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Warm Up With Self-Heating Products

Written on February 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm , by

Cozy up to one of these self-warming beauty products on a chilly winter’s night— they contain ingredients like zeolite and magnesium sulfate, which release heat upon contact with water. The warmth not only soothes sore muscles and elements-exposed skin, but also enhances the penetration of active ingredients. Hot stuff to try:

Best Foot Forward

Written on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 am , by

We’ve been training hard here at FITNESS—for both the FITNESS/MORE  Half-Marathon and to keep up with our New Year’s resolutions—and one thing that’s taken a beating along the way is our rundown feet! The sight of our roughed-up tootsies could send anyone into a lifelong state of foot-phobia. With sandal season creeping up, we’re using this DIY treatment from Dawn Gallagher, former model and author of Nature’s Beauty Secrets, to get our overworked soles ready for their day in the sun:

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  • Fill a foot basin with warm water, add a few drops of almond oil and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While you’re soaking your feet, use a pumice to buff away calluses and rough skin.
  • Towel-dry your feet, then focus on your toenails. Cut and file them to your desired length, always cutting straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Use the almond oil to soften cuticles and an orange stick slowly push them back.
  • If you’re in the mood for a burst of color, paint your toes your desired shade and finish with a topcoat.
  • If you painted your toes, wait until they’re completely dry, then slather your feet in the most buttery cream you can find. Pull on a pair of cotton socks to lock in the moisture.

—By Lindsay Richardson, Beauty Intern

Cold Weather Beauty Treats

Written on November 10, 2010 at 10:35 am , by

As the shops in New York City start filling their windows with festive decorations, cold air is creeping in, too. These beauty treats keep us hydrated on chilly days (and the delicious scents are a calorie-free bonus!):

draft_lens2324152module17040252photo_1235237469KurigcoffeeChapstick Lip Balm in Cool and Soothing Peppermint: This twist on the classic lip balm seals in moisture with a cooling sensation and prevents chapping. Plus, the it smells and tastes like peppermint, so it instantly freshens breath.

Lumene Spa Repairing Body Butter: This formula is ultra-creamy and has a refreshing citrus scent. I use it at night before bed, and wake up with smooth, silky skin. The formula is light enough to wear during the day, too.

Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Foot Cream: This is my guilty pleasure after a long day at work. The rich cream has the aroma of Serendipity’s famous hot chocolate, plus peppermint oil to relieve feet after a day of pounding the pavement.

What are your favorite beauty indulgences for brisk days?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern