While it isn’t as cold in my neck of the woods as it is on the east coast (BRRRR!), I’ve been thinking about winter skincare a lot this week after hearing all about the snowstorms, and after an unexpected walk in the rain through Golden Gate Park over the weekend. Since we’re getting ready to move into the heart of winter, I think it’s time to give ourselves a little extra love in the skincare department.
One of my favorite things to do during the winter months is to take a relaxing soak in the bathtub (having a tub was one of my must haves when I was apartment hunting). I love LUSH’s bubble bars and bath bombs. The bubbles last forever and the bars are infused with oil, so you can help moisturize your skin while you soak. I’ve tried the French Kiss, The Comforter and Hollywood (I think this is my favorite because they look like something Wonder Woman would use) bubble bars and can’t praise them enough. The bath bombs instantly turn your bath into a jacuzzi, so jump in and imagine you’re at your favorite spa. My faves from the collection are Cinders (seasonal), The Sicillian and All That Jas. I’ve also found that lavender Epsom Salt is the perfect way to soak away pain from your New Year’s workout regimen (and it’s super cheap!) and if you’re feeling under the weather, Johnson’s Vapor Baby Bath helps with chest and head congestion (who cares if it’s for babies!). No matter the reason for your soak in the tub, put a facial masque on, whip up a hot beverage of your choice and grab your favorite book for some quality pampering time.
If you don’t have a bathtub (or the time to take a bath), there’s plenty that you can indulge in while you’re in the shower. Sugar scrubs are a quick and easy way to not only moisturize, but exfoliate as well. Winter legs need to be shown off too! Bliss’s Blood Orange + White Pepper scrub is amazing, but if you want something a little more economical, the Amazon Forest Bazil Nut and Vanilla scrub from Boots is a good option. Philosophy’s bath and shower gels are a good mid-range option, and one bottle lasts a long time. They’ve got a full range of flavors, from fruity, to spicy to floral, so find your signature scent and suds up!
My hair always goes dry during the winter, so I find myself spending more time deep conditioning it. I’ve got very fine hair, but a lot of it, so I have to be a little picky with what I coat my hair in. So far, I’ve found two products that have helped condition my hair without making it feel limp and lifeless. Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak and the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment have both made my dry hair feel silky and smooth. The Ojon treatment smells rather earthly, but there is truth in advertising and you don’t need to shampoo your hair before you use it, which is nice when you’re strapped for time.
Last but not least is moisturizing. It’s a daily battle against feeling like an alligator sometimes. My hands are the hardest to keep soft, since I’m constantly washing them. I asked for a sample of L’Occitane’s hand cream during a visit to Sephora and it’s a dream for your hands. Other worthwhile options are Johnson’s Extra Care Healing Hand Cream and Burt’s Bees Ageless Skin Smoothing Hand Cream. For body lotions, Kiehl’s once again takes pride of place, with their Creme de Corps. I’ve also used Curel’s Skin Nourishing lotion and Bliss’s naked body butter (so you can wear it and perfume without a sensory clash) with great results.
No matter what the weather is like where you live, I hope you take the time to do a little extra pampering. You deserve it!
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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