It’s impossible to get through winter without a few essentials. New York has actually has an extremely mild winter (aside from that record-breaking snowstorm!), but the humidity levels, temperature changes, and ancient radiators have been wreaking havoc on my skin and general well-being.
There’s a few things that have really helped make this winter a bit easier:
Cool Mist Humidifier
Oh my gosh – this little humidifier has worked absolute wonders on me. I had dry lips, dry skin, and a dry throat that were undoubtedly caused by my ambitious radiators, cold NYC wind, and general winter air. Once I started using a humidifier, I noticed an immediate difference in my breathing (especially at night) and my dry skin hasn’t been as itchy. I definitely recommend the Crane cool mist humidifier if you live in an apartment or house that doesn’t have a controllable heat setting (it truly helps cool down the room while adding some humidity!).
I only recently discovered the art and wonder of the hot toddy – nature’s gift to cold sufferers and winter drink connoisseurs everywhere. The drink is really simple to make: hot water, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, and a splash of whiskey. I like to add black tea to mine, but it’s totally optional. A warm, boozy winter drink that can (maybe) cure a cold? I’m totally in.
It makes total sense that there’s a picture of a snowy mountain on St. Ives products – they’re total lifesavers in winter conditions! When Influenster asked me to try out these products for free in exchange for my review, I got pretty excited. I’ve always liked St. Ives products, but haven’t tried some of the more refreshing scents.
I’m particularly loyal to the plain-smelling St. Ives Vitamin E body lotion and have been using it for years, so I was hesitant to try the Pear Nectar & Soy body lotion… But it works just as well and smells amazing! It does feel a bit greasy right after application, but it soaks right into your skin within a minute or two. A winner in my book. The Pink Lemon & Mandarin body scrub smells amazing and really makes me feel clean. And I really love the Oatmeal Scrub + Mask – it works well on dry skin (especially dry patches) and makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated after using it (super important when the air is crazy dry!).
The best part of all about St. Ives? It’s one of the most affordable skin care brands out there that actually works. All three of these products can be bought for under $5.00. Win-win.
I’ve been using a heating pad on my upper back and neck every night before going to bed, and it’s been an absolute lifesaver. I never notice how much I tense up when it’s cold outside and I’m shivering… until after I’m back inside and my muscles have a chance to relax. Applying heat before bed not only helps my muscles relax, but it also helps calm me into a sleep-ready mood. Totally recommend if you have sore winter muscles!
What are your essentials that you use to cope through the winter months?