November 8, 2016

My Week In Review!

What most individuals with rheumatoid arthritis will tell you is how unpredictable the disease is.  I’ve controlled my environment, lifestyle, and life in constant anticipation of the unpredictable nature of the disease, but it got me last week!  The temperature dropped causing my morning routine to be off due to stiffness and fatigue as well as additional stress over being late at work and not getting my morning walk in.  Things like this occasionally happen, but you must stay the course and move forward, both literally and figuratively!  

Given all of the above, I can’t believe the depletion of moisture in my skin that I experienced.  What I have been using was not doing the trick early in the week causing me to feel, rather reptilian.  Not feeling the best, I stopped at Target and rummaged through all their hydrating creams.  I came away with what I thought might/may/could meet my needs.  Who knew I would hit the mother load?  I am excited with the creams I purchased, but I’m real excited about the prices I paid for these products compared to the products that were no longer making the grade for me.  

Let’s clarify how I normally choose products, skin care and cosmetics.  When  any of the large department stores have promotional products with purchase of a certain amount spent in the beauty department, (different from free gift w/purchase) I jump all over them!  So I normally get to sample a variety of amazing products, and the two I purchased at Target, I believe fall in the same category.  

Cural Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is applied after a shower.  The moisturizer goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly.  It is fragrant free, is a deep moisturizer, and it left my skin hydrated.  Most importantly, this product delivers long-lasting relief from dry/cracked skin, a bargain for $10.99.  I also purchased a Gold Bond Ultimate firming neck & chest cream.  img_1438I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how much I love neck cream.  I started using the Natura Bisse Tensolift Neck Cream, a promotional product, and fell in love with it.  When I went to purchase this product, it sold for $199 for a 1.7 oz tube.  Needless to say I didn’t want to have my head examined, so I stopped using neck cream, until last week.  On a whim, I bought the Gold Bond, and boy am I glad.  It was a $9.99 for a 2.2 oz tube.  A lightweight fragrance free moisturizer that contains many of the ingredients that are present in more expensive neck creams.  

Last week’s minor setbacks gave me an opportunity to see what I’m made of.  I don’t miss a beat and strive to keep life as normal as possible when RA rears its ugly head!   

My Week In Pictures!

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  1. Jackie Senich says:

    Mary Ann,

    Great post. I’m going to recommend this cream to my dad who has poor circulation in his feet! That’s a life saver and it should be a requirement for all new engenders!!!!

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