5 Cold Weather Essentials
As we all know last Monday was Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. This means six more weeks before you can trade in your snow boots for espadrilles. So in the face of impending snow storms and polar vortexes, it’s time to stock up on the necessities. Here are my top 5 cold weather essentials.
5. Hand Cream
Your hands are constantly exposed to the elements and dry out very quickly. Especially if you wash them all the time. Hand cream is something you should always carry with you and constantly reapply in my opinion. I’ve tried many hand creams and my absolute favorites are Burt's Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Crème and Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream.
4. Lip Balm
This is an often overlooked essential but it is just as important to keep your lips moisturized as any other place on your body. When my lips are in dire need of a pick me up I turn to products like Fresh Advanced Lip Therapy. Originally designed as an anti-aging treatment, this lip balm is way more moisturizing than your average tube of Chapstick. Plus it gently exfoliates dead skin off your lips with every use.
Unless you’re constantly wearing a full ski mask your face is always going to be exposed to the harsh weather. During the colder months the water in the atmosphere is much lower, meaning our skin gets much less moisture. Because of this it is imperative to keep our skin moisturized, often times overly dry skin can be more break out prone. So don’t be afraid to switch to a richer moisturizer like Tarte Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer or Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream.
Sunscreen is still very important even if it doesn’t seem sunny enough. UV rays can reflect off the snow and still cause you to get burned. It is always good idea to use a foundation, tinted moisturizer or primer with a SPF. Or you can apply an even amount of SPF to your skin after you moisturize. I personally use Laura Mercier’s Protect Foundation Primer.
Whether it’s bottled, purified, or tap water is an essential item to carry with you throughout the winter. Cold weather can dehydrate you easily so drinking your 2 liters is very important.