Face shields, hand sanitizer spray and a facial sponge that rivals Clairsonic

I got the heated bag resealers (you get two) that we featured a couple of weeks ago! They take a little trial and error to figure out but after that they’re super easy, work well and do keep me from going back and eating more. I’ve used them on Jelly Bellies to only eat one serving and it’s such a deterrent because you have to rip the bag open to eat more. I didn’t even eat any yesterday, it’s like the bag hasn’t been opened yet. I’m also no longer buying single serve chips and can stop after one serving of those too. Plus you can store the sealers right on the refrigerator because they’re magnetic. Also the bread keeper I got two months ago really works. You can definitely tell that the bread stays fresher longer, and it works for bagels too. It was out of stock when we ran it but it’s back now! Here are some other things I have or are looking at.

Acne treatment gel that really works
I’ve been getting acne on my chin a lot and I think it’s because of my mask. My son has this acne treatment gel by Differin, which we’ve featured before. I finally used it and noticed a huge difference overnight. It really reduced my acne however I did peel just a little. This has over 6,600 ratings, 4.6 stars and a C on Fakespot, making the adjusted rating still over 4.5 stars. Reviewers say this can take about a month to work and that your face will peel and break out before it gets better. I have also been using Tretinoin (ok it’s my kid’s prescription) once a week for over a year so I think that’s why this worked so quickly for me. This is called “the closest thing to OTC Retin-A” as it’s “ a .1% solution adapalene (which is a cousin of retinol).” It’s also recommended that you only use it once a week at first, and work up. People say “After 30 years of cystic acne, this finally healed my skin.”

Face shields for added protection when you need it
Some people are wearing these face shields instead of masks, but you should absolutely wear them with a mask, especially if you’re in a crowd. You can get two for $17 and they have 3.7 stars, 346 ratings and a B on Fakespot. A lot of people mention in the reviews that they come with a plastic film over them that you have to remove before wearing. Other reviews say they’re “super clear” with a “great fit” and call it “a good product for the price and availability.”

An over-the-sink dish rack looks sleek and folds up
I don’t like having a traditional dish rack as I find it bulky on the counter. I have heavy duty cloth dish drying mats and this rubber dish drying mat with channels that we featured last year. (It works well, but it does get cruddier than I’d like.) This over-the-sink dish rack folds up when it’s not in use and can be used over the sink to save space. It has 4.7 stars, 310 ratings and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers call it “fantastic,” “strong” and marvel at how many dishes it holds. One reviewer writes “It’s so easy to use, holds everything (plates tuck between the tubes so they truly dry all over), and when not in use, just rolls up into a compact little roll.”

A facial exfoliating sponge that’s said to be better than Clairsonic
This facial sponge by My Konjac Sponge is made with French red clay and konjac powder and is vegan and cruelty free. This has over 1,000 ratings, 4.2 stars and a B on Fakespot. Many women say that it’s gentle and non irritating and that their skin looks and feels so much better after using it. It’s said to be just as good as Clairsonic and to be excellent at removing clay masks. Reviewers write “I love using these sponges. My skin looks awesome,” “these sponges are fantastic,” “no other product has ever given me such great results” and “My skin care products go on smoother too! No more clarisonic for me!”

Little facial razors for dermaplaning at home
You may have missed our posts about dermaplaning, which is essentially shaving your face for women. I’ve been doing it for about a year and a half now, along with waxing with Surgiwax (note: I use the Brazilian formula and it should be creamy, not runny when you apply it). It really prepares your skin for serums and makes it kind of glow. Plus it clears up those tiny hairs under your eyebrows (be careful) and on your cheeks. These Silk Touch exfoliating razors by Schick are my favorite and they’re just $5 for 3. They’re the number two bestseller in beauty and have over 18,000 ratings, 4.5 stars and a C on Fakespot, making the adjusted rating still over 4 stars. Women say they’re great at shaping eyebrows and removing peach fuzz, that they’re less damaging than men’s razors and that they work better than similar brands. “The amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh so satisfying.”

