I’ve successfully managed to chase the sun for the past three years, following spring and summer across the hemispheres from Australia and New Zealand to Bali and New York (I’m one of those rare birds who loves a sticky August in the city). It has lent me a certain levity and brightness and left me feeling in pretty tip-top shape, thanks to a perpetual lick of color on my skin, sun-streaks in my hair and warmth in my bones. This winter, however, I finally took the plunge and moved back to Brooklyn in the middle of December, vowing to myself that I would find little ways to keep a spring in my step despite blizzards, moisture-sucking central heating, and a general lack of light. I’ve tried infrared saunas, vitamin D supplements, and kept active on my bike whenever the temperature lifted above the 40s.
I also discovered a little miracle in a bottle that has helped me emerge from winter feeling much less dry and dusty than expected. Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil by Sans [ceuticals] features seriously active ingredients (botanicals such as baobab, meadowfoam, and evening primrose oil) and a gentle form of Vitamin A, dialed up to potent levels. Vitamin A for the body is a game-changer! A natural product discovery from New Zealand, founder Lucy Vincent teamed up with scientists and cell biologists to create a line that treats body and hair the same way you would the face. I’ve been slathering it on damp skin straight out of the shower to lock in lipids (pro tip), taking off my makeup with it, putting in on the parched ends of my hair, and even using it to shave my legs. The brand has a personal prescription tool, which allows you to check in each season and find the products that work best for you. I plan to put it to the test for the ailments of summer – saltwater, pollution, and sun-damage – I’m ready for you!