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I Ask: What Do You Like About Being An Adult? (sponsored giveaway)

by Alex Iwashyna

in I Ask Advice, Sponsored or Giveaway

The zits are all mine, and the $50 gift card to could be yours.

There are a lot things about growing up that aren’t cool. Like the gray hairs showing up in my early 20s. Or the strange stomach pooch that my OB so proudly gave me post-Cesarean.

But I comfort myself with my new-found love of my own oddness.

For example, I’ve felt a lot of pressure to be a dog person. I’m afraid them and have been since I was young. But even then, I agreed to feed my neighbors dog who growled at me one afternoon so my mom fed him for the rest of the week while I stood frozen in the driveway.

But recently I was asked: Whose dog do you like better in our family?

Me: I like cats.


But the one thing that seems so unfair, and every glance in the mirror reminds me…


Hello Chin Zit.

Those smattering of pimples reach across my forehead and down my neck. I'm crying writing that.

So when and Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line teamed up to give my 33-year-old skin a chance to look less like a 13-year-old, I was psyched.

Then I got the package in the mail and saw it contained not 1, not 2, but 3 BOTTLES. Here I am obligated to use it as directed for 2 weeks, and I don’t even use toothpaste as directed.

They look more intimidating than they are.

But I’m nothing, if not honest. So I lined up my bottles and read the directions. Use the cleaner twice a day, the zit cream starts out once a day and the keep-the-red-blothy-skin stuff away is twice a day. The problem with reading the directions is that you accidentally read the warnings and all these warnings about dryness and peeling without a tan sound worse than zits.

But my happy face did not peel. In fact, I had to up the zit cream to twice a day, and when I did, my tiny bumps, that only prescription acne cream had ever gotten rid of after first spending 12 weeks worsening, are nearly gone. YAY!

If I was a better photographer, this would be a bigger TADA!

But my usual iPhone zit continued to visit the resort between my chin and cheekbone even while using the products.

So if you have the occasional hill-to-mountain of a zit, I wouldn’t chose this product, but Roxanna Sarmiento, in the Life Well Lived section of, has great skin tips.

However, if you have the pervasive zit rash like my forehead and neck constantly did, I would definitely recommend the Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line. I can’t list (literally) how many products I’ve tried so I could have the clear skin that I EARNED WITH GROWING UP. And since I haven’t learned patience in 3 decades, I was all smiles when it started working in 2 weeks rather than the suggested 4.

Now, I’m growing old exactly the way I deserve. With gray hair and attitude instead of teenage angst and acne.

So I ask: What do you like about being an adult?

This post was sponsored by BlogHer and Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line, and since I have no idea what your skin looks like, we’re giving away a $50 gift card to one readers to use as you’d like.

To win the $50 gift card, you can receive up to (2) entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to “What do you like about being an adult?”

b) Tweet this post and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment here

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected and everyone except the new winner will be sad. No duplicate comments unless you can replicate yourself. And I will need scientific proof. The Official Rules are available here. Enter between October 3rd and November 3rd. Visit the Promotions & Prizes page for more posts about this product.

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post from BlogHer and Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Line because I’m a grown-up, and you cannot buy my opinions with candy anymore.

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Miss ash tuesday October 3, 2011 1

I started putting apple cider vinegar on my acne prone skin about six months ago. And I moved down to only washing it once a day with an emu oil soap. I cut out all the sugar I was eating (sucrose, not fructose or lactose), and quit wearing makeup. Suddenly my skin is like a grown up’s! Yay!!


Abby October 3, 2011 2

OMG!!! I started breaking out 2 days after turning 30!!! And it WON’T STOP! I’ve always had clear skin, so this is a new thing for me. I’m going to have to give these products a try. Thanks, Alex!


Jeb Hoge October 3, 2011 3

What do I like about being a grownup?

I realized a few years ago that I neither have to ask permission nor make apologies for the breakfast cereal that I choose. If I want Froot Loops or Cap’n Crunch, then by Kellogg, I’m old enough to buy it and eat it for breakfast, lunch, & dinner if I want. (The side effect of this is that it only takes a box or two to realize that maybe your mom was right about not getting that stuff all the time…one or two bowls and I’m over it.)


