Winter Essentials for Skin and Hair – COOL HUNTING®


While they certainly aren’t the most diabolical weather problems, skin and hair problems brought on by icy winds, snowstorms, indoor heating and more can be distracting, uncomfortable and unsightly. First and foremost, it is crucial to stay hydrated from within (drinking enough water cannot be overstated); using humidifiers and avoiding very hot showers can also help. There are also countless lotions and potions, some of which are listed here, that can be applied directly to the body and hair for support during the colder months.

Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturizer

Made for dehydrated skin, Freck Beauty’s Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturizer ($32) lives up to its name. With a super rich texture, the cream provides intense hydration with Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil, while Vitamin C helps brighten skin and reduce hyperpigmentation. Plus, kelp extract provides pollution protection and diminishes redness, and rosemary leaf acts as an anti-inflammatory. This rich and powerful moisturizer penetrates the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and nourished without a greasy feeling.

CEDELLA Papaya Enzyme Toner

From BAO (aka The Black Apothecary Office Inc), an accelerator for black and Latino creators in the beauty and wellness space founded by Jae Joseph and Brianna Wise, comes the refreshing, alcohol-free “CEDELLA” Papaya Enzyme Toner ($65). For all skin types, the 5.8 oz toner uses geranium, sage, and cucumber extracts, plus enzymes from papaya extract, to beautifully tone and stimulate.

tinted serum

For those who want lightweight coverage, Typology’s Tinted Serum ($35) provides just that, without a dry or chalky result. Made with vitamin C, squalane, and aloe vera, it brightens and hydrates skin, and it’s available in six shades.

Moroccan Neroli Aftershave Lotion

Aimed at all genders, this herbal aftershave ($50) works as a moisturizer that prevents irritation and gives freshly shaved skin a boost. With soothing notes of sandalwood and neroli flower, this lotion will also work well in a morning or evening routine, even if it’s not after shaving.

polishing bar

Packed with micro-crystals (evenly ground magnesium oxide particles), Soft Services’ bright blue Buffing Bar ($28 for two) physically exfoliates the body and provides immediate results. This utilitarian creation (which comes in simple recycled packaging) looks like a hybrid of humble bar soap and pumice stone. The tiny crystals are ideal for keratosis pilaris, rough, dry skin, and areas prone to ingrown hairs. Use once a week for soft, smooth and fresh skin.

Vitamin C Superdose Hand Cream

With a fresh, lemony scent, Beauty Pie’s new Superdose Vitamin C Hand Cream ($13) is built on a hydrating base of shea butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and of Vitamin E. These nourishing ingredients are supplemented with Vitamin C and Tranexamic. acid, both of which help rejuvenate the skin, making it look brighter and fresher.

Rasa Repairing Potion Body Balm

Thanks to hemp seed butter, KHUS+KHUS Rasa Restorative Potion Body Balm ($88) is more than just a moisturizer; it also promotes a sense of calm and well-being. With prickly pear butter, arnica butter, squalane, reishi and more, the ingredients it contains are packed with antioxidants that nourish and soothe irritated and inflamed skin. This balm is thick and stays active for hours.

Scalp Balancing Bar

Before purchasing Gemmist products, customers take a hair quiz that includes prompts beyond standard questions about color treatments, thickness and texture. In addition to shampoo and conditioner, the women’s brand offers a scalp balancing bar ($25). Intended for use once a week, this paraben-free soap exfoliates and stimulates the scalp by removing buildup and invigorating hair follicles. Although sulfate-free, the bar produces a satisfying lather and smells delicious. It also comes packaged in a small cardboard box, reducing your use of single-use plastic bottles.

HoliRoots hair oil

Steeped in Indian hair oil tradition, Nikita and Akash Mehta’s Fable & Mane hair care brand is empowered with powerful Indian roots. Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hair Oil ($34) contains ashwagandha (aka Indian ginseng, an adaptogen that promotes regeneration and restful sleep), dashmool (a traditional blend of ten herbs, used to nourish and calm ) and castor oil (an oil rich in fatty acids). oil to promote blood circulation). Together, HoliRoots Hair Oil restores dry hair and strengthens and nourishes the roots.

Mohave Ghost Leave-In Conditioner

Los Angeles-based hair-care company OUAI and Stockholm-based fragrance brand BYREDO have teamed up for a leave-in conditioner ($26) infused with the latter’s mesmerizing Mohave Ghost scent. With a detangling formula that hydrates and protects against heat and frizz, the conditioner leaves hair smooth and silky. The limited edition product is available in 140ml bottles.

Amethyst Ki bath tub

Women-owned, sustainability-focused wellness brand leVerden recently debuted a collection of four Bamboo Forest products that includes a refreshing body wash, rich body lotion, refillable candle fragrant and a lush bath tub ($70). All four items harness the power of bamboo salt, a traditional wellness component, created through a process where sea salt is pressed into bamboo stalks and roasted for up to three years at high temperatures. All items in the collection work seamlessly together, although the nourishing Amethyst Ki Bath Soak provides a relaxing entry point.

Images courtesy of respective brands, hero image by Josh Rubin


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