#MC #Sponsored: My Proactiv+ Review

sampleDisclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Proactiv+. I received samples of Proactiv+ to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

my proactiv+ review

When I was a teenager, I would have a few breakouts here and there. Usually, the worst was on my forehead, so I could easily hide it with bangs. My Junior and Senior year, my skin was flawless. Never had to wear makeup. There was nothing to cover up.

Then, I became a mom. All those hormones made my skin crazy, and I started having breakouts all the time. It was awful. I tried everything: Dermatologists, skin care “experts”, every face wash and anti-acne product I could find on the shelves. Nothing made any difference, and I actually ended up with some scarring because of the treatment one “expert” gave me.

And then someone told me to try Proactiv. I did, and it worked – almost instantly! But, as the months and years flew by, and more kids were added to the family, my skin care regimen was put on the back burner.

For the past few years, my breakouts have returned, and the acne scars have become even more noticeable. I’ve had to gob on makeup to hide all of my flaws. I hate it, but I just couldn’t make it a priority.

So, when I had the chance to test out and review the Proactiv+ 3 Step System, I jumped at it! I remembered how well the original Proactiv had worked for me, and I just knew this would be the answer to my skin care problems!

Boy, oh boy, was I right!

First, take a second a watch this quick video:

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Now, take a look at this picture:

before and after proactiv+

HOLY COW, right?!

Those photos have NOT been doctored in any way. No filters, no anything. Those are straight from the phone on my camera. I just combined them together and added the dates.

By the way, did you notice those dates? ONE WEEK. One week to younger, healthier, more vibrant looking skin. While I do have eyeliner on in the second picture, that is the ONLY makeup I have on. I no longer have to spend 30+ minutes putting makeup on. A little bit of eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara, and I’m done in less than 5 minutes.

I honestly cannot get over the difference in my skin. I’ve been using it for over a month now, and my skin still looks just like it does in the picture above – on the right.

I love the changes Proactiv+ has brought. I am so much more confident now. And I love that people are noticing the changes in my skin. I used to have people tell me all the time that I don’t look my age. I always just assumed it was because of all the acne. But now? I know it’s because my skin looks great! I don’t have all those trouble spots that I had before, and even the acne scars I had are diminishing. I can’t stop smiling because of the changes Proactiv+ has made.

The easy 3 Step Program is so easy to use. Once in the morning, once and night, and I’m good to go!

The kit includes the following products:

  • Step 1-­ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – You can feel it working as you rub it on.
  • Step 2-­ Pore Targeting Treatment – Makes my skin feel cool and smooth.
  • Step 3‐ Complexion perfecting Hydrator – This is my *favorite* product. I love the way it keeps my skin hydrated all day and all night. No rough dry patches, just perfectly clear, perfectly smooth skin.

I love how my skin looks and feels now, and I will definitely keep using the Proactiv+ 3 Step System. If you are having trouble with your skin, and you’ve tried everything out there, I want to encourage you to try Proactiv+. Learn more and purchase your kit on the Proactiv+ website.

Also be sure to connect with Proactiv+ on Facebook and on Twitter.

If you try out Proactiv+, I’d love to hear how it worked for you!

Results of the @MaxClarity Challenge

Last month, I posted that my daughter Ashley would be taking the MaxClarity Challenge and seeing if it made a difference in her acne. For almost a month now, Ashley has faithfully used the MaxClarity system as part of her morning and evening routine.

I am pleased to report that she is thrilled with the results…. and so am I.

I’m going to post her before and after pictures – but I’m going to post the after picture first. {That way, when this post shows up in the featured box at the top of the blog, my daughter won’t refuse to speak to me for a week again. 😉 }

As you can see, there’s hardly a zit anywhere to be found. She loves how well the MaxClarity program has worked for her. She feels more confident, and she loves the fact that she doesn’t have to worry about wearing a ton of makeup to feel better about herself.

