Goodbye summer. It seemed like you were too short and, at times, too hot. Filled with 100 degree platforms, sandals and 96 percent humidity, once again you’re gone too soon, but, as my mother would say “No use crying over spilled milk.” As we enter the longest season of the year, it’s time to step up and revamp your beauty collection, on a budget of course.
Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion
Everyone should always have a fresh supply of lotion on hand, because whether or not you can see it, you’re probably ashy and your skin is screaming for moisture. With the colder months descending upon us, the heat will be cranked up and people will be washing their hands more often. So please remember the moisturize. I love Puracy and just got two bottles of this organize hand and body lotion. It’s moisturizing but not greasy, organic and best of all only $13 a bottle. What could be better?
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stop exfoliating — yes it does naturally dry out the skin because it’s scraping away dead skin cells. However, Tree Hut makes an amazing Shea Sugar scrub that replaces the moisturize that the exfoliating beads remove. If you don’t understand that super fancy scientific explanation, just visit their website, buy a container and try it for yourself. The best part? This scrub is only about $7.
This stuff is amazing. Usually during the winter I switch to a heavier body wash with a little extra something to keep myself moisturized. That heavier body wash for me comes in the form of Soap & Glory’s Clean On Me clarifying shower gel. This gel is great because not only does it smell wonderful, but it also actually does a great job at giving you that clean feeling plus the benefit of an amazing scent. I like to describe it as flowers, shea butter and vanilla plus it’s only $10 for this huge container.
You will not survive without a great lip balm and for $6 you will get just that in Smith’s Rosebud Salve. A little bit goes a very long way, this stuff is super moisturizing but not too heavy and gives your lips a nice natural looking gloss. My only qualm about this lipbalm is that if your bag ever gets too hot it will ooze out the side and melt making it almost impossible to open.
Remember when the sun used to shine? And your skin was radiant and even and beautiful and flawless – you didn’t need concealer or cover up because the sun evened out all those dark marks and blemishes? Well those times are gone or at least they are for me. As a habitual skin picker I am plagued by dark spots, but during the summer I get a nice brown bronze tan to cover them all up. I, however, haven’t seen the sun in seven business days and it’s starting to show.
A facialist once told me that Vitamin E oil can be used to erase dark marks on the skin — all you need is a $7 bottle of Vitamin E tablets, a needle and, if you want, a dab of olive oil to dilute the solution. Poke the capsule, apply the oil directly to your face. In about a week you will see vast improvements. Yay for vitamins!
Every winter without fail my hair turns into a brillo pad, and not a semi rough brillo pad straight out the package, but rather a 30-day, used to scrub lasagna off a dirty pan brillo pad. It’s not cute. In order to combat this dryness I employ the L.C.O. method or L.O.C. This method is super simply liquid, creme and oil. It helps the hair accept and hold onto moisture for longer.
For the L I use Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Leave-In Conditioner at a manageable $11. I like to spray this onto my hair as the first layer on the L.O.C. routine every other night.
For my C I use Hairveda Whipped Creme Moisturizer that’s priced at $8.99. Hairveda is an all natural family owned business for textured hair AND it’s super affordable. I used about four pumps and apply from root to tip
My O is usually my trusty Jojoba oil, it’s lightweight, basically unscented and really does a great job at penetrating your hair strands.
Now before you even dive into the L.C.O. method you have to wash your hair. During the winter I don’t like to use shampoo because it really does a great job at drying out my hair. Instead, I co-wash (wash with just conditioner).
“But Lindsey! Does this work? Does it even get your hair clean?”
Yes everyone it does. Of course this method is usually only recommended for those of us with super curly hair, so take my advice lightly. When I do co-wash I like to use Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioner which will only set you back about $5 to $7.
The last and most important thing on this list is WATER — the good old H20. It usually costs around $0-$1 for a bottle of water, or $7 if you’re at Madison Square Garden, but it’s literally the only thing I know to solve all of the above problems on this list. Chapped lips? Drink more water. Dry hair? water. Flaky skin? Seriously? Drink a glass (or eight) of water and I guarantee you’ll save serious money on products because your body will be working and functioning at 100 percent.
Happy Fall Everyone!