The Anti-Aging Journey: What to Change, What to Do

For those of you under 30, anti-aging skincare is probably not the highest priority on your to-do list. But for those of us past 30 (and past 40, I must be honest), even if we never thought of ourselves as vain, we do glance in the mirror and wonder if we’re doing enough to keep our skin looking young for as long as possible.

I have been blessed (thanks Mom!) with good genes. Folks in my gene pool tend to look 10 or more years younger than their actual age for a long time. Even in their 80’s (we live a long time too), my family members look great. But even good genes aren’t enough, especially if you like to spend time outdoors.

Here are some anti-aging skin care tips to help you along.

Drink plenty of water. Really, it is not an old wives tale. Staying hydrated keeps your skin plump and young looking. Dehydrated skin looks dry and wrinkly. Eat right and take your vitamins. If you’re eating fast food, sweets and sodas, you’re not doing your skin any favors. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. Your waistline and your skin will thank you. Exercise. Right along with a healthy diet, exercise keeps you young–inside and out.

Use good quality skin care products. I’m sorry ladies, but soap and water are not going to make you a natural beauty. You don’t need a complicated regimen, but a cleanser and moisturizer suitable to your skin type should form the backbone of your anti-aging skin care routine. Look for anti-aging cosmetics. As we age we don’t want to look heavily made up, as if we’re trying to hide something. What you do want is simple daily make up that both enhances your skin and makes you look younger. Wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day. Preferably use one with natural sun blocking ingredients, such as zinc, and not chemical blockers.

Change your diet. Try using a diet that is very high in fats and proteins, and low in carbs. Not only is this type of diet great for your skin, but it also will help you lose body fat and gain lean muscle. The most popular of these currently is the ketogenic diet, or keto. Check TastyKeto’s list of the best selling ketogenic cookbook for more.

Wash your face every night, even if you didn’t wear make up. Cosmetics, oils and environmental toxins need to be washed away before you jump into bed. Think of all the dirt, pollens and pollutants floating around in the air that have been quietly making themselves comfortable on your skin; get rid of them and prevent environmental damage to your skin.

Don’t smoke. Talk about toxic pollutants that can damage your skin. Non-smokers will always look younger than smokers.

The anti-aging journey doesn’t need to be filled with rocky roads and washed out bridges, just follow these simple, healthy tips and you can keep your youthful appearance for many years.

Evolution Man: An Evolution in Skincare for Men

Evolution Man, an LA-based company, is changing the way men think about skincare with their brand new line of skincare products for men. The Evolution Man line offers everything a guy needs to be clean, protected and wrinkle-free.

The Good Stuff

With key ingredients like Algae Extract to balance skin’s moisture content, vitamin C to encourage collagen production, and Grape Seed Extract to soothe irritated skin, Evolution Man keeps men looking great at any age. Some of the products include Wash amp; Buff, Cleanse amp; Shave, Moisture Protect, Revitalize Eye Gel, and even a specially formulated lip balm.

And as an added bonus, the handsome white-on-black packaging makes these products perfectly OK to take in your gym bag, to work, or even in your overnight bag.

The Evolution Man products are missing a few things, too. They are specially formulated without all the nasty stuff like parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan-all the stuff you don’t want in your skincare.

One of the faves

Conceal is an awesome product, and definitely a must-have in every guy’s man bag. It is basically a sheer lightweight concealer that smooths skin imperfections, blemishes and dark circles in seconds. It is easy to apply and stays on all day. Plus it is available in three shades: light, medium and dark. According to our guy testers, “It was a well spent $20.”

What people (like my guys) are saying:

Our team of guy testers sampled several Evolution Man products including the Wash amp; Buff, Cleanse amp; Shave, Moisture Protect, Revitalize Eye Gel, and the lip balm-the entire team loved all of the products.

A thirty-something tester said he liked the Moisture Protect SPF 20 because “It absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on your skin. Plus it lasts all day and has a subtle scent.” He also liked the lip balm for the same reasons.

Our teen tester really liked the Wash amp; Buff “To keep skin clean and smooth.” He also liked the Moisture Protect SPF 20 and the lip balm “because they are simple ways to take care of your skin without a lengthy (and girly-feeling) routine.”

