Spring Secrets: Crest Whitestrips


Once or twice a year I fork out about $50 and buy some form of Crest Whitestrips.  I’m not going for Hollywood white teeth, but I do think the regular maintenance of cleaning off stains has served me well.  Especially when I combine the bleaching with regular cleanings, flossing, brushing and rinsing.

I find there is some tooth sensitivity for the first couple of days, but that after that it goes away completely.  Eventually you become so used to wearing them that you pick up the phone to talk to your boyfriend and he wonders what in the last 24 hours has caused you to develop a lisp.  (They don’t but that on the box.)


Spring Secrets: Floss & Rinse


All month I’ve been taking a look at my daily beauty routine.  This week I’m taking a closer look at dental care…because the fun just never stops around F&B!  I picked up some supplies to refresh my stash over the weekend and realized I’ve carefully honed THAT routine too!

I make sure to floss in the evenings using this method, though I will say I hadn’t thought about rinsing with water after I floss and before I brush!  Totally adding THAT to the repertoire.

After I use my Sonicare, I rinse with one of two rinses:

A flouride rinse in the morning:


And an antiseptic rinse in the evening:


I haven’t become one of those people who attempt to brush their teeth after lunch. Yet.


Spring Secrets: Sonicare



Well now that we got all the skincare secrets out of the way, it’s time to talk chops!  There was a long period of time where I didn’t go to the dentist and I paid for it in a big way.  Crowns, a root canal, wisdom teeth out at 40, a slight infection in my jaw that took us two weeks to find.  Iiiii think that might be everything?  It was all 100% preventable and I only have myself to blame (I hate when that happens).

Needless to say, the health of my teeth and mouth have become very important to me over the last five years and so I thought I’d share the “secrets” I’ve discovered along the way.  First and foremost, regular visits to a dentist you trust is priority number one.  I had a laundry list of things to fix after my first visit and so we strategized on when and how that happened and chipped away at the list over the course of a couple years.  I am incredibly grateful for the care I received.

I bought a Sonicare toothbrush and haven’t looked back.  On the occasional evening where I brush with a regular toothbrush, my teeth just don’t feel as clean.  I use it morning and night for the requisite two minutes and get A+ ratings on the health of my teeth and gums when I go in for cleanings every 6 months. They are more expensive than a regular toothbrush, but I think the money they save me on teeth problems makes it invaluable.

Spring Secrets: The Skin Sched

FullSizeRenderIt occurred to me that I spend a lot of time (and money!) on skincare.  I have no complaints as I think it has served me well, but I thought all the posts might be a little confusing!  So to wrap up this series of posts, I thought I’d detail out the regime.  (“What?  Are we washing our face or staging a coup?” –Janeane Garofalo, Truth About Cats and Dogs)


All mornings begin with the 3 step skincare process and I use my Clairsonic.


Sunday:  Face mask followed by the 3 step skincare process
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday:  Remove makeup followed by the 3 step and Turnaround with eye cream
Tuesday & Thursday: Remove makeup, exfoliate, 3 step, Turnaround with eye cream

Spring Secrets: Three More Clinique Finds


I always joke that as I age I’m just trying to do it gracefully.  By chiseling off the barnacles on a daily basis.  One way I do that is with my mask on Sundays and an exfoliating treatment on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  After I take my make up off I use a nickel size amount of the scrub shown above and gently massage it over my face and neck then follow with my regular three step care.  It feels amazing.

Every evening I add these two products to keep my face smooth and hydrated.  I use them after my three step care.


Spring Secrets: Clinique 3-Step


Yesterday I mentioned my Sunday night mask ritual (sounds WAY more interesting than it is) and so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the go to, twice a day three step Clinique process.  I use a half pump of the facial soap on my Clairsonic (with a sensitive skin brush head) morning and evening.  Up tomorrow the three other products that round out my not-so-secret skincare secrets!

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