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Now that winter has officially arrived, and the temperatures have dropped, we are all seeing the impact the cold weather is having on our hair and skin. Therefore, I thought that I would introduce you to a few products that you probably don't have that can help you treat your dehydrated skin and dry, brittle hair.
I have selected several botanical-infused products from clean and cruelty-free beauty brands to help your pamper yourself during this colder months.
Ethique is the first beauty brand in the world to develop an entirely solid product range. Ethique's dedication to sustainable beauty practices has prevented the manufacture and disposal of 1,000,000 plastic containers worldwide. The concentrated face, hair and body products last 2-5X longer than their traditional bottled counterparts – Even the sleeves they arrive in are 100% compostable, meaning zero consumer waste.
Ethique Damage Control Shampoo for Normal-Dry Hair ($15.20 from their Amazon Store): This shampoo is 100% soap-free, pH balanced and safe for color treated hair. It uses Coconut Oil, Coconut Cream, Cocoa Butter that nourish and hydrated the hair and scalp and Peppermint to soothe. It neither strips the hair, nor does it weigh it down and smooth without weighing your hair down. It is suitable for mildly dry/damaged hair.
Directions: Wet the bar and your hair. Swipe the bar several times down your hair from root to tip. Put the bar down and lather shampoo into hair- it will foam! Rinse. Use as a bar of soap for the body.
Ingredients: Sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium coco-sulfate, decyl glucoside, stearic acid, Cocos nucifera (coconut) butter, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, vegetable glycerine, coco caprylate, cetearyl alcohol, coconut milk powder, Mentha piperita (peppermint oil), copper chlorophyll, lactic acid.
Ethique The Guardian Conditioner Bar for Normal/Dry Hair ($17.10 from their Amazon Store): This conditioner, which can also be used as a shaving bar, is filled with lots of "Cocoa butter, Coconut Oil, Vitamin B5 and zesty lime oil" that tames frizz, hydrates dry hair and leaves your hair smooth and manageable.
Directions: After shampooing, slide the wet bar down your wet hair 4-5 times. Put the bar down and massage the conditioner into your locks. Rinse and feel the magic!
Ingredients: Behentrimonium methosulphate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetearyl alcohol, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, vegetable glycerine, panthenol (vitamin b5), coco caprylate, Citrus reticulata (lime) essential oil, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, mica.
Ethique Bloom Hair Mask for Dry or Damaged Hair ($13.95 from their Amazon Store): Bloom is a hair mask anyone with very dry, damaged hair. It is ideal for hair weakened by overexposure to sun, swimming and color or heat styling treatments. It deeply nourishes and moisturizes the hair, and has the calming aroma of Ylang Ylang.
Directions: Drop one of the blocks into a cup, top with 1/2 mug boiling water and mix to smooth. Leave to cool for 10-15 mins until thick. Apply to dry hair and leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse.
Ingredients: Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Methosulphate , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil , Hydrolysed Quinoa Protein , Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein , Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil , Polyglyceral-4-Oleate , Zea Mays (Corn) Starch , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Panthenol (Vitamin B5) , Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil , Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Essential Oil , Rosamarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.
The Mane Choice Split End Treatment Serum ($21.99 for 2 oz. from The Mane Choice, Sally Beauty, Amazon and Target): This hair serum is formulated to treat hair that is damaged from chemical/color treatments that is prone to breakage and that has split ends. While I do not have split ends, I do find that it leaves my hair nourished, frizz-free, hydrated and shiny. It also has a delectable fruity floral aroma.
According to The Mane Choice,
Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Collection has come close to duplicating the most historical formulas used during the ancient Egyptian era. Filled with some of the rarest and robust natural oils such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil to strengthen, repair and add remarkable shine. This anti-breakage and repair split-end serum smells dreamy yet functions dynamically. Formulated to replenish and prevent split ends. This gem is highly concentrated to fortify your ends and reduce the need to trim. Add this product to your healthy hair regimen and watch as your hair transforms into a much stronger, shinier and healthier state.
Directions: Pump once into hands, then apply to ends only. Can be used on wet or dry hair.
