We’ve all heard the tiresome cliche “new year, new you.” It gets old, especially when “new year, same problems” feels more apt. Instead of letting your inner snarky pessimist rule 2016, take care of yourself from the outside in. Skin care provides a strong base for your mental and emotional well-being. Whether you went through a breakup, dealt with difficult family members, or had a falling out with your friends, leave the drama in 2015 and get fresh-faced – literally.
Coconut oil is magic for your skin and hair. Rub it all over – scalp, roots, through your hair – and coat your skin. Protip: coconut oil doubles as a great replacement for fatty cooking oils!
Origins Face Masks
Mini sets of these masks are available so you can try them all! The charcoal, rose, and overnight masks make a particularly great set.
First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Mask & Ultra Repair Cream
A great duo for sensitive skin. The mask has a subtle oatmeal scent and soothing feel, and the cream leaves your skin dewy and fresh.
LUSH’s skincare products all come highly recommended, but Ocean Salt and Dark Angels are tried-and-true favorite scrubs. Their Mask of Magnaminty is the holy grail of refreshing face masks, and Ro’s Argan Body Oil is a great all-over post-shower treatment for your skin. Stock up on a few bath bombs and enjoy a princess soak while you’re at it! Lord of Misrule transforms your tub into a psychedelic reddish pool so you can feel like you’re bathing in the blood of your enemies. It’s a great confidence booster!
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
For a super fun experience, lather on a dollop of this mask! The name doesn’t lie – it will indeed bubble on your face.
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
If you’d prefer a calmer version of the clay facial, this one does a lovely job.
Too cool for school Egg Mousse Pack
Cool, refreshing, and brightening! The brand also makes an Egg Cream Mask if you find you enjoy the eggy facial experience.
Acure Organics Products
Acure makes heavenly organic skin-care products. Their facial cleansing creme, brightening facial scrub, cell stimulating face mask, night cream, facial toner, and seriously firming facial serum are a great starter pack.
Bariani Face & Body Cream
A Berkeley farmer’s market find that has paid off in glorious, radiant skin. The myrrh-scented version is divine, subtle, and moisturizing.
GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment
Smells like angel wings dipped in vanilla sugar and absorbs into your skin overnight. You can also use it like a mask during the day, but why not treat yourself all the way?
C.O. Bigelow Lip Products
There are so many varieties available that it would be foolishness to try and list them all, but C.O. Bigelow lip products are highly moisturizing and flavorful. Check out the mint line for fresh breath and instant hydration.
TOKYOMILK Dark Femme Fatale Lip Elixirs
If you want intense flavor, slather this bee balm & jasmine concoction across your lips. Warning: Salted Caramel smells so good, you might eat it all off.
EOS Lip Balms
I have the driest lips in the world. EOS balms are some of the few that actually help. Vanilla mint and honeydew are great starter flavors. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips! You can use a toothbrush.