For those of us on the East Coast, it seemed as though we might sneak through the winter months unscathed by Mother Nature but alas, she’s about to remind us that she’s been here all long, just waiting to be reacquainted.
Hopefully many of you are still tracking against your new year’s resolution of getting/staying in shape (and not a resolution drop-out like me!) but it’s important to remember that during this time of year, there is more to take care of than just your muscle. The cold temps and harsh winds can do a lot of damage to your skin, hair, etc., so it’s better to be proactive. Here are a few of my favorite products:
It’s beneficial to apply moisturizer on a daily basis all year long, but the practice is especially vital when the wind is all too often whipping in your face. I recommend Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer, packed with 30 SPF. I was inspired to try Eminence, a hand-made, organic line, because of Today Show host Tamron Hall and have been thoroughly impressed.
The 30 SPF is another key here. Just because it is cold does not mean the sun has stopped emitting harmful rays! If you elect to go with a non-SPF moisturizer, just make sure you top it off with an SPF lotion.
Keep those smackers smooth with a lip balm or moisturizer. You don’t need anything fancy, even drug store products like eos lip balm or Chapstick will get the job done. Though not as cost-efficient, I do recommend LipSmart – another natural product that’ll keep you lips healthy and hydrated.
Skin & Hands:
My hands are constantly feeing for moisture, so I keep a bottle of lotion sitting next to my desk at all times. Even for parts unexposed during the winter, like arms and legs, it’s good to stay well-lathered.
Eos body lotion is as awesome as its lip balm and does not come with a hefty price tag. I was lucky enough to come across an entire eos gift pack on post-holiday clearance at Target for just $2.99 (originally $8) that included body lotion and hand cream.
Another go-to natural product is Dr. Scheller Hand Balm; it leaves your hands feeling smooth and not greasy which is often an issue with many hand cream varieties.
Nails can be extra brittle due to the dry air this time of year, especially if they’re not painted, so it’s a best to reinforce them with a nail strengthener. I prefer Sally Hansen – cheap and gets the job done!
Some experts recommend a deep condition at least once a week in winter months. I never have the patience to put on the conditioner, wait for it to absorb and then rinse it off awhile later so I opt for a leave-in conditioner instead. It’s a 10 is my absolute favorite.
Throwing on a beanie is always another quick and easy layer of protection.
Stay warm, lovies!