Get Cleaner, Smoother and Brighter Skin With a Clarisonic Brush

Clarisonic BrushRemember how the electric toothbrush enhanced the way we brushed our teeth?  The Clarisonic brush will enhance the way you wash your face.  Developed by a team led by the primary inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush, the Clarisonic brush uses sonic technology with a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean skin and help clear pores.

This cleansing power tool has many benefits. The sonic technology used in a Clarisonic brush removes 6 times more makeup than manually cleansing. Skin absorbs products like serums, complexes and moisturizers much more effectively after the top layer of dead skin cells have been sloughed off by the brush’s micro-massaging action. When paired with an effective facial cleanser and regular usage, the Clarisonic brush will help reduce oily areas, dry skin patches, blemishes and the appearance of pores.  It’s even gentle enough to use twice a day.

There are three different models of Clarisonic brushes to choose from:

Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic Classic

Clarisonic Plus

All brush kits come with their own rechargeable electric handle unit (the brush itself), removable brush heads and 1 oz trial size samples of various Clarisonic facial and body cleansers.


Clarisonic Mia
The one-button, one-speed brush is the smallest size out of the whole Clarisonic brush family. It comes in a variety of colors. The compact size makes the brush perfect for use at home and travel. The MIA kit includes a cordless Clarisonic Mia, a compact plink international charger, a sensitive brush head and a 1 oz trial size of the Gentle Hydro Cleanser.


Clarisonic Classic
The original, 2-speed brush comes in its standard size. The Classic kit includes a cordless Clarisonic Classic, a charging cradle, either a sensitive or normal brush head and 1 oz trial sizes of the Refreshing Gel Cleanser, Gentle Hydro Cleanser and the Nourishing Care Cleanser.


Clarisonic Plus
The Plus brush comes in its standard size with 3 speeds for the face, plus a Body mode for cleansing areas of the body. The Clarisonic Plus provides many benefits to cleansing the body such as fewer dry patches, providing a gentle exfoliation on the body for soft and smooth skin and is an excellent way to prep the skin for self tanner application. The Plus kit includes the cordless Clarisonic Plus, a universal charging cradle, a sensitive brush head, a body brush head, 1oz trial sizes of the Refreshing Gel Cleanser, Gentle Hydro Cleanser and the Nourishing Care Cleanser and a 2 oz trial size of the Refining Skin Polish.

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment to the Rescue!

aquaphorBartending takes a nasty toll on my hands. My hands are constantly being washed, submerged in water and covered in citrus juice throughout my 8-hour shift. These conditions leave my hands dry, sensitized and eventually cracked. Some call it Bar Rot. Some call it Eczema. I just call it part of bartending. Bartenders aren’t known for their pretty hands.

I’ve tried prescription strength ointments prescribed to me by dermatologists over the years. Nothing has really worked for me on a long term basis. The only thing that seems to cure the extreme dryness indefinitely is to not bartend at all. With bartending at least two nights a week, eliminating bartending from my schedule is not an option.

The only thing I have found that heals my severely cracked hands in-between bartending shifts has been Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment, a gentle, over-the-counter moisturizing gel. Aquaphor is fragrance-free, preservative-free and non-irritating. It’s gentle enough to use on the most sensitive and sensitized skin and safe enough for Eczema sufferers to use. This greasy formula creates a barrier on the skin that helps direct oxygen and water to the healing area. The barrier helps to keep the skin’s own moisture in the infected area which helps speed up the healing time.

Ingredients like petrolatum create a protective coat on the skin, keeping the skin’s own moisture from evaporating into thin air. Panthenol is a form of Vitamin B. When the ingredient is added to a product and applied topically, it helps to condition and hydrate the skin. Glycerin is another ingredient that helps to hold moisture in the skin. This ingredient acts as a moisturizing agent in lotions, creams and cosmetics. Bisabolol is a natural ingredient derived from the Chamomile plant that provides soothing effects.

Aquaphor is effective when applied topically to extremely dry areas on hands, fingers, lips and feet, just as one would apply a lotion. If you want to bump up the conditioning and hydrating factor, apply the product liberally to the effected area and cover with either gloves or socks and leave on as an overnight treatment.

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