Thursday, February 13, 2014

winter beauty favorites

Between the cold, dry air outdoors, the heat blasting indoors, and the long, hot showers, winter is pretty brutal on the body. Here are the beauty products we've been loving this winter that keep us looking and feeling our best despite the cold.

Tamsen's Favorites:

1. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter- I usually moisturize with coconut or almond oil in warmer months, but during the winter I need something a little more intense. This body butter has been my skin's savior since November. Thick, creamy, and ultra-moisturizing, it keeps me from being dry and itchy all day. Plus, it's vegan, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, (and smells amazing). I like to apply it straight after showering and let it sink in for 10-15 minutes while I do my hair or makeup before getting dressed.

2. Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash- My skin is pretty sensitive and a lot of face washes make my rosacea flair up, especially during winter. This face wash is super gentle and removes makeup and oil without irritating or drying out my skin.

3. Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil- My hair is over-processed and needs a lot of extra help to keep it soft and manageable. In addition to avoiding hot tools, washing only every few days, and using deep conditioning treatments once a week, I like to use an oil or serum to keep my hair soft and smooth. The first day I used this stuff I could not stop touching my hair because it felt so soft. It soothes my frazzled locks and smells incredible, too. I swear by this stuff and have recommended it to all my friends.

4. Coconut Oil Body Scrub- One of my favorite beauty remedies is a simple homemade scrub that is 1 part coconut oil and 2 parts white sugar. I apply it once a week to dry skin with my hands while standing in the bathtub and then rinse it off. The sugar washes away and the oil stays on my skin for an extra boost of moisture. (Note: I always clean the tub after using to keep it from being slippery)

Kathleen's Favorites:

1. Aveeno Nourish + Strengthen Conditioner and Nourish + Moisturize Shampoo- My long hair is fine, flat, and dry from coloring. This Aveeno combination keeps is moisturized and shiny without weighing it down.

2. Couture Color Pequi Oil Treatment- I was really skeptical of hair oils at first, but this one will make anyone a believer.  It smells incredible (a light flowery coconut), but also leaves my hair softer, shinier, less staticky, and somehow bouncier. I use a full pump on my hair from my ears down, but shorter hair needs less.

3. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate- This nongreasy oil smells incredible and soaks right in.  It's great at night, but I like to keep a sample size vial in my purse to soothe daytime dry spots between the cold wind outside and the dry heat indoors.

4. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm- With protectants, moisturizers, and incredible scents (my favorites are vanilla & lavender and grapefruit & ginger), this stuff means business. I apply it each night before bed, and in the morning my lips are ready for the velvety matte (and often somewhat drying) lipsticks I favor.

5. Coconut oil- I haven't come around to using coconut oil as a face or body moisturizer (I'll take jojoba instead), but I love to add a scoop to my bath or use it as a scalp and hair mask during the winter. The hair mask is a little messy (liquified oil is easier to spread evenly than solid room-temperature oil, so wear an old t-shirt and have a shower cap or some plastic wrap to contain everything while the mask sits), but it relieves dryness and tightness of the scalp, and makes my hair super soft and shiny. Trader Joe's coconut oil is a great value, but any kind will work.

Text by Kathleen and Tamsen, photos by Tamsen

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