Aubrey October 3, 2011 4

Feeling more comfortable in my skiN!
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com


Megan (Best of Fates) October 3, 2011 5

The ability to be a jewel thief if I want to.



Mami2jcn October 3, 2011 6

What I like about being an adult is being in charge of my own destiny…for the most part.


Keryn October 3, 2011 7

My favorite thing about being a grown-up? Wearing whatever I want. If I want to wear skirts everyday in the summer (much cooler and prettier on me than shorts), then I can and will. No mean girl snidely asking me why I was wearing skirts, no friends encouraging me to wear short shorts (if you saw my legs you would know this is a mistake)…I love being comfortable enough in my body and style to wear whatever I feel like wearing.


Karina October 3, 2011 8

i like being in charge


Nicole October 3, 2011 9

What I like about being an adult is still getting to play. Who said being an adult takes away the fun in life? Just this past weekend my husband and I had battling 80s/90s rock ballads on our laptops. We kept trying to one up each other until I ended the night with “It Must Have Been Love” (but it’s over now) and got us to bed before the wee hours of morning. So, choosing to still play is the best part of being an adult.

On a sympathetic note, zits love my jawline and under my chin with an insane joy. I had a new one surface today. Sigh. My 33-year-old skin is just like my 16-year-old skin, no matter what I do. :(


Alexandria October 3, 2011 10

Hm. So perfectly timed as I’m sitting here rubbing to growing pimples. (Am I the only one that likes the way they feel?). Anyway I’m adding this product to my shopping list to try for both me & my 36 year old husband who still breaks out like a 16 yro (maybe that’s what keeps him looking 28? LOL)

The worst about being an adult? Having to write the check for the bills instead of calling my Dad.


Gloria October 3, 2011 11

Being a grown-up? The best part I can think of is the awesome challenge of setting a good example for my daughter.

As for the zits? We are like sisters. I started when I was 12, and it’s been going nuts ever since. (I eat a healthy, whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, drink tons of water, get good exercise, wash and treat my skin carefully, but, nothing I’ve tried has worked, either. I’m willing to try something new, if it’ll just clear me up.)


NotJustAnotherJennifer October 3, 2011 12

Well, this isn’t technically just adult, but being an adult AND being married, means I can have sex whenever I want and not feel guilty. Ha!


NotJustAnotherJennifer October 3, 2011 13

I tweeted it


Late Enough October 3, 2011 14

You have to leave the URL, too.
(I trust you, but I’m not in charge of trust this time around.)


Angela Verdery October 3, 2011 15

Everything! It keeps getting better. :)


Tracie October 3, 2011 16

I made it through most of my teenage years zit-free…and then when I was 18, they hit. They hit, and they haven’t left. I’m kind of excited to see that you found something over the counter that works for you.

What I like about being an adult? The fact that I ate ice cream for dinner and no one could stop me! (clearly my age is adult, but my maturity level, not so much)


Margaret October 4, 2011 17

What do I like? Not having to clean my house unless *I* feel like it (that said, I probably clean more often than I did as a teen… my tolerance for mess has gotten lower ;)).


Nicole October 4, 2011 18

Being comfortable in my own skin and knowing that my life is what I make of it.


Amy @ A Little Nosh October 4, 2011 19

I like being allowed to eat cake for breakfast. Or dinner. Or any meal of my choosing. Easily the best part about being an adult.


Dee October 6, 2011 20

I like being able to make decisions on my own and having more independence to be myself. :)


Dee October 6, 2011 21
Susan Smith October 9, 2011 22

I like being able to do what I want like stay up late or have cereal for dinner.


Susan Smith October 9, 2011 23
Amy Tong October 9, 2011 24

I enjoy being an adult the most is I set my own time to get home…and don’t need to ask for permission for a drink, or two. ;)

amy [at] utry [dot] it


Jessie C. October 10, 2011 25

The independence I’d say.


Jessie C. October 10, 2011 26
Jayme (RandomBlogette) October 11, 2011 27

Can I say that I do not like anything about being an adult right now?! Oh ok, being able to legally buy my own alcohol really helps though! You are always told how your skin gets better once you are older and out of puberty and they were wrong. So wrong! I get the chin zits from stress and the neck zits too from my hair. You are making a believer out of me!


