By Mary N. DiZazzo

Soften Up!

Ciao bella,
Everybody feelin' that alligator skin just about now? I never really experienced it till just a few years ago. After all extreme temps and environmental changes will play havoc on your skin. First of all before we can see true results of our body moisturizer we must exfoliate the dryness which is dead skin. One of the best ways is in the steam room! Or even at home in a steamy tub! After about 10-15 minutes the steam softens that dry skin and it will just roll off with your fingers or a loofah sponge! Really! There is also a mitt that is used in the baths in Morocco. You can find the mitt in specialty stores. Works wonders!

Always remember that after exfoliating your product will WORK and go a long way! Then your skin is in for a good deep conditioning and moisturizing treatment. The KOSMEA line from Australia has a wonderful Rescue Balm that keeps skin glowing and soft! Formulated with certified organic Rose Hip Oil in a preservative free formula and used together with their Rescue Body Cream with certified organic Rose Hip Butter, I promise a baby soft experience!

LUSH has a wonderful Body Butter "BUFFY" -- with shea butter that is used in the shower. Has a great nutty scent! To kick-start a softening regimen on your feet that haven't seen the light of day for months, Lush has a "Stepping Stone Foot Scrub". Made with pumice, sea salt and cocoa butter, it will sure make a difference once barefoot season arrives. Tried it and loved it!

Once you exfoliate properly you must nourish your skin with excellent product to ensure healthy skin. The Rescue Balm can be used on cuticles, elbows, feet and heels, scars etc. -- a miracle in a jar! Call or email me with any questions on these fine products and where to purchase them.

So get soft now!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or