There’s a new product from Neutrogena gracing the shelves of your local drugstore that I would strongly suggest picking up on your way home from work tomorrow. (Just add it to your shopping list under eggs and milk and if you’re short on cash, a week of water won’t hurt right?)  With only a few days left on a 25%-off coupon to CVS, I decided to stop in tonight and browse the skin care aisle. The Neutrogena naturals products on the top shelf caught my attention, particularly the two-in-one cleanser and make-up remover, which is priced at $7.99 for a 6 oz bottle. I have been searching for a makeup remover that is effective on dark mascara, but without being excessively oily (I wear contacts) or harsh around the eye area. After working up a sweat at the gym, I used this as a pre-wash before my normal cleanser. It is JUST what I have been looking for. It’s silky smooth and so gentle that you can use it on your eyes to remove the layer of makeup, oil, and sweat (lovely, I know) that has collected over the course of the day. The scent of the cleanser is sweet and rich, with a hint of coconut. And, I like to see well-established brands being innovative with their identity. As the name suggests, Neutrogena naturals products are almost entirely natural. On the back of the bottle is a list of the ingredients and where they are derived from, giving you a sense of transparency that is almost as refreshing as the product itself.  One of the most interesting ingredients is Peruvian Tara Seed, a natural moisturizer.  My skin feels softer after just one use than it does after a normal wash, and the skin between my eyebrows and eyelids is not irritated at all! After a little shuffling (my current eye makeup remover got demoted to underneath the sink), I am ready to make this product a part of my nightly routine.

When is the last time you tried a new product on a whim and ended up falling skin love??

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Skinsational Product of the Week: Origins White Tea Cleanser

Each week, I’ll highlight a “skinsational” skin care product that you absolutely need to know about. I mentioned in my last post how I struggle with dry skin throughout the winter. While Jergens was the solution for my hands, I consulted with the experts at Origins to find out what I was doing wrong on my face. Origins is one of my very favorite skin care lines. Not only are their products incredibly effective, but they are also  affordable. They are an earth-friendly company that is committed to keeping all those hard-to-pronounce harsh chemicals out of their products, and I always find their employees to be very knowledgeable about products without being too pushy about buying.

Last time I went in for a consultation, the expert explained that the current moisturizer I was using was too harsh for the dry winter months. She instead suggested that I turn to the “A Perfect World” line and start my cleansing routine with the white tea cleanser ($20 for a 5 oz tube). While this cleanser doesn’t foam up as much as I would like, it is very gentle while still giving you that clean, fresh sensation. Another thing I love about the A Perfect World line is that the white tea is an antioxidant, so I visualize myself putting a protective layer on my skin each morning before going out the door. While I love to start my morning with a cup of hazelnut, I am thinking about making to switch the white tea a couple mornings a week. According to this msnbc article, white tea is even more effective in fighting cancer than green tea! Now the question is what type to get. What do you think about Tazo’s White Cucumber? Mmmmmmm.

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