We do have a few thoughts about the system that we wanted to share with you:

  • I tried using the MaxClarity products myself, but I had to stop after just a few days. I have SUPER sensitive skin, and my face broke out, peeled, and burned like it was on fire. Obviously, there’s something in there that just doesn’t work for me. And that’s ok. It worked really well on my daughter, and she absolutely loves her results. That makes me happy enough. 🙂 I’ll just continue to use makeup to cover up my blemishes and hope that someone out there will come up with a product for super-sensitive folks like me.
  • The bottle colors totally confused my daughter. Ashley is a blonde – all the way to her roots – and things need to be simple in order for her to “get” it. With the MaxClarity system, you use the light blue topped bottle {Deep Cleanser} morning and night. Simple. BUT, then you use the dark blue topped bottle {Advanced Acne Treatment} in the morning and the yellow topped bottle {Rejuvenating toner} at night. Most people associate yellow with the sun, and dark with the night, so there were more than a few times that Ashley used the system backwards. {Even though I posted the chart on the mirror in her bathroom. Sigh.} But, really – I wish MaxClarity would consider changing the colors to coordinate with day and night. Might help these teenagers out.
  • I should have contacted  the MaxClarity Difference Team about the MaxClarity Difference Promise as soon as I started having problems with the system. After all, that’s what they’re there for. I will probably still contact them after this post to see if they can figure out why it would have such an adverse affect on my skin.
  • I love that the system uses foam, and that such a little bit goes such a long way. Ash is about halfway through each bottle, which is great, since each one is supposed to last 2 months.
  • It started working right away on Ashley. It wasn’t 2 days before we noticed a BIG change. The acne she had was disappearing, and there were no new pimples forming. I couldn’t believe how quickly it did that for her.

Ashley will definitely continue to use the MaxClarity system. She’s already asked me if we can order more to have it on hand so she doesn’t run out. She loves the way her skin looks and feels, and I love how much it has boosted her confidence. She tells me all the time how much she loves MaxClarity and how everyone has noticed how much it’s helped her acne.

If you have a teenager, I would highly encourage you to have your teen take the MaxClarity Challenge and see how it works for them. It may be just the product they need to get rid of their acne problem and start feeling better about themselves.

Also, be sure to connect with MaxClarity by visiting their websitefollowing them on twitter, and becoming a fan on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MaxClarity and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Up For the MaxClarity Challenge

As the mom of a teenage girl, I know firsthand that acne can quickly send her self esteem out the window. What we see as just a little pimple can feel like the end of the world to a teenager. I was the same way when I was a teen, and my parents tried everything they could find to help eliminate my acne problems. I started wearing makeup at 13 just to cover up my problem areas. My daughter is 14, and she has no desire to wear makeup yet. {Her morning routine is already 2 hours long. Could you imagine what it will be if she starts applying makeup every day?}

That being said, though, there are many times when she’ll wish that she wore makeup, just to hide the acne. Certain days are worse than others, and when she gets a major breakout, she wants to hide in her room until it passes.

We are both so excited about taking the MaxClarity Challenge. I may be 30-something, but it seems my acne has only gotten worse as time has gone on. There are days when I look more like a pimply-faced teenager than I do a mom of 6. I hate it.

I’ve been checking out the MaxClarity website quite a bit lately, and I have to say that I am really impressed with the system – and with the results others have had. And I love that there are only 2 simple steps, twice a day. Even a teenager can handle that! {Even MY teenager can handle that, and it won’t add a whole lot of time into her already hectic morning routine.} No getting up extra early just to be able to follow through with the MaxClarity program.

I was also impressed by the MaxClarity Difference Team and the MaxClarity Difference Promise. MaxClarity offers an entire Customer Service Team  that will have your back. With 60 members, there is always someone available to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you have. In addition to their excellent customer service, they also have a research team dedicated to bring us new acne innovations and the best in skin care science. It’s nice to know the company truly stands behind their product and wants to offer their consumers a product that works well – and a product that works quickly. MaxClarity is a foam-based acne medicine. It’s the first and only non-prescription acne-fighting foam system. The foam goes deep below the skin, allowing it to work for all skin types, as well as for people of all ages. {That’s what excited me the most!}

Participating in this Challenge is only going to do good things for my daughter’s confidence. If we can get rid of those trouble spots, she’ll feel better about herself, and she won’t feel the desire to hide in her room for days on end. Ashley is a very responsible girl, and I’m certain that adding the MaxClarity program to her morning and night time routine is only going to make her feel more responsible. And if she sees results quickly, it will encourage her even more to stick with the program.

I know my daughter is going to strangle me when she discovers that I put up this picture, but I wanted to give you a before shot of her problem areas:

As you can see, her forehead, cheeks, and chin are where she has the most trouble. I can’t wait to see what the MaxClarity Challenge does for her skin – and her confidence.

In the coming weeks, I’ll post an update about how the MaxClarity Challenge has worked for Ashley, and I promise to include pictures of the results.

While you wait for that, I hope you’ll take some time to get to know more about MaxClarity and all they offer. You can learn more by visiting their website, following them on twitter, and becoming a fan on Facebook.


Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MaxClarity and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.