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Honey, Triglycerides, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin, Citrullus Lanatus (Kalahari Watermelon) Seed Oil, Olea Oleaster Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Silk Amino Acids, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend)
Nelly De Vuyst BioFemme Regenerating Serum ($53.20 for 1 oz. from Luxury Organik): This oil utilizes seeds of the evening primrose flower for a super moisturizing, regenerating oil to help relieve dryness while offering anti-inflammatory benefits. It can be used on the face, body, hair and is also great on the cuticles.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream ($88.00 for 1.7 oz. from Arbonne): This is an ultra-hydrating nighttime moisturizer that utilizes a blend of botanicals that nourish and hydrate the skin while you sleep. It is lightweight, fast absorbing and it makes the skin feel so good!
According to Arbonne,
Sleep your way to beautiful skin. Formulated with an ultra-hydrating blend of botanicals, plus collagen supporting ingredients that replenish moisture and deliver essential nourishment to maximize the skin’s natural reparative cycle. Helps reduce the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles through moisturization — all while you sleep.
Dear by Renée Pomegranate Hydrating Mask ($50.00 for 1.7 oz. from Dear by Renée): This hydrating mask nourishes, soothes and comforts the skin and is a perfect antidote to the drying effects of the cold weather. It is also perfect post-peel and whenever your skin ends a little extra hydration. It leaves skin with a dewy glow, and therefore it is a perfect pick before any big event.
According to Dear by Renée,
This unique gel-based formulation effectively hydrates and protects skin, ensuring healthy and glowing skin. Aloe Vera Leaf and Mushroom Extracts nourish and soften skin. Your skin will become well hydrated and nourished.
Excellent Hydration for Post Procedure, Air Travel, Mature, Hormonal Skin. It is also ideal for Dry, Sensitive, Allergenic, and Rosacea Skin. Renew your skin with this ultra-hydrating, protective masque. Daily use dramatically helps visibly hydrate and relax skin.
Vitamin E and Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil soothe redness, improve skin tone and brighten the skin. It is highly effective in alleviating stressed, sensitive or irritable skin. Continue using our Pomegranate Hydrating mask will result in a healthier, brightener, and glowing skin.
Chia Seed in Pomegranate Hydrating mask is a nature’s own cellular stimulant, which intensifies the healing and rejuvenating benefits of this age-defying mask. The beautiful smell of the mask also effectively alleviates your stress and keeps you relaxed.
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Glyceryl Undecylenate (and) Glyceryl Caprylate, Organic Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Phyto Hyaluronate (Yeast) Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mannentake Mushroom) Extract, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Organic Punica Granatum Linn (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Extract, CI77007 (Iron Oxide).
Jane Iredale Skin Omegas ($47.00 for 60 capsules from Jane Iredale, Dermstore, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Soft Surroundings): I do not review supplements, but I love, and respect Jane Iredale products so much that I thought that I would give them a try. Click HERE to see ingredients. Before taking any supplements I would highly recommend consulting with your physician to make sure that they are compatible with your body chemistry and will not interact with any medications or medical conditions that you may have.
According to Jane Iredale,
Made from premium, highly purified omega-3 fish oil and omega-6 from evening primrose oil, Skin Omegas helps maintain skin integrity and a healthy lipid layer for a smooth, luminous complexion.
They play a crucial role in cell renewal throughout the body, including the skin. Because omega-3 is anti-inflammatory, all skin types can benefit from it, including dry, sensitive and acneic skin. Omega-3 also helps to increase hydration and overall smoothness.*
Our omega-3 is combined with omega-6 from evening primrose oil and vitamin A. Skin Omegas is a perfect companion to any skincare regimen. Easy to digest with no aftertaste. Two capsules a day with food are recommended.
Jane Iredale Skin Vitamin A ($33.00 for 60 capsules from Jane Iredale, Dermstore, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus): Click HERE to see ingredients.
Vitamin A is an important vitamin that helps maintain healthy skin and is known as the anti-aging vitamin. Vitamin A is frequently used in topical skincare products because of its ability to improve the quality of the skin.
A skincare supplement suggested for all skin types. Skin Vitamin A contains vitamin A enriched with vitamin D. Vitamin A is important to cell production and growth. It also stimulates the cells responsible for the skin’s firm and healthy tissue and so is known as the anti-aging vitamin.* Vitamin D optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps to destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.
Not Suitable for:
- Women who are pregnant
- Anyone planning pregnancy (except on the advice of a doctor)
- Those under medical supervision. It is important to consult a doctor before use.
- Vegans. Vitamin D is derived from lanolin.
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