Best Beauty Products: Power Up Your Shower

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Beauty-Enhancing Ingredients

 

 

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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.

 

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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 face 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.

 

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Quell a Cold
Kiss My Face Cold & Flu Soothing Bath & Shower Gel ($11, Whole Foods Market) contains menthol and eucalyptus to help de-stuff a stuffy nose. Its calming ingredients, like fennel and aloe vera, help soothe skin. "When you're congested, your body's blood flow slows down, so your skin can become irritated and swollen," says dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D.

 

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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 and biotin (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.

 

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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."

 

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Reverse Your Skin's Clock
At shower's end, turn off the water and swipe on a Sihves Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pad ($5 for 60 pads, at Target). "Hot steam softens the connective 'cement' between skin cells so treatments penetrate deeper," says Shamban. Saturated with exfoliating lactic acid, these wipes can make skin smoother and brighter in a week.

 

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Awaken Your Senses
Place one of the essential oil-based Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Shower Tablets in Reviving Peppermint ($7 for three, auracacia.com) on your shower floor and it will mix with the steam to envelop you in a cloud of invigorating scent. (Mint, according to research, can increase alertness.) An insider tip: Get more for your money by splitting the tablets in half.

 

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Battle Backne and Win
Back zits aren't just a teen problem. Have a Clarisonic Plus at home? Make it work overtime: Attach the oscillating device to the Clarisonic Body Brush Extension Handle ($25, clarisonic.com), which lets you reach the often-neglected bumps on your back. By loosening bacteria, "this sonic brush unclogs pores without inflaming your body acne more," says Shamban.

 

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