It’s official – radiators have got to be the most drying heat source of all time. This being my first winter (Polar Vortex, rather) with radiators as my home’s primary heat source has been an experience. I didn’t know it was possible to feel like you were about to dry up and blow away from the inside out, but I am now intimately acquainted with the feeling. As a girl whose skin type has always been wedged firmly in the oily category, dehydration of this level was quite the unpleasant surprise. Luckily, I had some hidden gems patiently biding their time in my beauty stash that saved the day.
Hydration heroes, assemble!
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light – I’d heard endless praise about the original version of this oil circulating the beauty blogosphere for ages, but, given my aforementioned oily status, I could never bring myself to try it. Then, one fortuitous day at Sephora, I found the light formula offered as a points reward and decided it was fate. Months later, in the depths of oh-so dry desperation, I unearthed this little bottle in my drawer and whisked it straight to the bathroom for a test run. Despite being an oil, this serum dries instantly on the skin to an almost powdery finish which isn’t oily or heavy in the slightest. The oil is almost completely scentless and, despite my secret fears, caused no breakouts! Perhaps most miraculous of all was that it proved to be the extra TLC my parched complexion was looking for and has become a Polar Vortex staple. This nifty oil can be used on the hair, and can even be used under makeup as a day time moisturizer. Wintertime win.
Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial – Winter officially marked the transition for this gorgeous cream from occasional luxury to nightly staple. A super pampering, hydrating, plumping night cream that smells like a rose garden. Full review here.
Sephora Collection Age Defy Eye Cream – This eye cream marks the first item of Sephora skin care I’ve ever tried. I received a sample of this in one of my VIB goodie bags and was impressed enough by the rich, creamy texture to upgrade to the full size. This cream is thick, smooth, creamy, and hydrating. It’s formulated sans parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, Phthalates, GMOS, or Triclosan. It also includes HydroSenn+, a natural ingredient which they claim is more effective than hyaluronic acid! All that at $25 – a bargain if I ever saw one. The packaging, equipped with a pump, is also germaphobe-friendly, a rare thing in an eye cream.
Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub – Did you know it’s possible to be addicted to lip balm? You can become dependent on it, which explains those days when even non-stop balm action can’t soothe your chapped pout – and why I have a lip balm in every purse/jacket/pair of jeans I own. Here’s where a lip scrub comes into play; instead of merely swiping your Burt’s Bees over the dead, dry skin that’s accumulated on your lips (gross, sorry), you use a scrub to gently buff the dead skin away, leaving your lips supple, soft, and primed for moisturizing. During my dry spell, I bumped this baby up from once a week use to almost every day, it was the only thing (apart from copious water drinking) that made any real difference.
Macadamia Deep Repair Masque – I mentioned this mask in my 2013 favorites post from a few days ago. This product is a miracle worker for dehydrated, tired locks. Let’s start with the smell. I know it’s probably the least important element of a hair mask, but, honestly, it’s one the best smelling substances I own – perfumes included. I smooth this mask on in place of conditioner after shampooing and then attend to the rest of my shower business while it soaks in – cleanse my face; wash my body; briefly debate shaving my legs, decide against it because, winter; contemplate where my life is going…so and so forth. By the time this mask is rinsed out, my hair is smooth, detangled, and smelling ridiculous. When it’s dried, it’s shinier, softer, and feeling distinctly hydrated.
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – the love affair continues. I have a full review on this little number here, but let me just say this detangles like no other, hydrates, protects, and smells amazing. P.s. it’s only $21.95.
MoroccanOil Treatment Light – Since the ends of my hair are a testament to every dye job, blow dry, and curling iron my hair’s been subjected to over the last few years, sometimes they need a little extra attention, particularly in winter. Enter MorrocanOil. Given that I have naturally fine hair, I opted to go with the light treatment formula – I simply work one pump’s worth of product through the ends of my hair and style as normal. It doesn’t weigh down my hair, has no greasy residue or lingering scent, and leaves my ends softer and healthier. It’s a cult favorite for a reason, people.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter – this also made an appearance in my 2013 favorites. This body butter has been my absolute savior over the last few weeks. More than my Soap & Glory body butter, more than even my Laura Mercier Souffle Body Creme, this lotion hydrates my skin for the entire day, without being heavy or sticky. With a huge variety of beautiful and delicious scents to choose from, I look forward to working my way through the entire line, one body butter at a time. Or maybe two, they all smell really good, you guys.
And that’s a wrap! That’s all I have to offer you in this bitter time of intense cold and dehydration. Hopefully something in this winter survival kit helps someone else make it through the rest of January without drying up and blowing away!
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