Smooth feet and better hair. That's what the end of last year and this year have given me, thanks to some great products I've been using for the first time. They might be "late" discoveries, but they're very good ones, and I'm sharing them here my best products this month.
Pedi Relax Diabetic's Foot Care Cream
I must be honest that I was so reluctant to use this product as it looks quite pharmaceutical, and the fact that it's for diabetics put me off. It just shows how much packaging can sway us (me) incorrectly as this is the best smoothing and moisturising foot cream I've ever used.
This is a big statement, but I've tried so many balms, oils and creams to try soften my feet. I've also slathered them in creams and put socks on before bed, which interestingly didn't work as well as the immediate effect of Pedi Relax.
It's not an exfoliator, so you might still need to exfoliate (see another great foot product below) or go for pedis, but ti's still an amazing smoother.
Available from around R80 from chemists.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File
Okay, so I'm a bit foot obsessed, but I hate having cracked feet, especially when I'm wearing slip slops and sandals, and it's one of the first thing I notice in other people.
I have used foot files and pumice stones rigorously, but nothing has worked as well as this electronic foot file, which my mom in law gave me as she had tried it and loved it (thanks Denise!!!). It's a battery-operated hand-held device, and a fast-moving barrel spins and removes excess skin (it gets blown away as "dust").
It's easy to use, and it can be used on big toes, heels and sides, or wherever you need some thinning out. I underestimated how quick it was and while I was using it on the bottom of my big toe, it also took a bit of nail polish off as I wasn't controlling it enough (PS: this wasn't sore, and there is nothing painful about this process).
It's available from around R399 from chemists.
Boody Organic Bamboo Eco Wear
This Aussie range of bamboo underwear and basics (eg socks, tank tops, camis, leggings) is new to SA, and is extremely comfortable. It's touted as a skin-friendly range – bamboo is very breathable and has moisture-wicking properties, which pulls sweat away from the skin to avoid irritation.
Bamboo is also said to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, hypo-allergenic, thermo-regulating (keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter), static-free, wrinkle-free and durable, which are features you'd probably want from your underwear and basics, if you think about it.
Boody is available at selected Dis-chem stores, independent pharmacies, health stores and online at www.boodywear.co.za. Prices start at around R156 for panties, R235 for a tank top, and R180 for a bra. There are also products for men – boxers, briefs and socks.
Try not to be too alarmed by the price – once you've tried something, you'll see why, and I've already been to DiscChem to stock up on some more. I really think it's that good.
Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
I was so desperate for better holiday hair that I asked my husband to buy this for me as I had left for holiday earlier, and couldn't find this where I was.
Like every other Moroccanoil product, it smells amazing. This spray gave me so many good hair days, creating beachy waves. It's also supposed to be good for giving grip to updos and braids, but I haven't used it for that.
Best of all? I didn't have any after-effects, like limp hair, or any stickiness or "crunch".
Available from around R305 from stockists.
Pure Beginnings Probiotic Baby Sensitive Cream Wash
I started using this on holiday, and really enjoyed using it. My baby was clean and had no reactions to the product. What more could I want?
On the more technical side though, the new Probiotic Baby Sensitive Cream Wash contains a probiotic to assist in the production of beneficial skin microbes while protecting the skin from pathogenic microbes, which cause infections.
It has soothing aloe vera leaf extract and marula seed oil, and is fragrance free and pH balanced. There's also a great Probiotic Baby Sensitive Body Cream too if you're wanting to use the whole range.
The wash is available from around R100. Pure Beginnings Baby products are stocked at Baby City, Dis-Chem, Wellness Warehouse, Selected Toys R Us Stores, Faithful-to-Nature, selected independent health stores and online at www.purebeginnings.co.za