Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cold Weather: One Product To Add To Every Routine

It was definitely cold when I woke up this morning. There are still roses in full bloom on the bush outside my bedroom window, but the rest of the yard is ready for a long hibernation. Frankly, so am I. But since that's not an option (and neither is wintering in Florida. I don't think Boca is ready for me just yet), I'll stick to what I know: pampering. Assuming we all have a good routine in place already, here are suggestions of one product in each category to enhance what you're already doing.

A long cold season doesn't have to mean having scaly hooves come April. I'm keeping my regular maintenance (see here and here), but have recently added Topix Urix 40 Urea Cream (around $31 on Amazon) which I slather on at bedtime (and a quick coat of Eucerin Intensive Repair Foot Cream in the morning, as I've been doing for a very long time).

I rotate between several products: creams (Jo Malone and L'Occitane, what else?), oils (must have: Aftelier Ancient Resins), and body butters. But I've found that the key to a healthy looking skin is using a lotion that contains AHA, just as I do on my face. It's almost ridiculous what a difference the classic  AmLactin Moisturizing Lotion 12% ($19.50 on drugstore.com) makes for me.

Hands and Nails
I keep hand cream tubes everywhere around the house (favorites: L'Occitane, Gehwol), but I plan to be extra vigilant about regular use of oil. The orange blossom-scented Beauty elixir Oil from Providence Perfume Company is as good as it gets.

I'm not making any changes here and sticking to shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask from L'Occitane. I use an oil on my damp hair after every washing, so if you're not yet familiar with Aroma M Camelia Oil, I urge you to order a sample. Really, it's that good.

I've recently posted about my current skincare routine. I'm not switching a thing, yet, only upping the frequency of applying my favorite Goku-jun Hyaluronic Facial Mask (it's a Japanese sheet mask, just like the ones you'd make yourself, only pre-loaded and extremely hydrating) from Hada Labo ($14.50 for a pack of four on Amazon). It plumps the skin and shows immediate results.

Are you planning to add or change to your grooming routine? Do you have any fabulous recommendations?

Image by the one and only Rene Gruau via Hprint.com.


  1. I enjoy your blog, and like that you appear to be an animal lover. However, I'm troubled by your recommendations of Bioderma products, because they apparently have a long history of testing on animals. For that reason, they are off my list. Just food for thought... Lola

  2. I have found that plain Aloe Vera gel is very hydrating for the skin. It is inexpensive from Amazon.

  3. Francesca BelangerOctober 01, 2014 4:42 PM

    Thanks for all those useful tips, Gaia. I like Aesop Geranium Leaf body scrub for my feet, and applied more gently, knees, hands, and elbows. At night I slather my feet with (shockingly inexpensive) pure African shea butter, and then sleep with cotton socks on.

  4. Hi Gaia! I took your recommendation of the Hada Labo Gokujyun stuff seriously and I have ordered a set of the lotion and milk. A heaping helping of hyaluronic acid never hurt nobody. I've been wanting to try the stuff for a long time actually, but hadn't read anything to counter a deep fear that it was crap. So, thank you!


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