beauty routine to avoid dry, chapped, flaky skin. Author, blogger and “DIY” beauty expert Erika Katz (author of Bonding Over Beauty -more information on Erika below) would like to share with you her favorite beauty tips for gorgeous winter weather skin. Here they are, below!

  • Exfoliate skin once per week with an exfoliating sugar scrub. Click here to see how to make it. For dry hands, rub a rich moisturizer all over (Erika recommends Shea Butter creams) then wrap your hands in a warm wet wash cloth. The heat will help hands retain the moisture. You can also wear gloves. This is great when you are watching TV.
  • Before bed, use a rich night cream with an oil base. In the winter we need creams with oil not water. Water freezes on the skin and does not give it the proper moisture. Each day after the shower before skin is dry, rub baby oil all over your body to seal in moisture.
  • For feet, rub moisturizer on dry feet, then put on warm sock. You can warm your socks in the dryer or microwave.
  • For chapped lips, brush lips with a toothbrush to remove dead skin. Then, rub lips with vitamin e oil. If you have A&D ointment left over from the baby, which is actually great for chapped lips too.

Introducing: NEOSPORIN Essentials

My kids all suffer from sensitive skin, and I am always looking for products to help combat their dry, itchy skin. I love the new NEOSPORIN Essentials kit, the 3 pieces work together to get my kids skin soft, smooth and itch free.

The Daily Wash is so gentle and helps cure those post bathing itches. I follow up  bath time with the Daily Moisturizing cream and within days, most of the little dry patches my youngest had are gone. For the occasional extra dry patch I use the Anti-Itch cream it keeps them from scratching and creating a bigger problem. 

NEOSPORIN Essentials

As you may know, eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash. Over 35 million Americans, both children and adults, suffer from eczema. The prevalence of eczema has increased nearly 400% over the past 30 years and is projected to continue to increase due to environmental and other factors such as stress.

Despite its prevalence, finding an effective solution that truly treats and heals eczema-prone skin is a common frustration of sufferers. This is particularly difficult because eczema not only causes physical discomfort, but can also be emotionally draining as it impacts every aspect of life – what you wear, what temperature your room should be, etc.

To help eczema sufferers regain healthier looking skin, NEOSPORIN®—the trusted brand that’s been healing and restoring compromised skin for over 50 years—is introducing NEOSPORIN® Essentials™, a skincare line designed for people with eczema. To create this product line, the brand conducted extensive research and clinical studies to better understand how eczema works and how it can be treated. As a result of these efforts, the Daily Moisturizing Cream has been proven to restore visibly healthier skin in three days.

For more information, please visit www.neosporinessentials.com.

Each product in the line has a unique RELIPID™ formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain moisture that is essential for healthy looking skin.

NEOSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS™ Daily Moisturizing Cream:
Clinically shown to restore visibly healthier skin in 3 days Goes beyond ordinary daily lotions to relieve dryness, itch and irritation due to eczema while also helping to strengthen and restore the skin’s natural barrier function Clinically shown to relieve itchy skin due to eczema on contact Shown in a clinical study to be as effective as the leading prescription* (*vs. the leading barrier emulsion in subjects with mild to moderate eczema with twice daily (or as needed) use.) Contains colloidal oatmeal, a skin protectant that helps relieve dryness, itch and irritation due to eczema Gentle enough for daily use by the whole family.

NEOSPORIN® MOISTURE ESSENTIALS™ Daily Body Wash:
Proven gentle and non-irritating even on eczema-prone skin Effectively cleanses even the most dry, sensitive skin Contains gentle moisturizers for non-drying cleansing Gentle enough for daily use by the whole family.

NEOSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS™ Anti-Itch Cream:
Contains a dual-action formula to provide fast relief of itch flare-ups due to eczema while it moisturizes to restore visibly healthier skin Clinically shown to improve dryness, flaking and the appearance of redness Contains hydrocortisone
NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ products are now available in the First Aid aisles of food, drug and mass market retailers.

 

Disclosure: MHU was sent product samples to review, all opinions are 100% our own and honest.

