Cold and windy winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, hair and nails. We've got your winter skin regimen down - with products that are natural and nurturing.
The Face Wash
Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil ($52)
Sure, it sounds crazy to wash your face with oil, but trust us -- Nude's cleansing oil is a natural nonirritating way to clean skin. Plus, it's rich in omega-3's and Vitamin E. Why wash with oil? Applying an oil cleanser to your face helps break up and remove the pore-clogging natural oils in your skin. You know, the ones that cause blackheads and breakouts. And cleansing with oil will help keep you moisturized during cold winter months.
Suki Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser ($29.95)
When dry, flaky skin gets you down, try this delicious exfoliating scrub. It smooths surfaces without stripping your skin raw, and diminishes the signs of aging -- all with a fresh lemongrass scent. Plus, Suki uses all-natural ingredients and is 100% vegan.
The Face Mask
Ren Multi-Mineral Detoxifying Facial Mask ($38)
Can you have soft, silky skin in the middle of a harsh winter? You can if you use Ren's French clay mask. This little doozy of a face mask employs clay -- which draws out impurities -- and tropical spirulina, which promotes cell renewal. And, it leaves your skin incredibly soft and smooth.
Ole Henriksen Skin Insulator Crème ($35)
Skin Insulator was created specifically for cold weather climes, and is intensely hydrating and soothing. The crème's extra thick consistency cushions the skin, and its borage seed oil, a natural source of essential fatty acids helps skin repair itself. And you thought fat was a bad thing!The Body Cream
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Self Heating Body Souffle ($65)
This luxurious body cream has a self-heating component that stimulates circulation and penetrates muscles. Slather it on after a shower and warm up with citrus essential oils and pumpkin.
The Hand Cream
Elemental Herbology's Wind and Cold Therapy ($30)
Winter can be murder on your paws, causing cracked cuticles and patches of rough, dry skin. Elemental Herbology's hand cream is infused with fresh pumpkin, which helps remove dead surface cells -- as well as cold-pressed tree of life oil and soothing shea butter. The combination quenches parched skin and leaves fingers soft and well-nourished.
Added bonus: Elemental Herbology sources its argan oil through a community project in Morocco that supports sustainable extraction.
The Nail Polish
Sula Paint and Peel Nail Polish ($9)
Your nails need protection, too -- and Sula's Paint and Peel polish is up to the task. Polishes come in a bevy of super cool colors, and when you tire of cool coral or cranberry-colored nails, simply peel off the polish. No harsh alcohol-rich nail polish remover required! That means less chemical mess, and less strain on your sensitive fingers.
The Make Up
Emani Minerals (prices vary)
After you've gone through such pains to create a fresh and clean complexion, why muck it up by slapping on toxic makeup? Instead, try Emani Minerals, a full line of powders, shadows and blushes that are cruelty-free and organic. Unlike some other organic lines, Emani's pigments are enriched with mica, but talc- and paraben-free, creating rich and luxurious color.
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