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Power Up Your Shower

These multitasking wonders maximize time spent under the spray, thanks to their beauty-enhancing ingredients

Give Your Scalp a “Facial”

Your legs aren’t the only body part that turns reptilian this time of year. Winter’s low humidity can make dead skin cells dislodge from the scalp. Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo ($24, aveda.com) is sulfate-free and has wintergreen-derived salicylic acid that sloughs away flakes, says Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

 

Pamper Your Legs

Aerosol shaving foams can be too light and airy this time of year. The velvety EOS Shave Cream ($3.49, at drugstores) is like a rich cream for your stems, leaving them baby-skin supple (even without post-shower lotion) for about 24 hours, thanks to a hefty dose of softening shea butter. “When rinsed off, the skin remains smooth,” confirms Fusco.

 

Turbocharge Hair Repair

Garnier Fructis Fall Fight Conditioner ($4, at drugstores) is strong medicine for fragile hair: it’s infused with caffeine to improve scalp circulation andbiotin (typically found in supplement form) to mend roughed-up strands that have been weakened from hot tools, overwashing, and dye. “Caffeine can help stimulate hair growth, and biotin can help fortify the hair’s outer layer when it’s combined with conditioners that coat the hair shaft,” says Fusco.

 

Filter Out Color Faders

Chlorine and other harsh chemicals added to your water supply can cheat your strands of their natural oils, causing color fade and a tacky feel. T3 Source Showerhead Filter ($130, at Sephora) uses tourmaline, copper, zinc, and calcium to remove up to 95 percent of chlorine. “A shower filter is worth the investment,” says Fusco.  “Your hair will feel softer, be less frizzy, and look more vibrant.”

 

Source: Women’s Health. December, 2012.

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