I need more beauty sleep! Aveeno Daily Challenge Week One

photo from sleepsense.net

photo from sleepsense.net

As an Aveeno Ambassador, I was honored when asked to participate in their new three-week long Daily Challenge to integrate one additional healthy habit in my life.  Who doesn’t want to be healthier and more beautiful?

One way I can better navigate this path is by getting more sleep.  Right now I average 5 hours of quality slumber per night.  How do I know this?  I have been tracking my sleep with my Fitbit Force.

Fitbit Fitgear

Fitbit Force

This fantastic device is a watch, plus it tells me how many steps I take each day, how many miles I travel, how many calories I burn, how many times I go up and down stairs, and how many minutes I spend in vigorous exercise.  All of it comes in handy, but when I started using the sleep monitoring feature I was shocked when I realized how little sleep I am getting.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

I pledge to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night for the next three weeks.  In addition, I also plan to use AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion every day for three weeks.  AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion has natural oatmeal and tons of emollients, so I hope it will make my skin happy.

Here’s hoping more beauty sleep and consistent use of body lotion will lead me to a healthier, more beautiful me!  - Lisa

#AveenoDailyChallenge

*sent for editorial consideration

Wipes and washes

Wipes and Washes

Wipes and Washes

I remember as a tween fighting about cleansing every night. I never wanted to wash my face and I hated taking baths. We lived in an old house and the water always felt cold to me. My, how time has changed all of that. Now I wouldn’t think of going  to bed without cleansing my skin. Even on my laziest nights I do something or I’d be tossing and turning worrying about my pores getting clogged and my skin being unable to breathe. It’s one of the most beneficial steps in skincare.

I’m sharing some of the products that I’ve been using for the last few months. I go through a lot of wipes, both daytime and nighttime, so if this seems heavy on that end it’s because they get used for so many things.

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes ($12.99 for 25) – I bought these from Dermstore because of their skincare claims. My logic was that if I was going to use a wipe at night instead of a cleanser that it would help to have one that was also moisturizing. I’ve used several Atopalm products with success so I knew these would be ones I like. According to Atopalm: ATOPALM Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes are luxurious cleansing cloths formulated with exclusive Multi Lamellar Emulsion Formula and vitamin E. The nourishing blend soothes and softens your skin while combating environmental influences. Allantoin calms as portulaca oleracea extract minimizes redness. Grapeseed, jojoba seed and olive oils deliver moisture, leaving your skin luminous and supple. I never use these on my eyes but I do feel like these are the best for my skin of the wipes I’ve tried.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – I’ve been using these for a few years now. These are actually daytime wipes for me since they are fragranced and I prefer fragrance free before bed. “With ACTIVE NATURALS® CALMING FEVERFEW® , an ingredient related to chamomile, these wipes leave sensitive skin feeling soothed and balanced.”

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – These are a newer wipe from Aveeno. I like that they are oil free. Unfortunately these are fragranced so I don’t use them to remove my night time makeup but I do use them often when I’m swatching products for reviews. The swatches come off cleanly without leaving any residue so I can keep on truckin’. If you aren’t sensitive to fragrance I highly recommend these. “They combine exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex, an ingredient long known to enhance skin’s radiance, with gentle cleansers that won’t dry out or irritate skin.”

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes ($6.99 for 25) – I’ve experimented with different drugstore towelettes and found that the Almay are the ones I like best for night use. I love that they are oil-free and of equal importance fragrance-free. I have used these on my eyes although they aren’t great for removing gel liner or mascara. Mostly I use these on my face though and it feels like I’m getting my face washed without water. Almay says: “hydrates and soothes skin without irritation. Botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea. This face makeup remover leaves no greasy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. Hypoallergenic.”

Cleansers - Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Cleansers – Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

 

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover  ($22 on sale for $16.95)* -  This vegan and organic makeup remover is for the nights I have time to take off my makeup properly. It’s not really a cleanser, it’s more of a pre-cleanser. Directions say to put it on a piece of cotton and gently remove your makeup. It melts away the color quickly. “This natural makeup remover does not contain alcohol, chemicals, detergents or preservatives.” It’s recommended for use on eyes too so it’s really an all in one cleanser. It has a very slight herbal fragrance but it’s very slight. It doesn’t annoy me and I’m quite picky about fragrance. It leaves skin moisturized since it contains organic olive oil but it’s not the least bit oily. Some nights I follow with a cleanser and some just with water. If you can’t tolerate glutens, this is a great choice for you.

