By Marni James
Humidifiers in NYC are a definite must; the dry heat that pumps from your radiators may feel nice at first, but it can certainly wreck havoc on your skin and immune system. Instead of waking up with a sore throat and dry skin, try the new Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier. This compact device adds essential moisture to your room, providing relief for dry eyes, nose, and skin, while eliminating up to 99% of mold and bacteria, thanks to a handy germ-killing UV light chamber. I felt the effects of the humidifier my first night using it. The soft sound lulled me to sleep and I woke up without a dry throat or any congestion. Another cool, Vicks-inspired feature, is a spot on the front of the humidifier where you can insert a Vicks Menthol VapoPad, to release soothing vapors that will naturally help you fall asleep.
Available: RiteAid, RiteAid.com and Babies R Us
Morning workouts are great if you can actually avoid pressing the snooze button. However, many times even when you do get up and moving that early, your face still looks like it’s half asleep. You know, tired eyes, dull skin, not so pretty. Now you can get the circulation going in your face too, with the Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Awakening Face Massager, proven to combat the signs of exhaustion. This bright green wand contains a rolling applicator, which you massage onto your face and neck. The cool plastic roller feels refreshing and releases the anti-fatigue formula that contains caffeine, Vitamin C and antioxidants. You’ll notice after using it that skin immediately appears more radiant, awake and hydrated. So now even if you got up at some ungodly hour to exercise, your face won’t show it!
Available: drugstores and CVS.com
Around the holidays and New Years it’s hard to eat well when the desserts, cocktails and appetizers you only get to have once a year constantly surround you. While indulgence is fun now and then, it’s not so fun when you get that food coma or sugar crash hours later! This year try some dessert that’s good and good for you from local, organic brand One Lucky Duck. Committed to organic living, they make their raw and organic products in their own kitchen right here in NYC. Their Chocolate Dipped Blonde Macaroons are a classic chewy coconut treat with a festive dip of raw, organic chocolate. Additionally, they’re gluten and dairy free and are made with low glycemic agave nectar, promoting energy rather than a long nap! Give them, or one of their other healthy snacks, as a gift or enjoy yourself as a way to keep your healthy eating resolutions.
Retail Store: One Lucky Duck Takeaway 125 ½ E. 17th Street at Irving Place.
Restaurant: Pure Food and Wine, Irving Place
Does the cold weather mean fewer workouts? Try taking the Evian Limited Edition Bottle, designed by Fashion Icon Paul Smith to the gym. This new design will surely inspire you and will make drinking your water in between repetitions fun! Not practical, that’s fine, this gorgeous bottle also makes a great gift for your health aficionado friend or family member. This new bottle has vibrant colors and is clearly a nod to the famous Paul Smith stripes. The bottle captures Evian’s new optimistic signature messaging, which any health-focused person can appreciate, Live Young™. The festive bottle will also make a great final touch to a table during the holidays, so why not enjoy drinking your water?
Available in gourmet food shops and http://www.ShopEvian.com
Vitamins and supplements may fill the aisles in drugstores, but have you ever thought about what is in the vitamins you put in your body? You can be certain NUTRILITE™ founder Carl Rehnborg did, as he created the first multivitamin/multimineral supplement in North America in 1934. Today, the brand is a leader in plant-based nutrition, growing, harvesting and processing plants on their own certified organic farms, using sustainable, chemical-free methods to create their products. NUTRILITE products are so unique as they contain the phytonutrients (whole fruits and vegetables) that most people don’t get enough of each day; they help to fill that gap. My new favorite is the Daily Multivitamin, which provides 100% or more of the Daily Value for 12 essential vitamins and eight essential minerals, giving you healthy bones, teeth, skin, eyes and heart. This vitamin is also easy to swallow, has no unpleasant aftertaste and does not make me the slightest bit queasy like some vitamins. Just call it the miracle pill!