Evolution Man products range in price from $10 to $24, or they have entire skincare systems available for $110.
The entire Evolution Man line of products is available at or at select retailers.

Skincare Tips for “Tweens”

A “tween” is usually defined as a child between the ages of 10 and 13. This is a time of transition, as the child is no longer a “little” boy or girl, but isn’t an adolescent, either.

However, it is not uncommon for the first signs of puberty to appear during the “tween” years.

These can range from the development of body odor in both boys and girls to the beginning of muscle mass formation in boys and the laying down of fat deposits in certain areas in girls. And, depending on genetics and other factors, many “tween” girls may begin menstruating during this time, and some boys may begin to mature sexually.

If your child is entering into the “tween” years, you may wonder if you really need to start worrying about skin care. When it comes to the formation of acne blemishes or other types of skin problems, you may not see this occurring to any extreme at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean your child doesn’t need to start learning a good skin routine.

If your “tween” is a boy, you may be thinking that you don’t need to read any further, because boys don’t have to be as concerned with their skin as girls. This is not true; all children need a skin care routine.

The most important element of a “tween” skin care routine is the use of sun screen. And, this applies to boys and girls. Severe sunburns suffered in childhood or early adolescents may increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.

And, even boys need a good cleansing routine. It may simply be a matter of using a mild soap and water for daily cleansing, but dirt and sweat need to be removed thoroughly and as soon as possible.

“Tween” girls may start noticing signs of oiliness or problems with blemishes. A good sin care routine can help control these problems before they get worse. In fact, properly cleansing the face may actually help alleviate the problems to some extent. Acne break-outs may be diminished, and oiliness may not be as noticeable with proper skin care.

And, it’s never too early to start moisturizing, and this, too, includes boys. The moisturizer should be lightweight so that it will not cause or contribute to oiliness. If your child participates in sports, the moisturizer should be sweat-resistant. All moisturizers should contain sun screen.

As your “tweens” mature, they will not have to worry about learning a skin care routine. They will already have one in place, and the results of it will most likely already be evident in the healthy complexion and even skin tone.

3 Skincare Secrets I Had to Learn Myself

With all the skin care advice available, beginning with our mothers and continuing all around the internet, you would think someone would have found a solution for what ails 17 million people in the United States alone-acne.

Like the rest of the population of acne sufferers, I tried everything I possibly could do to eradicate this problem. I exfoliated, used salicylic acid, went without makeup, had facials, and used only high end products for a long time. Nothing could permanently change my acne. I would see results for a month at best! Many people go to even more extreme measures (think major detox diets) to see results-often to no avail.

With a little logic I was finally able, after a 7 year battle, to discern my skincare needs in three simple steps. Finally I saw a permanent change in my complexion! Try these for yourself-it certainly won’t hurt and for me, these simple steps have been the cure I was feverishly searching for.

Skincare Secret #1
If it’s gentle enough for my baby, it’s perfect for my face.
After running out of my regular facial cleanser and out of time to hit the store, I had no choice to use what I had on hand. What I had on hand was baby shampoo. I reasoned for a minute that it didn’t hurt my son’s delicate skin so it would probably work for my skin for a day or two. It left my skin feeling clean, soft and elastic. I continued using it through the end of the week, then the end of the month, and now it’s been two years of original baby shampoo for my face. Not only is it the best cleanser I’ve ever used but at about $3 a bottle (which easily lasts 6-8 weeks) it’s a steal!

Skincare Secret #2
Italians have done it for thousands of years!
A couple of years back I began my love affair with extra-virgin olive oil. I cooked everything in it. I even loved it on my fresh strawberry salads. In my quest to find other ways to use this golden oil, I began researching olive oil skin care. At first I couldn’t wrap my mind around using an oil to combat oil, but I was desperate and I reasoned that Italians have been using olive oil on their skin for thousands of years so this advice must carry some weight. At first I used it on my body as a lotion replacement after showers. This is when I saw results. The backs of my arms became smoother and my skin took on a gorgeous glow! Overall my tone began improving. So on the face it went! It is, in my opinion, the single best thing a person can do for their complexion. Extra virgin olive oil has amazing anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It took roughly a month to see my acne fade but it has never returned since!