Dish with Ivory Spokesperson Melissa McCarthy!

Oscar Nominee and Emmy® Winner Melissa McCarthy Cleans Up During Award Season and Brings Her Award-Winning Humor Back to Ivory’s Facebook Community “The Soap Dish”

What:
Ivory brand spokesperson and Oscar nominee, Melissa McCarthy is returning to host Ivory’s Facebook community, “The Soap Dish” this Friday, Feb. 17, where she will engage with women and dish about life’s simple truths. Just in time for award season, McCarthy will be interacting with Ivory’s Facebook fans and dishing about everyday topics ranging from motherhood, marriage and meatloaf to much more (samples below).

“I grew up using Ivory and that smell always reminds me of when I was a kid.” McCarthy said.
“As a working mom of two, I love anything that simplifies my life. So when one bar of soap can handle backyard dirt, spaghetti hands, and the unidentified crusty bits under my girls’ necks – I’m in.”

To visit Ivory’s “The Soap Dish” forum and dish with Melissa McCarthy and other moms on what complicates their lives, consumers can visit Ivory’s Facebook fanpage at: www.facebook.com/ivory.

Quotes:
Q. What’s your simple solution for a clean house?
A. Ben and I call it the “Magic Bag” – we just shove everything in a big paper bag and pretend it disappeared.

Q. Who is your all time favorite movie/TV mom?
A. The mom from Good Times. Esther Rolle.

Q. If you had the chance to join any reality show, which would it be?
A. I’m pretty much dying to ride shot-gun with Guy Fieri and sample roadside diners along Hwy 55.

Q. What’s your shower song?
A. I’ve convinced myself I sound just like Adele. I shared this with my husband who had no comment.

Q. What’s the quirkiest thing you have in your purse/diaper bag at all times?
A. I don’t know why but I always have their dirty socks in my purse.

Assets:
Photos: Celebrity and Product photos
Content: Melissa McCarthy “Soap Dish” Questions and Answers/Quotes

When:
Feb. 17 – April 13

Where:
www.facebook.com/Ivory


Tips For A Perfect Ponytail from Ouidad’s Morgan Willhite.

Runway Beauty Trend Ponytails Tail Tips from Ouidad Creative Director, Morgan Willhite

Always a constant in a woman’s hair repertoire, it now seems the ponytail is more of a hot trend than staple look. Curl driven, soft and wavy ponytails were spotted on a plethora of runways at New York Fashion Week over the last few days. From the looped and tucked tails at Carolina Herrera to the embellished ponytail twists at Derek Lam, locks in favor of ponytails were clearly polished, playful, setting the stage for hair trends in 2012. Morgan Willhite, Creative Director at Ouidad offers her expertise to replicate these runway inspired ponytails for curly girls nationwide.

“The best part about ponytails is that they are low maintenance yet they look high fashion. Although they are a great option for most hair types, they are especially attractive on curly hair,” says Willhite. Ponytails can be fun or sophisticated and the only requirement is that your hair is at least medium length. “All you need is a touch of the Ouidad Clear Control pomade, a few sprays of the new Frizz and Fly Away Fighter and a hair elastic to make this trend work for you,” says Willhite.

Morgan’s Tail Tips

  • Brush your hair with a comb or the Ouidad Double Detangler ($24 at Ouidad.com) and apply the Ouidad Climate Control Gel ($22 at Ouidad.com) throughout the hair to reduce frizz
  • Put an elastic band around your right wrist and hold your hair in your left hand; with your right hand brush the hair back smoothly; curly hair tends to be dry, so spray a bit of water to keep it damp as you work
  • Open the hand holding the hair as you brush the hair through; smooth out the front adding Ouidad Climate Control Gel to control curls
  • Use your left hand to slide the elastic off your right wrist and onto the base of the ponytail
  • Let some curls escape the ponytail for a romantic look
  • Try a loose ponytail if you have thick curly hair
  • Apply the new Ouidad Frizz and Flyaway Fighter ($22 at Ouidad.com) to the finished look to help reduce frizz and keep the flyaways tamed