It’s finally winter. While a lot of this season is a wonderland with beautiful fresh snow falls and cozy nights curled up by a roaring fire, winter can also wreak havoc on our skin, our physical health and our mental health — especially this year! Keep reading for tips and tricks to take charge of your winter health and wellness in 2020 and beyond.
When the weather gets cold, our skin can get dry. During the winter, it’s best to use a heavier, more moisturizing skin cream to make sure your skin is hydrated and healthy. And, just because it’s dark and gloomy, doesn't mean you can skip the sunscreen! Wear a light, oil-free sunscreen made specifically for your face with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin. Most importantly for winter skin care, and skin care all year, is to be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night, especially since wearing a mask can cause unwanted “mask-ne” (mask acne) if we’re not washing our masks and our faces well enough.
This year more than ever, it’s important to prioritize our mental and physical health. Make sure to exercise by taking socially distant walks or bike rides to soak up some much needed vitamin D. If it’s too cold to go outside, you can find free online workout routines to stay active and keep your body healthy. If you’re working from home, remember to take breaks and set boundaries to separate your working hours and your time to relax.
Spare Your Air
Since colder weather during cold and flu season means more time indoors, make sure the air quality in your home is the best it can be. If you can, invest in a humidifier and air purifier to maintain the air quality in your space. And, be sure to check and change the air filters when scheduled to ensure the highest level of efficiency.
Eat Right & Stay Hydrated
You can exercise and moisturize all you want, but if you’re not eating healthy and staying hydrated, you’re not doing what’s best for your mind and body. Thankfully, winter is the perfect time to eat tons of delicious and nutritious soups and stews. An easy to make hearty chicken or veggie-packed soup will help you get the vitamins and minerals your body needs while bringing some welcomed warmth to your home and kitchen. Experiment with new recipes of your own or come up with twists on classics for a fun cooking activity the whole family can enjoy!