Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Skin and Hair Savers


It's that time of the year where my skin and hair is in desperate need of that extra boost of moisture to fight dry patches. Finding lightweight moisturizing products can be a bit of a challenge for my sensitive skin. My nose is particularly sensitive so light-fragranced items are a must. My go-to fixes and staples this season right now:
  • Aerin Rose Hand and Body Cream $40 is a lovely light-scented hand treatment, it's a bit pricey for me to justify using on the body, but it's a nice moisturizing cream for the hands. It smells like candied roses which is really nice (coming from a person who doesn't really like strong rose florals).
  • Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Cream $55 is probably the priciest hand cream I own, I was lucky to get this as a gift with purchase one year. It smells like a spa treatment. It's a bit heavier than most hand creams I use but it dries down to a soft silky finish. It helps diminish those dry lines in the hands upon application. Read the reviews on Nordstrom.com and you'll see this is well worth the price.
  • L'Occitane Extra-Gentle Lotion for Hands and Body $20 is the perfect body lotion for me. I've gone through five bottles already and keep one at work and one at home. I'm a huge fan of L'occitane's Shea Butter line. They have several different options of moisturizing intensity depending on your skin needs. I like this one because it melts into the skin and makes any itchy dryness disappear without being too greasy. I love the lightweight scent - it's very soothing and comforting. It's neutral enough to be unisex. My husband and male co-workers always borrow mine.
  • Caudalie Divine Oil $49 is relatively new to me. I've written about the mini size that I've tried which is perfect for the purse. I loved it so much I bought the full size in the trio set. I spray it on the legs and elbows. It smells fresh and light and feels nice on the skin. It's also designed for the face and hair - I've only tried it on the ends of my hair to add a bit of shine (although I prefer other hair treatments).
  • Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner $25 is one of my favorite lip treatments. Review here. It's soft, moisturizing and you can feel the results instantly.
  • Jo Malone Vitamin E Vitamin E' Body Treatment Scrub $90 is the ultimate luxury body scrub. It's a spa in a tub and smells like a luscious honey dessert. It's strongly scented and extremely moisturizing - if you visit your local Jo Malone store or counter they should be able to make a small sample for you to try. It's really REALLY amazing.
  • Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil $20 is one of the first cuticle oils I've tried. In the past I've tried substituting baby oil but found it hasn't really helped my dry cuticles. This one is made of pure white jojoba oil, vitamin E and coconut oil (it smells like coconuts). It works well on my cuticles and a little goes a long way. Be careful to keep application to the cuticles as it can feel a bit sticky on the finger tips. The texture is perfect to actually stay on the cuticles (versus some oils that are so liquid/fluid they roll off quickly).
  • By Terry Baume de Rose $60 review here. My holy grail lip treatment, but still a three way tie with the Jo Malone and Hourglass.
  • Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade $28 is the hair cream of all hair creams. It adds shine without being too heavy or greasy looking on the hair. I find it lasts all day long. I've used it a couple of ways. One is right after I shower on towel-dried damp hair. This is the only thing I've tried that lets my hair air dry perfectly without any frizz. It makes the perfect pre-heat treatment as well (whether it's blow drying or straightening). I also find it makes a great finishing product to add a bit of texture and shine. Bonus is that my husband likes it on his hair as a pomade (even though it's really a cream). The smell is incredible too.
What are you winter skin and hair savers? I'm all ears to hear what your favorites are!

18 comments:

  1. V. nice selection. I love Aerin Hand cream fragrance, it is v. nice rose indeed. Unfortunately, I found Jo Malone Vit E Lip to be too.. thin & actually peel off the top dry layers of my lips. I may try Deborah Lippmann cuticle oil once I finished with my current one from Julep.

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  2. the jo malone is on my wishlist, and i'm thinking i need to put baume de rose back on my wishlist haha! :)

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  3. Hi Sabrina,

    My must-have would have to be Aquaphor. It's a must have in Chicago weather!

