Baby it’s REALLY cold outside: The polar vortex isn’t fun, but here’s how to survive it with a smile.
Walking out the door this morning, you were hit with freezingly cold temps, a nasty wind and the sudden desire to go back to bed. I totally get you. Walking the dog this morning was a nightmare. She was bundled up and wanted to play with her dog friends, all I wanted to do was scramble back into the house.
This weather’s going to be with us awhile (so, not a “Yay”) and if you’re trying to figure out how to survive this cold with a sense of humor and your sanity in tact, I’ve got tips for you. Look, if I can live through a few winters in sub-zero temps—I went to college 9 miles away from LakeOntario, talk about freezing—I’ve got a few personally tested tips for you.
1. Food is your friend.
Do not, I repeat, do not skip breakfast. You’re going to be burning up a lot of fuel in this cold and you need all the help you can get. A bowl of oatmeal or grits is warm and comforting. Drizzle a little bit of honey and sprinkle a few dried cranberries for flavor.
You’re going to get dehydrated drinking tea and coffee, so don’t forget to keep drinking water. It will not only replenish what you’ve lost, but will also help hydrate your skin too.
2. Moisturize from head to toe.
Whilst it’s a lot of fun to scrap off flaky skin, it’s not good for you. At all. My hands physically itch and hurt from the cold. Dried out skin can age prematurely and who wants that?? I don’t!
Here’s what I use:
Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Mini Hand Cream ($0.99, avon.com). I was fortunate enough to get three tubes of this insanely good hand cream at a press event last year and I hoard them. Why? Because they absorb into your skin fast, immediately soothing and reviving, dry, pinched skin. If I really like you, I’ll let you try some from my tube. It’s that good.
Curel Targeted Therapy Foot Therapy ($4.59, drugstore.com). Yes, I got this at a press preview, but it works! I actually use it year round. It turns my hobbit-like feet into human feet. Smoothing out rough, dry skin.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm ($3.29, drugstore.com). When I caught the flu, I hobbled over to my drugstore around the corner. Not only does this moisturize dry, cracked lips, if you put it on the flaky, red skin around your nose, it soothes that too.
When it’s this icky outside, you’re going to spend a lot of time inside. Escape the cold with something that will take your mind off bad weather with a funny movie, book or TV show—Thank god for Netflix. Here’s a few guilty pleasures I indulge in:
The IT Crowd-It’s a UK comedy set in London and focuses on the bizarre adventures of the three people who make up the IT department in a conglomerate. It’s twisted, absurd and laugh out loud funny. And yes it’s on NetFlix. I watched the shows when I was working out, and kept laughing when I was on the treadmill. Kinda embarrassing. Ah well.
This Is the End-Doomsday comedy from Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill. Aside from catching stars in cameos--Rihanna, Emma Watson and a ridiculous amount of stars…This really is a funny movie. It even has an underlying theme—The power of friendship.
Darynda Jones-First Grave Series. I’m shallow sometimes. I picked up First Grave On the Right because I thought the shoes on the cover were cute. Page one and I’m sucked into the world of Charley Davidson: Private Investigator and Grim Reaper. Hilariously funny, deeply moving with sex and a murder mystery (or three) thrown in, each book in the series is a treat. When I pick one up, I promise myself that I’ll take my time reading it, and then I devour the book in one setting.
1. Warm fuzzy socks.
Because warm feet are happy feet. I’m addicted to plush cozy socks. Capelli Striped Cozy Socks ($5.24, lordandtaylor.com)
2. Woolen Tights
Just because I’m wearing a skirt or a dress, I don’t want frostbite on my legs. Eeew. Hue Merino Wool Tights ($20, lordandtaylor.com)—they come in three colors.
Wear them under jeans, pants or even over tights.
Coobie Seamless Leggings ($29.95, shopcoobie.com)
Hats make me itchy, but when it’s really cold out I’ll wear one. I like Paul Frank because his stuff always puts a smile on my face. Paul Frank Hat ($25, yoox.com)