Catherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine
Hurricane Sandy has caused unspeakable damage all along the East Coast. And while we know that people have much bigger concerns than grooming at a time like this, we also know how good a clean face and minty breath can make you feel during a crisis. Here, the products Allure editors (many of whom don't have access to heat or water for the time being) are relying on this week:
When packing my emergency supplies kit, my first two items were batteries and BlowPro Faux Dry Dry Shampoo. The compact bottle is easy to transport, doesn't leak, and gives all shades of hair a freshly-showered-like root boost (without leaving a white, sticky residue-trust me, I'm a brunette). Redken Powder Refresh Aerosol Hair Powder is also great for those who prefer a spray formula-and gives hair a nice, clean scent.
Yes to Carrots Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes are meant for removing makeup and oil on the face, but the comforting cucumber and aloe vera formula is gentle enough to use on the entire body too. If you have specific skin concerns (like acne or dryness), exfoliate with Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Smoothing Body Towels. The large wipes help treat breakouts, minimize red bumps, and moisturize dry skin with ingredients like glycolic acid, willow bark, and witch hazel.
Colgate Wisps are an easily portable temporary alternative to a full-size toothbrush and tube of paste. These miniature brushes already have minty toothpaste built in and double as a toothpick for harder-to-reach places. Be sure to rinse after with a fluoride-based mouthwash (like Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse) to protect against cavities and bad breath.
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