We’ve hit it: that part of winter that just seems to drag on and on. And as we Northerners know, this season requires its own set of survival skills — along with some necessary goods. Here are 5 products to add to your wellness survival kit to make it through the rest of the season.
Your skin is dry. On your face, on your hands, on your feet… Need we go on? Luckily, this all-purpose cream from Worker B does it all. The Minneapolis company is made up of beekeepers and artisanal skincare formulators, and all its products are made with only the finest ingredients. What’s in this one? Just organic olive oil and beeswax. That means even those with the most sensitive skin can lay it on thick for ultra hydration. Bonus use: Pet lovers can apply it to their pooches’ paw pads for some much-needed TLC.
Oh, and did we mention your hair is dry, too? Kérastase Paris recently added this heavy-duty mask to its naturally derived Aura Botanica line. It’s crafted from 98 percent natural-origin ingredients, including Amazonian brazil nut oil and Thai rice bran oil. The luxe formula melts into fibers for 96 smooth, frizz-free hours. It’s ideal for slathering on hair of all kinds, but particularly dry and damaged locks (i.e. color- and heat-treated).
Maintaining a balanced diet in the middle of winter in the middle of the America can be challenging to say the least. We’re growing just a bit tired of homemade soups and roasted root vegetables. What’s a mindful eater to do? Add Aloha protein powder to your regimen. This organic plant-based protein is free of dairy, soy, gluten, stevia and anything artificial. Plus it contains just four grams of sugar per serving, meaning no midday blood-glucose rollercoaster. It’s been my go-to for years, and I’m loving the recently revamped formula with MCT oil, which is linked to better energy, performance, and brain and memory function.
You’re exercising, you’re eating well, you’re getting your eight hours of sleep, but every now and then you still have one of those blah days — like a Monday on steroids. Zaca to the rescue with its recovery chewables. Perfect for on the go, these sugar-free nutritional supplements contain all-natural, clinically tested ingredients that boost hydration, endurance, mental focus and more. Throw a pack into your work bag, workout duffel or carry-on for ultimate ease.
My colleague Emma turned me on to Uma, a brand that has been crafting some of the world’s finest organic Ayurvedic beauty and wellness oils for five generations. This blend naturally energizes with invigorating rosemary and stimulating peppermint. A few drops on pulse points will supplant (or, let’s be real, support) your daily caffeine fix but without the crash. Even better: It’s ideal for diffusers, meaning the energy-boosting elixir can keep wafting throughout your home throughout the day.