Skincare Secret #3
A little scrub here and there..
After I began seeing noticeable results from my nightly regimen of baby wash and olive oil, I noticed I had scars; something I never even thought about before as I just wanted the acne gone. I decided I needed one more adjustment. Microdermabrasion. I wasn’t willing to frequently go for treatments; I knew I needed something I could do at home. After a little searching online I found a perfect microdermabrasion and peel kit that I use every other night like clockwork.

So in a total of two months time I saw significant improvement in my skin tone. In fact, my acne went away and never came back! Take my advice and give a few of these (or all) tips a try!

Men’s Skincare: Simple Ways to Get Men to Add Skincare to Their Daily Routine

In today’s society, not only women are purchasing skin care products. More and more men are concerned about the appearance of their skin and are seeking ways to find informative solutions to common problems like breakouts and sun damage. Everyone feels better when their skin is smooth and clean and it is never too soon to begin suggesting simple ways to add skin care as a daily routine.

As a mother and beauty specialist, I began buying products to help teach both my children (daughter and son) to cleanse their skin before they became teenagers. I will admit, even though I approached the subject of proper skin care and maintenance with thoughtful consideration, my son was a little apprehensive about having more products on his bathroom shelf to try and figure out. My daughter was easy; she likes to read about beauty products so for me, the suggestion part was taken care of.

I first purchased a variety of well known brands. I now know that, staying within one product line helps clear up skin more efficiently because all the products are designed to work together. When bigger issues surfaced like hard to manage acne, I sought out the advice of a licensed dermatologist who recommended easing into a different formula, or backing off of a certain product that might be drying, like too much benzoyl peroxide.

Grown men and young men alike want to learn ways in which to take care of their skin, but are often too intimidated to ask. My husband asks me what to use as a daily maintenance skin care regime as he still goes through periods of adult break outs. I helped him tailor his shower routine with his skincare routine and he was able to better correct and balance his skin, without hassling with too many things to do in the AM. Fortunately, skin and hair care companies have realized the need to target men and boys, and are creating great products that answer their specific hair and skincare needs.

As of late he has asked me about those little lines that are showing up around his eyes and mouth when he smiles. I showed him the products that I use and how to use them. So far, he seems pleased, and although he doesn’t go through the routine that I do each night, I find he is taking much better care of his skin, and he remembers to use an SPF dermatologist approved sunscreen.

My suggestion for anyone who has a child or significant other who are reluctant to ask about skin care products is to be open minded and suggestive with them when explaining their options. This way you have an equal exchange of information and get a good idea about what they are looking for.

Ask them if they would like to try certain products that you already have or if they are interested in talking with a skin care professional in order to develop a routine that would work best for them. Remember, not all skin types fit into a cookie cutter mold for skin care and one product may not work for everyone.

I do suggest a visit to a licensed skin care specialist, and when you are there; ask about scheduling a mini-facial with a skin analysis. This way, you have the undivided attention of someone who is excited about sharing their knowledge about skin care with you. If you have problems with your skin that they feel might be beyond their control, every professional will recommend a visit to a dermatologist.

In some circumstances you may need a more intense therapy in the form of a prescribed medication or a topical cream. In today’s society more and more males are beginning to understand the need to take better care of their skin. Proper skin care routines including the use of sunscreen are not just for women. There are simple ways to suggest to the men in your life to add a skin care as a daily routine to help improve their overall appearance.

Six Best Winter Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

The harsh winter cold has a tendency to leave our skin looking dull and drab. Acne prone skin is no different; it still breaks out in the winter even though it may feel a bit dry and tight. My skin especially has these problems. It feels dry in spots, but is still oily and acne-prone in other spots. And without great skin care products, it starts to look pretty dull and drab. Here are my top skincare products that help my skin look great and feel great.

Mark Skin Care. Admittedly, I was skeptical of Mark products because Mark is a division of Avon, and Avon was not my favorite company. However, Mark products are very on trend, and Avon is a large, longstanding company which means they have plenty of research – and research dollars – to back up their products. So I finally tried the Mark Skin care line, hoping it could help my acne prone skin this winter. What did I find? I love it! I use That’s Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser, and every couple of days I mix it with a little bit of Berry Grand Super Exfoliating Beads to exfoliate my skin and get rid of that dull complexion. It works! The beads are actual pieces of pomegranate and cranberry. They are surprisingly gentle and easy to use.

