Dare To Be Bare

by Jillian on May 18, 2012 · 1 comment

Let’s get to the point. I sweat, a lot. I deal with shirt armpits turning yellow, sweat stains on the back of my silk shirt, and returning from the gym looking as if I went swimming. So when Daily Buzz Healthy Living contacted me asking if I’d like to try the new Dove Clear Tone Deodorant, I eagerly accepted. Being that I currently use Dove deodorant products, I was delighted to see a Clear Tone version of the Clinical Protection arrive along with the Clear Tone sheer touch deodorant.

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The clear tone is a solid stick that helps ‘visibly reduce dark marks’ and ‘helps restore skin to its natural tone’. Being that I don’t have dark marks under my arms, I can’t vouch for that part. It does smell pretty and leave my skin feeling smooth, but I am typically not a solid deodorant stick kind of girl. Even though it claims to “stay on skin – not on clothes”, it seemed to leave residue, as most solid sticks do. It was not nearly as bad as some that I have tried in the past, though!

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Luckily, the Clear Tone Clinical Protection was right up my alley. It smells delightful, doesn’t rub off on my clothes, and keeps me dry. It also leaves my skin soft and moisturized. I definitely need the prescription – strength wetness protection that the clinical protection offers!

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Either way, both of these deodorants have a moisturizing effect on the skin. They left my underarms feeling smooth.

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During the summer, I am a little more self conscious about my skin being that I am usually in tank tops. I dare to be bare and stay confident in my skin by following these tips:

  • Exfoliate: I try to exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating gets rid of all the dead skin cells (think about all the skin that peels off when you get sunburnt!). It leaves skin able to breathe and feeling super smooth.
  • Moisturizing is part of my daily routine. It helps keeps skin from drying out. If your skin is super dry, using a lotion that has alpha or beta hydroxy acids will help with exfoliation, as well.
  • Lather up with soap and warm (not hot – that can dry out your skin!) water when you shave. Dry shaving can cause irritation bumps. Also remember to shave in the direction that the hair grows, not against it!
  • Consume lots of antioxidants. Blackberries, kale, almonds, I don’t care how you get ‘em, just eat a lot of ‘em! They help fight the effects of free radicals. Antioxidants also help shield your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
  • Water Hydrotherapy: It’ sounds crazy, but try alternating warm and cold water in the shower. It helps bring blood to the surface of the skin and improves circulation. Using hot water opens up your pores to clean them, and cold water closes pores and constricts blood vessels. So, end your shower with cold water for less visible pores, reduced swelling & under eye dark circles, and a healthy glow!
  • Wash your face every night. I don’t care how drunk you are. Wash your face. My mom taught me from day one that I should wash my face every night before bed and I still swear by it. Even during college, my shoes, purse, and jewelry would be thrown around my room, I’d be sleeping in my clothes, but my face was always washed when I woke up! Leaving makeup and oil on your skin overnight is a recipe for breakouts.
  • Move! Exercise helps increase blood flow which in turn, helps to nourish skin cells. As I’ve learned in my personal training studies, blood carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and carries away waste products. So, go increase your blood flow!
  • Get enough sleep. Who doesn’t love to sleep? Sleep more and have healthy looking skin? Sound easy to me! Collagen production happens when you sleep. Cell and tissue repair happens when you sleep, so be sure to get enough of it every night!

As part of the DailyBuzz Healthy Living Program, I received free Clear Tone Deodorant and a stipend from Dove. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

  • How do you dare to be bare?

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1 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

What an incredible post!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your tips to have healthy skin! :)

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