The 2018 Winter Olympics came to a close recently, and it’s been a lingering bummer — not only because I had uncontrollable Olympic fever, which will probably linger through the summer, thanks to skier Gus Kenworthy and self-appointed ‘super-skater’ Adam Rippon’s hysterical friendship and the trance figure-skater Alina Zagitova put me in, but also because I’m still harboring hopes of becoming an Olympian. After all, I did win a 3rd place trophy in a snowboarding competition when I was in 7th grade.
Anyway, to quote Grease (I usually do), “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.” Or just use a brand created by one. Cue Jun Lee: an avid surfer/extreme athlete and the creator behind the four-year-old herbal, organic, and sustainable skin-care and wellness brand EiR (pronounced like ‘air’). After Lee injured her shoulder surfing and wanted to heal as naturally as possible, she decided to study herbal medicine and create a line of therapeutic plant-based skincare products.
Though EiR is probably best known for its Sun + Surf products (her Surf Mud sunscreen is a cult favorite), we are still dealing with snow here in New York. So while the Olympics have come to a close, winter has not (see this week’s Nor’easter), and there is still time to ski and après ski with their Winter Games Healing + Recovery line inspired by winter-sport athletes. Luckily, you don’t have to be Chloe Kim — or a gold-medal Olympian — to use these products. You can be a casual tennis player most likely to pull a muscle by reaching for a bag of Goldfish on the top shelf, like me. Either way, we can all sometimes strain our bodies and need help healing.
The brand has over 20 products, but this specific collection is small — just seven products, and I’m partial to a few of them that fit my lifestyle:
Fresh Eir: A spray sanitizer, and a clever play on words. Crucial when you live in NYC and have to ride the subway and hold onto communal poles (it’s as horrible as it sounds). Spraying this smells like you’re walking through a forest which masks the complete opposite smell underground.
Ski Lips: This SPF 15 lip balm smells like cinnamon and menthol, and also protects my lips when the entire city of New York feels like a twenty-degree wind-tunnel.
Cooling Butter: This pain-relieving balm smells like peppermint iced tea — think Tiger Balm, but a little less bracing. After rubbing it onto my sore knee and heel nightly for the past two weeks, I definitely noticed a difference in how achy and swollen they felt. The result of tennis, not goldfish-reaching, I swear.
Lee has your back, and whatever else may need relieving, year round.
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