Wisconsin has been SO COLD over the past two weeks. It’s been miserable. We are stir crazy and my skin and hair are taking a toll from being inside where I keep the heat at 70, and then outside where it’s -2. My hands have been so chapped and my scalp is so flaky it’s driving me nuts. When I start to have problems in my beauty routine, I start to dig in my stash for something new to try. This past week I grabbed some products from Max Green Alchemy that I had tried a couple months ago. I liked the products, but wanted to see how they would perform under different circumstances. Sometimes a product that I think is only ok in the summer ends up being an absolute favorite in the winter. This was definitely a case where that rang true!
Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner are meant to support the treatment of dandruff, psoriasis of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis, dry and itching scalps. There are no “nasty” ingredients, and it’s super fresh smelling. Pretty much everything I am looking for in a hair routine this time of year! Prior to using this line, I have had SO many flakes. I won’t even blame the shampoo and treatment I was using prior to this for my dandruff because I know in severe weather conditions, you really need to be using something that targets specific issues.
I couldn’t have chosen a better system for dealing with a dehydrated scalp. My scalp feels so much more balanced after using this a few times. I love that it’s safe for color treated hair, and that there are so many essential oils like lemon, tea tree, lavender, and geranium. You know what else is going around this time of year? Lice (cringe). Tea tree acts as a repellant against that so I’m grateful that’s in here. I need as much protection as I can get against that stuff since I have three kids bringing germs home.
My hair feels squeaky clean when I use this shampoo and conditioner. I do like to use a deep conditioner on my ends, and I typically apply that halfway down my hair shaft to the ends to make sure my hair stays super soft in conjunction with using this.
Herbal Infusion [Purified Water (Aqua), Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (licorice) Root, Tussilago Farfara+ (coltsfoot) Leaf, Achillea Millefolium* (yarrow), Salix Alba+ (willow), Tabebuia Impetiginosa+ (pau dÌarco), Arctium Lappa* (burdock) Root, Berberis Aquifolium (mahonia), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula), Equisetum Arvense* (horsetail), Urtica Dioica* (nettles)], Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate (coconut derived surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (coconut derived surfactant), Sucrose Cocoate (sugar/coconut emulsifier), Coco-Betaine (coconut derived surfactant), Leptospermum Petersonii (lemon tea tree), Melaleuca Alternifolia* (tea tree), Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Pelargonium Capitatum* (geranium), Rosemarinus Officinalis* (rosemary), Oryzanol (rice extract), Hydrolysed Soy Protein (hair strengthener), Glycerine (vegetable source), Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Macadamia* Ternifolia (macadamia) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Phytate (from rice bran), Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C ester), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E).
* Organic + Wildcrafted
Another winter must have for me? A good hand cream. Skin Rescue Cream can be used as a face and body moisturizer. It’s safe for adults, children, and babies over 6 months. It can be used to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. It’s steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, and cruelty-free.
I love the light scent of chamomile and neroli. I used it on my face without any breakouts but I have other things I’m enjoying using for facial hydration at the moment so I put it aside for a while. When I pulled it out again recently I tried it this time on my hands, and they were so chapped and cracked from the cold. Let me tell you…Skin Rescue Cream was a total game changer!
The formula feels light like a regular lotion, and has no greasy residue or balm-like texture. For that reason, I wasn’t expecting much. But it was able to easily sink into my skin and absorb and hydrate quickly. My hands that were once cracked began to heal quickly. It also matters a lot to me that there are no steroids in this. I have dealt with a rash from prolonged use of steroid creams and it wasn’t pleasant!
Herbal Infusion (purified water, Berberis Aquifolium (mahonia), Arctium Lappa* (burdock) Root, Borage Officinalis* (borage), Stellaria Media+ (chickweed), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula)), Helianthus Annuus* (gmo-free sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol (plant emollient), Sorbitan Stearate (plant emulsifier), Octyl Stearate (plant emollient), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (plant conditioner), Behenyl Alcohol (plant emollient), Dimethyl Sulfone (msm-botanical sulphur compound), Simmondsia Chinensis* (jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (plant emulsifier), Glycerin (vegetable), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Sucrose Cocoate (sugar emulsifier), Glycine Soja (soy amino acid), Oenothera Biennis* (evening primrose) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) Germ Oil, Parfum (fragrance of plant origin), Citrus Amara (neroli orange blossom), Anthemis Nobilis* (chamomile), Daucus Carota+ (carrot) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Styrax Benzoin, Mixed Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula) CO2 Extract.
* Organic + Wildcrafted
If you are looking to pick up some green beauty products to get you through winter, look no further! What are some of your green beauty musts this time of year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!