Monday, February 17, 2014

Winter Self-Care Essentials

Sometimes the most utterly simple shifts in a self-care routine can make all the difference in my state of mind. I find this especially true in the winter, when the mind's focus turns naturally inward. The pleasure of caring fully and deeply for oneself takes on a seemingly magnified significance during this time, and, at times, the frivolities of the physical self make it just a little bit easier to be kind and gentle to the person in the mirror.

Here are a few current favorite products in my winter rotation.

Clockwise, from upper-left:

Kaia 24hr Face Cream with Argan & Moringa Oils 

Living in a high-altitude climate like Colorado wreaks havoc on already sensitive skin. I like to dab this luxuriously creamy moisturizing primer in the areas around my eyes, nose, and mouth, to allay any redness or chapping caused by the dry winter air. Gluten-free, vegan, cruelty-free.

Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil

This is a super rich conditioning treatment with a wonderfully wintry scent. I massage a bit into my scalp and the ends of my hair about an hour before I shower and shampoo. All-natural (read more about how Weleda defines that term here), cruelty-free.

Acure Argan Oil

I ditched a standard moisturizer in favor of pure argan oil about six months ago, and never looked back. It's a light yet powerful moisturizing treatment that keeps my skin happy no matter the season. The Vitamin E and essential fatty acids also serve to smooth and repair any imperfections. All-natural, fair trade, cruelty-free, gluten-free.

MCMC Hunter Perfume Oil

The first time I read the description of MCMC's Hunter scent, I knew it was for me. "With tobacco absolute, organic Bourbon vanilla and balsam fir, this fragrance is best worn with a flannel shirt." I immediately ordered a sample, and it's been my signature scent ever since. I find the warm and spicy scent slightly too heavy for the summer months, but it hits just the right notes for fall, winter, and early spring. Contains natural and synthetic ingredients, but a higher concentration of the former than most perfume oils.  

Nubian Heritage Honey and Black Seed Oil
This is an ultra-rich shea butter that softens and protects skin from winter elements. It's pure bliss slathered on after a hot shower. The scent is sweet and slightly herbal, almost like a hot toddy. Certified organic and fair trade ingredients, cruelty-free.

Acure Argan Oil & Starflower Line Eraser

Another Acure favorite of mine, this balm combines healing and moisturizing argan and starflower oils to prevent fine lines and fade imperfections. I massage it into my forehead at night before I go to sleep. It may be my imagination, but I swear my skin looks younger in the morning. All-natural, fair trade, cruelty-free, gluten-free.

Other Winter Self-Care Essentials (Not Pictured)

Warm socks, spicy ginger chews, long hot showers, a fully loaded Kindle, roasted root vegetables, Malbec, clove and cinnamon candles, sweaty workouts, early bedtimes, and copious amounts of vanilla chamomile tea.

How do you care for yourself during the winter months?

1 comment:

  1. I love the Nubian Heritage black seed and honey scent too! I have it in a heat protectant and it makes my hair smell great.