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover ($23.50)* – This cleansing milk really is elegant. There’s something special about its thick creamy texture that makes you feel like you are moisturizing as well as cleansing. It contains coconut milk which is what must give it that creaminess. You can use this on a pad to wipe off makeup but I prefer it as a regular cleanser. It works especially well with something like a Clarisonic or the Foreo Luna though you don’t really need a tool for it. It entirely removes all makeup, including eye makeup. I prefer to use a dedicated eye makeup remover on my eyes but I’ve used this too without stinging. With Painted Earth products you can always look to see the ingredients which I think is helpful. There’s an herbal fragrance to this so I follow with toner to lessen any lingering scent.

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover ($18) – I normally use Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover but I was at a JC Penney Sephora and this was on sale for $12 when I was checking out so I decided to pick it up. The first time I used it I spilled a lot because the top is wide open and I didn’t realize that. But I’ve since learned to use it properly. This is a dual-phase eye makeup remover that is gentle and oil-free. It seems to work slightly better than the Mary Kay one on stubborn makeup like mascara and water-resistant eyeliners. Even though it’s more expensive than the MK I will replace it when it’s done so that I have something with this gentle power. Philosophy says: “Philosophy Just Release Me™ Dual-Phase Oil-Free Makeup Remover gently yet effectively breaks down and removes the toughest eye makeup, even waterproof makeup, without irritating the eyes. Formulated with natural aloe, and chamomile and cucumber extracts, this soothing essential works to calm, clean, cool, and refresh the eye area.”

Obviously I don’t use these all every night. I base my choice usually on how much time I’ve left myself, how much makeup I’m wearing and how lazy/industrious I am that night. All are products I have no trouble recommending and will continue using them.

What are your favorite wipes and cleansers? I’m always looking at different options so please share. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

others were purchases

Crazy for cocoa with Aveeno and Lubriderm (and a giveaway)

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It’s winter where I live and I’m reminded of it every single day. The predictions for snow while I’m typing this are 6 – 12 inches. The high temperature during the week is supposed to be 0 degrees F. I don’t even live in the worst states like North Dakota and Missouri where the Governors have taken the initiative to close all schools in the state.

Crazy for cocoa with Aveeno and Lubriderm

Crazy for cocoa with Aveeno and Lubriderm

There’s not much I can do to change the weather but I can do what’s possible to keep my skin protected and moisturized. I have two products that do just that that were sent for review - Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé with Cocoa and Shea Butter and Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter. What could be better than great chocolate products that don’t make you gain weight?

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé

I’ve been using a lot of Aveeno since I was lucky enough to become an Aveeno ambassador but the Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé is a change for me. This is such a rich body cream yet it’s also lightweight with the whipped souffle finish. It’s specifically formulated with Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal and enriched with cocoa/shea butter to provide lasting moisture to skin.

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé

The Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé takes a little while to absorb because of the texture. It’s a sweet chocolate scent that has an interesting dry down. Suddenly I’ll have a little whiff of something delicious smelling and then I realize it’s my Aveeno.

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion

The Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion is just as delicious smelling, maybe a bit more chocolate scented. They don’t compete with each other. Personally I like a richer, thicker cream on my legs and a lotion like the Lubriderm on my arms.  Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion isn’t greasy at all. It’s said to lock in moisture for 24 hours.

Lubriderm

Lubriderm

ingredients for Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion

ingredients for Lubriderm Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion

If you are crazy for cocoa and crazy for great body lotions and creams then you want these products. The good news is that one US follower is going to win both of these just in time to protect from the ravages of winter. This giveaway is open through 1/18/14 for US only. — Marcia

*prizes and products received from PR

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Aveeno reminds us that November is Healthy Skin Month

In celebration of National Healthy Skin Month (November), dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie is revealing her top five tips to keep your skin healthy this month and all winter long!

