Saturday, September 23, 2017

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask





The coolest thing in skincare this year? I think so. The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ($45.99 to $49.99 CAD at major retailers starting September 2017) is a new way to treat acne, an at-home LED device that uses red and blue light to gently treat acne. Red light reduces inflammation, while blue light targets acne-causing bacteria. 

The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask includes two pieces - a mask and an activator. The mask is plugged into the activator, which delivers up to 30 treatments. After the 30 treatments, a new activator ($19.99 to $21.99 CAD) must be purchased for another 30 treatments. 

How to use the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

  1. Wash your face
  2. Plug the mask into the activator
  3. Place the mask on your face and press and hold start for a full second
  4. Lie back and relax for 10 minutes while the mask works its magic. 


Does it work? 

Neutrogena has conducted a study for 12 weeks, where those using the mask saw fewer breakouts (98%), had smoother skin (94%), and showed a reduction in inflammatory acne (90%). Further, 85% agreed that it is gentle on the skin. 

I've been using the mask on and off this summer, maybe once or twice a week. My skin is generally clear, but I get hormonal acne during that special time of the month. I didn't see a significant difference in the reduction in hormonal acne, but my acne did seem to be less red, under the skin cystic bumps and more surface level acne, which I find in general to be more manageable. 

The mask is very easy to use, but for my face shape I didn't find it easy to sit up with it on, as the glasses would slide off my face. In my opinion, the best way to wear the mask is lying down in bed (the best way to do most things). I'm glad that the mask has sunglasses because the light is very bright. So bright that I find it best to just close my eyes (which goes hand in hand with lying down in bed). 

Recycling

One of my initial hesitations with the device was that while the mask itself is reusable, the Mask Activator would not be recyclable. Well, it is. Neutrogena is partnering with Stericycle to help consumers recycle their Activators. It's as simple as printing off a pre-paid shipping label and sending it off to a Stericycle plant to be recycled. 

For more info on recylcing your Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Activator visit https://www.neutrogena.ca/neutrogena-recycling-activator

Overall

It's a super cool, innovative device at a very accessible price. I think it is worth the small investment, especially if you find topical products and stonger acid products to be too harsh or ineffective. 


I partnered with NEUTROGENA® on this post. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Where to Buy Prescription Glasses Online

As a glasses wearer since 2000, I've had my fair share of pairs. Here's a summary of my experiences with purchasing glasses online: 


From left to right: Firmoo, Glasses Shop, Clearly, Smart Buy Glasses

Firmoo.com

Firmoo.com is my go-to for inexpensive glasses in simple styles. When I say inexpensive, I mean two pairs of prescription glasses for $19 or free and just pay shipping type prices. Firmoo's deals are out of this world. The frames aren't exactly sturdy. I've had the style I'm currently wearing (Style #S6252 - $23) for about a year. A nose pad fell off while I was on vacation in Peru and I latched it back on with a needle and thread.

The Verdict: Firmoo.com is great if you're rough with your glasses (I sat on a pair once) or don't care for designer brands.
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GlassesShop.com

Like Firmoo.com, GlassesShop.com offers eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses at discount prices. For example, you can buy eyeglasses online for 50% off everything with the code GSHOT50 or get the first pair free with the code FIRSTFREE. I received a pair of the Amanda Cat Eye - Tortise ($34.95) prescription sunglasses for review. They're a little big on my face but look decent. However, the frame feels a bit flimsy.

The Verdict: About the same as Firmoo, it just depends when you want your glasses and which site has the better deal. 

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Clearly.ca

Clearly.ca is a one stop shop for both contacts and eyewear. Sunglasses and glasses start from $50 and go up to $280 for some designer frames. Clearly is unique because they also sell their own exclusive brands of eyewear that are designed in Vancouver, Canada. These brands include Kam Dhillon, Main Central, Derek Cardigan and Joseph Marc. The in-house brands feature very stylish and on-trend colours and shapes.

I have a pair of Kam Dhillon Gold Chloe Glasses, which I love to wear when I'm feeling fancy. 

The Verdict: Pricier eyewear but for trendy and unique frames at fairly affordable price. Also, faster shipping since it's domestic. 

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SmartBuyGlasses.ca


SmartBuyGlasses has  more selection than Firmoo, with over 80,000 frames. The website also has a sustainability "buy one, plant one" tree program called "Oh My Woodness". In collaboration with the Eden Reforestation projects, for each pair of wooden sunglasses sold a tree is planted in Haiti, Madagascar or Nepal in collaboration.

I was sent a pair of Giorgio Armani Asian Fit AR8040F sunglasses (non-prescription - $404.95). I think anything more than $300 is an exorbitant amount of money for a pair of glasses, especially if they don't include prescription lenses. SmartBuyGlasses guarantees the authenticity of its products. However, the frames I received felt light and cheap, nothing like how I would expect designer to feel. On another note, "Asian Fit" is not one-size-fits-all-Asians, the frames are too narrow for my face and the rims touch my cheekbones.

The Verdict: SmartBuyGlasses has an amazing selection of frames and the corporate social responsibility programs are a nice touch, but I'm iffy about the pricing and authenticity of their products.

Ships from China


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