With winter upon us – and the election finally behind us – your health and sanity are not the only things in need of attention.
Your beauty is an important consideration, too. After all, with colder temps comes drier air – and that air, in search of moisture, starts to suck it out of your skin and hair. And dryness equals wrinkles, breakage, and a reminder that being a so-called natural beauty comes at a price.
That’s precisely why I’ve gathered some helpful ways to prepare for the dry time of year.
“Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference,” President Obama just told our nation, on this day following this historic election.
Hopefully these products will.
Moisturize your body. In 1988, Ahava opened its first eco-friendly factory overlooking the Dead Sea. They’ve been going strong ever since. This Water Mineral Body Lotion absorbs quickly and has a pleasant subtle scent of prickly pear and moringa. It’s also got aloe vera and witch hazel extracts to help boost moisture and soothe skin. Smooth it on… and let your skin drink it all in.
Plump and hydrate your lips.The harsh winds of winter can whip up some pretty chapped lips. And chapped lips look so…withered and blah. No one wants to have to suffer the cold weather and winter seasons with chapped lips. It’s not fun and that’s why keeping your lips moisturized as often as you can will really make a difference to how you feel. And we all want to be able to feel good all year round. There are plenty of other ways to help keep your lips moisturized and healthy too. Life Cell Skincare has a solution: Its Lip Plumping Treatment hydrates and plumps at the same time (no injections required). The topical treatment stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production and claims to help your lips look significantly fuller after just one week of use. Because, in my opinion, your lips can never be too moisturized…but alas, with age, they can be too thin.
Indulge your facial skin. Words like “rich” and “luxurious” are used to describe this face cream from iS Clinical, which gives your precious skin a head start on the winter by protecting it against the harsh elements. It hydrates and moisturizes with botanically-derived antioxidants, resurfacing acids and growth factor. At $195, I’ll admit the price may be a bit steep for this Youth Intensive Creme, but when it comes to lines and wrinkles and putting your best face forward, the investment is worth it. Alongside this you may want to consider investing in specific region creams. For example, for their puffy eyes that flare during the winter months, one of my friends swears by the Thin Lizzy puffy eye cream remover. It helps her eyes smooth, stop swelling and also reduces her wrinkles. It works really well for her, and I may give it a try in the future.
Soothe and repair. Rough, dry elbows and heels; ragged cuticles, dry patches. Let the winter (non)-fun begin. Now when it comes to this, everyone has a different fix. Right now, though, I have a product I adore.Green Goo sounds, well, gooey, but it’s not. Instead, it’s a company that makes “Food for Your Skin” with natural herbs and essential oils. I like their Skin Repair that’s packed into in a handy little tin small enough to throw into a bag. Aside from soothing rough skin, its magic blend of aloe vera and Vitamin E oils can treat sunburns, puffy eyes, wrinkles and scars. I must admit, the company got me with their aim to “bring the Farm to Farmacy.” Cute, huh? Oh, and the fact that it rubs in nicely and doesn’t leave a greasy residue is a big plus, too.
Care for your hair. Give your strands a boost and feed them well with healthy ingredients like grapeseed extract, argan and olive oils. From Mastey comes this color-safe restorative mask that’s 100 percent vegan and paraben-free. The company also offers shampoos and other hair treatment products that care about the health and wellness of your precious locks. Because hair matters, too.