Well, it’s winter again—that
cold and sometimes miserable season that can do a number on your beauty
regimen. Your lips are chapped, your skin is dry and your hair could use some
life. It’s time to ramp up your beauty routine and use some seriously hydrating
and nourishing products. We’ve got eight of our favorite essentials to kick
your winter beauty care into high gear.
1. Moisturizing lotion. It’s no surprise that the frosty, cold winter air can dry out your skin. Be
sure to always have some moisturizing lotion on hand (pun!) and moisturize that
skin of yours, from top to bottom. The Body Shop body butter is my favorite
deeply rich moisturizer that will leave you feeling hydrated and oh-so-pampered.
2. Lip balm. Lips get extra
chapped in the cold weather, so make sure you have some nourishing lip
balm to keep them looking their best. Kiehl’s lip balm #1 sinks right into lips
to hydrate instantly and protect from chapping and cracking. Tip: Don’t forget
to exfoliate your lips in the winter to get rid of dead skin. Simply take
your soft-bristle toothbrush and some warm water and gently massage your brush
on your lips.
3. Hand cream. Those hands
of yours sure do take a beating, day in and day out. Washing the
dishes, carrying the groceries and cleaning your house can really take a toll on them. Be sure to show them some love with a luxurious hand cream. I personally love L’Occitane hand cream for it’s deeply moisturizing formula and perfect
4. Foot cream. Your legs
and hands aren’t the only part of you that get dry in the winter—don’t forget
those feet of yours, too! They usually take the most beating, and are also the easiest
part of you to neglect, but they deserve some love, too. Invest in some thick
foot cream and massage into your feet nightly. You’ll have softer and smoother
feet in no time. Try bliss Foot Patrol for a heavenly peppermint and aloe
experience that perks up your feet and brings the spa to your home.
5. Dry shampoo. When it’s
freezing cold, the last thing you want to deal with is wet hair. Skip the
shampoo every now and then, and instead use some dry shampoo in its place. This
is my favorite beauty product, as it gives life to limp or lifeless tresses,
and also removes oil for beautiful hair that can last one more day. It doubles
as a great volumizer, as well! Just spray on your roots, scrunch with your
fingers and go! You can find dry shampoo by just about all brands, but I'm a big fan of Bumble & bumble. It’s easy to use and even comes in different
shades for different hair colors!
6. Self-tanner. In order to
avoid blending in with the snow outside, apply some self tanner. It’ll make you
feel confident and also give your skin a healthy glow, plus it’s a safe
alternative to tanning beds that delivers results without the harmful UV rays.
My favorite sunless tanner is St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, as it’s a
nice natural (read: not orange) color and applies easily and evenly.
7. Coconut oil. Use this
product all over your body—rub it on your skin, use as a makeup remover and
moisturizer, treat it like a stretch mark cream, use as a hair mask and even
cook with it. Coconut oil is beneficial to your body, externally and
internally, as it locks in moisture to prevent dehydration, can help heal scars
and may even reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Plus, you can find it at your
grocery store! Too easy.
8. Nail polish. Painting your nails is a fun way to always look fresh and put together, and in the winter months
it’s a great way to stand out in the dreary weather. I love a chic dark nail
polish, in a deep plum or grey shade. OPI’s “Lincoln Park After Dark” is the
perfect winter shade that I've been wearing nonstop this season.