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Head-To-Toe Dry Skin Solutions: Arctic Weather Edition

Written on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 am , by

With not one but two polar vortexes under our belts, those of us in the Northeast are cold, cranky and, well, feeling anything but sexy (think chapped lips, cracking hands and flaky legs—gross). We’ve rounded up some of the most moisturizing potions to keep your skin happy and hydrated because, let’s face it, winter has only just begun (wah!).

Face: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion ($14, walgreen.com)
This dermatologist favorite provides a controlled release of essential ceramides and other skin-soothing ingredients throughout the day so your skin stays supple from the time you eat breakfast until you hit the sack.

Lips: Mustela Hydra Stick ($10, sephora.com)
Protect your pout with this convenient little stick. Made with cold cream, shea butter and beeswax, it infuses moisture into your lips or anywhere your skin needs it (like around your nose or even your cheeks). Tuck it in your pocket for quick touch-ups while you’re shredding the slopes (or after you’ve endured a rough commute).

Hands: Fresh Brown Sugar Hand Cream ($19, sephora.com)
If only mittens could keep your hands both warm and moisturized. Slather on this rich lotion, which contains shea butter and vitamin E to prevent moisture loss. The caramel and brown sugar scent is intoxicating, yet 100 percent guilt-free!

Body: Jergens Crema Deep Conditioning Shea Butter Body Cream ($7, drugstore.com)
Turn your post-shower routine into a little daily indulgence with this tub of luxurious body cream. Rich shea butter quenches scaly skin, and it absorbs quickly so you can slip into your coziest sweater/leggings combo and prepare to bear the elements.

Feet: Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream ($16, Sephora stores)
Sleep your way to softer heels with this yummy foot cream. Just massage a generous amount onto clean feet, slip on cotton socks and drift off. Macadamia oil, menthol and orange and lemon fruit acids will work the night shift so that come morning, your soles will be soft and soothed.

Hair: Kérastase Masque Nutri-Thermique ($18, keratase-usa.com)
Often we’re so focused on taking care of our skin in the winter (the flakes!), we neglect our strands. This heat-activated deep-conditioning hair mask nourishes  locks from roots to tips and protects your mane from drying-out in the future. Yes, please!

Other Problem Areas: Avéne XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cream ($32, dermstore.com)
Specially created for eczema-prone skin, this cream will soothe, relieve discomfort and soften tender skin. It’s safe for use on the face and body on infants and adults. Whether you have eczema or not, this cream has your dry spots covered (literally)!

 

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Travelers’ Guide To Good Hair

Written on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 am , by

Good hair days start with packing the right products.

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:

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: FixMySkin Healing Body Balm

Written on January 6, 2012 at 10:46 am , by

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?

Favorite Find Friday: Weleda Skin Food

Written on March 4, 2011 at 11:11 am , by

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?

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Sweet Lips

Written on February 10, 2011 at 10:12 am , by

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

Favorite Find Friday: Korres Lip Butter

Written on January 7, 2011 at 9:17 am , by

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.

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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

Favorite Find Friday: Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil

Written on December 10, 2010 at 10:05 am , by

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?Cleansing Facial Oil 100ml

Hands On

Written on November 17, 2010 at 7:21 am , by

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

Favorite Find Friday: Herbal Essences Hydralicious Reconditioning Shampoo

Written on October 8, 2010 at 11:26 am , by

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?

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