Courtesy of WalgreensRenee Trilivas, Allure magazine
Between the holiday shopping, the boozing it up at cocktail parties, and the endless entertaining of out of town guests, you're probably due a little alone time. These do-at-home beauty treatments are just what you need to relax and recharge.
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Hair. Dry winter air (and even dryer indoor heating!) can leave hair parched and brittle. To restore moisture, try a thick, oil-based hair mask, like Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment or Miss Jessie's Rapid Recovery Treatment. Comb a generous dollop through dry strands, pile hair into a lose bun on the top of your head, and cover with a shower cap. Blast it with a blow dryer for a few seconds (the heat helps oils penetrate), let it sit for at least ten minutes, then rinse and shampoo.
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Face. Lizard-like skin is a sign you need to exfoliate and moisturize-stat. Start with a peel (my new favorite is Olive Essence Organic Gold Facial Peel that uses lemon peel oil to slough away dull, dead skin), then slather on a a rich cream formulated with hyaluronic acid, like AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Crème. When I say slather, I'm serious-you want nice thick layer of moisture over your entire face. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then blot off the excess with a tissue.
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Feet. After hours of dancing to Mariah Carey's holiday album-in four-inch heels-your tired feet will need some serious pampering. Start with a soak. My favorite is Jane Inc. Muscle Ache Rx Bath Cube-the Epsom salts soothe sore feet while warming cardamom, cinnamon, and clove oils improve circulation. Then slather on a thick cream (I love the lavender-scented Sally Hansen Foot Cream), slip your tootsies into a pair of cozy socks, and put them up. That's right, sit back and relax.
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