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.

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Melissa McCarthy for Ivory Soap!

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:

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.

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Avon and Estée Lauder under fire as Peta reveals cosmetic brands ‘ordered animal testing’

PETA has lashed out at Avon and Estee Lauder after finding the cosmetic companies are paying for animal testing. The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals announced on their website today that the skincare companies are no longer “cruelty-free” because they are being forced to follow regulations enforced by the Chinese government.

According to PETA, Mary Kay was also included in the list of companies that “harm animals” in the Asian country.

British brand Avon, who recently hired Alesha Dixon as the face, branded the claims ‘misleading’ but admit they are forced to conduct testing in China due to health laws.

A spokesperson said: ‘Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency.

‘In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data.

‘When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. In 2011, this affected three tenths of one percent of Avon’s products.’

‘There have been some incorrect and misleading claims made by animal rights organisations. Avon neither conducts nor requests animal testing.’

Estée Lauder have yet to comment.

Both brands have been ‘cruelty-free’ for two decades following campaigns by Peta in the late 80’s.

Does this new revelation by PETA make you want to stop using the brands? Does it affect your decision making?


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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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