Toner. After I cleanse, I use the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner. It contains salicylic acid and helps keep my breakouts under control. I also use it on my back to prevent any blemishes from forming there, since heavy layers of clothing in the winter can trap pore clogging dirt and moisture other places than just our face.

Moisturizer. I really like Mark’s Break Out Plan Acne Gel Moisturizer. It comes in a cute little jar with a clever pump, too. These Mark acne products are great because they contain real fruits and herbs, such as Apple and Willow Bark, to keep skin clear, along side of tried and true salicylic acid, which is acne fighting and age fighting. The only down side was the slight smell from the natural ingredients, but I did get used to it. If my face still feels dry, I follow up with a little Mary Kay Timewise Age Fighting Oil Free Moisturizer, just on my cheeks. It soaks in, but doesn’t clog my pores or make me shiny.

Eye Cream . Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night is a very heavy cream that delivers serious results. I never would have tried it because it is pretty costly at over $100 an ounce, but I received a free sample. My teeny little jar of Un-Wrinkle Night makes the perfect eye cream. This cream would probably be too heavy for my entire face, but is great for just around the eyes. I’m not sure what I’ll do when my little jar runs out!

Of course, skin care is very personal. You have to find which products work for you. For some people, results are better when they stick to a single line of skin care products. For others, like me, with acne prone skin, it works best to mix and match. A little trial and error, and a little bit of recommendations from others, and you will be well on your way to skin that is clean, clear, and glowing.

Top 5 Natural Organic Skincare Gifts

The holidays are approaching and you owe it to yourself to get into the game. When it comes to natural/organic skincare gifts for that special health fanatic in your life, there is so much to contemplate. It is 2008 and today people prefer the essence of naturalism more than ever, as opposed to artificiality. Although you cannot put a value on your skin, you can look like a million bucks at anytime. I have narrowed down an array of amazing natural/organic skincare inspired products to only 5 of the best natural/organic skincare gifts.

5. Lavanila Healthy Lip Shine Trio. I first discovered this product when watching television. I was very intrigued, as it was so natural and healthy. Exclusively available at Sephora, this startling natural/organic lip shine trio only produces the best results. Made with powerful antioxidants and 100% pure ingredients, this skincare gift makes only the best gift to that natural fanatic in your life. Because it is free of ingredients such as menthol and phenol, this brilliant product is ultimately worth your inquiry. The set includes: Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, and Vanilla Grapefruit lip shines. If you don’t own this lip shine trio, you are truly missing out. It is one of the best natural/organic skincare products in the world today.

4. Lavera amp; Lavere 21st Anniversary Gift Set. Love the skin you are in. There is just no greater feeling. If you haven’t heard of this miraculous product, you definitely need to discover it. This gleaming and astounding natural/organic skincare set includes: Lifting Serum, Hydro Sensation Energy Cream, Eye Cream, and Hand Cream. You can purchase this directly from Lavera amp; Lavere. For one who appreciates affluent products that possess only the best ingredients and produces only the best results, this is your product.

3. L’Occitane Ultra Comforting Skincare Regime Kit. Don’t let your skin feel weighed down. Allow it to come to life with this brilliant natural/organic skincare product. Formulated for every skin type, including sensitive skin. The set includes: Ultra Comforting Cream, Shea Ultra Comfort Milk, Shea Ultra Comfort Mask, and White Skincare Pouch. You can purchase this at L’Occitane directly. If you don’t own this amazing product, the time is now to purchase it today. You won’t regret it.

2. Juice Beauty Organic To Go. I first discovered this set, when it was given to me by a good friend of mine. She looked at several gifts, before she chose this gift. Knowing I am a vegetarian who appreciates holistic methods, she knew this organic inspired skincare kit was destined to attract me on several wavelengths. Available at Sephora, this 6-piece organic skincare starter set is truly a force to be reckoned with. Imagine a $45 value for only $29. This surprisingly elite skincare regime contributes to healthy skin. The set includes: cleansing milk, antioxidant serum, green apple peel, hydrating mist, oil-free moisturizer, and an organic bamboo washcloth. If you are looking for the ultimate natural/organic skincare gift, this would be it.

