November 17, 2008

Be Body-licious!

Let’s be real – our faces normally get all of the attention when it comes to skincare. We spend exorbitant amounts of money feeding our need to be blemish-free, wrinkle-free, soft, even-toned becoming slaves to brightly colored bottles and jars filled with the latest of lotions and potions…..whatever the endless stream of beauty propaganda from the fashion magazines, television and movies dictate we should do and be. Elbows and knees become afterthoughts in winter when we’re swathed in sweaters, leggings and boots. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Spring rolls in and we panic. Skin-bearing season’s right around the corner so we spend even more money to right the wrongs of neglect. It’s a vicious cycle that I choose not to participate. I am diligent all year long with all-body skincare. I find body products that work and I dedicate myself to using them religiously. Yeah, I do a lot of testing (my bathroom shelves do scream “help me”) but when I discover the right combination of body wash, lotion or cream and body scrub, I become a lifelong devotee.

I adore Bath and Bodyworks Aromatherapy Collection. I’m a fiend for the double duty shower gels and lotions in Tranquil Mint for promoting stress relief, Orange Ginger for energy and Lavender Chamomile for a restful sleep. Pampering ingredients like natural Soy Bean Oil keep my skin buttery-soft. I can't wait to try the Sugar Scrubs from Skin and Tonic, my latest Etsy beauty find. This summer, my fabulous facialist, Shalea, owner of Walker’s Apothecary in Jersey City, NJ turned me onto REN Skincare. Not only do REN products treat your skin with tender, loving non-synthetic ingredients, they don’t contain sulfates, animal ingredients or paraben either. And they smell absolutely incredible! The Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash and the Damask Rose Body Cream are my current favorites. Visit to see the complete product line.

Trust me, if you treat your body beautifully this winter and you’ll be body-licious for warm weather season on Day 1!

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