Well, it’s that time of year again: the temperature drops, the air dries out and we all become a strange semblance of who we once were. Our complexion becomes a shade grayer than it should be, our skin cracks and comfort food becomes incredibly appealing. So, how do we combat these issues? This article is for both ladies and gents; we all suffer from the same winter-inducing problems and it’s time to tackle them head-on.
First of all, let’s talk about skin. Winter air does so many sad things to us; from drying out our lips and face to freezing half-damp hair to our scalp, winter is not the time to leave your apartment or dorm without a little prep. As opposed to the warmer, more humid months, winter air can crack your lips and make your skin flake in a single walk to your car/class/dining hall. Here are my best tips for combating these skin issues.
Apply moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower. Your pores open up while you’re in the shower so give them a dose of thick hydrating cream before doing anything else. Once your skin gets dry and flaky, you enter the point of no return.
Get good chapstick or lipbalm. This is somewhat applicable to any of the seasons because no matter what, dry air cracks lips. Apply the product before going outside so the air has no chance of attacking your smile.
Socks and lotion. I discovered this method sophomore year and it feels more useful than some of the things I learned in my intro classes. It is about as easy as you would assume; lather your hands and feet in lotion and lock in the moisture with socks while you sleep.
When it comes to winter food desires, there are a few points to keep in mind. Yes, takeout seems appealing 100 percent of the time; it’s warm, easy and satisfies all those carby cravings. And since I am the last person to ever suggest avoiding take out, here are a few suggestions for keeping your body balanced.
Switch it up with warm, healthy foods. Since comfort food is almost inevitable during the cold months of the year, try adding something healthier to your weekly routine. This week try warm quinoa with a piece of grilled chicken and balsamic glaze. The quinoa and chicken will keep you full all night while keeping you clear-headed into the next day.
Off-set all that salt with a lot of water. Ever look down at your feet after a night of lo mein and The Office and think, “wow, I haven’t looked this swollen since the last time I ate this?” The best thing you can do (and this applies to take out all-year-round) is to drink a lot, and I mean a lot, of water.
There is a general consensus that winter fashion means no fashion. How are you supposed to show off your new blouse under a 400 pound down-jacket? Plot twist, you can’t. But for those of us who beg to differ and wear wedge-booties in a blizzard, there are a few sneaky ways of keeping yourself warm despite wearing seemingly un-warm articles of clothing.
Wear thick, warm socks under your cool-person boots and shoes. This is a half-lie because sometimes you need more than one layer of socks to make it to class. You can find these socks at any TJMaxx or Marshalls in an array of colors and patterns… not that anyone will actually be seeing the socks anyway.
Wear two layer of pants. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? When I was a freshman I bought thermal leggings in every color available and started wearing them under my regular leggings and jeans. Don’t knock it till you try it.
Of course, there are endless tips for surviving the winter woes. Get hand and foot warmers, a space heater, a humidifier… the list is never-ending. Starting with a few little things can make the next three months seem bearable. But as for the face-whipping winds on this campus, I don’t know what to tell you.