Morgan Thompson of Redbook magazine joined me yesterday to discuss the top fall survival essentials for the entire family, and the Healthy Essentials coupon booklet!
Candace Rose: What can families do to live smarter and healthier this season?
Morgan Thompson: "Well, the end of the summer is a really great time to start thinking about fall, and start thinking about back to school and how you can create great healthy habits for you and your whole family. And Johnson & Johnson helps us with this because they've created the Healthy Essentials coupon booklet. Now this is a booklet that has tons of savings, tons of products; and you can actually save up to $175 worth in this one booklet of great products that you use everyday, and you can create routines that you can start now and continue into the fall.
So we're going to start with the morning ritual, which we all have to do when we wake up in the morning, and that's oral care. Listerine has a great multipurpose rinse called Listerine Total Care, and it fights cavities, it strengthens enamel, it fights plaque over your gum line and it kills those bad breath germs, which we all hate that morning breath! So it's a great multitasking product that we love because it's a time saver. If you're a busy parent on the go and you want to get the kids out of the house, this kind of product is definitely going to save some time."
Candace Rose: What are some great products for the body?
Morgan Thompson: "For the body- it's funny, as summer goes into fall a lot of people don't realize you need to continue to protect your skin, and especially from the harmful rays that could come through even on a cloudy day. I really like to use Neutrogena Moisture Oil Free SPF 15. Now this is lightweight, it's non-greasy. I use it on my face because it has a broad spectrum of coverage of UVA and UVB rays and it has an SPF 15 in it. So it's really great to use.
On your body you want to make sure your skin is hydrated, and we love Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. And this is very similar because it has SPF 15 and protection against UVA and UVB rays, plus it has a natural colloidal oatmeal ingredient which keeps your skin super soft for over 24 hours which is amazing. So you have smooth, soft but healthy skin."
And for babies, actually they get dry skin a lot and moms and dads, you want to keep your baby's skin soft, and there's a product from Johnson & Johnson called Baby Creamy Oil. This is a brand new product that is the classic baby oil combined with rich emollients. It comes in cocoa and shea butter or aloe and vitamin E. It's long lasting moisture, it really penetrates through the skin, but moms have really enjoyed this product because it has a sweet but subtle fragrance that smells really good. Moms find that they use it on themselves and the baby, so everyone has baby soft skin which is really nice."
Candace Rose: What about for pain relief?
Morgan Thompson: "For pain relief- if you have kids that have a lot of after school activities or say you're going on a family trip and someone gets hurt – BENGAY has a new product called Zero Degrees and it's really cool because you actually store it in the freezer. Its convenient glide on stick that you apply to your sore muscles and it gives you that instant icy cold pain relief. And it's great if you're a mom on the go, a dad on the go or you can toss it in the cooler or if you're going to soccer practice or a family trip and you have it there convenient for you to use- definitely a must have."
Candace Rose: And how about for contact lens wearers?
Morgan Thompson: "For contact lens wearers- our last must have is ACUVUE Oasys brand contact lenses. Now for those of you that wear contact lenses, you're busy and you don't want to wear contact lenses all day long, and these keep your eyes moist and comfortable. And they're great in tough environments like if say you're sitting in front of a computer screen all day or if you're in a building that has a lot of air conditioning, your eyes can get dry. These lenses will definitely keep them moisturized and you won't have any issues, so I definitely recommend you stocking up on some of the ACUVUE Oasys for this fall."
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
Morgan Thompson: "I do. All of these products that I talked about today, as well as a ton of other Johnson & Johnson products that are great for your health and your family and really help your family stay healthy for the fall and the continuing season, you can find out more about on HealthyEssentials.com. And you can download coupons, and get great offers and really save a lot of money for the fall."