Winter is a wonderful and exciting time with the holidays upon us, the change in fashion and more opportunities to socialize. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with certain annoyances that make us want to hibernate until spring. Dry skin, a lack of energy, and the fattening holiday foods can all put a damper on the way you look and feel. So, here are 5 ways that will ensure you look and feel your best this winter and come out of it wishing it would last a little longer.
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Take Care of Your Skin
The winter weather dries out skin, making it chap and look almost like shedding snake skin. Your skin should be your primary concern this winter. Unlike summer, during the winter you need to use products like those from Nu Skin, such as a moisturizer with “light oils” to ensure thorough hydration without your pores getting clogged. Exfoliate regularly in order to help get rid of dead skin cells, then use an emollient cream at night to protect and heal your skin. And don’t forget your lips. It’s better to take care of them before they start to chap than try to heal them after they get damaged. Indulge in baths. Oatmeal and milk baths have been used for centuries to treat dry skin, so take a tip from your ancestors and pamper yourself several times a week. Finally, don’t forget the SPF sunscreen when you go outside. The sun can be more damaging during the winter than the summer.
Give Your Hair a Little TLC
Your hair takes a beating during the winter. Shampooing strips moisture not only from the hair but the scalp as well. If you normally wash once or twice per week, consider leaving more time between shampoos. If you’re used to shampooing every day, try just getting your hair wet and then using conditioner. Using conditioner regularly is an important step that shouldn’t be missed. It keeps extraneous debris off the shafts while keeping your hair soft and moisturized. It’s also important to remember that waterlogged hair is more fragile than at any other time. If it’s really dry but you feel the need to brush it after it’s washed, you can add a few drops of olive oil to a wide-tooth comb to tame the locks. Also, avoid things like blow drying your hair and perms, because both are really harsh.
Check Your Mental Health
The time of year when there is less light can really take a toll on your mental health. You may find you have an increased appetite, insomnia, anxiety, depression and a loss of energy. It’s normal and there’s even a name for it; seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Just as with bears, you have more melatonin in your body during the winter which is what regulates hibernation. So, yes, your body wants to hibernate. You can fight the urge, however, just by exposing yourself to natural sunlight.
When the sun decides to peek out, sit in a sunny spot in your home, open the curtains and soak up the Vitamin D. You also need to keep moving. Find an exercise you can do on a regular basis and then do it daily. It will help to fight mild to moderate depression. Finally, fight your urge to hibernate and get out with your friends, family and loved ones. Socialization will improve your mood and the positivity of others will rub off on you.
Become a Winter Fashionista
Just because the weather turns cold doesn’t mean you have to look like an urban Eskimo. You can still look sleek by flattering your figure with winter layering. Remember that leather is warm without being thick. After all, you don’t see cows standing in a snowy field with goose bumps. Avoid the full fur coat and opt for fur trim. Full fur hides your curves but fur in small doses is warm, cozy and luxurious while accentuating your curves. Another trick is to pile on the layers but make sure they’re thin. You can stay just as warm by putting a thin sweater over turtleneck as with a chunky fisherman’s cable sweater.
Change Your Environment
It doesn’t take much money or much of a change to beat the winter blues if you remember a couple of rules. Although on trend, blues and grays are empty, cold and depressing. You need to surround yourself with reds, oranges and yellows. They elicit feelings of warmth, joy and happiness. That doesn’t mean you have to paint all your walls but that you just need to add accessories that lift your spirits. Things like throw pillows, a sofa cover, tablecloths and curtains will brighten a home along with your mood. Additionally, bringing the outdoors in will do wonders. Plants and flowers evoke feelings of positive serenity and remember that light plays an important role in maintaining good health as well as a positive outlook on life, so don’t hesitate to light up your life.
Although some people opt to head for sunnier climates during winter months, most of us are unable to escape the shorter sunlight hours and colder weather. To beat the blues this year, just remember to take care of yourself, bring a little summer into your home, and take advantage of the season with a new look. Most importantly, remember that you can beat the winter blues with just a few simple lifestyle changes and a positive attitude.