1.  The best way to keep your skin hydrated is to moisturize daily.  This time of year, I love the AVEENO® Skin Relief 24HR Moisturizing Lotion, which keeps my skin super hydrated, so it is not dry and flaky.

  	 AVEENO® Skin Relief 24hr Moisturizing Lotion


AVEENO® Skin Relief 24hr Moisturizing Lotion

AVEENO® SKIN RELIEF 24HR MOISTURIZING LOTION

  • Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex, which is clinically shown to help relieve itchy, irritated, extra-dry skin and moisturize for 24 hours
  • Fast-absorbing and works immediately to nourish and restore essential moisture
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance-free and steroid-free
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Suggested retail price: $7.99 8 oz. tube; $9.39 12 oz. pump; $10.99 18 oz. pump
  • Available: on AVEENO.com and at national food, drug and mass merchandisers

2.  Opt for hydrating body washes and in shower cleansers!  I use an unscented, hydrating body wash.  I then get out of the shower and towel dry before I moisturize.

3.  Pay attention to hands, feet, elbows and knees, which frequently can become dry, cracked or irritated. Keep them covered with protective clothing and look for a healing ointment, with ingredients like glycerin, like AVEENO® Skin Relief Healing Ointment, to help soothe irritated skin.

AVEENO® Skin Relief Healing Ointment

AVEENO® Skin Relief Healing Ointment

AVEENO® SKIN RELIEF HEALING OINTMENT

  • Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex, which is clinically shown to help relieve itchy, irritated, extra-dry skin and moisturize for 24 hours
  • Developed with multi-purpose petrolatum to create an occlusive layer on the skin’s surface for locking in moisture
  • Targets extremely dry, chafed or cracked skin
  • Soothes and shields minor burns, scrapes and cuts
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free, and lanolin-free
  • Suggested retail price: $7.99-$9.99 3 oz. tube
  • Available: on AVEENO.com and at national food, drug and mass merchandisers

4.  Healthy skin is protected skin.  Everyone should wear sunscreen every day, no matter the time of year!  I recommend an SPF 30 or above for the face and body.  Reapplication is also very important.  The incidence of skin cancer is rising in all ethnicities – I cannot stress the importance of sunscreen enough.

5.  Everyone should visit have a full body skin cancer screening once a year by a board certified dermatologist.  If you have an increased risk or family history of skin cancer, you may need them more frequently.

disclosure: This information is courtesy of Aveeno. Beauty Info Zone is an ambassador for Aveeno.

October is National Eczema Awareness Month – learn and win

I learn something new all the time. I just learned that October is National Eczema Awareness Month. I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for AVEENO® and their wonderful eczema products. When my kids were young one of my sons had eczema and we relied on AVEENO® to get him through his misery. Currently my husband has eczema though it’s a mild case. Here’s some information from AVEENO® and the National Exzema Assocation about this and then I’ll tell you about a giveaway.

OCTOBER IS ECZEMA AWARENESS MONTH

Did you know that approximately 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from eczema, a chronic skin disorder resulting in intense itching and overall discomfort.

The National Eczema Association (NEA) has impactful eczema education materials, wristbands, and stickers available for your awareness or fundraising activity.

The AVEENO® Brand harnesses the naturally soothing power of ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal, the #1 ingredient most trusted and recommended by dermatologists, in the AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Collection and AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Collection. Both collections are clinically proven to soothe skin with eczema.

 

AVEENO® is offering the following items in a giveaway to Beauty Info Zone (US only) subscribers to help bring attention to Eczema Awareness Month and to the terrific AVEENO® products that can help babies, children and adults.

