Lux Spa photo: © 2012 Lisa Crispo
Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment *. Don’t be fooled by the lightness of this treatment. Even though it isn’t thick, it smooths out my hair beautifully in the shower. Every time I use this, my hair looks shiny and is immediately tangle free for after-shower brushing. Available at Trade Secrets (www.tradesecrets.ca).
Live Clean Baby Shampoo & Wash ($6.99). I’m on my second (huge) bottle of this baby shampoo & body wash. I’m a huge fan of the Live Clean brand; they are proudly Canadian, SLS-, phthalate, and paraben-free, which makes them super gentle for babies and big babies alike. 😉 This works well as a shampoo and body wash because it doesn’t strip the skin dry. During bouts of really bad eczema flare-ups, this was the only soap I could use that didn’t irritate. Available at drugstores, grocery stores, Walmart and Zellers.
Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care Skincare Line * ($26 – $57). Founded by Kristen Ma (also co-founder of Pure+Simple), this line of products geared towards rosacea sufferers is super effective for hydrating sensitive skin. I suffered from a bit of skin sensitivity this winter, and my skin immediately drank up the Soothing Pomegranate Seed Lotion ($57) and Comforting Camellia Oil ($57). The oil can be a bit greasy for day use, but I am obsessed with it for my nighttime skincare regimen. It smells great, too! The whole line contains all-natural anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, aloe vera juice and sea buckthorn, and is 89% to 100% organic. Available at Pure + simple spas in the Greater Toronto area and online.
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm * ($3.99). I’m late to the eos Smooth Sphere train, but I do love these little spherical balms! Not only are they cute, but they do a great job at keeping my lips from getting chapped. They are addictive, but it’s nothing to worry about; this little lip balm does not contain petrolatum, so go ahead and get obsessed all you want. Available at at all major food, drug, and mass retailers.
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 * ($55) This velvety serum is great for a major hydration boost. What I love most about it is how it primes the skin beautifully for makeup application. It freshens the skin and doesn’t leave it greasy or oily. Available at Shoppers Drugmart.
LUX Spa (www.lux-spa.com). Take a break from shopping and indulge in a relaxing mani-pedi at the new LUX Spa Downtown Toronto location (211 Yonge Street, Mezzanine Level / 416.367.8414) across from the Eaton Centre. The mani-LUX ($38) and pedi-LUX ($58) services include a moisturizing scrub that takes the winter skin off immediately. While you’re there, indulge in some amazingly scented LoveFresh (www.lovefresh.com) products; I can’t get enough of the Vanilla Bean lotion. Mmmm!