…and the hottest natural/organic skincare gift is…

*drum roll*

1. Origins Skin Care Starter Set. Skincare is as universal and diverse as the individual that uses it. When it comes to this amazingly fluent skincare set, anyone experiencing the need to own a marvelously healthy part of a skincare line, you are destined to love this. This amazingly immaculate set includes: Purifying Tonic, Foaming Face Wash, and Nourishing Face Lotion. You can purchase this amazing natural/organic skincare set through Origins website or at your local Origins counter. I love this and I just know that you will, too.

Skincare: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer Versus Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer

My mom told my sister and I several things about our skin when we were young. My sister had rather oily skin. Mine was extremely dry. One thing she said to my sister when she was a teenager was, “You might be having problems with pimples now, but when you girls are older, you will not age as quickly as your sister.” That may have made my sister feel better, but it made me feel like the pits.

I did make some decisions about my skin because of my mom’s words way back then. I decided to try to stay as young as possible, by using good products and caring for this dry skin properly. Today at 50, I still strive for a smooth, soft face. Clinique gives me that.

I have been using Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care Program for about 20 years. Not only does this cleanse, but also it exfoliates my skin. The Clarifying lotion helps with this after I wash with their facial soap. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the icing on the cake. It soaks into my face and makes it feel as soft as a baby. It is really the key for me.

About a year ago, I decided to save some money. Who knows why? I am working toward paying for my son’s college among many other things. I ran out of my Clinique and decided to buy something less expensive. I bought Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer, Along with it, I bought their other skin care products, for my skin. I purchased the Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, and even some Anti-Aging Crème. I wanted and must have a good moistuizer.

I don’t really know why I chose Neutrogena. I was walking down the aisle of the store and trying to decide which one to choose. This is not a very practical way to choose your moisturizers and skin care regimen. The blue container kind of just popped out from the rest. I liked the packaging. It looked fresh and clean to me with the white lettering. The advertising people did a really good job designing the packaging. I bought it and took it home thinking I would be saving money and helping my face.

I began to put water on my face to clean with the Deep Clean Cream Cleanser. When I took it off with the water, I felt that I was a little “too clean” or something. My face was tight and dry. I was hoping the moisturizer was going to take the feeling away. I put the Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer all over my face. It felt OK. An hour later, my face felt dry again. I reapplied the Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer. My face felt a little sticky but not soft.

I did continue to use these products because I wanted to give them a fair chance. After three weeks, I began to have little bumps under my eyes. I stopped applying the moisturizer close to my eyes and the bumps faded. When I squeezed the last drop out of the Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer (I do not know what was whipped into this moisturizer), I went as quickly as my little car would take me to get some more Clinique 3-Step Skin Care Program.

I found my yellow bottle of lotion with the pump at the Clinique display in Belk. I even got it on sale. That was unexpected. Clinique is known for giving tote bags or makeup bags, and I got one each of those. With packages in tow, I was headed home.

I quickly washed my face with their facial soap. This time I decided to try the liquid facial soap. It was just as wonderful as the bar soap. The bar has no smell, and the liquid has a slight smell; however, it was the same clean soft feeling on my face. The Clarifying lotion exfoliated gently, yet my skin still did not feel dry. I was ready for the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I applied it to my skin and it slowly sank in. It seemed as if my skin was smiling. That soft, supple feeling was back once more.

I made myself a promise. I would never run out of my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer again. It was simply not worth it.

This is the truth. The next day, two of my co-workers asked me if I had a new haircut or if I was wearing new makeup. They all know I only wear eye makeup. They asked if I had a facial. I smiled and said no. They said I looked really good that day. I knew it was just my face because it finally had the moisture it had been lacking from Neutrogena. Moisturizer is the key to healthy, beautiful skin…even at 50.

It is worth the extra money. We only have one face, right?

Essential Summer Skincare Tips

Whether you’re hitting the beach or relaxing by the pool for hours on end this summer, make sure you’re taking steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and maintaining that youthful glow! Keeping skin radiant during the warmer months is easier than the rest of the year, but too much fun in the sun can dry out your skin and also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Taking preventive measures to protect your skin from UV damage, dehydration and other effects of scorching heat can ward off skin damage signs of aging. Update your summer beauty regimen with these essential summer skincare tips:

Slather on the Sunscreen
Sun protection is a top priority during the summer months, especially if you are planning to be outdoors under the sun’s rays for more than an hour. Make sure you apply sunscreen from head to toe every day, and use makeup that’s infused with SPF for even more protection. If you’re not sure whether your makeup has any sunscreen in it, use a lightweight formula under your makeup instead. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, $25.56 – $31.95, is a fast-absorbing product that protects skin from both UVB and UVA rays.

