My family and I are officially on Winter break! While we are all enjoying and getting ready for the holiday festivities, old man winter has decided to be somewhat of a Scrooge and throw in a big measure of congestion, a sprinkling of vomit, and a dash of dry, itchy eyes to the holiday mix. I just got over a bad tummy bug earlier this winter season (which usually hits me in the new year), and my kids have been down with a cold on and off. And as a mother, I know this is just the beginning, unfortunately.
There is no denying it the winter is here and in full force. It is the time of year for sickness galore and it is inevitable, hard to escape, especially when we spend our days constantly exposed to the scary germs Winter brings. Itchy skin, dry eyes, chapped lips and a stuffy nose are just the start of winter woes. Try these simple tips and tricks to beat the harsh effects of the coldest months and still get a chance to enjoy the true beauty and fun of the season!
1. Don’t forget to moisturize
From skating to snow shoeing and snowy walks, winter is full of fun activities. However, we all know the cold can take a toll on our skin. In the harsh winter months, you should be paying more attention to your skincare routine. Try exfoliating more, limiting hot water and using a moisturizer. Dermal therapy body lotion is one option to help relieve dry, cracked, and itchy skin. With alpha hydroxy acids, it helps to replace old dry skin to reveal new skin and will help keep your skin smooth during the winter.
2. Stay on top of dry lips
Exfoliate your lips twice a week to help prevent chapping. Before you go to bed, make sure you apply a thick lip balm to bring back some of the moisture you may have lost during the day. I always make sure to keep a good chapstick in my kids school bags during the winter season.
3. Fight congestion
A stuffy nose and cold weather go hand-in-hand, and this can dampen your day. Sleeping with an extra pillow to elevate your head, using a humidifier with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oils and taking hot steamy showers (I also throw in a few drops of eucalyptus oils on the shower floor to get in the steam) can help clear your congestion. You can also try a nasal spray like hydraSense Medium Stream. I use this ALL THE TIME for my family when they’re congested and it helps tremendously. hydraSense is made from 100 per cent naturally- sourced seawater and helps to flush out excess mucus to relieve nasal congestion. Free your nose this winter!
4. Combat dry eyes
Cold winds and dry indoor heating are a recipe for eye discomfort. Make sure to give your eyes breaks during the day by looking away from your electronics or wearing glasses instead of contacts. hydraSense Advanced for Dry Eyes is one option for effective, long-lasting relief for your irritated eyes. It is preservative free and contains a clinically proven naturally sourced lubricant.
5. Stay hydrated
You may be great at staying on top of your water intake during the summer because of the heat, but it is just as important to stay hydrated during the winter. Don’t forget to carry around a water bottle and drink regularly throughout the day.
6. Eat well
We all know what we eat is one, if not the best, medicine for our bodies all throughout the year, but especially very helpful during the Winter. A good chicken broth kept in the freezer to make some easy and quick soup, extra fruit and veggies, good juices (make them yourself or buy 100% pure juices), foods high in probiotics (like greek yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and apple cider vinegar to name a few), foods with lots of garlic and ginger, are all great items to consume to help you stay strong and healthy.
7. Get your rest
Less sunlight and the chaos of the holidays can often make you feel tired, so getting a goodnight’s sleep to restore your energy is especially important during this time of year. Try your best to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. This is especially important for our kids during the holidays so when they return to school schedule in the new year, they won’t find it so difficult to transition.
If you have a hard time getting to sleep, try a relaxing night time routine, such as reading a book or gentle stretches. I also use a great medidation for sleep app called Calm that helps both me and my husband. For great bedtime music, check out this great Sleep Playlist on Spotify. The right music always helps me!
With fun outdoor activities, and the holidays, the winter is an exciting time of year! Don’t let the harsh weather hold you back from doing what you love. What are your best winter care tips?