A pack of 10 hand sanitizer sprays by Suave
I bring spray alcohol with me while shopping and spray my hands with it, I prefer it to gels, but the refills are expensive now. Suave makes spray hand sanitizer now and since alcohol is hard to come by, this would be a good alternative. This meets CDC guidelines for alcohol content as it has 65% ethyl alcohol and kills 99.9% of germs. You get 6 ten-ounce spray bottles of unscented hand sanitizer spray for under $27, making them around $4.50 a piece. That’s not bad and if you don’t need that many you can give some away and/or put them around the house and in your car. These have 4.6 stars, over 1,000 ratings and a B on Fakespot. People say “It’s not sticky and there’s no smell,” “I did not notice a fragrant smell, just a very slight smell of alcohol,” “the mist comes out very fine and it stays in the general area you are spraying” and that they’re “super easy to use and great to keep in the car, diaper bag or desk.”

The most comfortable sheets I’ve ever owned
I got these supersoft microfiber Mellanni sheets in August, 2017, I just checked my order history, which is crazy because they’re my favorite sheets, still feel great and have held up well. I usually just wash them and replace them the same day instead of using my other sheets. One pillowcase got a rip in it, but it’s still usable and I have so many other pillowcases anyway. We’ve featured these before and they’re the number one bestseller in home and kitchen. These come in 43 different colors and in sizes twin to California king, with most Queen sizes under $35. They have over 101,000 ratings, which is the most ratings I’ve ever seen and 4.5 stars. Their Fakespot rating is bad but I’m vouching for them. People call them “super soft and very nice,” “the best sheets I’ve ever bought in my whole life,” “cool and breathable” and a “must buy.”

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  1. LadyMTL says:

    I was so happy to hear that Differin became available over the counter, until I found out that didn’t apply to us here in Canadaland (because of course, sigh.) I’d used it several years ago because my dermatologist prescribed it, and it was really good at shrinking those painful cysts that would never otherwise go away. If people are on the fence, try it! Your skin might react a bit at first, but it is super effective and one tube will last a long time.

    Now I’m curious about that bread keeper…I have a loaf on my counter that’s going stale as we speak. Does it prolong the ‘shelf life’ by a significant amount of time, or just a day or two?

    • IMUCU says:

      I remember trying Differin as a kid and it not really working for me, but I’m going to get it now and give it a try again. I have been breaking out from having to wear an N95 (that I use for the whole week) for 9+ hours a day at work. Nothing has been helping so far, so I’m glad for this suggestion!

  2. Joanna says:

    I haven’t tried dermaplaning, is it really that good?

    • Celebitchy says:

      If you need to wax or otherwise shave I recommend it. If you don’t want to keep it up though, don’t start. @LadyMTL I think the bread keeper keeps it fresher by at least 4-5 days, especially if it’s store bought bread in plastic.

  3. Joan Callamezzo says:

    These Schick razors have been a game changer for me. I bought them along with a magnifying mirror and I don’t need to pay for an upper lip wax or eyebrow wax again.

  4. Case says:

    I think if I had to travel or go somewhere crowded for whatever reason, I’d get the face shield for additional coverage. I’m glad they’re becoming more popular and don’t make you look like a crazy person anymore lol.

  5. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Differin Gel is wonderful and I highly recommend it. Dermaplaning, which I’ve done for years, has done wonders for my skin but it requires upkeep.

  6. Mumzy says:

    Those sponges remind me of the Buf-Puf sponges I’ve used for 15 years+ which are available in face and body size. They have a gentle side and a dark green scrubbier side—I love them and feel they do a better job than my Clarisonic. (I’m not sure why these things are called sponges, because they’re not sponges—more like puffy scrubbers.) I’m definitely going to look at these clay sponges.

    Also, note that Differin is a brand name—the ingredient is 0.1% adapalene gel (which was prescription-only until 2016). There are 3 brands that now make this—Differin, AcneFree Adapalene Gel 0.1%, and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%. My dermatologist highly recommends it.

