Is it just me, or did Nikka Costa hit the nail on the head when she sang "Everybody's got their something"? In this particular case, that "something" happens to be "skin issues," and a quick walk through any store's bath and body aisle will confirm: everybody truly does got their something, whether it's oiliness, dryness, blotchiness, a sensitivity or something else altogether. Like Talia (and most residents of cold-weather states) winter dryness tends to be a big skin "something" for me, so I stopped into my nearest Lakewinds to talk products with the lovely Cynthia. Here's what I took home:
For Your Scalp
Alaffia Neem & Shea Recovery Shampoo & Conditioner for Dry and Extra Dry Scalps, $8.99/bottle.
Cynthia directed me to this duo and a couple other brands that have Neem Oil as a key ingredient. Neem Oil is said to moisturize so deeply that it can repair prolonged skin dryness and improve scalp health by maintaining the scalp's pH levels. Add Shea butter and great smelling rosemary, lavender and tea tree essential oils and you get a great product that makes your scalp and hair feel soft and healthy. (Personally, I think the conditioner smells like henna, a scent I've always been a fan of.)
Other things to feel good about: These Alaffia products are vegan, not tested on animals, paraben free and have no synthetic fragrances.
Still dry? Cynthia also suggested taking fish oil, to hydrate from the inside-out.
For Your Hands
Desert Essence Organics Pumpkin Spice Restore Hand Repair Cream, $8.65.
Maybe it was the bright orange packaging that made me pick this bottle up, but I cannot lie: This lotion smells amazing. You can keep your pumpkin spice latte, I'll get my fix this way. In fact, the scent is actually much more subdued than Pumpkin Spice and it goes on so silkily you'll be asking yourself "Are these my hands?" The best part: You only need a dime-sized drop to feel its effect. You're going to want a bottle for your purse, your car and your bathroom.
Other things to feel good about: This Dessert Essence Pumpkin Spice Hand Cream has a propietary blend of licorice leaf extracts and pumpkin seed that helps fade the appearance of age spots on the hands. I'm going to need to see some ID for those hands, miss.
For Your Body
Nourish Organic Hydrating & Smoothing Body Lotion in Fresh Fig, $10.99.
Confession: It was Nourish Organic's gorgeous packaging that first caught my eye. If you're not familiar, take a gander at their website and tell me you wouldn't like to have these beauties on display. I grabbed the Fresh Fig scent with organic fig, apricot, citrus, apple and currant, but also loved the Lavender Mint Body Butter for a bit of a stronger scent and thicker cream that would be nice to throw on before bedtime.
Other things to feel good about: It's 100% natural and USDA-Certified Organic. What more could one ask for?
For Your Face
evanhealy Rose Balancing Face Care Kit, $29.95.
I was getting ready for a long weekend away, so naturally, this compact box that promised "up to 14 days of treamement for all skin types, especially oil/dry combination" caught my attention. It comes with a cleanser, facial tonic (HydroSoul), serum, moisturizer and clay mask. After three weeks of use, I still have a little bit of product left and my skin is in great shape. Evan has a no-fuss approach beauty and her line reflects that: "The less you interfere wtih the skin's own ability to achieve balance, the better." I can get behind that.
Other things to feel good about: The line helps with dryness by re-establishing a healthy hydro/lipid balance and is also great for fine lines and wrinkles.
ACURE Facial Cleansing Creme, $14.99.
Acure Organics has an interesting backstory. Cynthia told me that the founder, Kristy Guerra, created the company after her grandmother passed away after a 10-year fight against breast cancer. Kristy's goal was to get responsible, quality products on shelves for all women while raising money for breast cancer research and awareness at the same time. Cynthia stressed the importance of choosing quality, organic skincare products: "Your body gets oxygen through your skin, so you should be picky about what you put on it." Luckily, this creamy, minty cleanser lets you feel good about your soft skin AND what the brand represents.
Other things to feel good about: It's free from animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors. Cynthia also mentioned that ACURE products are often 20% off, too.
For Your Lips
Dr. Bronner's Magic Organic Lip Balm, $1.99.
Chapped lips are my biggest winter weather ailment. If I don't have lip balm on hand at all times, my lips become cracked, raw and—let's just say—not pretty. Luckily, Dr. Bronner's Magic Organic Lip Balm is just that—Magic. It's made with beeswax like many other lip balms, but it also has organic jojoba, avocado and hemp oils helping out on the moisturiztion front. I swear by it.
Other things to feel good about: It's "certified organic to USDA National Organic Program standards, because what you put on your lips goes into your body." Alrighty, then!
Want to get your skin "something" figured out? Stop into Lakewinds on a Wellness Wednesday, tell the team your troubles and get 5% off.