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A 3-Step Shower Treatment for Better Underarms‏!

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Warmer temps call for sleeveless shirts and swimsuits, exposing an area of the body that receives very little attention: Armpits! The mindless daily shave and quick roll of deodorant steal 50 percent of moisture from skin and wreak havoc on underarm’s delicate pH balance, causing problems like dryness, redness, bumps and itchiness. Constant irritation also exacerbates hyperpigmentation, which is one cause of darkened armpits.

Fortunately, pits aren’t picky. Spending just 60 seconds on this easy, three-step routine from Sebamed can keep underarm’s pH in check for a worry-free, comfortable day:

  •   Gently Cleanse with a Soap-Free Wash: Using your hands or a gentle microfiber cloth, cleanse the underarms with an ultra-mild wash like Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash. The soap-free formula deep cleanses while naturally conditioning and restoring skin to the ideal pH 5.5, and using your hands or a soft cloth instead of a loofah helps protect skin’s delicate barrier. ($19.95 for 400mL, SebamedUSA.com)
  •  Consciously Rinse and Pat Dry: Most of us forget to completely rinse and dry this area, causing water and cleansing residue to linger under the arms for unwanted itchiness. Instead of rubbing harshly with a towel, gently pat skin dry, which is much less abrasive.
  • Swipe on Sensitive Skin Deodorant: Many deodorants are based on harsh chemicals. Look for one made with balsam, a common hydrating oil that’s plant derived and soothing on sensitive skin. Apply one thin, even layer to the full area of the armpit (about a three-inch circle) using a gentle, single up-and-down swipe.

Perfect for summer! $19.95

A 3-Step Shower Treatment for Better Underarms‏

WARNING FOR PARENTS! Consumer Reports telling parents to NOT USE spray-on sunscreen!

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An important alert this afternoon for parents!

According to a new report, spray-on sunscreens can put your child at risk for asthma or allergy attacks! Consumer Reports released the news after the Food and Drug Administration announced in 2011 that they are studying the product as to whether or not it can be harmful when inhaled by children. The FDA is still undecided.

“We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” Consumer Reports says. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.”

CR cautions only to use sprays on children if no other product is available at the time. If that is the case, CR recommends adults spray the sunscreen onto their hands and then rub it on their kids, avoiding the eyes and mouth.

However, some folks think the spray-on sunscreens have benefits. Spence Crimmins of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., protects his 8-year-old with spray-on sunscreen because it “goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a thick residue.” His son, Ryan Crimmins, likes the spray because it doesn’t take long to apply, leaving more time for water activities.

“It’s just quick and easy and it’s really smooth and it doesn’t hurt my skin,” Crimmins said.

Dr. Sunil Joshi, a family asthma and allergy specialist, says spray-on sunscreens and all aerosol products should never be used on kids with respiratory symptoms. Joshi says the sprays can trigger allergy or asthma attacks.

“If there is a child who tends to cough or wheeze or gets head colds and now you are spraying in their face, they are very likely to have those same symptoms and that can persist for hours at a time,” Joshi said. He recommends sunscreens without scents and hypo-allergenic lotions.

Crimmins says despite the warning from Consumer Reports, he will continue using sprays on his children.

“It doesn’t persuade me because this is my youngest and we’ve used it since he was little and we have a 21-year-old and they are both doing just fine,” Crimmins said. When WTLV-TV polled 10 families in Jacksonville Beach, the station found 7 out of 10 parents use spray-on sunscreens for their youngsters.

Good to know! I will use lotions from now on!

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Bug Sprays – that DON’T STINK!!

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It’s that time of year again! Camping, swimming, hanging out on the beach. Who doesn’t love sitting by the pool and laying out – or sitting by the fire after a day of camping – and roasting marshmallows? We all love it, no? You know what I DON’T LOVE? Dealing with mosquito’s! Seems like mosquito’s and camping go hand in hand. Each year as I’m packing for my trips I have to stock up on bug spray, and I hate freaking bug spray. It smells awful, feels awful, and I find it a necessary evil. Don’t we all?

You know I swear Oregon has kamikaze mosquito’s that will bite THROUGH your clothes.

Anyway, this summer there’s no need to suffer! I’ll be stocking up on these bad boys as soon as I get off here! Several companies have come out with good, clean smelling bug sprays! Where have you been all my life!

ABOVE: This bug spray repels insects without clogging pores with harsh dyes, petrochemicals and pesticides. $12.99, Bedbathandbeyond.com

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Dab on the serum or combine it with the rosemary-scented perfume spray for a fragrant combination that keeps bugs at bay. $6.25 – $29, Intelligentnutrients.com

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Safe for kids and adults to use, this clean-smelling spray deters fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and flies. $13.59, Target.com

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In what can only be described as the “fanciest bug spray ever,” this product blends notes of cedarwood, vanilla and citrus into a luxe repellant. $65, Aromaflage.com

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Here’s a treat for your summer skin! Korres Luxury Body Butter!

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Korres Luxury Body Butter is from the gods.

This beautifully scented, creamy Body Butter is enriched with natural shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils deeply nourish, help improve skin elasticity and smoothness, and provide head-to-toe hydration. Each Body Butter contains a blend of over thirteen unique natural butters, emollients, extracts, and oils known to soften and revitalize dry, tired skin. The three aromatic scents include: Vanilla Guava, a blend of tropical fruits with a warm aroma of vanilla; Jasmine, which bursts with a captivating aroma of newly opened jasmine buds; and Apple Blossom, which features a crisp blend of freshly blossomed apples.

So I’ve tried Vanilla Guava (to DIE FOR), and next on my list is Jasmine! That sounds amazing!

$39 for THREE!

*Disclosure: I was sent these products to review for the site, I was not paid to write this post, and I was not compensated for my opinions. The opinions you read here are mine alone.