Exfoliate at Least Once Per Week
Dry and flaky skin may be preventing you from maintaining a healthy, radiant glow this season. Shed that layer of dead cells by exfoliating and buffing the skin at least once per week. A pair of exfoliating wash gloves are a great addition to your beauty regimen, and can be used year round to smooth out rough patches of skin and keep your skin looking healthy. Use these in the shower once or twice per week with a brown sugar body scrub like the LaLicious Moisturizing Body Scrub, Brown Sugar and Vanilla Sugar Souffle, $25.60 – $33.30, for even more skin-smoothing benefits.

Keep Skin Hydrated with Moisturizing Gel
You can do away with shea butter and heavy moisturizers during the summer season, and replace your daily moisturizer with a lightweight, scented lotion. Try a moisturizing gel to keep skin cool after a hot day in the sun, and also to infuse it with much-needed moisture. Vaseline Moisturizing Gel with Aloe, $5.03 – $18.27, is a clear and light formula that sinks deep into the pores within seconds and will give your skin a refreshing boost of hydration. If you tend to burn easily during the summer or just want to avoid heavy moisturizers this season, stick with a gel like this to keep skin soft and to restore lost moisture.


California Baby: Natural Skincare Products Safe for Babies and You!

In my quest to live as naturally as possible, I searched high and low for a beauty product that was suitable for my eczema-prone skin. As anyone with the skin condition will know, it can be difficult to find something that will not provoke an adverse reaction. There are many lotions and creams out on the market today containing synthetic fragrances, which can dry out the skin and lead to the tell-tale itchiness of eczema.

California Baby’s products are made with essential oils and organic ingredients. Additionally they are not animal tested, and are sulfate and paraben-free. On the company’s website ( customers can view the large product section from skin care to bug repellents and accessories. Although the target line was originally products for babies, everything on the website can be used for everyone in the family. For more information on what makes California Baby natural, the FAQ page has a detailed explanation on what is used and what is avoided.

Unsure of what product to try? Items are also grouped under “massage”, “shop by scent”, “no fragrance”, “calming”, “travel sizes”, “newborn basics”, and “eczema care”. For those with eczema, I highly recommend the Calendula Cream. I used it on a terrible patch that would not go away and was surprised it did not sting upon contact. The cream greatly reduced the itch, and helped the skin heal within a week. And unlike other non-steroidal creams, it absorbed quickly without feeling sticky. Best of all, the cream’s smell of lavender made it easy to whip out during work and dab on a spot without anyone commenting. Imagine doing that with traditional medications!

The only problem with California Baby products is the price to quantity ratio. The Calendula Cream comes in a 60 gram tub at $11.50. Although the quality of ingredients would account for the price, it is still expensive. The largest size available is the gallon, available for certain shampoo and bodywashes, bubble baths, and lotions. A gallon of Calming Shampoo amp; Bodywash for example, is priced at $118.90. However, the company will also offer specials from time to time; as of writing there are several packages priced at 20% off. There are also sample sizes for shampoo, bubble bath, and trial sets for reasonable prices. The Eczema Care Pack includes a travel-sized Calendula Cream, suncreen, shampoos, lotions, and massage oil for the price of $11.35.

Shipping from the website is quick and simple. Orders are shipped Monday to Friday within 48 hours via UPS ground, and with free shipping if the amount is over $150 or if the order includes a gallon-sized product. Since my order was under $25, my shipping cost came to $6.50 and took only four days to arrive. California Baby will also ship to Canada and internationally. Don’t forget to ask for free samples when you check out!

Nowadays when I’m out of the Calendula Cream I simply head out to my local Whole Foods to stock up. Not all stores carry the brand, but if you aren’t willing to wait or would like to try a sample first, you could also try the Whole Foods or CVS stores in Southern California. California Baby is also available on, but be aware the shipping will take much longer as the third-party vendors are often out of stock.

Looking for a better alternative at an affordable price? You can get a bounty of products focused on allergy relief for babies and children at Allergy Free Me.