How To Look After Yourself This Winter


As our nights are getting longer and our days are getting colder, there's a lot we can do to look after our bodies.

During the winter months we increase the use of heating, as lovely as staying warm is, it can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. One thing I do is increase the usage of lip balm to prevent dry, chapped lips. My top 3 go to lip balms are:
Blistex - Lip Brilliance
NIVEA - Soft Rose
Carmex -  Lip Balm Cherry Tube
All three are very moisturising and can act as a barrier against the extreme (cold weather and dry heat from radiators). I keep one in my bag, one in my jacket and one around the house so I'm never without one. 
For my skin, Shea Butter is my saving grace. I use MourBody, which contains whipped Shea and mango butter as well Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protect cell membranes this means it'll help protect the skin against environmental pollution, it also prevents the premature signs of ageing.
For my hair, my use of coconut oil increases. Coconut oil penetrates the hair follicles this allows the hair to be moisturised from the outside in. Due to the moisturising properties of coconut oil it protects the hair follicles from heat and environmental strain .

As Britons we generally don't get enough sunlight during other months of the year, we get even less during the winter months. Sunlight is important as it is a source for Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate Calcium + Phosphorus in the body which in turn are needed to maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Some studies also show that there is an association with low levels of Vitamin D and mood disorders such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), depression and PMS. I take daily multivitamins with iron (as I have an iron deficiency) to try and counterbalance any low levels of vitamins I may have. I do recommend consulting your GP before you start taking Vitamins.

During winter months my work hours are inconsistent and long and this affects my sleep pattern, as I don't like taking sleeping aids, what I have found that works is using a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil on my pillow and I get a full night of undisturbed sleep. I tend to do this just as I am getting into bed as as Lavender is a powerful scent. Lavender is said to have properties that can alleviate sleep disorders and help reduce anxiety.

Cold and Coughs come hand in hand with the lowering temperatures. I have already suffered from a cold recently and what helped with my sinus congestion was a few drops of Peppermint essential oil in hot water and inhaling the steam to allow it to work its way through my nasal cavity to clear it out.
I, sometimes mix few drops of Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil with Shea butter and use that mixture on my chest when I have a cold and chesty cough. I get my essential Oils from Buff and Butter who has a wide range of essential oil that you can add to your remedies.
Another precaution to try and avoid germs, that will be everywhere, is making sure you wash your hands properly. What I always have in my bag is some antibacterial gel in case I cant get to a sink or after using public transport.

Another thing that goes without saying for us natural sisters, is winter is definitely a time to put away our hair, protective styles are a must for me during these colder months. I am currently rocking some twists.  

Remember to wrap up warm and stay safe this winter.

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