LISTERINE: Helping Make Healthy Heroes At My House

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating

We’re back in the full swing of school now and, frankly, I embrace the familiarity and routine that a regular school schedule provides. We’re on fall break this week and it’s served as a reminder to schedule all of our fall wellness appointments before the holidays are here. Both my girls are both due for their 6-month dental care visits. Now that they are in 4th and 7th grade I don’t have to remind them to brush their teeth, but I do have to remind them to floss and to use dental rinse. In fact, even at my age I still need to focus more on the “extracurricular” oral care activities that really result in healthy teeth, from flossing to using a dental rinse.

LISTERINE sent us several great products to try out. My 9-year-old was especially excited to try out the LISTERINE Barbie theme Smart Rinse, and I really look forward to using the LISTERINE Healthy White Sodium Fluroide Anticavity Mouth Rinse. Let’s face it, brushing alone is not enough!

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Here are details on some of the additional products we’re testing:

1.  LISTERINE® HEALTHY WHITE™ Sodium Fluoride AntiCavity Mouth Rinse

I’ve never tried this product before, but I love gentle tooth whitening products as well as products that serve dual purpose. I’ve just started using this product and have made it part of my evening routine. Really love how fresh and clean it makes my mouth feel, not to mention the gentle mint flavor that’s not too overpowering.

Product Details:

  • Peroxide-free for a gentler whitening experience
  • Removes and prevents tough stains
  • Restores enamel
  • Safely whitens
  • Formulated to whiten without irritation
  • Kills bad breath germs
  • Prevents cavities
  • Helps prevent tooth decay

2.  LISTERINE Gentle Gum Care Floss

I have a very small mouth and it can sometimes be difficult to floss my back teeth well. I love that this floss is “springy” and gentle.

Product Details:

  • Soft, springy and resilient dental floss removes plaque effectively.
  • Cushioned design for sensitive gums
  • Gentle cleaning at the gum-line
  • Mint flavored

3.  LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS®

These are fantastic and I was already familiar with them. I work for a marketing agency and they are just the right size to toss into my purse or keep in my desk drawer. They are perfect to refresh your mouth after your morning coffee, before a client meeting, or after lunch. LISTERINE POCKETPAKS are available in several flavors…I love Cool Mint.

Good parenting and routine go hand in hand. The Listerine YouTube Channel features a fun America’s Healthiest Heroes channel that highlights parents who encourage positive and healthy habits in their home. Here’s a fun video from actor and fellow parent of two daughters Ian Ziering (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame) showcasing parents who have a humorous take on encouraging their kids to do their chores.

For a complete list of all retailers that carry LISTERINE products, check out the guide on the LISTERINE website.

Instilling good oral care habits while the kids are young is important and you’re also never too old to introduce new products into your oral care routine.

 

What You Need to Know About Sun Exposure to Your Eyes

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Acuvue. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Now that school is out for summer break we have already spent several hours logging in some pool time. Although I am very diligent about making sure we all apply sunscreen regularly, I’m not always great at remembering that sun exposure to your eyes can be a cumulative danger over the years.

I’ve been wearing ACUVUE brand contact lenses for years and for several years. I’ve partnered up with ACUVUE to help spread the word about their UV blocking contact lenses.

A number of studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are mostly cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life, including cataracts, a leading cause of reduced vision in the United States. While UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. Still, any proactive steps I can take to protect my eyes and my family’s eyes is important to me.

Did you know that children and teens are at risk of greater UV exposure than any other age group? Children have larger pupils (allowing more light into their eyes), clearer lenses, and typically spend more time outdoors without eye protection and for longer periods of time than most adults. It is estimated that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults.

When it comes to UV exposure, however, it’s not just direct sunlight that does damage. Reflected ultraviolet (UV) rays from surfaces such as grass, soil, dry sand, water, and snow can also be harmful. Today at the pool my older daughter forgot her sunglasses and kept asking to borrow mine. The reflected sun off the water can be brutal! UV protection also is important on a cloudy day as the sun’s rays can pass through thin clouds, exposing your eyes to harmful UV radiation. Just as you can still get sunburned on an overcast day, your eyes can still be exposed to UV rays.

I always wear sunglasses at the pool or when outdoors on a sunny day, especially when driving. While sunglasses are definitely a good idea when it comes to eye protection, not all sunglasses are created equal. Choose sunglasses that limit transmission to no more than 1 percent UVB and 1 percent UVA rays. Sometimes the information on the glasses will say they block at least 99 percent of the UV rays.

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Here are three things to look for when buying sunglasses:

  • Lenses large enough to completely cover the eye and prevent as much light as possible from entering through the edges of the glasses. Wrap-around sunglasses are best.
  • Darker lenses, particularly if you are more light sensitive.
  • Gray lenses. They provide the least color distortion, but not any better protection than other colored lenses. While most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, most frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the sides, top and bottom of the glasses

UV blocking contact lenses can provide an important level of additional protection from UV exposure. Not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 81% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products.*

Want to learn more about how you can protect your eyes from UV exposure? Visit Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know on the ACUVUE® website.

First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Repair Cream Review

Disclosure: Amazon affiliate link used.

If you have extremely sensitive skin, especially in the winter, and you’re looking for a great facial moisturizing cream that is petroleum free, I have found your product!

Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty (FAB) is an intense therapy skin protectant formulated to hydrate dry, parched skin.

A few thoughts on this product: it’s a very light whipped cream consistency, making ideals for sensitive skin. If you want your moisturizers to feel thick and greasy, this is not it. Designed for the face as well as the body, I found that FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream was great for chapped skin around my nose when I had a cold. It’s also great for kids’ chapped faces since it’s not greasy and it’s unscented. Now this isn’t a daily moisturizer with an SPF that I’d wear daily, but it’s ideal for irritated skin, especially in the winter. FAB does offer a full line of products for the face, including a daily face moisturizer, eye cream and cleanser.

I wasn’t familiar with FAB, founded in 2009 and specializing in safe and effective beauty skin care products. FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, including parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes. Some of their products are also FDA-approved OTC formulas that target skin issues such as eczema and acne.

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More details from FAB’s website:

FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil and ceramides, FAB Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair Cream can be used all over the body and on the face.

WHO SHOULD USE IT
FAB Ultra Repair Cream is for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments or any of the following conditions: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, keratosis pilaris.

BENEFITS
Hydrates, calms and smoothes skin. Improves natural barrier function. Relieves minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other conditions.

FEATURES
No Parabens, Harsh Chemicals or Colorants.

FAB Ultra Repair is a bit on the pricey side at $28 for a 6 oz. tub or $12 for a 2 oz. tub but if you have irritated, sensitive skin this may be the product for you. FAB Ultra Repair is sold on the FAB website and Amazon.

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