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  4. I love the DL cuticle oil, too! My favorite lip balm is La Mer. It lasts and lasts and is totally amazing! Neutrogena Norwegian hand creme is a favorite, but I recently tried Diptyque hand balm and love it.

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  5. I love the new Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Hair Oil. I work out daily, and my long hair gets soaked with sweat. I wanted a product I could run through my sweaty hair in the gym. This Aveda product is perfect. It penetrates my hair, doesn't just lay on it; It is not greasy and it is easy to use. It is the best product of any type I have ever used. Plus, it is Aveda, and totally natural.

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  6. My absolute faves: la prairie cellular hand cream $100; Cle de peau lip treatment; Dr.hauschka lip balm. Cle de peau prevents any peeling and Hauschka lip balm is very moisturizing. Weleda body lotions and Cle de peau body cream ( I just got free with $300 purchase in Neiman Marcus 150$ value - sooo happy!). Also love more wallet friendly alternative for hands by Shikai borage skin therapy.

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  7. FOrgot to add: love abricot cream for cuticle by Dior and Dr. Hauschka neem oil pen!

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  8. I actually find by Terry baume de rose in a gloss container more moisturizing:), like to use that one too:)))

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  9. I love La Mer body cream and hand cream. They're definitely an extravagance, but they keep my skin soft and smooth and at my age, that's quite an accomplishment! :-) I also love Tatcha's beauty oil and use it whenever and wherever an extra bit of TLC is needed be it my face, body, nails, or hair. Just a few drops make a huge difference and the fresh smell is absolutely divine. In my purse, I always have a small bottle of Crème de Corps and I keep a large bottle of CdC in the kitchen. As for lip treatments, at night I use the wonderful balms by Tatcha or Jo Malone. For day, give me good old Jack Black. I've used it for years and love it. Those are my basics although I'm always happy to try a beautifully scented cream or lotion.

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  10. I've been eyeing that Estée Lauder 'Re-Nutriv' Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme - might just have to pull the trigger!

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  11. I am in love with L'Occitane's Almond Milk Concentrate body creme which feels like a hybrid between a body butter and a creamy whipped moisturizer. The scent is amazing (I like anything with almond) and my skin just drinks it up. It's a luxurious workhorse!

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  12. I've been enjoying the new Caudalie body lotion, Dior Creme Abricot, and Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm recently. For a more sanitary, travel-friendly, and budget-friendly option, the new La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lip Balm is totally worth checking out!

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  13. So far my all time favorite body moisturiser for Montreal winter has been Avène Cold Cream body lotion which was a skin savior last year but at the moment my skin isn't too dry so I haven't repurchased yet. The L'Occitane sound lovely and I might go for that one. Lips I'm all about Nuxe Rêve de Miel and my small size of Caudalie Huile Divine resides in my office drawer and is great for fighting winter statick. I have long hair and nylon coats and scarves create so much of it!

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  14. Beautiful picks! Cadualie Divine Oil is wonderful and the By Terry Rose balm is on my wishlist for sure :)

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  15. Thanks for the great list! My old standby for winter time body lotion is Kiehl's Creme de Corps- got me through 3 Boston winters and I haven't found anything better!! My latest winter time favorite for face is Bobbi Brown's Extra skincare line. I would have thought the line was too heavy for my normal-ish skin, but it has been a miracle for me this winter. The Extra Treatment Lotion (kind of a thick liquid toner) is amaze-balls!! The Extra Moisturizing Repair Balm is now my nightly face savior, too. Can't wait to try some of the items on your list!!

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  16. Oh, and I totally agree with Nemo- the new Aveda hair is the BOMB!!!

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  17. Caudalie is great brand, but however, I prefer Nuxe.

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  18. I love the cuticle oil, My favorite lip balm is La Mer. It is totally amazing.Thanks for sharing.

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