While the colder months bring with them many pleasures — the thrill of snow days, excuses for cocoa, cozy sweaters — they also tend to wreak havoc on our hair, skin, and nails. For those of you left feeling dry, flaky, and brittle due to the frigid winter temperatures, here are over a dozen of my favorite Leaping Bunny-approved cruelty-free products to boost your ethical winter beauty routine.
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Revive dry, damaged hair with . . .
For severely distressed hair, this omega-rich hair mask is the answer. As with all Shea Moisture products, this hair masque is free of harmful, harsh ingredients and works to restore hair’s elasticity, reduce breakage, and prevent further damage. Not only will it revive ailing winter hair, but it’s an excellent fix for hair that’s over-processed, too.
Relieve dandruff with . . .
Though your popular brand of dandruff shampoo is still tested on animals, there are more and more cruelty-free options coming to market that are just as effective. This vegan shampoo is biodegradable and uses a blend of 2% salicylic acid, aloe vera, tea tree, chamomile and essential oils to treat and prevent dandruff and relieve conditions like contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Quickly clear up a breakout with . . .
With all of the exposure to air pollutants, drying heat, and winter cold and flu germs, being cooped up indoors can really wreak havoc on your complexion. Though there are lots of great cruelty-free sheet masks available, I am particularly impressed with this anti-acne mask from Alba Botanica. In just fifteen minutes, stubborn blemishes look smaller and less inflamed.
Maintain your healthy glow with . . .
Finding a truly non-greasy, intensely hydrating, facial moisturizer can be a challenge. Thank goodness for this all-natural option from Mineral Fusion, which leaves skin quenched without clogging your pores or soaking through your makeup.
Chase away chapped lips with . . .
Vegans rejoice! Crazy Rumors makes bee-free lip balm in a wide range of delicious flavors. From classics like Peppermint Twist to the truly unique like Sweet Thai Tea, chances are, you’ll find the perfect one for you. Even better, a portion of every sale of their Plum Apricot flavor gets donated to the Leaping Bunny program.
Exfoliate all over with . . .
If the cold weather has left your skin dull, try polishing it up with one of Level’s yummy-smelling plant-based polishes, which come in soothing Lavender + Chamomile, cooling Eucalyptus + Lime, detoxing Coffee + Sugar, or mood-boosting Grapefruit + Bergamot. They make luxurious bath bombs, too.
Lather up some hydration with . . .
In the dead of winter, your moisturizing routine must start in the shower. Highly nutritive and intensely moisturizing manuka honey and mafura oil will boost your skin’s natural moisture barrier while restoring smoothness and softness. Follow up your shower with complementary body butter for double the hydration.
Soothe dry, cracked hands with . . .
Badger got its start fifteen years ago with this miracle product created by the company’s founder, a carpenter looking to save his hands from harsh New England winters. Certified organic, the original Badger Balm is free of artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, parabens, GMOs, synthetics, and harsh ingredients, making it perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
Heal damaged cuticles with . . .
Got dry, cracked, cuticles? Fear not — there’s a reason this Burt’s Bees staple tops beauty lists year after year. Just rub a small amount into each cuticle before bed, and you’ll wake up with softer, happier hands. Repeat daily for maximum benefit.
Rejuvenate tired, callused feet with . . .
If the thought of trudging out in the snow and cold for a pedicure seems daunting, treat yourself to a little refreshment at home with this cruelty-free scrub and crème combo. Peppermint invigorates tired tootsies, pumice and walnut shells exfoliate, and shea and cocoa butters work to smooth and soften. Slip on cozy cotton socks to help lock in moisture after treatment.
Soak away winter aches and pains with . . .
Whether you’re recovering from a day on the slopes or just need to soak away the winter blues, Queen Helene’s Original Batherapy® blend will have you feeling refreshed in no time. Epsom salt soothes muscle fatigue and tension while Siberian fir oil not only energizes, but helps clear congestion from those pesky winter colds. You’ll emerge from your bath ready to take on those last few weeks of winter.
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