Glowing, Healthy Skin From Puritan’s Pride and *Giveaway*

My skin has issues, so I was initially a bit hesitant about the skin care month of the Puritan’s Pride sponsored summer series I’m a part of with Lynda, Deborah and Brie. Fortunately, thanks to new drugs keeping things under control, I was eager to try the new products once they arrived. Now, after about a month of use, my skin has never looked more glowing and healthy, so I’m especially thrilled that Puritan’s Pride is giving away all of the products in this post to one lucky reader!

Before I received the new products, my daily skincare routine was pretty basic. I washed with a salicylic acid cleanser and followed with a lotion that was good for use on both my face and body. Simple and inexpensive.

There’s no denying the obvious benefits I’ve seen from using all of these products and although I can’t pinpoint which ones did the trick, I certainly have a few favorites.

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Pictured here:

Alba Even Advanced Enzyme Scrub

Organic Skincare Doctor Manuka Honey Face Mask (this links to a cream, not the mask since they don’t seem to have it on their website anymore)

Derma E Firming DMAE Cleanser

Puritan’s Pride Coenzyme Q-10 Creme

Derma E Age-Defying Antioxidant Eye Cream

Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream

Perfectly Pure Retinol Cream with Moroccan Argan Oil

Not Pictured: Vitamin E Lip Protector

I was especially excited that the skincare package from Puritan’s Pride included retinol cream and eye creams since these are two specific products I’ve been wanting to try, especially as my skin starts to show its age. They were also three of the products I enjoyed the most, but if I had to pick one eye cream, I would choose the age-defying antioxidant one for the simple reason that I liked the little jar better than the tube of the other one. :)

Another one of my favorites was the Vitamin E Lip Protector. This unassuming lip balm makes my lips feel so soft and smooth! The only downside is I have no idea what’s in it since neither the packaging nor the website lists any ingredients.

The scrub and cleanser all worked well enough, but I’m not ready to give up my usual salicylic acid cleanser, although Puritan’s Pride does sell that as well. It is nice to have the scrub around for every-so-often exfoliation, though.

The coenzyme creme smelled great–fruity or citrusy or mango-y–and became my morning face lotion. It looks like you can use it wherever on your body, but being in small bottle made me think of it more as a face lotion.

Every once in a while, I enjoy using a face mask for freshening up the skin. The manuka honey face mask was nice, but I can’t seem to find it on the Puritan’s Pride website for you. They do have other products made with manuka honey, which has antibacterial properties among other things.

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I made sure all of these products were paraben-free for you guys, since they’re something I avoid for myself since they are known endocrine disruptors and might possibly be linked to cancer. With my family history already against me, it’s better to be safe than sorry. As always, I only share products with you that I would use myself and my reviews are honest.

You can win all these products from Puritan’s Pride! To enter: Comment below! For an extra entry, follow me on Instagram and leave another comment on this post to let me know you did (or let me know that you already do!)! *Contest ends Tuesday, July 6 at 11:59PM. US only.

Plus, you can hop and enter the giveaways from LyndaDeborah and Brie!

Also, linking up with Running with SD Mom for her giveaway linkup–so many fun things to enter to win over there!

Thank you, Puritan’s Pride, for sponsoring this summer series! Click to see May’s haircare post.

 

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Fourth of July Recipe Roundup

Independence Day is this Saturday and it’s time to celebrate! Whether you’re firing up the grill at home or bringing a side dish to a friend’s, Calio‘s got a recipe for that over on the Fourth of July Recipe Roundup I put together for their blog.

Head on over to check out a delicious collection of recipes from Honey Sriracha Wings to Healthier Dessert Pizza! Yum!

Healthier Dessert Pizza

Healthier Dessert Pizza via Happy Healthy Mama

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The Past Two Weeks in Workouts: Working in Weights

This past week, I took a break from blogging. The kids have been acting up a lot lately and we’ve had a rough week or so, which meant every time I had some down time, I wanted it to be just that. Down time. Not time for working on something.

Thankfully, Friday seemed to take a turn for the better with a trip to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. It was the first day in awhile that we had more smiles than screams and I was thankful.

Emme on the Bulgy ride at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
The kids spent the rest of the weekend 
with my in laws, so now we’re doing all right. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

Doug and I spent some time putting the garage back together now that the rafters are finished and Sunday we both had some time to relax on our own and then enjoy the evening together.

Carnitas nachos and Francisco Libre drink from Zona Rosa in Los Gatos

This drink. These carnitas nachos. Zona Rosa does it right!

Since I didn’t get my workouts out last week, this week I have two full weeks for you, which is sometimes fun to see anyway. Plus, I have more to write about than just Pilates because I’ve been making the extra effort to get in the workouts I need for ME, not just what I teach my classes.

I’ve made it known that since I’ve been teaching Pilates everyday–which is not what my body needs to stay fit–I’ve had a difficult time fitting in my own mix of workouts and I’m noticing the difference. Since I can see the difference in my body now, I’m working hard again to get what I need in so that I can be my healthiest self.

Here’s what the last two weeks looked like:

6/15-6/21

Monday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Tabata 4 rounds + Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility– Teach Pilates + Treadmill run 10 min HIIT and 15 min Steady + Jog to Karate 1 mile
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates x2 + Treadmill HIIT 20 min
Friday: Active Rest – Paddleboarding and kayaking
Saturday: Active Rest – Paddleboarding and kayaking

Emme playing in the sand at White Pines Lake

6/22-6/28

Monday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Tabata 4 rounds + Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates + Treadmill run 2 miles
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates + Workout 2 
Thursday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates x2
Friday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Saturday: Cardio: Run to farmer’s market: 2 miles
Sunday: OFF

You can see that most of my cardio I squeezed in around teaching Pilates while the kids were still in kids club at the gyms I work at. I was happy that I managed some additional exercise besides that too, like paddle boarding and kayaking while on vacation. There was definitely time spent relaxing by the lake when the kids allowed it too!

Drinking a beer at Utica Lake

Fitnessista is starting week three of her summer shape up this week, which is an amazing program to follow if you’re trying to amp up your fitness routine. I’m behind since I couldn’t squeeze the weights in during our vacation week, but this week I got in one of the workouts. It felt so good to lift something heavy again even if the only time I had to do it was while the kids watched TV (which they turned off before the show was over because they wanted to workout with me!).

It’s been forever since I’ve lifted weights since I’ve been focused on getting cardio in, but now that I’ve been getting that done, my goal is to get in weights once a week. Pilates is excellent strength training, but since I do it all the time, I need to mix it up. I pushed myself and used heavier weights than I’m used to and it felt great!

I’ll be back to blogging again this week, including an exciting giveaway for you, so stay tuned!

Have you tried stand up paddle boarding? Such a great core and back workout!

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