The east was hit with an arctic blast this week. I can’t complain since December was quite lovely, with the temperature hovering in the 40’s and 50’s, and making the outdoor run unusually pleasant for this time of year.
Alas, it couldn’t last. And didn’t.
It’s been so cold in New Hampshire that the entire state had a two-hour school delay this week so little ones wouldn’t have to stand in the dangerously cold temperatures. It could be worse. The midwest (Minnesota!) was purportedly -50 below during the night. We got by with a mere -30 with windshield. Frostbite can occur in minutes. Wet hair can freeze in seconds. I live in thermal underwear.
So far, our chickens are hanging in there, even laying an egg or two every few days (such good girls). A bird took shelter in the coop, but sadly, perished during the night. Baby, it’s cold outside!
Might I suggest? Hat, face scarf, mittens, coat. Obvious, no? Yet I find myself harping at my children (and the husband!) on a daily basis to wear these essential items.
I’d like to share some other small pleasures in life. Here’s what I use to save my face and hair during the very dry and very cold winter months. Very basic, yet very wonderful.
1. Paul Mitchell Fast Form Cream Gel. I don’t have a lot of time to do my hair, darlings. I’m guessing you don’t either. “Fast form” means this product helps your hair dry quickly, saving you blow-dry or cold-weather drying time. And for a girl with curl, the cream gel gives moisture but also a little style. It’s nourishing, but light. It smells like heaven. Love it. $16 at salons.
2. Coconut Oil. Trader Joe’s is a good hour away, so I stock up. Not just for cooking, my friends! I keep a jar of coconut oil in the kitchen and one in the shower. No more chemicals delivered straight through the skin and into the bloodstream. Coconut oil is free of chemical and dyes, and is my favorite moisturizer. Great for legs (after shaving,) arms, whole body, and the ends of wet hair. I also put it on my face. Since it’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, it cleans without clogging pores (no more zits!.) It’s also incredibly moisturizing. The smell? Delicious. $6-10.
3. Garnier Skin Renew. A “skin perfecter” and man, I love this stuff. I don’t wear a lot of make-up; base has always felt too heavy. But when I’m tired (always?), and my pale, winter skin needs a little pick-me-up, this tinted moisturizer with an SPF 15 really is perfect. After wearing this year-round, I’m as happy as pie. Grocery store find $9.
4. Blistex Complete Moisturizer. I’ve tried a lot of chapsticks. I like this creamy, soft feel. During winter it’s kept in my coat pocket at all times. Beware the child who “borrows” it and does not return. Grocery store find $3.
5. Vaseline with Cocoa Butter. Vaseline is pretty much the best facial product ever invented. After consulting with my dermatologist cousin, he agrees with me. In fact, he said it first. I’ve used vaseline my whole life. My mother supplied it in my Christmas stocking and always had a jar on her bedside table. I’ve continued the tradition. Oh the many uses! Lips, eye make-up remover, dry nose lubricator. But now, there’s a COCOA BUTTER variety and I practically eat the stuff. Oh, the smell! Oh, the dry lip relief! I even use it on my face when I go running, especially on my lips, around the nose, and around my eyes. Leftover? Rub it on the hands. Grocery store find $5.
I’ll add two more:
6. Water. We need more than we think, and often don’t get enough during the winter months because we don’t move as much. Drink more. Our bodies are 70%+ water. Our skin needs moisturizer and will dry out if not watered. Guess what? You can afford it.
7. A good book. Yes, in winter months, stay indoors and read a good book. Save the skin, feed the mind 🙂
Got any skin-saving favorites? I’d love to hear.