It’s early February, and after some prolonged warmer temperatures, we’ve hit deep winter with no turning back. This time of year brings its own beauty challenges, most of them very practical. How can we protect and nourish our skin and hair against low humidity and freezing air?
These are five of the products that are making me feel healthier and more attractive, even on the bleakest, windiest days.
I reviewed Skin & Bones All-in-One Moisturizer ages ago on Now Smell This, and I still recommend it highly. It’s an all-natural, jojoba-based oil blend that you can use on your face, body, and hair. I used to use it as a body oil, but now I love it best as a facial serum, applied to freshly washed skin at bedtime. I can feel the results when I wake up in the morning. ($76 at Skin & Bones)
Thanks to nightly applications of LUSH Honey Trap lip balm, I haven’t had chapped lips at all this winter. Honey Trap has a thick but creamy consistency, and it smells of honey, white chocolate, and a hint of mint. ($7.25 at LUSH)
Anjolie Ayurveda Lavender Hair Elixir has been one of my favorite haircare products since I first tried it last spring (see my review here). It can be used as a pre-wash conditioner, an overnight deep treatment, or an extra step in styling. It’s the real deal: no silicones, no synthetic fillers, just botanical ingredients. ($24 at Anjolie Ayurveda)
As you can tell, I prefer nature-based products, but in extreme conditions I break my own rules. I haven’t even read the ingredients list for Clarins Crème Jeunesse des Mains Hand and Nail Treatment Cream; I just know that it works, in that mysteriously French high-tech-skincare way. ($30 at Clarins USA and department stores)
Mayron’s Goods Chapstuff is another multi-purpose product that I reviewed on Now Smell This when I first learned about it (see here). If all my other efforts fail, and I end up with a raw nose from a headcold, or cracked cuticles from too-frequent hand-washing, or just a random patch of itchy, dry skin, Chapstuff eases my discomfort and heals the troubled area. ($14 at Mayron’s Goods)
What are your favorite beauty and skincare remedies for winter weather?
Product source: I have purchased Skin & Bones, LUSH Honey Trap, and Chapstuff; my Clarins hand cream was a gift from my mother; and the Anjolie Ayurveda Lavender Hair Elixir was a press sample.