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  • Chief Family Officer’s Favorite Things: Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother

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    Burt's Bees After Sun Soother - Chief Family Officer's Favorite Things

    For some of you in other parts of the country and the world, it may feel like fall has arrived. But here in Southern California, we’ve been experiencing an extreme heat wave with temperatures 20 to 25 degrees above normal. In my corner of Los Angeles, we had multiple days well over 100 degrees this past week!

    Our family is actually really good about applying and re-applying sunscreen, which is important because we spend countless hours outdoors due to the boys’ sports. But inevitably, we all end up getting too much sun at some point.

    Which is why I’m so glad I discovered Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother:

    Unlike every other aloe product I’ve tried for sunburn, this stuff really works. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m quite fair and redden and burn incredibly quickly. When I apply Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother, the redness is almost always completely gone the next day, and if it’s not totally gone, it’s at least gone down significantly. Perhaps most importantly, any pain associated with the overexposure to the sun is always gone.

    The After Sun Soother works well on my kids too, although they don’t seem to respond to it quite as well as I do. But at least I feel ok about using it on them because it’s 99.5% natural and is free of parabens, sulfates, and other possibly harmful ingredients. (And honestly, I’d use it on myself even if it weren’t so natural because it’s so effective!)

    Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother is $10.66 at Amazon and $9.99 at Drugstore.com.

    Works for Me: Moisturize while washing dishes (plus a deal on rubber gloves)

    Since I’m spending more time at home now, I’ve been washing my hands and dishes with greater frequency, and my poor hands were paying a heavy price – cracked, dry skin that was painful. I don’t remember where I first read this tip a few years ago, but it really works: put on a thick moisturizer before washing dishes with rubber gloves. There’s just something about the skin being encased while bathed in hot water that speeds healing and moisturizing.

    Walgreens has the gloves pictured to the right for 50 cents per pair this week. Even if you’ve never shopped at Walgreens before, you could do two transactions for cheap gloves:

    Transaction #1:
    1 Fullbar Fit Appetite Control Bar $1.99

    Pay: $1.99 + tax
    Receive: $2 Register Rewards (a coupon you can use on your next purchase)

    Transaction #2:
    4 pairs of Homecenter Gloves 50 cents each with in-ad coupon

    Use $2 RR from previous purchase

    Pay: tax only

    Find more Works for Me Wednesday tips at We are THAT Family.

    Works for me: Shave in multiple directions

    I first read this tip years ago in a book of beauty tips, and I was reminded of it the other day in the shower. It was such a big revelation for me that I thought it was worth sharing: Shave your underarms in multiple directions. Apparently underarm hair grows in more than one direction, so the general guideline of shaving in just one direction doesn’t quite get the job done.

    Find more Works for Me Wednesday tips at We are THAT Family.

    I got my hair cut – and gladly paid $44 more than the last time

    You might recall that the last time I got my hair cut, I went to the Paul Mitchell school and paid $22, including tip. At the time, I was pretty happy with it. For the money, at least, it was a pretty decent cut. I noticed that the stylist didn’t use the techniques I was used to when she added the layers to my hair, but I didn’t think too much of it at the time.

    As my hair grew out, however, I realized that it appeared to be one length and simply didn’t maintain the shape I would have expected. The layers were indiscernible, and fluffy at the end. To put it simply, my hair looked very blah.

    And I realized that I didn’t want to go back to the school. My hair is my favorite feature. Despite the increasing number of white hairs, it’s still the one thing about my appearance that I’m happiest about. That makes it worth spending some money on.

    I looked up the salons at the closest mall, and picked one that was upscale but reasonably priced. I ended up with a junior stylist who charged the starting price of $55. (I paid $66 with tip.) Even a junior stylist at an upscale salon is far better than one coming out of beauty school, of course, and I ended up with the exact cut I wanted and a fabulous blowout.

    I don’t get my hair cut very often, and I should be able to go at least four months before I need another cut. So I’m very willing to pay an extra $44 if it means I spend the next four months feeling good about my hair.

    Works for Me: Minimalist Skin Care

    I had stereotypical skin as a teenager, including acne so bad that I successfully begged my mother to take me to the dermatologist, who prescribed an antibiotic called tetracycline. It didn’t do all that much for me, though, and by the time I was in my first year of law school, I had a few pits and scars on my poor cheeks.

    That was about the time that ProActiv infomercials started airing, and I couldn’t resist. The amazing thing was, the stuff really worked. I had to experiment with the regimen for a while, and I discovered that the Repairing Lotion was so intense, it actually bleached my sheets and blankets where my face came into contact with them during the night.

    A few years later, I started seeing my current dermatologist, who diagnosed rosacea, which caused redness and lots of small bumps. My dermatologist advised me to wash only with the mildest soap (Dove or Aveeno bar soap) and use a moisturizer called DML Forte.

    I realized, though, that the bar soap was insufficient to keep the acne at bay, at least when I wasn’t pregnant. (I have to say, my skin was never better than when I was pregnant. I feel it’s only fair, since my pregnancies were rough in other ways.)

    So here’s the regimen I now follow:

    Morning – Wash with Dove bar soap, moisturize with DML Forte
    Evening – Wash with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser (like ProActiv Renewing Cleanser), moisturize with DML Forte

    And that’s it! It really works for me. I actually get compliments on my skin now (and I’m not even pregnant)!

    Of course, my skin care regimen won’t work for everyone. But since there are so many products out there, I wanted to point out that sometimes less is more. And, I worry that as I get older, a regimen this simple won’t continue to work for me. So I’d love to hear from you: What’s your skincare regimen like?

    Find more Works for Me Wednesday tips at Rocks in My Dryer.

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