Winter is well on it’s way, and we all know how the cold weather affects our bodies. Follow these tips to prepare and make it through the freezing winter that’s heading straight towards us.
Stay moisturized. To prevent chapping hands, use soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitizers. When you do wash your hands, slather on lotion immediately after. Use a simple mix of honey and sugar — the honey reduces inflammation while the sugar increases circulation in skin — to soften dry patches on rough elbows and knees. Before putting on moisturizer, exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator.
For your feet — before bed, use a scrub or pumice stone to buff away calluses, then apply a thick moisturizer and wear socks overnight.
Keep your showers short — long exposure to hot water can strip your skin and hair of moisture.
Keep chapstick handy — but if your chapped lips get too flaky, take a clean toothbrush and gents exfoliate to remove excess skin. Then, apply beeswax or a lip balm with lanolin and keep reapplying throughout the day. For seriously dry lips, apply honey or Vaseline to your lips for 15 minutes and then remove with a cotton swab dipped in hot water.
Slather on sunscreen — winter sun and sun glare can damage your skin. Apply 30 minutes before going outside, and remember to reapply.
When heading outside, put on a hat, scarf, and gloves to avoid windburn and prolonged exposure to the cold air.
Apply olive oil or lotion containing lanolin to nails before bed and sleep with gloves on — to protect your nails from breaks and tears. Clear nail polish can protect brittle nails as well.
Buy foods full of healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids — such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, sardines, and avocados.
Also buy vitamin C-rich produce like citrus fruit and dark leafy greens. Vitamin C helps boost the body’s production of collagen, a protein that maintains skin and other connective tissues. Add biotin-rich foods (Vitamin B7) to your diet, vegetables like carrots, and protein like nuts and fish. Consider buying Biotin in supplement form.
Use humidifiers throughout your home, to disperse moisture more evenly — to help prevent your skin from drying out.
Drink plenty of water. Water is good for your overall health.
Keep your stress to a minimum. Studies have linked high stress levels to susceptibility to catching colds and the flu.
Get the right amount of sleep every night. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body becomes vulnerable to illness.
Stay warm this winter, but most importantly — stay healthy.