I still remember my very first English winter 16 years ago and the first time I got to touch real snow! My music teacher allowed me to have a peak outside when the snow started falling and then she allowed the rest of the class to follow me outside to play. We had a lot of fun and that was definitely one of the most memorable moments of my life. It was hard to deal with cold winter months when I first moved to the UK because all I’ve ever known was hot weather but soon enough, I got used to the English weather and its unpredictability. The snow is the thing I look forward to the most in the winter but having said that, the whole country stands still when it snows. A lot of UK residents joke that we can’t handle even the lightest snowfall. There are a lot of things to love and appreciate about the winter season but there are also a lot of things that we dread about it. I will list some of the things I personally suffer from during the winter months and how I look after myself.
As much as I love the winter season, there is one thing I don’t like about it (aside from the travel chaos that ensues when we get a little bit of snow). I suffer from dry skin. Although I don’t have severe dry skin all over my body, my hands still get really dry around the winter months. Like many of you, I wash my hands often with soap and hot water. If I don’t use moisturisers afterwards, my hands start to dry out so much that I sometimes get tiny little cuts in between each finger. I own so many moisturisers but there is one cream that I keep in my handbag at all times- a cream that sees me through the coldest of winters.
It’s the E45 Dermatological Cream – the 50g tube which retails for around £2.35 each. I keep this in my handbag as a moisturiser that I can use for my whole body- most especially my hands. What I love about it is that it’s non-greasy and easily absorbed by my skin so I don’t have to wait for too long until I can start touching things again.
I’ve used hand creams in the past with so much glycerine that I have to wait for around 2 minutes before I can resume typing on my keyboard again. It’s great to use for itchy skin, eczma prone skin and for those people who also suffer from psoriasis. I love that it is an approved dermatological product. I’ve used other hand creams which are heavily fragranced that I sometimes worry if they are good to use – especially when I already have tiny cuts around my hands from my skin dryness.
I was quite busy for the past few weeks and I’ve often neglected moisturising my hands after washing them. I prefer this 50g tube so that I can take this cream with me anywhere. You can use any cream that is good for you but for me this winter, I highly recommend this E45 cream because it really has helped soothe and relieve my dry skin.
Colds and flu viruses are everywhere all year round but especially in the winter so it’s really important that we keep warm as much as possible and take the necessary steps to prevent getting ill. I take Vitamin C supplements all year around to help boost my immune system and I increase my intake in the winter. I hug hot water bottles when I’m writing and working. I keep a blanket near me at all times. If you are ill, stay at home if you can and if not, try and be as hygienic as possible by washing your hands often, using tissues when you sneeze and disposing of them properly to prevent others from catching your cold or flu. Flu is a much more severe sickness and many people won’t be able to get out of bed when they are suffering from this sickness. It’s important to keep hydrated, well rested and warm. If you can, also get flu shots- a service which is now available at some of your nearest pharmacies and GP surgeries.
WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Waking up in the mornings become so hard even for a ‘morning person’ like me. I haven’t gone to the gym in what seems like forever. It’s so hard to get up lately. I feel like hibernating and lying in bed forever during this time of year. The darkness outside doesn’t help too. To help with this struggle, I try and look forward to something in the morning. An example would be, I would prepare a podcast to listen to while I shower and start getting ready for work. I also look forward to a nice breakfast. Doing these things help me deal with cold mornings when all we want to do is lie in bed and sleep some more. Some people use daylight alarm clocks to help them wake up in the morning. These are alarm clocks that play gentle alarm sounds and slowly emit light to help the body believe that the sun has risen even though it’s still so dark outside. I’d like to try one of these someday to see how they work.
Salt baths are one of the things I look forward to once a week when the winter months give us nothing but chilly winds and aching muscles. I love using Dead Sea, Himalayan Pink and Epsom Salt for detoxifying my body. These detox baths help relax my stiff muscles especially after lifting some weights in the gym. All you need is 1-2 cups of your preferred salt and you soak in the bath for around 20 minutes. This is a great way to take a break from all the noise and the stress of the day. Dead Sea salt also helps to soften and relieve dry skin. I don’t like using soapy baths in the winter because that just makes my skin more dry. I really recommend salt baths for all their amazing health benefits.
There’s nothing better than eating soups and hot pots in the winter. I love having Korean hot pots with lots of ginger and garlic to keep me warm and full. Spicy hot pots are also great for boosting your immune system and of course, they’re so delicious! Never miss meals because our body needs all the necessary nutrients to function well. Also stay hydrated as usual by drinking plenty of water or herbal teas. As tempting as it is to keep drinking caffeinated drinks, try and go for herbal teas or hot water with lemon instead.
I hope some of these tips work for you too! If you have other tips, please feel free to share them below.