    • Catherine says:

      AND these products DO keep your skin looking young. I would say the two best things you could do for your skin is stay out of the sun and use a retinoid product. So even you lucky people without acne should add it to your regimen. There is now a generic version so it’s VERY affordable!

      And another comment on acne for Celebitchy…I’m not sure your age but I started getting chin and jaw acne a few years back — it can be perimenopausal/hormonal type. This seems crazy but I’ve been using Nutrofol (the oral supplement for hair growth) and it ABSOLUTELY helps with my acne. I’ve tried to go off it 3 times because of the expense…and every freaking time I get acne back on my chin. So just something to think about….

  7. LarkspurLM says:

    As an alternative to Retin-A, I’ve been using Differin 2x a week for a few months. My skin is smoother and has less breakouts (I’m 52 and still get the occasional cheek zit…ugh). I haven’t experienced any major flakiness or irritation. Google “Differin and anti-aging”, there’s some good info.
    Happy Tuesday Celebitchy – I really enjoy these product posts and gossip, of course :)

  8. Bobafelty says:

    My neck skin is too sensitive for retin-a (tretinoin) so I use differin once a week on neck (other nights I use otc retinol cream). Differin once a week has made a big difference in skin texture and firmness.

  9. yinyang says:

    Thinking about using the face shield…but would the glass fog up from breathing on it?? But don’t like the cloth mask as they get wrinkled in the wash and the shape deforms…

    • Antonym says:

      I bought the face shield for my mom and her elderly boss to wear. She hasn’t mentioned any issues with it fogging up. She did send me the cutest pictures of the two of them wearing their face shields. I’ve been so worried about them working during the pandemic. The shields give me just a bit of reassurance (still wish they could both be able to stay home)

  10. Other Renee says:

    I got the Suave at the grocery store and now I wish I had bought more bottles because I can’t find it there anymore. I think I paid $3.99 for it. It’s great. No smell. I like to use the Suave large bottle at home, like when I walk in the door and start spraying my keys and the door locks; I save small bottles of sanitizer (not Suave) I have for when I go out.

    • sassafras says:

      I was just at Walmart today and saw the smaller bottles of Suave squeeze sanitizer near the checkout. I thought, “huh, Suave, that’s new, they usually have good value products” but I didn’t get any because I’d stocked up on the big refill bottles already.

      (also isn’t it weird how we’re now all experts on what types / sizes/ brands of hand sanitizers we like? 2020 is insane when I stop to think about it)

      • Mina_Esq says:

        Sassafras: hahaha so true! There are so many metrics – smell, consistency, moisture, whether packaging fits into purse or has a pump. I can’t believe I used to just pick up whatever was at the gas station.

  11. Mina_Esq says:

    Just ordered some of those razors, thanks! My eyebrow situation has been pandemic sad, and I’m still not comfortable enough to have someone work on my face. I’m gonna have to check to see if CB has done any posts on at-home facials. I feel like I need one of those steamers.

    Dumb question, if anyone cares to answer: how do you guys store your konjac sponges?

  12. sassafras says:

    I’ve used different Asian versions of the face razors for years (before it caught on in the US). I got a free package of those Schick ones in December or January (they came with a pack of regular razors) and I just used them during quarantine because I had used up my Asian ones and HOLY CRAP the Schick ones are S H A R P! The Asian kinds I’d used were duller – they got the job done but it wasn’t a straight up razor. Just a heads up for those that are used to Asian face razors.

    • Nicole r says:

      Same – I had so much white snow of dead skin, it was disgusting/amazing

    • NatureLover says:

      I use the Stacked Skincare derma planning tool that is structured not to press too hard and nick yourself. And once you start doing it, you can’t stop. I use Aragon oil, a very slight layer, when I derma plane and use a magnifying illuminated mirror. Make sure you pull your skin in the right direction as well. Be careful of using certain products after you derma plane as your skin is fresh of its top dermal, no Sunday Riley Good Genes!

  13. Wildwaffles says:

    We have the dish rack and love it. We lay it over a drying mat vs the sink and use it daily.