By Laura Medina
Three or two years ago, this scribe had an exclusive scoop and perk interviewing Shanna Moakler when she launched her upscale but sultry Smoak Cosmetics Line at Ron Robinson Apothia on Melrose.
During the interview, she gave me and my readers this precious advice...when she told her mom, at age 12, she wanted to be in beauty pageants and modeling, her mother told her this very wise advice, "Shanna, if you want to live on your looks, you better take care of your skin."
Shanna and this scribe have been living on this advice for a very long time.
This scribe still very much remembers the hideous bumpy blackheads and pimples that comes along with puberty...and watching her acne-scarred mom spending a fortune on scar-concealing makeup. Based on experience, the stress of "being a better you" during Back-to-School season only makes things worse.
However, teens of today should not be passive and practice bad habit of popping pimples and bad hygiene habits. Why? The popped pimples and blackhead blemishes become the acne scars of tomorrow, where as adults, they will pay thrice the money and undergo thrice the pain of erasing those bad habits.
To save money in the future, it is better, cheaper, and easier to set in motion, good hygiene and health habits as soon as those pimples emerge.
Skincare technology has vastly improved since the Eighties (yes, this scribe is that old and remember the days of only having limited acne cream as choices).
Today's teens or adults suffering from adult acne and stress have it way easy in convenient sprays and wipes for the active, healthy lifestyle; and they don't smell medicinally weird either.
Whether you're the popular cheerleader teen or the in-demand executive, all you have to do is stash the wipes in your backpack or purse or tote or hide a spray in your locker or drawer or put it on your dresser or bathroom.
Having healthy, clean skin as an investment is easier now than before.
Murad's Clean Scene Collection contains 5 items...
Craving for Clean Foaming Cleanser gently wash away dirt and makeup for squeaky-clean skin that’s soft, smooth and hydrated. This foaming cleanser creates a luscious lather, for a fresh way to start and end each day.
Gaga for Glow Gentle Facial Scrub for soft skin that never gets mixed up with a rough crowd, dismiss dullness with this gentle facial scrub. It deep-cleans to minimize the appearance of pores and gets rid of excess oil, revealing super smooth, glowing skin.
Crazy for Clear Spot Treatment says bye-bye to blemishes and hello to clear, healthy skin. This targeted spot treatment starts healing breakouts on contact while helping to prevent new ones.
Begging for Balance Oil-Free Moisturizer shuts down shine and get hydration in check with this oil-free moisturizer. Use it daily for a smooth, balanced complexion and develop a healthy relationship with your skin.
Down for Defense SPF 15 Moisturizer, don’t get burned! Give your skin a fresh dewy glow and protect it from UVA/UVB rays with this SPF 15 moisturizer. (You’ll thank us later.)
Murad's Clean Scene may skew tween or teen but they have other acne-busting items that both parent and child can share together, making it easier to carry and use while shaving the skincare budget in half.
Here are some acne-busting products that both parent and child can share and share alike while sweating it out during Back-To-School during the Dog Days of August...paying for all that school supplies can make anyone break out...
The days of scaring your kids and being embarrassed by opaque masks are over...unless you want to scare the daylights out of your baby brother or sister.
This clear, transparent antioxidant-rich mask restores, revitalizes and balances combination skin while exfoliating dead skin cells and trapped impurities. It softens, conditions and hydrates your skin. This clear eraser of an exfoliator is good enough to hang with your boyfriend (your and the kid's), good enough for your acne-addled son, and brave enough to face your dorm-suite mates.
This Clarifying Body Spray is great for the active, acne-popping, athlete of a son or a soccer-star of a daughter or a gym-nut of a dad or mom, great to carry in your gym bag or backpack. Its 360 degree spray lets you get to those hard to reach areas and helps keep your skin clean, clear and treats/prevents breakouts.
It eliminates 99.9% of surface bacteria in 60 seconds! Clarifying Cleanser clears blemishes before they begin and helps prevent new breakouts, leaving your skin soft and supple. Spray and go, sure is better than the good, olde days of spill and swipe with a drying toner and sloppy cotton balls.
Need a refresher between gym classes-your and the kids? Murad’s new Acne Clarifying Wipes are clinically proven to keep skin clear by removing dirt, oil and bacteria, and the oil fighting formula comes in a pre-moistened, ultra-soft wipe that reduces shine while balancing and toning skin. The Acne Clarifying Wipes (available September 2012) can be used before or after your workout or even for a quick touchup throughout the day when you want to refresh your skin on-the-go!
With makeup becoming more like skincare or people just too busy to do 100-step skincare ritual or lighter the haul, the better, Murad's Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control is something the daughter will steal from mom's purse or mom will kindly "ask to share" with the daughter.
Don't let the foundation-appearance fool you, it is light-weight enough to melt into your skin. It doesn't look like cruddy, crusty tinted, mismatched acne cream of yore. No shame here. It melts right into the skin, without a trace. As it soaks into the skin, it controls acne breakouts, reduce oil and minimize appearance of pores. Universal shade provides the perfect skin tone match.
Great for as evening date makeup alone or underneath sunscreen or foundation or up the ante with BB Cream (more on that later).
With the whole family investing in these up-the-minute, preventative, and preserving Murad Skincare, you all will save tons of money on laser peels and painful, plastic surgery on future acne pockmarks/scars, age/sun spots, and those pesky wrinkles.
Trust Shanna Moakler and this scribe, your kid will be thankful for instilling good skincare habits and you will be proud to have great-looking kids, with matching self-esteem, in their adulthood, making them great catches.