My dry skin requires intense moisturizing. I’m not as flexible as I once was, so there are areas of my back I cannot reach. If my husband is home when I shower, I sometimes ask him to moisturize the areas I cannot reach. The problem is he is not always available. He always complains about the scents of my products, too. It was time to either become more flexible (cue the extra yoga classes), or find a tool that could aid me.
I did some research on which tool I wanted and decided to order the Paula’s Choice Skincare Applicator for Back & Body. Paula’s Choice was offering free shipping with any purchase on 04/09/15, which made this a better deal than alternatives. Code PRIMP20, which is still active, was also offering 20% off. As a Beautypedia fan, I love that I could add the free manual, 20 Beauty Myths Busted! Whenever I need to research a product, I go to there to read all about it. It is one of the many sites I use as a source of information, so I look forward to reading the book.
Orders over $5 get 3 free foils. There is such a large choice of options, which can make choosing difficult. One of the things I like about Paula’s Choice is you can buy foils on anything you want to try. They start as low as $0.80. If there are 5 you have to try, you can get the first 3 free and buy 2 more for around $1.60. As someone who does not return things, I love sampling before I buy. The deal shopper in me will rarely pay for a foil, but I like the option. In this case, I only ordered the 3 free samples.
My samples were the Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask, the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion, and the Clinical Ultra-Rich Soothing Body Butter. I’ve heard so many great things about the 2% BHA Lotion. For the oily parts of my skin, I hope it can keep acne flare ups at bay. The other two samples are for my dry skin. As usual, I will review them in the empties article once I finish them.
With the discount code, free shipping, free samples, and the free book, my total was $8 plus tax. The tool itself looks small in the box, but it is dual sided. When extended, it snaps in the middle to double its length. Be careful around where it snaps to extend, because the connection is weak and will pinch your fingers if it bends back. That happened to me once, but it has not happened since I started avoiding holding it where it extends.
It comes with three pads, but replacement pads are $2-$4 a set. I wish the application surface was a little bigger, because any product I place on the pad spreads to the plastic, which is good and bad. On the one hand, the plastic is a lot easier to clean. The plastic does not work the product into the skin as well as the pad though. If I can master working the product in with the plastic, I could also end the cost of purchasing replacement pads. Even though I clean my pads with warm water and a gentle soap after each use, I cannot see myself cleaning and reusing each one for longer than a month or so.
Overall, I am happy with the purchase given the price. I like that I can moisturize my entire body without assistance, which was the goal. What do you use to treat your back?
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.