The constant transition from frigid climate to dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on the complexion—while severely dampening the spirit. For tips on how to care for your skin during Prague’s unforgiving winters, as well as soothing product picks from the lékárna, see our articles here and here. Below, secret ingredients to help protect winter skin and hair as well as treats for coloring this drab time of year beautiful.
Exotic oils for silky hair
Rich in vitamin E, argan oil, derived from Morocco’s argan tree, is said to pack powerful moisturizing agents and vital antioxidants for skin, hair, and nails. Haircare heavyweight Lee Stafford’s new Arganoil from Morocco Nourishing Miracle Oil (490 CZK) is available at Profimed. Greenwave carries the more budget-friendly allover hair-and-body elixir Primavera Organic Argan Oil (299 CZK), as well as a range of Minoi Tahiti Tiki coconut oils, a traditional Polynesian treatment for supple hair and skin that’s quickly becoming the next big thing.
“Rosy” complexion savers
Award-winning Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream regenerates skin, reduces redness, and seals in moisture with the healing properties of extracts of rose petal, rose hip, and avocado. Find the Rose Day Cream (530 CZK), as well as a variety of other nourishing Dr. Hauschka creams and oils, at the newly opened Noi the Art of Taste—owned by the people behind Thai restaurant, Noi. Korres’ bestselling 24-hour Moisturising and Brightening Cream restores plump dull skin and repairs fine lines and discoloration with the help of wild-rose oil.
Best winter glow getters
The iconic NARS brand recently debuted its naughtily-named Orgasm line for cheeks, lips, and nails at Sephora Prague. Formulated to give off an “afterglow” effect, these sheer peachy shades are perfect for perking up pale winter skin. Also new at Sephora, the mineral-based bareMinerals line, an array of primers, powder foundations, cheek colors, and mineral “veil” powders. Preservative-free and endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation, these easy-to-apply products heal skin while providing natural-look coverage.
Royal moisture treatments
American drugstore brand Queen Helene, a company with a history that stretches back 80 years, is somewhat of a cult phenomenon in the US—particularly for its Mint Julep Mask, Placenta Conditioner, and Unscented Garlic Shampoo. But none of the Queen Helene skin-and-hair helpers is as recognizable as the cocoa-butter balms, lotions, and lip treatments. Get the Cocoa Butter Hand and Body lotion (155 CZK), fortified with lanolin to heal severely dry skin, wind damage, and stretch marks, at Lékárna.cz.
Scrumptious seasonal fragrance
Leave the beer bath gels and other pivo-drenched pleasures to the guys and ask yourself: what could be better than a steaming cup of mulled wine? Bathing in it! Thanks to the geniuses at Lush you can do just that. Suds up with “Glogg” shower gel (195–550 CZK) a spicy, cinnamony concoction for body and hair. You’ll also want to check out Lush’s entire line of Yuletide bath-and-body treats, perfect for giving the gift of beauty or keeping it all to yourself!