I envy women who have enough time for routine facials. My mother-in-law gave me the Dennis Gross Steamer a year ago as a gift, and I love it so much that I wanted to mention it here on the blog! Especially now that winter is in full force, resulting in dehydrated skin. Monthly facials can get expensive and finding the time to get to them can be tough! This compact machine delivers steam fusion technology that simultaneously cleanses pores, exfoliates, and hydrates skin, leaving it nice and soft. The steamer delivers a continuous facial treatment for up to 20 minutes. It works to infuse hydration, clear the complexion, enhance product penetration, and soothe and promote relaxation. It’s so easy to use and the water heats up in about 4 minutes. I cleanse first with my Clarisonic (another fun gadget), tie my hair up in my Turbie Twist, grab my iPad and surf the design blogs while relaxing with the steam for fifteen minutes. In winter, it’s definitely a treat after a long day! Check it out at Sephora!
While we are talking about winter hydration, I’m also hooked on Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by the Rosebud Perfume Company ($5.59). With so many lip balms to choose from, this is one of my favorites! If you aren’t crazy about the tin (which can be hard to open), you can buy the trio of tubes, which is great, too!
Another winter must-have is this Electronic Pedicure Foot File. No joke, I have this, too and love it! It’s listed on some websites for up to $68, but I just found it at Drugstore.com on sale for $34.99 right now! I use it on dry feet and it works. The first time I tried it, I was a bit apprehensive. It is battery operated and I was a bit doubtful that it would have the power to really work on dry feet, but it does! You have to give it 5-10 minutes and it’s surprising what this little battery-operated gadget can do for tired, winter feet! Follow it up with luxurious L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream and your feet will be thanking you!
I also use Bag Balm – $7.99 at Target. Vermont’s original since 1899, this ointment has been the farmer’s friend helping keep dairy cows from becoming chapped from the harsh Vermont environment. It’s like having another “hand on the farm” or a helper around the house. It
Contains lanolin and stays on to provide moisturizing & softening – perfect for any highly chapped part of the body this time of year!
It contains no alcohol! It can be used on cow udders and pets, too. If it’s good enough for chapped cow udders, it’s definitely good enough for chapped feet!
Stay moist this winter! ~Melissa Hawks