Winter is nearly here and it's ready to wreak havoc on your skin and hair. From boarding a long-haul flight home for the holidays to just walking a few blocks to take the kids to the park, you know the winter air can deprive your skin of essential moisture. Alternating between the outside chill and the indoor heat can make things worse, which means it's time to stock up on some essential protection. Keep these six must-have items in your purse this winter to combat the chilly weather and stop your skin and hair from drying out.
1. An Essential Moisturizer
While you can get away with just throwing on a light tinted moisturizer in the summer, you aren't often that lucky during the winter. Your skin is much more sensitive when exposed to freezing, dry air, and it needs much more moisture than usual during winter months. It is crucial that you pack some backup moisture in your purse, not only to keep your skin hydrated but also to protect it from direct contact with the air. The moisturizer will act as a barrier to the external environment-- the more you moisturize throughout the day, the healthier your skin will feel and look! A high-quality daily moisturizer like AHAVA's Active Moisture Gel Cream will do the trick, brightening your complexion as well as protecting your skin from environmental aggressors and dehydration. Just throw it in your purse and apply as needed!
2. Ride or Die Lip Balm
Keeping your lips hydrated and flawless during the winter is an extremely daunting task. To prevent cracking or flaking, make sure you thoroughly exfoliate your lips and apply lip balm liberally throughout the day. Don't forget to pack your lip balm in your purse! You never know when you might need it.
Pro Tip: For a sexy matte lip look without the drying effect, allow your lip balm to set in for several minutes before lining and adding color. After you apply your lipstick, cover your lips with a tissue and then lightly dust translucent powder against the tissue so that only the slightest amount seeps through. The powder will create a matte finish without drying out your lips!
3. A Super Versatile Body Oil
A travel-sized spray body oil can easily be dropped into your purse on the go. After exposing your skin to the blustery winter wind, spritz on AHAVA's Precious Desert Oils and massage into your skin to regain that soft, dewy complexion. The combination of myrrh, desert date tree and jojoba oils smells delicious, plus you can double its use and work the excess oil from your hands into the ends of your hair for extra moisture and shine.
4. Dry Shampoo
Washing your hair on a daily basis, especially during the winter time, can cause extreme dryness throughout your locks. Instead, try washing your hair less often and use a dry shampoo on your wash-free days to freshen up your look. Doing this will help bring back the natural oils in your hair, which protect your hair from over-drying and damage. The trick to using dry shampoo is to use it sparingly, only spraying light shots of product into your roots section by section. Note that not all dry shampoos are created equal; you'll want to avoid the ones that look and feel overly powdery. Bring your favorite travel-sized dry shampoo with you in your purse to touch up your hair as needed.
If you do need to wash your hair daily, make sure to use high-quality hair care products that strengthen and hydrate your locks. AHAVA's Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner contain nutrients extracted from the Dead Sea that lock in moisture, giving you healthy and glossy hair with each use!
A lush pair of gloves can be a life-saver during winter months when hands are washed often and robbed of their essential oils. Investing in the perfect pair will remind you to wear them often, in turn protecting your hands from damage. Combine gloves with a healthy dose of lavish hand lotion like AHAVA's Mandarin & Cedarwood Hand Cream, which gives a warm, comforting scent.
If your hands need extra moisture, try AHAVA's Dermud hand cream, formulated with mineral rich Dead Sea Mud to instantly soothe and repair dry, cracked hands. It is the ultimate travel essential for those with sensitive skin.
6. A Bottle of Water
It's the season of partying and water will be your best friend, especially after a night of a few extra glasses of champagne at the office party. Staying hydrated will be the life-saver your skin and hair need this season. Keep a bottle of water in your purse, at your desk, or in your car at all times and sip continuously throughout the day. Stave off dehydration from the inside by creating your own internal defense mechanism with water.
We hope you find some of these items useful for when your skin needs a quick winter "pick-me-up". The key to beautiful skin is to always have some type of moisture on hand so you can travel outside without any worries! Whether you are on your way to work, picking your kids up from school, or heading out to dinner, these 6 moisturizing essentials will help you get through the worst that winter weather has to offer, right when you need it the most. Good luck!