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Exederm Skincare {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

When my son was a baby, he had pretty bad eczema. We bathed him every day as part of his bedtime routine, but the water and bath soap were drying out his skin. We didn’t want to change up his routine for fear of throwing him off, so we bought lots of eczema creams and ointments to try and help his skin. They worked okay, but I sure wish we’d known about Exederm back then!

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Exederm is a skin care line made especially for people with sensitive skin, whether it be eczema, dermatitis, or just dry, sensitive skin. They avoid irritants and use the mildest ingredients possible to ensure that sensitive skin is kept healthy and happy. Their baby line includes a baby shampoo, baby oil, baby lotion, baby moisturizer and baby bath, and each has received a ‘Seal of Acceptance’ award from the National Eczema Association.

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Along with their baby line, Exederm has a full line for adults. The adult line is similar to the children’s line in that it has been designed to avoid fragrance, color or dyes, parabens, lanolin, formaldehyde and other known skin irritants. The adult products have also received the highest marks from the National Eczema Association. Along with a shampoo, body wash, body lotion, body oil and intensive moisture cream the adult line also includes a conditioner and a flare control cream.

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I was sent the flare control cream and the baby intensive moisturizer to review. I have a few dry, scaly patches on my legs so I have been using the cream for about two weeks now on those patches, and it works! They are not completely gone yet, but I can definitely tell a difference. I have only been using the cream once a day, and the instructions recommend three to four times a day, but even that once a day application has reduced the size of the patches and smoothed them out considerably. In fact, now it’s to the point that I’m having a hard time finding the patches to apply the cream because they’re so much softer and less noticeable! They never itched, but if they had the cream would have helped with that, too. The cream is thick, but not ridiculously so, goes on smooth and rubs out quickly. There are no weird smells or strange after-effects, other than healing my skin!

I gave my friend the baby moisturizer to use on her 5-month old baby. She said, “It’s perfect for sensitive cracked eczema skin. It’s perfect that it’s not scented as that causes tears. The feel of it is great. Not too thin and not too thick.”

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Exederm products can be purchased through their website with an amazing 20% off on orders of 3 items or more, plus free shipping for orders more than $50. They also offer a money back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase. Exederm can also be found at Amazon.com, Target, Drugstore.com, Buy Buy Baby and select drugstores nationwide.

 

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by monetary compensation.

JUARA Skincare {Review}

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A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to be a counselor for a youth program organized and supported by our Church, called Especially for Youth.  I was a leader over 10-15 girls each week, and throughout the day, I helped them find their way around campus, get to scripture study classes on time, and feel encouraged and excited about making new friends and strengthening their testimonies!  After the evening activities, it was play time!!  We’d paint our nails, order pizza, tell stories, and each week I would bring a bottle of some green facial mask gunk to smother on our faces and take pictures!  It was one of the big highlights of the week!  I loved the novelty of doing something girly with my new teenage friends each week, but this mud mask cream (did I get it at Walmart? the dollar store?) soon became chunky and pretty gross.  It started to dry out my face faster and faster each time I used it, and though the girls were excited about it, I kind of felt bad for not having something better to pass around!  I sure didn’t want to be responsible for their cute little faces breaking out just before the big Friday night dance!

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With this experience in mind, I was excited and interested to try out another kind of face mask, especially since this one looked a million times more natural and made of some much higher-quality ingredients!  JUARA makes Bali-inspired treatment masks, and each looks just as exotic as the next.  Again, thinking only of the crackling drying sensations of my previous facial mask, I chose to review the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask, which specializes in giving your face an intense moisture boost.  It is meant to give you a softer and healthier complexion (and who isn’t looking for that?) and leaves you with instantly soft skin.

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So can you close your eyes and imagine what this smells like?  Picture that creaminess of avocado and the sticky sugary taste of mashed banana puree.  The directions are to use sparingly on cleansed skin for 10-15 minutes, then wash with warm water.  The color is exactly what I thought and hoped it would be–a bright light green.  It goes on as smooth as butter and soon creates a warm sensation on my face.  Not like a burning or tingling, just a feeling of warmth.  It washes off easily without having to work at peeling anything off–it rinses like any cleanser would.

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Is my skin softer?  Does it feel moisturized?  You betcha.  There is not a patch of dryness anywhere and everything feels so soft to the touch.  I really love that this is suitable for all skin types, so it is effective now in the hot and humid summertime when my face is a little oilier than usual, but I can also use this in the colder months when I imagine it being only 10x more enjoyable on my dried and wind-worn winter skin.

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I was also lucky enough to get to try a sample of the Candlenut Hand & Body Balm, which is basically a hand cream from heaven.  It smells rich and exotic, but not really tropical (and I’m so pleased that it doesn’t–coconut and pineapple isn’t my favorite).  It is maybe more spicy and nutty?  A little earthy too, so it makes me think of a fragrance hut in a Persian marketplace.  Not that I needed to, but I just wanted to put more and more on throughout the day!  The beautiful chocolately ornamented container makes me want to continuously pull it out of my purse and share with everyone!

ALL JUARA SKINCARE PRODUCTS ARE
– 100% VEGETARIAN
– OIL-FREE
– FRAGRANCE-FREE
– FREE OF ARTIFICIAL COLORANTS
– NO PARABENS, PHTHALATES, SULFATES
– NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS

Aren’t you curious to try one out?  The Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is sold for $35, and all JUARA Skincare products are available at high-end apothecaries and e-tailers, including: ABC Carpet & Home, Dermstore.com, Skinstore.com, Drugstore.com and JUARASkincare.com.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Just Hatched 4 Babies {Review}

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When I was pregnant with my first son, my mom wanted to throw a baby shower for me from our extended family.  By that point, we really had everything that we needed as far as clothes and gear was concerned, so I asked if she would throw us a “Johnson and Johnson” baby shower.  (Get it?  Johnson and Johnson, because that’s our last name??)  My extended family gave products that would be used for bathtime and bedtime, and I kid you not when I say that we had shampoo, lotion, body wash, baby powder, etc. stocked for the next two years.  It was amazing!  just-hatched-logo

  I was introduced to Just Hatched 4 Babies products when I was reading through Parents magazine a couple of months ago, and more than anything, I loved the packaging.  The simplicity of the lines and colors caught my eye, and all of the pieces together creates an amazing look with different colors, sizes, and shapes while also blending together in one piece.

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“Being moms ourselves here at Just Hatched, we know how important products of integrity are – especially when babies are involved. Every parent simply wants the best for their kids – and at an affordable price! All of our products are hypoallergenic and clinically tested. Just Hatched products are also Gluten-free and Sulfate/Paraben/Phthalate Free – which means, “No Yucky Stuff Inside!”

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I was sent the entire line of these Just Hatched 4 Babies products, and I love all of them!  The scent is light, and I especially love the pump on the shampoo, lotion, and body wash which makes it easy to use with one hand while you’re doing something with another.

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I also love the trial/travel packets that were so easy to take with us on the plane last month for our vacation, and I can see lots of use for them as we try to clean up from playing at the beach and the pool this summer.

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The cost of these products is incredibly reasonable, with no price higher than $3.99 — along with the coupon code, there’s no reason to not try out the Just Hatched 4 Babies products!  🙂

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**This post was sponsored by Just Hatched 4 Babies, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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