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Spring is here, and the temperatures are rising. It is just about time to walk barefoot in the grass. But what if your feet are not in their best shape? You need to take time out to love your feet. Nobody wants to see dry, cracked and calloused feet.
With the help of Legendary Apothecary’s Smooth Feet, all natural and organic foot product, it is time to restore feet to baby soft like conditions in just a few days.
Feet can become dry for many reasons, from dehydration to diet to environmental to the types of shoes worn. But with a century-old recipe that utilizes just three simple ingredients, Smooth Feet turns back the clock on feet delivering soft, smooth, and hydrated healthy skin. Smooth Feet hydrates your feet by penetrating truly natural and organic ingredients into your feet and grabbing and locking in moisture into the skin.
What is not to love?
“We’ve combined the desire to spread KINDness, with a deep belief in the power of plant-based ingredients to create skincare products that are pure, organic and cruelty-free,” explains Co-Creator Sara Saidy. “We are on a mission to make the world a KINDer place.”
Hand made in Los Angeles, this brand prides itself on its authentic ingredients and being cruelty-free and KIND. As a corporate practice, Legendary Apothecary donates 10% of its proceeds toward like-minded charities. Most recently, the company contributed 100% of proceeds toward organizations combatting the California wildfires.
I received a bottle of Legendary Apothecary’s Smooth Feet to review, and I keep it beside my bed to apply just before I go to sleep. (This is usually right after my evening shower, so my feet are still a bit damp when I use it.) I apply one dropper full of this amazing formula to the bottom of each foot (one at a time, of course) and massage my entire foot gently from bottom to top, until my entire foot has been treated. I then put on my socks, which are usually a light cotton sock to sleep in. The sock helps to keep the product from getting onto my sheets, and helps the oil sink into my skin. Oh, and did I mention that it smells really nice? The oil has a pleasant, uplifting and fresh fragrance.
My feet are transformed into baby softness overnight! Any rough-calloused skin is turned into perfectly hydrated, pretty skin. I love this product. A small bottle with last a very long time!
To learn more, visit: www.legendaryapothecary.com
It is SPRINGTIME! Time to show off those feet in a pretty pair of sandals. Wait, what if your feet are not looking very pretty? Say hello to smooth feet and goodbye to cracked heels with the new ARM & HAMMER™ Foot Care Moisturizer + Gentle Exfoliators!
Nurse tired heels and feet back to optimal health with this new formula that moisturizes and gently exfoliates. Step into smooth skin as the AHA Exfoliators and deep hydrating coconut oil work in tandem to restore and moisturize heels and feet. An easy to use no touch sanitary massaging brush allows for a quick, easy, and clean hands application. Not only is it simple to use and easy to apply to skin on heels and feet, it’s non-greasy formula won’t leave any residue.
ARM & HAMMER™ Foot Care Moisturizer + Gentle Exfoliators, $8.79
- Restores and moisturizes feet
- Fast acting formula to moisturize and restore skin with gentle AHA Exfoliators and deep hydrating Coconut Oil
- Prevents dry cracked heels
- No touch sanitary massaging brush allows for quick, easy and mess free application
- Gentle enough for daily use
The sun was out this past weekend, and I went to grab my favorite sandals. After I put them on, I looked at my feet, and was pretty horrified! My heels looked extremely dry and rough. Thankfully, I remembered to apply my New ARM & HAMMER™ Foot Care Moisturizer.
I love that I don't even need to get my hands messy when I use it! The bottle comes with a little brush on the end, so when you squeeze the bottle, the product stays within the brush, and glides easily onto your feet. The handy brush gently exfoliates the dry, dead skin while you apply the moisturizing formula. It has a nice, cool, minty fragrance that feels amazing on my feet!
My feet look and feel pretty enough to show off with my adorable sandals!
The ARM&HAMMER™ Foot Care Moisturizer + Gentle Exfoliators is available for $8.79 in the foot care aisle at CVS and CVS.com.
Enter to win: One winner will receive full-sized bottles of the following products: Arm & Hammer Foot Care Moisturizer + Gentle Exfoliators,Arm & Hammer Invisible Foot Powder Spray, and Arm & Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray (ARV: $25)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win!
