I love this time of year… Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year -and my birthday -but seriously does it need to be this cold?
Here are the “Top Five Reasons I Hate Winter (And You Should, Too).”
- Chapped Lips – The single most painful affliction of winter time. My lips are always chapped! No chap stick or lip balm can cure it (at least none I’m willing to pay for), so what do I do? I put wrinkle cream lotion on them. It works unless I spend too much time in the dry cold air.
- Stuffy Nose – I have so much swelling and mucus, it’s ridiculous! I can’t blow my nose. I can’t drain my nose. I can’t do anything. I just have to deal with it. Carry around a pouch of tissues just in case it explodes? Yeah… that’s it!
- Dry Skin – Not talking elbows and knee caps, kids; I’m talking legs, arms, face, chest, feet, hands, etc. My entire body sucks up moisture and uses it to its full potential without any possibility of the moisture lasting. I have lotion all the time in the winter… Sometimes, it is just too much of an effort.
- Dry Hair – I can cover my icky dry skin with jeans and a turtleneck. However, I cannot hide my icky, frizzy, dry hair under a hat. I’m not good at hats; they’re annoying. The point is… I have frizzy hair when it’s cold and anti-frizz serum does me wrong.
- COLD – When it’s cold, do you want to go outside? Not unless you’re a 100 lb. German Shepherd with an attached coat of fur (my dog is waterproof and winter-proof). So do I like to go on walks or drive places or put real clothes on? No. It’s warm in my house, not in my car, and sweats are much warmer than jeans or skirts.
I hate the cold. I love the winter. It’s a conundrum, I know. It doesn’t make any sense! I KNOW!
However, here are some neat tricks to beat your own winter weather blues. Marissa Gold of Ladies’ Home Journal detailed “11 Winter Skin (and Hair!) Savers,” but I’m only going cover a few.
- Sonya Dakar Omega-3 Complex: Contains 100 percent natural blend of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to repair dry skin and replace its moisture barrier.
- Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: Contains brown sugar, almond oil and macadamia grains to polish skin smooth, and it’s sold at target.
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: Who wants to wear make up anyway? Oil-free and SPF 20 to protect from evil sun damage.
- Clinique Medical Dry Spot Balm: DRY LIP RELIEF!!! Totally not what it was created for, but I’m buying it (next pay period).
- Aquaphor Healing Ointment: The best of the old – Aquaphor is awesome. Good for any area of dry, cracked skin.
- WEN by Chaz Dean Styling Cream: I thought this was some kind of two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, but apparently it’s a styler and conditioner and you don’t wash it out? I don’t know, but I think it might fix the frizz.
- Redken Fresh Curls Curl Recovery Mask: If you’ve got the curly hair, you know you lose a lot of bounce in the cold. This contains coconut oil, strengthening and moisturizing amino and fatty acids, and a natural polymer that will help restore shape and order to curls.
These are mostly the ones I want to try or have tried and are awesome. I’m not super sure about ever purchasing some of the spa-quality-for-superstars creams, but whatever, maybe I’ll be rich someday.
However, there are also some natural healing remedies…
According to the principles of Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic facial massage can help dry, chapped skin. Start by pouring 2 tablespoons of room-temperature abhyanga oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, massage cheekbones to ears and up from temples to hairline. Then, rub the oil in linear movements from the upper lip to the cheekbones and ears. Using your index finger, put oil on the outer and inner most rims of the nostrils. With 3 fingers on each hand, rub from the nostrils to the ears in a linear motion, taking time to massage the ear. Next, massage your brow and pat your closed eyelids gently. Finish by gently prodding the skin under your jaw bone to the base of your neck.
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NEAT TIDBIT: According to Taoist philosophy, winter is a Yin season. Yin is represented by cool, wet, slow, feminine and quiet (such crap), and winter is a time to store Yang energy to keep our balance.