 

AVEENO® ECZEMA THERAPY CARE KIT $14.99

AVEENO®  ECZEMA THERAPY Care Kit

AVEENO® ECZEMA THERAPY Care Kit

AVEENO®  ECZEMA THERAPY BATH TREATMENT $3.99  1.5 oz./3 packs

AVEENO®  ECZEMA THERAPY Bath Treatment

AVEENO® ECZEMA THERAPY Bath Treatment

 

AVEENO® ECZEMA THERAPY MOISTURIZING CREAM $13.99 7.3 oz. tube

AVEENO®  ECZEMA THERAPY Moisturizing Cream

AVEENO® ECZEMA THERAPY Moisturizing Cream

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY MOISTURIZING CREAM  $8.99 5 oz. tube

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY Moisturizing Cream

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY Moisturizing Cream

AVEENO® BABY CLEANSING THERAPY MOISTURIZING WASH  $6.99 8 oz. bottle

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY Moisturizing Wash

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY Moisturizing Wash

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY SOOTHING BATH TREATMENT  $5.76 box of five packets

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY Soothing Bath Treatment

AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY Soothing Bath Treatment

This giveaway is sponsored by AVEENO® and is only for US subscribers. It is open through October 14, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. One problem I’ve been finding though is that occasionally Rafflecopter will act up towards the end of the giveaway and not allow entries so I’d advice you to not wait until the last minute. Good luck!! — Marcia

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Surprise your significant other with Aveeno Active Naturals for Men

I guess today is my version of drugstore heaven! This review is about some fantastic drugstore items you will want to pick up for your significant other, father, son, male muse…whatever you happen to have. The price point is ridiculously awesome and all of these products are fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin.

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Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products

I am talking about the new Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products. My husband tested all three for the BIZ when Aveeno sent samples and he is crazy about each one. He says they are the best men’s products he has ever tried.

Aveeno Face Wash

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash ($5.99) is a creamy lotion that washes away dirt and grime.  It has tiny scrubbing beads that exfoliate dry and dead skin. It’s made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, which moisturizes my hubby’s skin but doesn’t break him out. If your guy is prone to milia, have him try this cleanser. It also softens up that 5 o’clock shadow so shaving is even easier. And it is completely fragrance-free. It smells like…nothing at all.

Aveeno Shave Gel

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel ($3.99) shoots out a thin stream of gel that instantly turns into foam – so much fun! Let’s be honest, how many of you have sprayed gel shave cream into your hand just to watch it transform? I can’t be the only one.

My husband loves this because it leaves his skin extremely soft. Unlike other heavier shaving creams it doesn’t clog his razor. In fact, he says it keeps his skin from getting irritated even when he uses a rather dull razor. And it smells exactly like…nothing at all.

Aveeno After Shave Lotion

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion

Like the Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash, the Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion ($5.99) is made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. My husband uses this after every shave. It is soothing to razor burned or irritated skin, and it leaves his skin soft but not wet or greasy. And unlike pretty much every other after shave lotion out there, this one smells like…you guessed it. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products are fantastic. They are affordable, easy to find, effective, and will work for even the most sensitive skin. Surprise the guy (or guys) in your life with some Aveeno…he will thank you for it!  - Lisa

*pr samples

Let’s hear it for the Dads! Aveeno and Kiehl’s want to celebrate with you.

Father’s Day is June 16th this year and there are some great ways to treat dads to “beauty” treats. Here are a few favorites.

AVEENO® has a special new men’s line that includes AVEENO® Men’s Face Wash ($5.99), AVEENO® Men’s Shave Gel ($3.99) and AVEENO® Men’s After Shave Lotion ($5.99). These would be a great way to treat your man’s sensitive skin. Don’t forget to add in a sunscreen like AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($10.99).

father's day aveeno

Kiehl’s also has thought of Dad with a fun new addition to their line.

kiehls heavy lifting

FACIAL FUEL HEAVY LIFTING ($40) is a new product for Kiehl’s. Not only is this an amazing all in one product that will firm, lift, moisturize and help with wrinkles (and no one will know he’s using it except the two of you!) but Kiehl’s has partnered with none other than

kiehls and captain america

CAPTAIN AMERICA!! There’s a limited edition comic book set in the NY City Flagship store that tells a tale of Captain America and Cobra thanks to Marvel . It’s going to be a fun read for the dad in your life and the rest of your family. This will be complimentary with any Kiehl’s purchase while supplies last. Happy Father’s Day!!

*nothing to disclose, images from PR.