Just when I think spring might be on the horizon, the temperature seems to drop! It is actually freezing outside today. My skin really suffers during the winter and definitely needs a little extra TLC. Thankfully, I have found a few new products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs.
C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection - Body Cream
Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow - The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot - these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced.
Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. I have the Bergamont fragrance, and it makes me smell beautiful and feminine. I apply it from head to toe after my evening shower, and my skin feels luxuriously soft and smooth.
Higher Education Skincare - Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion
Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects your skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices. I also use their lip balm to keep my lips soft and protected from the elements.
Mamonde - Hydro Eye Gel Cream
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive - but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I have been using this amazing eye gel for a couple of days now, and it has really firmed up my eye area and makes my eyes look refreshed.
Available: Ulta Stores
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we ride out these cold months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are my current favorites to ensure my skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant. I love these products.They are definitely a must-have for winter.
Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer. I apply it all over my body right after my shower, when my skin is still a bit damp. It works to keep my skin feeling soft and supple. there is honestly nothing I have tried that works better. Plus, it is very inexpensive for something that works this well.
Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks. This product is my favorite newest discovery! I apply it to my neck and chest every evening right after my shower. I also apply it to my breasts, because who couldn't use a little firming there? After two weeks of using Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest, my skin is noticeable firmer in these areas. This products is also very affordable. I love it!
As a busy mom, sometimes there is no time left to do things for ourselves. Two things most moms would love more time for (besides sleep!) is for exercise and beauty treatments. I would go utterly crazy without ME time! I wish there were more products like Hair Warrior hair treatment! Hair Warrior Formula Treatment allows me to multi task!
Add peace of mind to your daily workouts with the Vegan-friendly Hair Warrior, a revolutionary hair care product that adds both hydration and protection during physical activity and fitness like yoga, pilates, cardio exercise, swimming, and more. Simply apply the product prior to activity as Hair Warrior works with your body heat to smooth, protect and condition each strand – preventing damage and strengthening your hair.
Hair Warrior's Ingredients include:Quinoa, Bamboo, Pro-Vitamin B5, Organic Argan Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Green Tea, Rosemary Extract, and Eucalyptus. Hair Warrior is free from parabens, glutens and formaldehyde.
I love Hair Warrior! I simply apply it to my dry hair before working out. My husband and I had some rare time alone at the beach this past weekend, and we took a walk around an abandoned military bunker. My hair was extremely dry and damaged, and so I decided to apply the product to my hair, and off we went. It was quite the hike, and I worked up a sweat!
After I got back to our cabin, I washed my hair as I normally do, and shampooed the product out. I also conditioned my hair as usual. After my hair dried, I combed through it, and it was beyond soft, silky and shiny. My damaged ends looked healthy, too. What a great feeling to be able to take care of my hair while I am taking care of my self!
My husband and I exploring Battery Russell is Astoria, Oregon
Enter to win: Two winners will be selected to receive a 4oz bottle of Hair Warrior hair treatment. (ARV: $29.95 ea.)
How: It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win!
For more information go to: http://hairwarrior.co/
It is never too early to start taking good care of your skin. My daughters are both in their early twenties, and I have taught them the importance of proper skin care. At my age, I am using anti-aging products, but my daughters need an entirely different range of products for their younger skin.
Higher Education Skincare was developed specifically for the Gen Z and Millennial age group as a clean, cruelty free, education-centric line with high quality dermatologist-approved products.
Teenagers and young adults have different skin issues than more mature skin, like mine. Those with younger skin are not yet dealing with wrinkles, lines and loss of firmness, but the right skincare regimen can help to maintain healthy skin for a lifetime.
Higher Education Skincare's products align with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect and when used daily help correct a variety of skin conditions such as acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, sun damage, dryness and sensitivity.
I received samples of HigherEducation Skincare to review for my daughters. Below is a description of each one.
Pre Req Foaming Cleanser delivers an invigorating gentle foaming cleanser for normal to oily and combination skin that cleans impurities and removes excess oil while removing all traces of makeup. Exfoliates without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Tea Tree Oil provides benefits for skin that is prone to breakouts. Skin feels clean and refreshed.
