While antifreeze and snow tires are must-haves for your car in winter weather, your skin and scalp need winterizing, too.
During the monthslong post-holiday hangover, wind, cold temperatures and outdated office heating systems wreak havoc on that reflection staring back at you.
But there are easy fixes that will have you the envy of every wicked stepmother toting around a poison apple. My five favorite beauty buys:
1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
This no frills, screw-top jar is a thick moisturizer that can and should be embraced by a variety of skin types. Online reviews praise the fragrance-free product. Low marks for packaging shouldn’t deter you from giving Cetaphil a try. Chances are, you would like it even at three times the price.
Cetaphil is great for sensitive and dry skin, and because it’s a beauty bargain, slathering over every inch of your body is a guiltless pleasure.
While it’s almost the consistency of frosting, it’s not greasy and has just enough moisture to leave your cheeks dewy.
Cost: $12 at drug and grocery stores
2. RoBathol Bath Oil
While this product was first introduced to my must-have list by my son’s dermatologist, after months of my son battling baby eczema, it also quickly became a grownup go-to product.
This refined cottonseed oil, rich in vitamin E, moisturizes even the driest of skin. While I might put it in my baby’s bathtub, I also keep it handy for my own dry skin, and I stash a bottle in the shower, too. It’s an outstanding moisturizer, without that baby oil smell or a greasy feel.
Cost: $13 online; some dermatologists might carry
3. Acure Marula Oil
Marula oil is the latest beauty trend. While coconut oil and argan oil have received more press, this is a multipurpose product you won’t want to go without. A drop or two is just enough to leave your wind-burned or sunburned face feeling replenished.
The oil is harvested from the fruit of marula trees indigenous to South Africa, and I think this is a product that will stick around.
Several companies have created marula oil products, but this brand is family-owned, organic and socially responsible. The oil can be used alone or a few drops can be added to other facial products.
Cost: $14-19 online or Whole Foods Market
4. Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray
My hairdresser introduced me to this product, and it quickly became a staple in my beauty arsenal. It’s a leave-in conditioner spray that moisturizes dry locks.
And while it works well on my tresses, and is promoted for those of us coloring our hair, it also is a lifesaver when I’m combing through the playground knots accumulated on top of my 5-year-old daughter’s head.
The product says it’s a mix of fennel seed with camelina, coconut and olive oil, a mix that is 100 percent vegan and paraben-, alcohol- and salt-free. But ingredients aren’t what will get you addicted — the results will.
Cost: $20-35 online; carried in some beauty salons
5. Lancôme Rénergie Makeup Foundation
While I don’t recommend this product to friends whose faces are naturally oily, this foundation is a godsend for those of us in search of luminosity.
It’s light, but gives full coverage and seems to magically erase signs of exhaustion. The only negative is it doesn’t come in gallon-size containers. It’s also a bit of a splurge if you are upgrading from drugstore foundation.
Cost: $47 at Macy’s and Dillard’s