Winning Winter Beauty—Bodycare Edition

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It’s the winter. Well, technically it's fall because winter officially starts on December 21st, but I feel like we are there already. Even in Los Angeles. The second the temperature drops all moisture just leaves my body and goes on vacation, so really that’s close enough. Part of the problem is that I like to take extra hot showers, which can just be murder on your skin, but let’s be honest—I probably won't stop that, so I’ve found a body care routine that restores the moisture that gets stripped away. In the past two months, I’ve mixed up my body care routine from the summer, tried some new products and stayed loyal to a few favorites. Here are my current body care essentials. While you can use these products year round (and probably should), it’s especially important to make time to take care of your entire body during the upcoming colder months. 

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

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Exfoliation is life! If your skin is dry and you just keep applying body lotion, it’s not going to do its job well because you have to get rid of the dead skin cells. I like to exfoliate my body at least once or twice a week during the winter. I know some people have crazy intense body exfoliation routines and dry brush (don’t ask me what that is because I really have no idea other than the fact that such things exist), but honestly for me, using a scrub is easy, fast, inexpensive and gets the job done.

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub  smells like a tropical island in a jar and feels amazing on your skin. There is also a matching lotion you can use after you shower, but most of the time the oil in the product itself should be enough.

Trader Joe’s Lavender Body Scrub

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This is my to-go scrub on those days when I workout after work and shower before bed. The lavender oil in this product helps me to fall asleep. I also love this scrub because I’m always at Trader Joe’s so it’s NBD to pick up.

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

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SkinCeuticals is one of my favorite brands. Everything they make is good. Not kidding. The Body Tightening Concentrate isn’t for your whole body, but rather the areas you are trying to reduce or aren’t as tight as you would like them to be. While it helps you look firmer, this does not mean you can go eat a cupcake and subsequently use a ton of product, but if you are eating healthy and working out, this is a great supplement. It also feels really good and refreshing on your skin. I personally apply it to trouble spots—my abs and inner thighs. I even think a thigh gap might be in my future.

Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy

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Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy contains caffeine, lactic acid and moisture beads, to make your arms look sleeker and more toned. While obviously it isn’t a substitute for exercise and not eating like an animal, if you are doing those things and your arms need some extra help, Bliss is your girl!

Applying this cream is a little different than most body lotions. You use the applicator that is attached to the bottle and massage it in for 20-30 seconds. It feels really nice after a post-workout shower.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil

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If you didn’t know, your skin absorbs moisture better when wet and Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil is formulated for this use specially. I keep the bottle in my shower instead of the medicine cabinet. Honestly, sometimes I slack off and use it on dry skin. I just wet my hands a little first. This lotion makes my legs silky smooth and has a light scent which really mixes well with any other product or fragrance I’m using.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

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I love Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. It’s one of my favorite multitasking products because it is formulated for the hair, body and face. I use it on areas that need a little extra moisture like my hands and elbows and then I wipe the excess on the ends of my hair. If the thought of coconut oil turns you off because you also cook with it, this is product is nothing like taking out one of those giant jars. It’s caller Sheer oil for a reason. It’s also sulfate, paraben and phthalate free as well as hypoallergenic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and non-GMO. So if your skin is super sensitive, dry and irritated, this might just change your life.

 

Facing Fall Skincare: It’s Time For Extra Moisture & I Hate The Word Moist, But Clearly It Was Necessary Here

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The seasons are changing and so is your skin. As we approach the end of Daylight Savings Time aka my least favorite day of the year, I find my face needs some extra moisture and TLC. This is annoying because I feel like I just figured out the perfect skincare routine for summer and now I have to switch it up again. Luckily, I’ve been able to find a few gems. Here are some of my favorite fall skincare products.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

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Fall murders my lips. Seriously, even in LA it feels like all the moisture goes and takes a vacay the second it becomes September. Luckily, I have a solution. Every night before bed I apply LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. No, it’s not Ambien for your lips but it’s more like lip balm on steroids. It smells like strawberry and feels like butter. And yes, you can apply it during the day as well.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

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I know what you did last summer. You skipped out on sunscreen. I’m not judging you, but let’s be real here. You need to fix this, which is exactly what SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum does. Formulated with vitamins C and E, it reverses photodamage (aka sun damage) and the signs of aging. Don’t you hate those signs? I prefer signs for Starbucks and luxury spas. Seriously, it’s the perfect day serum for every skin type.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

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There’s nothing funny about SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier because H.A. actually stands for Hyaluronic Acid, which is this thing that makes your skin look plump and firm aka not old. I apply it after the C E Ferulic as well as at night. If you need to add moisture without oil, H.A. is your new best friend.

Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes

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Whether it is allergies, lack of sleep or too much rose, most of us need some extra help in the eye department. Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes is like having a personal assistant for your under eyes. It does EVERYTHING! It’s tightening, refreshing, moisturizing and nourishing. It’s also one of those products that feels really good when you apply it. I put my bottle in the fridge before I shower in the morning and by the time I’m ready to apply, it has extra cooling power. By the way, this trick works for every eye cream or gel.

Erno Lazlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil

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You know when you wash your face and then you use some toner or micellar water on a cotton pad and then you realize you still have makeup on your face and you wonder WTF was the point of just washing your face? Then you will be obsessed with Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil. It takes off all of your makeup (so squeaky clean) without being irritating. It’s also paraben free and won’t clog your pores. I put two pumps in my hands and then apply it to a dry face, add some water and remove everything with a hot washcloth. It feels like getting a facial without having to tip anyone or drive somewhere.

LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask

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Sleeping masks are a K-Beauty thing, but don’t be afraid to integrate them into any beauty routine. Think of it as a final step before you start looking really pretty. If you have never used a sleeping mask before, LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask kind of feels like applying custard to your face. It’s not exactly a mask but more like the thickest moisturizer ever. If you like the idea of a sleeping mask, but the word custard has almost made you click off the page, LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask has a  thinner consistency and is less expensive.

From Post-Workout Triage To Actually Making An Effort: Best of Gym Bag Beauty

Hurray for honesty. Also this cute  gym bag by Ban.do .

Hurray for honesty. Also this cute gym bag by Ban.do.

I wrote an article for A Sweat Life featuring my favorite post-gym beauty products. So, if you're stinky, sweaty and have a tendency to break out after you workout (no judgements, but obvs you want that to stop, right?), head on over to A Sweat Life.