Call us crazy, but there are certain cities that just make our hair look better. Blame the climate, air quality, general energy of the place, but the biggest culprit is the water. Lathering up with H20 that’s foreign to your strands can make them look and feel pretty funky. If you’re racking up travel mileage this summer, you can’t rely on your trusty haircare routine that works at home. Here’s what we stash in our suitcases and how we console our homesick locks:
- If the hotel shower leaves you with a halo of oil, suds up with Neutrogena Shampoo, Anti-Residue Formula. The clarifying lather will cut grease and rid your strands of minerals from the water, but you must chase it with a deep conditioner. A treatment like Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask will redistribute moisture and nutrients that the shampoo stripped away.
- If the weather’s raining on your good hair day, only wash if you absolutely must. Look to styling products like Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo and Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil to refresh your do. The dry shampoo will pump volume back into limp locks and the oil weightlessly moisturizes scorched strands.
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
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Brutally cold temperatures and whipping winds in New York City this week have been seriously punishing for our skin. Since our chapped parts require more than a regular moisturizer, we pulled out the big gun: FixMySkin Healing Body Balm, with one percent hydrocortisone in a base of natural oils and butters to not just soothe, but actually repair tough skin issues like cracks, flakes, eczema and rashes. The twist-up tube resembles an oversized lip balm, perfect for stashing in your gym bag or purse to target stubborn spots like heels, cuticles and elbows. And, although we’re partial to the Vanilla scent, it comes in an unscented version, too.
Tell us: Do you use an all-purpose balm? If so, what’s your favorite?
This week’s favorite find comes courtesy of my sister: She’s suffered from eczema all her life and has tried everything to heal it, slathering on the richest oils and thickest salves, all to no avail. I recently sent her a tube of Weleda Skin Food, and it received rave reviews from the toughest customer. The 90-year-old formula is chock-full of natural healers like sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, rosemary, chamomile, and calendula extracts that soothe damaged skin. It’s also great for repairing gym-worn parts like elbows, heels, and hands: One lightweight tube packs a big hydrating punch. What’s your cure for painfully dry skin?
During the chilly months, our lips have to endure the harsh weather right along with the rest of our body. They get chapped, dry and flaky if we don’t give them the love and care they deserve. Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish is a great little treat to gently buff away flakes, a necessary step before sporting that vibrant red or pink lip for Valentine’s Day. Sugar is a natural antiseptic, and this product was concocted without parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes—so it gently exfoliates for smooth, kissable lips. Flip to our “Bliss Out” feature on page 50 of the March issue (on newsstands next week) for a DIY lip scrub recipe!
—By Melissa Dressing, contributing blogger
On my last day as an intern at FITNESS last summer, beauty director Eleanor Langston pushed a handful of Korres Lip Butters into my hands. “You have to try these; they’re a beauty editor favorite,” she said.
She didn’t mention they were addictive! Since then, I haven’t left the house without a tub of the rich, buttery formula in tow. The product is perfect for winter lips in need of moisture. And, the tinted shades add just the right touch of shine for both every day and special occasions. You can even dab a little onto your cheeks for a natural flush of color. I love Wild Rose — the sheer, deep red is gorgeous — but there are six other great colors to choose from at just $10 each. What are your go-to winter lip products?
— Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger
Thanks to brutal winds and bitter cold in New York City this week, our skin has taken a beating. It feels dry, tight and uncomfortable—and doesn’t look much better! Our saving grace? Slathering Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil on our face during a warm shower: We leave it on to dissolve the day’s grime as our skin drinks up the omega oil and vitamin E-based formula. The luxurious texture and light, creamy jasmine scent makes a regular shower feel like a spa experience. How do you keep your skin comfortable on the coldest days?
It’s no secret that the cold months leave our hands feeling dry and brittle. Brutal wind and bitter temperatures cause them to crack and flake, a look that will never be in style. Hand model Christina Amber has represented top national brands like Sally Hansen, Jergens, Nivea, Neutrogena and Maybelline; and has stood in for celebrities including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Ripa, Natalie Portman and Mia Hamm. Here, her secrets for keeping hands looking fresh and youthful during the winter months:
- Always keep a moisturizer with you to reapply throughout the day. Try Dermelect Timeless Anti-Aging Daily Hand Treatment. The 4 ounce container makes it super compact and easy to tote on-the-go.
- Think gloves! Gloves protect your hands from the cold winter weather, and are just as important indoors. To protect your skin from damaging chemicals, wear a pair while doing housework!
- Avoid washing your hands with hot water, which opens pores and dries out the skin: Wash with lukewarm water instead.
- Limit use of harsh antibacterial soaps, which can also leave skin dry and brittle. Instead, look for formulas with hydrating and nourishing ingredients.
How do you keep your hands in top shape?
-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern
An active lifestyle can take its toll on fragile strands (hello, perpetual ponytail!), which is why we love Herbal Essences Hydralicious Reconditioning Shampoo. The thick, swirly formula not only looks (and smells) amazing, but cleans sweat and grime while targeting parched, damaged areas with reparative ingredients like shea—all for under $4. What’s your go-to shampoo?