Janice Cooper October 12, 2011 28

What I like about being an adult is being able to leave the house and go wherever I need to go without permission and eat what I want.


Janice Cooper October 12, 2011 29
steff October 12, 2011 30

i love eating two desserts if i want :)


steff October 12, 2011 31
Tina M October 20, 2011 32

I learn to know myself and understand the world more


Tina M October 20, 2011 33
Robin M. October 20, 2011 34

Everything except the zits and wrinkles!


nan October 22, 2011 35



sherri crawford October 23, 2011 36

i like having kids


helga October 26, 2011 37

one word: wrinkles:-(


nanjhall October 28, 2011 38

There are lots of good things about being an adult and growing older. I feel more comfortable with myself, I no longer worry about what others think and I know what is and isn’t important in my life.


LAMusing October 29, 2011 39

What I like about being an adult – the world is larger. You are no longer confined to your neighborhood or the people in your immediate environment.


Norma October 29, 2011 40

I like having the independence that comes with being an adult


Sarah L October 29, 2011 41

I like being in charge of my life.
Thanks for the contest.


Sarah L October 29, 2011 42
Kerry October 29, 2011 43

I like that I don’t have to ask permission for anything anymore! Well, except maybe at work sometimes. But, my personal life is my own decision:)


Kerry October 29, 2011 44
Judith October 29, 2011 45

I like the order of things.


Judith October 29, 2011 46
Julz October 29, 2011 47

I dont feel like an adult, but recently I fooled my 13 year old sister with my adult “voice” & adult “look. She was giving me some of the typical sass that comes along with me a teenaged girl. I snarled at her “be respectful” (helps being a teacher and having practice at this). Quickly she stopped what she was saying and tears welled up. Most of the others things that come along with being an adult involve my paycheck dwindling away, but “winning” an argument with a sibling… How gratifying.


ella October 29, 2011 48

I’ll have to look into this product. I’ve had acne since I was probably about 10 or so, and it cleared up mostly for the past few years, but lately I noticed it’s coming back like I used to have it.

Also, my favorite part of being an adult is being self-sufficient.


ella October 29, 2011 49
Jeremy October 29, 2011 50

What I like most about being an adult is that I can skip lunch and not have the entire school know.


Jeremy October 29, 2011 51
Melissa T October 29, 2011 52

I like that I can eat ice cream for dinner as adult lolol* okok I’m really excited my days of persistent acne and painful cysts are behind me (please never come back) also being able to drive and take myself place!

thanks for the opportunity :)
abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com


Melissa T October 29, 2011 53

I tweeted :)

abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com


anna October 29, 2011 54

I like staying up late as I want and not going to school. I do not like the occasional zits that pop up :)


Miguelina Salvador October 30, 2011 55

I love been incharge, make my own money, been a wife and a mother


Miguelina Salvador October 30, 2011 56
karen M October 30, 2011 57

What do you like about being an adult?
I can still act like a kid with our little ones!


Debra F October 30, 2011 58

I have pretty good skin, and even over 40 I don’t have too many wrinkles yet but I still get those annoying menstrual pimples every month and they really bother me.


angie November 1, 2011 59

I like so many things about being an adult. I like the freedom of doing what I want when I want to do it. I like no one being my boss or telling me what to do. I like eating breakfast food for dinner and dessert for breakfast! LOL


angie November 1, 2011 60
shirley November 1, 2011 61

What I like about being an adult is I make my mind up for myself, if I don’t want to listen to others I don’t.


shirley November 1, 2011 62



Cori Westphal November 1, 2011 63

Oh the wisdom that comes with time and age! I love looking back at all the dumb things I’ve done in my life, and knowing I’m smart enough not to make the same mistakes!

coriwestphal at msn dot com


Cori Westphal November 1, 2011 64
Lee November 1, 2011 65

fewer people tell me what to do.


Eugenie November 1, 2011 66

more freedom though more responsibilities.


ewhatley November 2, 2011 67

What do I like about being a grownup?

I love that the older you get, the less you care about what others think of you.


ANGEL JACKLYN November 3, 2011 68

I like the physical freedom, but the emotional freedom is killing me!


ANGEL JACKLYN November 3, 2011 69
Mari November 3, 2011 70

I like making my own decisions.


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