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Pretty Little Secrets | Beauty Bender Essentials

Beauty Bender babes Alexis Johnson and Kathryn Romeyn, combine a love for products with their discerning editorial backgrounds to bring us a list of essentials for spring-ready skin.


Beauty Bender is our go-to website for an insider’s guide to the glamorous but oft-confusing beauty industry so naturally we tapped them to help us keep our skin fresh, glowing and ready for the spring. It may seem near impossible to get through this winter’s frigid temps with zero dehydration and cracking, but with their guidance, the right products can make all the difference. Here’s to not skimping on super-hydrating saviors!

1. LeAine Dehmer Skin Breather (

Fruit enzymes, acids and algae peptides in this exfoliating peel dissolve dulling build-up, leaving skin soft, smooth and radiant. With consistent use (don’t worry, you’ll want to use this regularly) blemishes, blackheads and bumps will disappear. $79,

2. Natura Bissé Lip Recovery Balm (

When your pout is screaming for some TLC, this butter-like treatment is worth every penny. The ingredients, like avocado oil, shea butter and vitamins E and F are highly emollient, leading to out-of-this-world hydration, and it also helps repair dehydrated, cracked lips, making them baby-soft. Truly miraculous and addictive. $65,

3. Lancer Dermatology Skin Salvation (

Dr. Lancer’s Skin Salvation nearly instantaneously relieves dry, flaky skin with its combo of liposome-encapsulated antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, E, Co-Q10 and green tea extract, which together also minimize free-radical-induced skin damage. $50, exclusively at Nordstrom,

4. Londontown Kur Restorative Nail Cream (

Keeping your hands and nails hydrated in the winter is critical because it’s the most damaging time of year—even more so if you’re a gel devotee. This thick cream full of moisturizing natural elements seems to melt into your cuticles and is especially wonder-working when you slip on the included gloves for an intense overnight treatment. $35,

5. Privé Intensive Mask Herbal Blend #26 (

Hair dries out just as much as skin does during the winter, so use this hydrating mask—made with jojoba, evening primrose and eucalyptus—a couple times a month after your conditioner. Simply emulsify the cream in your hands (it’ll change to a slight green shade), apply from roots to tips and leave on for five minutes, then rinse. Hair will be soft and luscious! $29-$59,


6. Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Balm (

For their Arctic Hydrating Balm—a rich moisturizer with a super-smooth balmy texture—Skyn Iceland looked to a glycoprotein called Antarticine extracted from an Antarctic glacier to be its hero. The ultra protective ingredient promotes cell regeneration, and, combined with Arctic red algae, colloidal oatmeal and gooseberry extract, helps keep skin ridiculously hydrated, plumped and toned. $35,