When I received my sample of Gloves in a Bottle shielding lotion a month ago, I was skeptical. I read the testimonials and claims on the product web site, and I looked at the before (ick!) and after photos, too. Nonetheless, I decided I'd put it to the test. I subjected Gloves in a Bottle to the driest, most cracked skin I could find: on my feet.
I didn't take before photos, but believe me when I say that my feet were like sandpaper. Scratchy, ugly skin that catches on socks and sheets. Attractive. Not! And in the winter, they're even worse. With the furnace cranking all the time (it's been a very cold January in NY), the air in my house is extremely dry.
After one use of Gloves in a Bottle, I noticed an improvement in my feet. I've been using it for 4-5 weeks now, and the skin on my feet is in much better condition than my chapped red hands, which haven't been treated to this lotion. The skin on my feet doesn't catch on anything anymore, and it's actually soft! The instructions said to apply the lotion every 4 hours, but I only use it once/day. This stuff works!
Before becoming a mom, I was all about department store skin care products. Then, when my son arrived, the products I used on my skin became less of a priority. I don't go to the mall much anyway, since I mostly shop at garage sales! Today I shop for moisturizers and skin care products at the grocery store. And I do have my trusted brand.
A while back, a representative from Skin MD Natural contacted me to try out their "shielding lotion." I'm kind of picky about moisturizers since I have oily and sensitive skin, but when I saw that Skin MD Natural's top two ingredients are water and aloe, I was game for the trial.
Sure enough, the product delivers as advertised. You only need to use a tiny bit, and it's absorbed very quickly. The whole concept of a shielding lotion was new to me, but I do like the idea of protecting my skin from irritants. Since I swim in a heavily chlorinated pool regularly, I was curious if this stuff would really protect my skin from the harsh chlorine. I've tried it out on my face before swimming, and I do believe this product makes a difference. After using this lotion, my face doesn't feel eaten alive or chapped from the chlorine, as it sometimes does. I guess it is actually shielding me!
Skin MD Natural costs about what my department store moisturizer cost me when I was using it. Not cheap. But a 4-oz bottle will last a looooong time, because a little of this stuff goes a long way.
When the nice man from TrueBlue asked if I'd review TrueBlue Blueberry juice, I didn't hesitate to say
yes. After all, when blueberries are in season, I'm a blueberry pusher around here. On cereal. In pancakes. In frozen drinks. On salads. I love that these berries are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. And I am fascinated by the factoids about the blueberry. So, give me blueberries in a juice that I can put in my son's sippy cup? I'm there.
For our first tasting, we chilled a bottle of TrueBlue and served it over ice. My 3-year-old son was very involved in the tastings, as he has grape juice each day (albeit highly watered down by Mom and Dad). Of course I read the bottle before giving it to my son. TrueBlue blueberry juice is a juice cocktail (25% juice) and it contains nohigh-fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors. All pluses in my book, and a rarity in juice cocktails. I was shocked to look at a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry and see that its #2 ingredient (after water) is high-fructose corn syrup. I prefer that my son have 100% juice, watered down, since I don't want to fill him with additives and tons of sugar. But an 8-ounce serving of TrueBlue has 26 grams of sugar, compared to 39 grams in Welch's grape juice. TrueBlue has a bunch of different varieties, too, including Blueberry Green Tea, which sounds wonderful to me.
The juices in TrueBlue Blueberry are a blend of blueberry and grape. This is a very tasty drink -- not overly sweet. Just the right amount of sweet, actually. My son clammered for "more! more!" after downing his first serving.
For our second tasting, I made blueberry banana smoothies. Mmmm! My little boy got to the bottom of his cup so fast, I ended up pouring some from my glass into his. Blueberry juice, bananas, and vanilla yogurt. What's not to love? Healthy and yummy.
Next? I'll be making blueberry popsicles. Something tells me I'll be the popular Mom on our street when I take them out of the freezer!