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Padma Lakshmi's steamy winter beauty secrets

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Padma talks beauty

We caught up with the Bravo beauty to find out how to look your best all year-round using what you already have in your house.
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 Padma Lakshmi

Winter can be tough on your skin, but we got Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi to share her skin saving secrets with us when we chatted her up at the Veuve Clicquot in the Snow party in NYC.

The Bravo star and new mom was positively radiant as she sipped Champagne, went ice skating and spilled her best winter beauty secrets to SheKnows. Padma says she definitely exfoliates a lot during the drier months, but she's also got a secret weapon in her bedroom that gives her that amazing glow overnight. Get your minds out of the gutter, people!

"I use a humidifier in my bedroom," she explained. But if you don't own one or want to shell out to buy one, no worries. You can DIY!

"If you don't have a humidifier, you can also take a washcloth and wring it out and put it near your heater," Padma says. "You can also take a huge pasta pot, fill it with water and actually some aromatics, like a few drops of essential oil, and just put that on your stove and let that boil."

She also thinks it's essential to get steamy... for your face. "I think steaming is extra important to get rid of impurities and then moisturize right after that," she explains. While Padma normally hits a steam room, she says you can achieve the same results right at home.

"You can either do a steam room, which I do, or a steam shower. Or you can also just do it the old fashioned way, with a big shallow bowl of water and a towel," she says. And she even adds a secret weapon to her steam sessions.

"I add a couple drops of tea tree oil in the water as I steam," Padma recommends. "It's an antibacterial and it really opens your pores and then right away, you want to moisturize."

And just because she's in amazing shape after having her daughter Krishna doesn't mean the svelte star doesn't indulge. Padma noshed on sliders and decadent cheese fondue during the party, but she also hit the ice skating rink for some calorie-burning laps that night, too! The key? It's all about balance.

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