What About Shaving Mirrors? Toilettree–An Outstanding Product

Shaving in the shower is convenient for several reasons; however, it has its own set of challenges.

One of the most annoying limitations is not being able to see what you’re doing when you’re trying to shave because of inadequate lighting or because your mirror is always obscured by condensation.

Among the most useful gifts that I have received is the Toilettree LED Fogless Shower Mirror; although I wasn’t expecting this particular present, I have been pleasantly surprised with it and have been using it for years.Fogless-LED-Mirror

Background

The Toilettree company was founded in 2010 by Gary Parisi and his sons in Rockland County, NY. It originated as a hobby, allowing them to remain in contact with one another, but it soon grew into a full-time business due to the increased demand for their quality and innovative products.

Specifications

Size: 9.5″W x 7.5″H (external dimensions)

Mirror surface: 8″W x 6″H

Price: $39.95 (for lighted model; travel mirror is $17.95)

Rating: 4.5/5 (excellent)

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What’s Sodium Hypochlorite? A Review of CLn Acne Cleanser

Background

CLn is a skin cleanser product company founded by Dr. Azam Anwar, a cardiologist who developed MRSA (a strain of bacteria resistant to penicillin-based antibiotics) cellulitis (a skin infection) on his leg.

As part of his treatment for the infection, he was instructed to cleanse the area daily using chlorhexidine (a powerful clinical skin disinfectant used to clean skin prior to surgery).

He was unable to tolerate the frequent use of chlorhexidine, so he was instructed to bathe using a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite (commonly known as bleach); the infection soon resolved in part due to the sodium hypochlorite baths.

Sodium-Hypochlorite-Formula
Sodium Hypochlorite
(Bleach)
Chemical Formula

Through his collaboration with dermatologists and other medical professionals, a cleanser that was safe, potent, affordable and easy to use was developed and was thereafter known as CLn Body Wash.

Since that time, CLn has expanded its repertoire to include a variety of gel-based skin cleansers harnessing the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of sodium hypochlorite.

CLn Skin Clarifying Acne Cleanser is such a cleanser that contains both sodium hypochlorite and a dilute formulation of salicylic acid to help treat and prevent acne breakouts.CLn-Acne-Cleanser

Specifications

Type: Cleanser

Texture: Gel

Color: Transparent/colorless

Scent: Clinical; mild bleach-like scent

Finish: Clean; non-soapy

Price: $11.20/ounce (inexpensive)

Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

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What’s Alum? A Review of The Art of Shaving Alum Block

Background

The Art of Shaving is a retailer of upscale shaving products that was founded in Manhattan in 1996 by Eric Malka and Myriam Zaoui.

It was purchased by Proctor and Gamble in 2007 and its headquarters are now located in Miami, FL.

Alum is a compound in which aluminum and a monovalent cation (usually potassium) form a salt with sulfate; it is an astringent and helps stop small nicks and cuts from bleeding.

Alum is an acidic compound; it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can help decrease the incidence of post-shaving irritation.

When used in wet shaving, alum comes in the form of a block or other solid that can be directly applied to the skin afterward; The Art of Shaving Alum Block can be used after shaving to help prevent post-shaving irritation.

Alum-Block-Case

Specifications:

Type: Solid block.

Texture: Smooth.

Color: Whitish; translucent.

Scent: Unscented.

Finish: Smooth; leaves skin with a “tight” feeling.

Price: Inexpensive ($5.43 per ounce); lasts a long time.

Rating: 5/5 (Ideal)

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What’s Ferulic Acid? A SkinCeuticals Serum Product Review

Background

SkinCeuticals is a premier skincare product company that was co-founded in 1997 by Sheldon Pinnell, MD.

Dr. Pinnell completed his medical school training at Yale University Medical School and his residency in dermatology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

He then served as the chief of the department of dermatology at Duke University Medical School for 15 years and developed what has become known as the Duke Antioxidant Patent, which is a product formulation for the effective delivery of Vitamin C to the skin.Skinceuticals-C-E-Ferulic

C E Ferulic® with 15% L-ascorbic acid

SkinCeuticals was purchased by the L’Oreal Company in 2005, and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is an antioxidant-rich serum containing Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ferulic acid, which is found in the cell walls of certain plants.

Specifications

Type: Serum.

Texture: Liquid.

Color: Very slight yellowish tint.

Scent: Earthy; vaguely coffee-like.

Finish: Light, slightly tacky.

Price: Expensive ($165 per ounce).

Rating: 4/5 (Good).

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Review: Neutrogena Triple Action Toner

Background

For as long as I can remember, when I think of skin care, my mind immediately pictures the transparent, orange-yellow cleansing bar with the word Neutrogena stamped into it.

Neutrogena, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has definitely been around long enough to become a recognizable name in the skincare industry and is the most recommended (by dermatologists) over-the-counter skin care brand in the USA.

Neutrogena makes a wide variety of skin care products ranging from soaps and facial cleansers to anti-wrinkle creams and serums and is well-known for products used to prevent and treat acne, one of which is The Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner.

When used as part of a more comprehensive skin care routine, toners are known to have a variety of benefits.

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Neutrogena
Acne Stress Control
2% Salicylic Acid Toner

Specifications

Type: Toner.

Texture: Liquid.

Color: Transparent bluish-green.

Scent: Botanical; cucumber.

Finish: Smooth; easily-absorbed.

Price: $7 for 8 fluid ounces ($0.87/ounce).

Rating: 4/5 (good).

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La Mer Concentrate Serum: A Versatile Product

Background

Creme de la Mer has evolved into a quasi-legendary skin care product line; it began as a smaller, word-of-mouth organization and was later purchased by the Estee Lauder company in 1995.

The Concentrate is an anti-inflammatory, hydrating serum that contains a concentrated form of “Miracle Broth”, an ingredient common to all Creme de la Mer products, which is a proprietary, nutrient-rich serum derived from the “biofermentation” of sea kelp.

Due to its iconic status among celebrities, beauty professionals, and obsessive skin care consumers, the price of Creme de la Mer has been driven to unbelievable heights over the years.

 

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Creme de la Mer: The Concentrate Serum

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La Mer The Moisturizing Cream: Review of a Cult Favorite

Background

Creme de la Mer has evolved into a quasi-legendary skin care product line; it began as a smaller, word-of-mouth organization and was later purchased by the Estee Lauder company in 1995.

The mainstay of this skincare line is The Moisturizing Cream, a luxurious facial moisturizing cream containing “Miracle Broth”, an ingredient common to all Creme de la Mer products, which is a proprietary, nutrient-rich serum derived from the “biofermentation” of sea kelp.

Due to its iconic status among celebrities, beauty professionals, and obsessive skin care consumers, the price of Creme de la Mer has been driven to unbelievable heights over the years.

La-Mer-Moisturizing Cream
Creme de la Mer
Moisturizing Cream
Special Edition Blue Heart Jar

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