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Summer is all about extremes: less clothes, more skin; less work, more play. And in the case of your feet, less boots, more sandals. For all you open-toed, open-heeled shoe wearing gals, keeping your feet smooth, moisturized and sexy should probably be on the forefront of your minds. But unless you’re making a conscious effort to whip out the pumice stone with every shower, the former could be a daunting task.

Enter Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas. The length of the name may involve taking a deep breath before uttering, but we think it’s well worth it. 

Enhanced with avocado oil and shea butter, the callus cream is ultra thick and rich. Kiehl’s claims it’s great for areas such as your hands, elbows, knees and feet, and we couldn’t agree more. Our favorite, and most effective way, to use the intensive treatment is right before bed. We slathered and massaged in about a quarter-sized amount on each foot -  concentrating on the driest areas - waited about 2-3 minutes for some absorption, and then capped it off with some cotton socks. After the first night, the difference was noticeable, and after the fourth, our feet were as smooth (if not more) than an over-priced trip to the salon. 

Though you might be left with some super slick hands (and jar) after application, we can’t imagine finishing off the summer in sandals without it!

$23 (tube) /$47, (jar), Saks.com 
Getting up in the morning is really hard for me; that’s why I always try to have great-smelling shower gels waiting for me. It’s like a little treat on top of my morning coffee. Scent can be so energizing that it really helps me to know that I have sniffy delightment waiting for me in the shower. And usually I go through phases and switch it up, but right now I keep reaching for
philosophy Field of Flowers™ Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($16 at sephora.com). It’s so interesting and pretty; floral, but not overpowering or overwhelming. It’s light, refreshing and uplifting, and absolutely transports me to a lush garden with brightly colored flowers in bloom. And while the scent doesn’t last post shower, the tranquil and serene feeling absolutely does!




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In the crisp chill of winter, keeping skin moisturized is top priority for us. St. Ives Luxurious Whipped Silk Body Wash ($3.99 for 18 fl oz., drugstore.com) is one we love using these days— it’s wallet-friendly and yet still gives us the lavish lather with natural moisturizing ingredients we might find in a pricer brand. Take that dry skin!

Whether you resolve to get in shape, quit smoking, get back into a beloved hobby or learn something new, creating goals is never a bad way to start the year. We, of course, must add our “2 cents” and encourage creating beauty-ful goals for 2010. Here are 4 ideas that you can incorporate into your life beginning this week.

 

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Just as hot temperatures can be harsh on skin, the same is true of the intense chill of winter. When cold, dry air leaves our skin feeling thirsty, a product that contains essential fatty acids and moisturizing oils is the perfect choice to give it the hydration that it needs. Our new favorite, Elemental Herbology Body Souffle Winter Body Hydrator ($37, spacenk.com), is an intense moisurizer that soothes and protects our skin from the elements and is suitable for those with sensitive skin and eczema.

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