Body Wash vs. Other Cleansers

Soap and body wash abound at the store, and without the luxury of trying before you buy, choosing the right body cleanser can be overwhelming. Your skin is your largest organ, and cleaning this barrier between you and your environment is important. But it’s challenging to know which cleanser to use for each body part.
The reason we need soap is simple: to clean. Your grandparents probably had a small selection of bar soaps to choose from, but today, you can clean your body with bar or liquid soap, exfoliate your feet with a scrub and wash your face with a cream cleanser — all during the same shower. Manufacturers are constantly creating new soaps and scrubs that do everything from remove excess oil to treat acne [source: New Zealand Dermatological Society]. The key to finding a body wash or cleanser that’s right for you is to understand their ingredients and what they can do for your skin.
Traditional antibacterial and deodorant bar soaps lift dirt from the skin, but harsh ingredients can cause sensitive or dry skin to itch and flake. To counteract dryness, emollients and humectants can be added to body washes to help the skin retain moisture — soaps with added moisturizers clean skin without stripping it of valuable oils [source: Bruno]

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. Although many bar soaps and some liquid soaps have antibacterial qualities, most liquid body washes aren’t antibacterial — they contain mild synthetic detergents to cleanse the skin without overdrying [source: Draelos]. Read on to learn more about selecting a body wash that will work with your skin’s unique composition.

Ferrari 400i

The elegant angular lines and airy greenhouse of the 365 GT4 2+2 marked a new design direction for Ferrari. Unveiled at 1972¡¯s Paris Auto Show, this square-cut new four-seater looked much different than the Ferrari 365 GTC/4. Moreover, it was stretched over a longer wheelbase — 106.3 inches (2700mm) versus 98.4 (2500) — and had a wider track

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, allowing it to have proper rear seats.

But otherwise, it was nearly identical to the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 under the skin. Both had independent suspension front and rear with self-leveling units in back, power-assisted disc brakes, power steering, and a robust tubular chassis. The GTC/4¡¯s 4.4-liter 320 horsepower V-12 and five-speed transmission also carried over untouched. But because of America¡¯s new smog and safety regulations, the car was never imported into the United States.
A revised version appeared at Paris in 1976. Called the 400 GT, its V-12 displaced 4.8-liters. But the most important mechanical change was the gearbox: This was the first Ferrari available with a factory-installed automatic transmission. Ferrari adapted General Motors¡¯ state-of-the-art three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic for use with the V-12 and created the Ferrari 400i Automatic. It was a very popular move for owners.
Externally, the Ferrari five-speed-manual 400 GT and the Ferrari 400i Automatic were nearly identical to the Ferrari 365, save taillights reduced in number from six to four and the addition of a small front spoiler. The interior, however, was substantially revised

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, with new seats and more leather trim, making it much more luxurious.
The Ferrari 400i would soldier on into the mid 1980s. The main revision came in late 1979 with introduction of fuel injection. The Ferrari 400i (for injection) was offered with both the five-speed and automatic. Fuel injection spread to the rest of the Ferrari lineup within a year.

The Ferrari 412 replaced the Ferrari 400i in 1985. Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, it was at the time the only Ferrari imported into the U.S. by the factory. Displacement grew slightly to 4.9-liters, and the body received minor detail changes, with bumpers now painted the same color as the car. The last Ferrari 412s were made in 1989, a demonstration of the lasting elegance of the car¡¯s shape.
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Olympic National Park

600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798
360-565-3130
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Olympic National Park — located in northwestern Washington, about 90 miles from Seattle — contains jagged mountains, glaciers, lush rain forests, and beaches that are covered with driftwood. These diverse offerings attract nature lovers from around the world. In addition to viewing the surroundings, visitors can partake in a number of activities, including boating, fishing, and water sports.
Entrance fees: $10/vehicle for seven days or $5/individual for seven days
Visitor centers: Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center are open year-round
Other services: Four visitor centers, a museum, information stations, two lodges, two resorts, and 16 campgrounds
Accommodations: Some of the park’s 16 campgrounds are open year-round. Most operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but some reservations are available (800-365-CAMP).
Come to Olympic National Park, and you enter an enchanted forest, a luminous world suffused with a soft green light reflected and refracted by trees garlanded with club moss and lush growths of ferns and oxalis.
There, in Washington’s Hoh Rain Forest, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and western red cedars, some with diameters of 25 feet, tower 300 feet above you. These ancient giants, standing on enormous roots called stilts, form great colonnades with inviting, winding side aisles that look like green tunnels leading to another world.
A jumble of undergrowth spreads out far below the forest canopy in the national park on the Olympic Peninsula, located in the extreme northwest corner of Washington. Seedlings that would have been unable to compete with other plants on the forest floor sprout exuberantly on fallen trees, called nurse logs.
From these rotting logs, some saplings may grow into the world’s largest specimens of Douglas fir and western hemlock. The undergrowth is luxuriant and abundant, but it is not impenetrable because its growth is kept in check by the foraging of the park’s most famous inhabitant, the Roosevelt elk.
Olympic is the most diverse national park. Along with the Hoh and two other rain forests, the park contains two more equally distinct ecosystems: a rugged wilderness seacoast, with stunning headlands and lovely beaches covered with driftwood, and the Olympic Mountains, a rugged range of high alpine meadows, great jagged ridges, and glaciers.
Because of this remarkably diverse landscape, climatic changes within the park are abrupt. The western side of the park has the wettest weather in the United States, averaging nearly 12 to 14 feet of precipitation each year. The eastern side of the park, which lies in the rain shadow of the mountains, is the driest area on the Pacific Coast north of Los Angeles.
Olympic National Park’s diverse landscape offers equally diverse activities and sightseeing opportunities for visitors. On the next page, learn about the many things to see and do in this park.
Location: Northwestern Washington
Established: 1938
Size: 922,651 acres
Terrain: Coastal wilderness, rain forest, and mountains
Highlights: Hoh Rain Forest and Mount Olympus
Wildlife: Roosevelt elk, snowshoe hares, Douglas squirrels, Olympic marmots, pocket gophers, small mammals, and hundreds of species of birds
Activities: Ranger-led walks and campfire programs; hiking, boating, fishing

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, climbing, swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing, river rafting, cross-country and downhill skiing, and backpacking (by permit)

1971-1973 Buick Riviera

The 1971-1973 Buick Riviera was the manufacturer’s most controversial piece of styling since the batwing job of 1959. Despite the success of the 1963 Riviera, sales had plummeted by 1970. A quick fix was badly needed, and Buick gambled that the 1971 ¡°boattail¡± was the answer.
It¡¯s true, too, that by 1971 the time had obviously come for a new and different Riviera. Consider 1,070 production figures, for example. While still comfortably ahead of Oldsmobile¡¯s Toronado — the Riveria’s intra-corporate rival — output skidded an alarming 29 percent from 52,872 units in 1969 to 37,336 units, the lowest since 1965.
Nor was this a reflection of market conditions, for overall Buick sales were holding steady, while Ford¡¯s Thunderbird made a modest gain that year.
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It had been Ford, of course, that had pioneered the ¡°luxury personal car¡± concept with the 1958 introduction of the first four-place T-Bird. And the Bird continued to lead the field in sales, despite stiff competition from its counterpart at Buick.
Even so, the Riviera, first introduced for the 1963 season, had been a resounding sales success from the start, and a style and performance leader as well.
¡°It was the Riviera,¡± authors Ian Norbye and lames Dunne declared, ¡°that put some class into this market segment.¡±
Even Car and Driver, a magazine not usually noted for unstinting praise of American luxury cars, admitted that ¡°the Riviera is different from the other big Buicks, and it stands alone among American cars in providing a combination of luxury

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, performance and general roadworthiness that approaches Bentley Continental standards at less than half the price.¡±
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The Ultimate Fixed Expenses Quiz

Planning a budget is one of the best ways to ensure that you make ends meet at all times

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Start Your Engines! ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Quiz

With its high-speed races, spectacular driving feats and tricked-out cars

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1955-1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari

By 1955, Pontiac was trying to redefine its dull-but-dependable image with the 1955-1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari. What better way to do that than with a “dream car”?
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Safari — the word has a lovely ring to it. The mind conjures up an expedition with the hunting party dressed in khaki suits topped off in pith helmets. An African setting: large animals

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, large guns, fine cameras. A couple of Land Rovers, steamy heat, a trace of an English accent.
Wrong! For General Motors’ Pontiac Division in 1955 “Safari” represented the fanciest and sportiest of all station wagons ever manufactured, the Star Chief Custom Safari — an expedition into the unknown, marketing-wise. The car was to be low in production, high in cost, striking inside and out, and it would enjoy a life span of only three years (though the Safari name would carry on at Pontiac and/or GMC).
Paul Gillan, who directed the Pontiac Styling Studio in the 1950s, came up with that wonderful name. The Pontiac Star Chief Safari’s closest relative at General Motors was its near twin, the Bel Air Nomad, over at Chevrolet Division — which is where the whole idea started. A great many people felt then, and still do, that these were two of the prettiest station wagons designed in the post World War II era.
Station wagons. Their heritage was an interesting one, dating back to early Cantrell-bodied “depot hacks” and 1923 Star wagons. Originally, these were meant to be high-volume haulers that really transported people to depots and stations to meet trains.
It was not happenstance that Pontiac’s Safari wagon was such a remarkably striking design. Consider Safari’s lineage as a General Motors Motorama show car

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. Remember seeing or hearing about those styling extravaganzas produced in the 1950s, which traveled major U.S. cities showing off flashy and elaborate automotive designs of tomorrow? Dream cars! Well, this styling dream came true in the form of 9,094 Pontiac Star Chief Safaris and 22,375 Chevrolet Nomads.
Several thousand people went down to their local Pontiac and Chevrolet dealerships from 1955-1957 and purchased those handsome station wagons. Little did they know that later both cars would later be awarded “Milestone” car status by The Milestone Car Society.
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What type of grass is used on putting greens?

Bent grass is renowned for its fine, beautiful blades. This tufted grass, however, is one of the more high-maintenance types of grass on the market, requiring a lot of attention. Bent grass is commonly used in the more luxurious lawn seed mixes. Those elegant English country estates or lush putting greens that you may have seen in movies or on television probably use bent grass.
While this type of grass comes in different versions

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, the bent grass that’s most popular is the one that requires constant care – blue grass. While some people say that blue grass is more trouble than it’s worth, the aesthetic appeal of its bright colors and narrow blades are hard to resist. Bent grass is a cool-weather favorite that takes time to establish. However, after the initial period, this grass will grow into a dense and most impressive lawn. Blue grass requires diligence on your part, which means fertilizing, watering and mowing on a fairly regular basis. Beyond that, this grass needs to be treated regularly with pesticides in order to remain healthy.
There are some types of bent grass that are lower maintenance, such as colonial bent grass. If you don’t have the time or patience to maintain a lawn, then you would be well advised to use grass that’s highly tolerant and doesn’t require too much tender loving care from you; in other words, steer clear of bent grass. If you plan on using your lawn for parties and other events, then there are types of grass around that are especially suitable for lawns that get a lot of foot traffic. Furthermore, climate is another key factor in deciding which grass is best suited for your lawn.