This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
So a handful of weeks back I received a box of super awesome essentials that will help me and my family have lots of fun this summer, all why staying healthy and safe. I’ve been excited to show you some of our favorites from the bunch at work!
First and foremost, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE NEUTROGENA’s sunscreen products and have been using the heck out of two of them this summer.My husband and I are both super pale (if we burn, we just peel and are pasty white again…no need to even attempt a tan). Additionally, melanoma runs in Tim’s family, so for both of those reasons, we take our sunscreen seriously. Sunny, overcast, whatever…if we are going to be outside for more than 5 minutes, we lather up!
My personal favorite product in their sunscreen line is the NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45. It provides that high level of protection that I need, but it doesn’t go on greasy or thick AT ALL and is dry so fast! This makes it very easy to apply right before putting on my makeup. I barely even have to wait before I’m good to go with my foundation! Speaking of foundation, I’ve been eyeing the NEUTROGENA Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20, too. I was sent a bottle, but it was too dark for my complexion (seriously…PASTY white…). But I really like the sound of it. Anyone out there tried it yet? Thoughts? But as for the sunscreen above, do yourself a favor and put it on your list for your next trip to the store. Just trust me!
We’ve also been using the heck out of the NEUTROGENA Wet Skin Kids Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70+. I’ve actually purchased a second bottle because we love it so much. When it comes to kids, nothing is better than a spray-on sunscreen. Ok, actually there is something better: a spray-on sunscreen that can handle your skin being wet! That’s the deal with this. We’ve used it at Six Flags, at the splash park, at the river….basically anywhere we like to hang out that involves water. Application takes mere seconds!
Two other products getting some love these days (though I’ll spare you the pictures…you’ll understand why in a second) are Band-Aid Tough Strips Adhesive Bandages and NEOSPORIN + Pain Relief Ointment. Tim and Darah have been spending a lot of time practicing riding bikes, and that inevitably means some scraped up arms and legs. Like most kids, Darah seems to feel remarkably better after she gets her “badge of courage” (a Band-Aid) and I feel a heck of a lot better knowing that NEOSPORIN has been applied to provide instant pain relief as well as to start the healing process quickly. These are both brands I grew up with and continue to trust!
And finally, I’ve been rocking the Cool Mint LISTERINE Antiseptic Mouthwash. It tastes great and super refreshing, and my mouth tingles with that clean feeling for quite some time afterwards. This happens to be my favorite flavor of Listerine, as is evidenced by my having 3 bottles of it under my sink. I’m not sure if I’m afraid they are going to run out before I can buy the entire stock in my city, or what, but there you have it. I’ve got more than my fair share of this product!
And you guys, GET THIS….did you know that Listerine is also great for a foot soak?! Say WHAT??? I didn’t make this up, y’all. It’s all over Pinterest. And I was planning on showing you how to do it until I read multiple posts saying, “DON’T USE COOL MINT….YOUR FEET WILL TURN BLUE!” So I’m putting this little project on the back burner until I can get another color. But I’m so gonna do it. What a great way to get all that excess dead skin off your feet, especially this time of year when you are probably wearing sandals a lot and want them to look their best!
We are having an adventurous summer over here, and I hope you are, too! Just be sure to have all the supplies you need on hand for SAFE summer fun! And perhaps for soft feet that won’t turn blue, too! 😉 Want some coupons? You can find some for many of the healthy essentials (and some other great products) right now (more than $45, worth!).