Grinding Away Skin Polishing Scrub is a gentle, luxurious scrub that removes dead skin cells, improves skin texture, and helps to clear clogged pores. Your complexion can appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color.
Easy A 30 Exfoliating Pads help remove dead skin cells, replenish moisture, and visibly minimize pore size. Skin looks vibrant, smooth, and refreshed. Skin never feels dehydrated.
Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydrating Lotion is a lightweight, off-white hydrating lotion is a daily antioxidant, loaded with vitamins A, C and E, that protects skin by limiting the production of free radicals which can cause cell degradation over time. Added melanin helps protect the skin from damaging blue light emitted from digital devices, the sun, and other sources. Plant extracts and peptides help restore skin hydration and resilience.
Spring Break SPF 30 is an oil-free sunscreen with sheer solar protection defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assaults that cause skin to age faster. Microfine zinc offers broad spectrum physical sunscreen protection from both UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Contains aloe vera and super antioxidants to help soothe and balance the skin. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, and safe for sensitive skin.
For more information go to: https://www.highereducationskincare.com
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we enter the coldest months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are a couple of my current favorites to ensure your skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant all winter long.
- Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer.
- Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks.
Available at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide
Weleda, the European skincare brand, announced that it is expanding its cult-favorite Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream to include three new formulas.
For almost a century, Weleda's Skin Food has been feeding our bodies with plant extracts that work in rhythm with the skin to allow one's inner beauty to shine through. The ultra-rich, multipurpose formula derived from farms that follow sustainable principles delivers soft, supple, deeply hydrated skin. Skin Food's nourishing ingredients satisfy skin with nutrients that help unlock a healthy-looking glow. Skin Food has developed a cult following for its plant-rich formulation becoming a must-have item in makeup artist's kits and celebrity homes alike.
The new Skin Food Experience, which includes a product for lips, a body butter and a lighter version of the original, will feature formulas created to help nourish and soothe the skin. Comprised of nutrient-rich lead plants, including rosemary, chamomile, pansy and calendula, the new blends are rooted in different base formulas of sunflower seed oil, lanolin, beeswax, and Shea Butter.
Rob Keen, CEO of Weleda N.A., says, "Skin Food has been a beloved product and a savior for dry skin since its launch in 1926. We are thrilled to bring all the benefits of Skin Food Original to more usage occasions so that fans and new consumers alike can enjoy a total Skin Food experience from head-to-toe."
The new Skin Food Experience formulas include:
Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream: A lighter version of the classic original, the cream formula quickly melts into skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. Delivering a dose of moisture, chamomile and calendula invigorate senses while a base of Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter instantly nourish for a velvety smooth texture. Perfect to use every day and as a light option in warmer weather; suitable for use on face and body.
My skin has been insanely dry and flaky this winter. This light nourishing cream has completely saved my day a few times, when I would look in the mirror and almost cry because my skin was so flaky looking. I literally had facial dandruff! This light formula allowed me to apply it to my face, and it was deeply hydrating, yet not heavy or too greasy for my face. The flakes vanished upon application, and looks and feels very moisturized and healthy.
Skin Food Body Butter: The light whipped texture quickly absorbs into skin all over for a smooth, luxurious feeling. Perfect for any area that needs extra hydration, the rich base of Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter leaves skin intensely hydrated and senses invigorated after a bath or shower.
I apply this amazingly hydrating body butter every evening after my shower, while my skin is still slightly damp. It seals the moisture into my skin and locks it there. It is very soothing, and makes my skin look very young and healthy. It smells very nice, too!
Skin Food Lip Butter: A vibrant blend of viola, chamomile, and calendula soothes and cares for lips while the oil-based formula nourishes. Great for cold weather conditions or when lips need extra TLC, the rich texture softens lips for a smooth finish. I keep a tube of this heavenly lip butter on my night stand, and apply it at night before bed. It keeps my lips velvety soft, and helps my lips to heal of any dryness as I sleep. I have not suffered any kind of chapped lips this winter because of this intense hydration. (I also keep lipstick on all day long, and that also helps.)
Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream: Intensely hydrating, the original formula combines plant extracts with a base of beeswax and sunflower and sweet almond oils to nourish skin. With extracts of rosemary, chamomile, and calendula, this plant-rich ingredient blend is renowned for its moisturizing and soothing effects. I love this extremely rich cream! I use it on my feet at night before bed, and then I put on socks, and my feet are very soft by morning. I use it as my hand cream during the day, and it protects them from the cold and the wind during the day. I also use it on my hands at night for a 'sleeping hand mask.' It deeply penetrates the skin on my hands and keeps them supple as I sleep, allowing the ingredients to work on replenishing and repairing the skin on my hands, which needs extra TLC, especially in the winter.
The Skin Food Experience is currently available on Weleda.com (https://www.weleda.com/skin-food-experience) and will be available at national retailers in early 2019.
About WELEDA- Since 1921, Weleda has been connecting people to nature through plant-rich, NATRUE certified natural body and skin care. The company's 50 acres of Biodynamic® gardens in Germany— The Weleda Biodynamic Gardens in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany – are one of the largest in Europe. These farming principles are in Weleda's roots and continue to inspire its high-quality products today.
The cold air can wreak havoc on your skin (hello wind burn, chapped, dehydrated flaky skin), but with our lineup of products for National Winter Skin Relief Day (January 8th ) , it doesn’t have to. Get ahead of the game this winter and stay looking and feeling extra nourished. Take the steps to protect and prevent dryness, and treat your skin.
The below is the ultimate defense against the harsh, cold air:
Miss Bud’s Hemp Body Butter ($13.99; Amazon.com): Keep your skin moisturized while discovering the incredible skincare benefits of pure hemp seed oil. This coconut-scented quick absorbing Hemp Seed Oil formula deeply penetrates the skin to provide long lasting hydration.
IMAGE VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion ($38; IMAGESkincare.com): Featuring four highly active forms of vitamin C, this luxurious moisturizer uses anti-aging ingredients that are often reserved just for the face. This lotion goes beyond hydration to treat telltale signs of aging on the body.
KORRES Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturiser ($45; Sephora.com): The ultimate way to lock in hydration before applying your makeup. This all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener leaves skin hydrated and glowing, and prepped for all-day makeup wear.
IOPE Super Vital Cream Bio Excellence Rich ($100; Us.aritaum.com): This rich, concentrated formula deeply nourishes skin for long-lasting effects, while alleviating dryness and brightening complexion. Containing BIO Glycan ™ technology, this cream hydrates dull skin while effectively reducing visible signs of aging.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99; Target.com): This unique formula is activated by water on just-showered skin and takes advantage of the peak moisture moment – when your skin is still wet, it is most receptive to hydration. The application to wet skin allows the formula to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface delivering proven itch soothing ingredients like Vitamin E & Oatmeal Extract to the source of dryness.
As temperatures continue to drop, ensure you're layering up - and that includes your skin! These moisturizing must-haves from Jergens and Curél are sure to keep your skin hydrated all throughout the cold winter months:
Jergens Oil-Infused Deep Restoring Argan 24-Hour Moisturizer is a deep-hydrating, ultra-rich lotion designed to soften and condition skin - and is is essential for getting through these brutal cold months. Nourishing ingredients like essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin e, and of course, restoring argan oil, leaving your skin feeling healthy and hydrated.
WHERE TO BUY: Available at grocery, mass retailers and drugstores nationwide
Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer deeply conditions skin, relieving dryness and replenishing moisture with nourishing shea oil. The hydrating formula locks in hydration as it is applied when skin is most receptive to moisture - and absorbs right into the skin, without leaving a sticky residue.
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer is designed to be applied in the shower, during your skin's peak moisture moment. This water-activated formula penetrates deep into the skin, providing all-day moisture in half the time. It is fast absorbing and has zero drying time, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and seriously hydrated.
For the record, this is my favorite body moisturizer ever!
Where to Buy: Select food, drug and mass merchant stores nation-wide