Prepare Your House and Skin for the Cold
By Lucia Rossi
The snow finally arrived here in New York, better late than never right? It was nice while it lasted, but now it’s time to cozy up at home and try to stay moisturized and warm.
Here is my list of 36 hacks for smart winter living, in no particular order:
- Keep your eyeliner warm for an easier application just by holding the tip of the pencil in your fingers for 20 seconds.
- Keep your showers short and use lukewarm water instead of hot to reduce dryness.
- Reduce hat hair by using dry shampoo which will lift and add volume to your roots.
- Keep a tea kettle or pot filled with boiling water and mix in spices to add a soothing smell as well as moisture to your home.
- Keep your hands moisturized after applying lotion by wearing cotton gloves.
- Use a humidifier in your home to reduce the dryness in the air.
- Wear sunscreen, no seriously. The sun still effects your skin in the winter and it can soothe chapped skin.
- Take vitamin D because your body produces less of it when you’re not in the sunlight as much.
- Cut out your own wool shoe insoles to help keep your feet warm.
- Make your own hand warmers with this simple recipe: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-5-minute-instant-hand-warmer/
- Use chapstick in emergencies if you’re fingers get really dry and cracked to help with cuts.
- Place your beer bottles or cans in between your inner and outer windows to keep them cold and to help make space for your fridge, unless its freezing outside.
- Dry your boots in a cute and clean way by placing them over a tray covered in pebbles.
- Use a simple razor to shave off fuzz and pills off your sweaters to make them look brand-new.
- Run your ceiling fan on a low setting going clockwise to push warm air down towards the floor.
- Use cooking spray on your shovel so snow doesn’t stick.
- Let in sunlight through your windows in your home for some natural heat, then use thick quilted curtains to keep the heat in at night.
- Electric blankets are a great way to save energy and to stay warm. Before bed, turn it on low so the bed is heated-up and inviting.
- To stop a draft from coming through underneath your doors, cut a pool noodle and wrap it under the bottom of the door.
- Insulate under your jeans by wearing running tights or pantyhose instead of long johns.
- Put in screws to the bottom of your shoes to help gain traction when you walk or run.
- Put kitty litter underneath your tires if it’s stuck in the snow to help it gain traction.
- Attach several zip ties along the wheels of your bicycle to make it snow ready.
- Close the doors to rooms that are vacant to keep heat in the room you’re in.
- Don’t have salt? No problem. Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing soap, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and a half gallon of hot water to melt ice.
- Warm up your key with a lighter to open up a frozen lock.
- After you shower, keep the hot water in the tub and keep the bathroom door open until the water cools down to room temperature. This will add some heat and moisture to the air in your home.
- Use more candles!
- Use a dryer sheet on your hair to get rid of static in your hair.
- Exfoliate your lips with a scrub to get rid of dead skin, and then apply Aquaphor Lip Repair to keep your lips will stay supple and moist.
- Use lotion or baby powder on your body to prevent static cling from your clothes.
- Coffee is a diuretic and dehydrates your body, try to cut down this season by substituting with water.
- Just because you have oily or acne prone skin that doesn’t mean it’s moisturized. Don’t be afraid to solving the problem with other oils like jojoba or rosehip. Apply it at night, or when your face is damp so your pores are open. Use it on your cuticles as well to prevent hangnails!
- Exfoliating to get rid of dry, dead skin too much can be harsh on your face. Try using gel peels instead once or twice a week.
- Instead of using too much concealer, apply a tinted moisturizer with a warm watered down beauty blender.
- If you have dandruff from the cold, sleep with baby oil on you scalp while wearing a shower cap, and then wash it out in the morning. If there’s dry skin along your hairline, dab on some tea tree oil. This is also good for break outs, so apply there too.