How is it already February? Truly, where did the time go? Perhaps I got distracted by all the travel, the unseasonably warm weather, or the snowstorm that blanketed an entire weekend. Somehow, it happened and we are here. February. A notoriously chilly and depressing month. Our feelings about it are well documented. And despite St. Valentine’s best efforts, no amount of dyed roses, saccharin-sweet chocolate boxes, or smiling teddy bears can change what is ultimately Winter’s cruelest warrior.
However, I’ve recently discovered that there are some delights to be found in this short, brutal month. Chiefly, time. Something about February smacks of boredom and futility. It is hard to get out of the house, let alone get shit done. What we are left with is a month of quiet evenings and slow mornings. And do you know what is perfect on a quiet evening or a slow morning? A face mask. Also, a good exfoliation, a hot bath, and an at-home pedicure. As I’ve recently discovered, February is a perfect month for nurturing your cold, winter-worn body. And since there’s nothing else to do, you have plenty of time to indulge in all sorts of lengthy, elaborate beauty rituals that Fall, Spring, and Summer are simply too exciting to make time for.
So, below are a few suggestions as to how you might want to spend your lazy, long weekend. Forget dragging yourself to the museum, or cleaning your apartment, or doing laundry. Forget going out for a boozy brunch, or forcing yourself to go to SoulCycle. Instead, hole up in your overheated apartment with a selection of skincare goodies (because you’re not spending money on brunch/laundry/shopping you can afford to be a little decadent here) and give the largest organ in your body a February treat.
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask
Perfect for the classic best-friends-in-bathrobes-and-face-masks-watching-Clueless kind of night. Plus, it’s all sorts of moisturizing for you.
Dr. Jart Water ++ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask
After seeing every model on Into The Gloss say they used this religiously during/after a flight to rescue their skin from recycled-air grossness, I had to give it a try. I now use it religiously after I travel. But, it’ll do nicely if you’re in one of those apartments where the radiator’s been on full blast since October and your skin feels like paper.
One Love Organics B Enzyme
I use this as my cleanser all year long. It’s made with organic ingredients and has no parabens, phthalates, or other nonsense ingredients that are science code for poison. It feels incredible on your skin and is so gentle and clarifying.
The dreamiest exfoliator that over was. I love how exfoliating feels but I’m always scared I’m damaging my skin. This one has been lauded for being gentle and effective.
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub
It smells so good. Seriously. Plus, the packaging is pretty in your shower. And it’s all natural. But mostly, it smells good enough to brighten up any winter day
Hot Oil Treatments
These are so simple and so good for your hair. I’m not super into using products in my hair but sometimes that means it gets ignored (read: dry and sad). These are easy to use, good for you, and they travel well (good for winter hair AND summer hair!).
Glossier Balm DotCom
The only balm I use anymore. It’s just so good and has the perfect weight and shininess. I use it on my lips all the time but also on my cheekbones and eyelids when my skin is looking a little dull. I’ve also gifted it to everyone. (You know who you are).
If you get a little stir crazy at home, then brave the cold for a facial at HeyDay. It’s easy to book and super low maintenance. You don’t need an afternoon free to spa and steam, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. You can just come in, lay down, give your skin a little attention, and walk out the door 30-60 minutes later.