The brutal winter cold combined with indoor forced-air heat makes for a grueling combination of drying irritants for your throat, skin, nails and even eyes. Even in older buildings with radiant heating, indoor temperatures can rise to higher than average levels as thermostats are adjusted according to the season and not daily. It is not uncommon for NYC tenants to have no control over the heat in their apartments. Here are some of our health and beauty tips to surviving the winter cold.
Drink water! If you are cold, sip hot water with lemon and honey. Stay away from dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and anything with sugar or caffeine. Even green tea can have a diuretic effect and rob your body of precious moisture needed to sooth skin, hair and nails. Instead opt for decaf herbal teas such as our favorite – Rooibus.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night while you sleep and in your office for help with dry skin, throat, and eyes. We love the anti-microbial Air-O-Swiss AOS-7144 available on Amazon.com for $198. For a more affordable option, try the Essik Air D46 720 4-Speed Tower for $87.75. For small spaces such as an office or nursery there’s the Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier for $39.97.
Lube It Up!
Keep a bottle of body oil in your shower and apply to your skin after you finish showering but before you towel off. After applying the oil turn the shower on again and rinse for a few seconds to remove the surface oil. We love Kukui Nut Organic Body Oil made by Alba Botanica packed with fast-penetrating nutrients from tropical oils of kukui, macadamia, and coconut blended into sunflower and flax oils. You can apply this oil to your nails and cuticle beds as well. For itch relief, try Eucerin Calming Itch Relief Treatment. For the face, we think the best moisturizer hands down is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Don’t use eye drops such as Visine, which aim to reduce redness by shrinking blood vessels (and thus blood flow) in your eyes. Opt for Natural Tears eye drops instead.