Winter is officially here! Gloves and scarfs are on, cold and flu medication is on the stand by, and chopped lips and hands are a daily struggle. It’s a lovely time of the year but a hard time of the year to stay healthy, so I thought I’d share with you my top tips for keeping healthy this winter…
Winter is the time of the year when almost all of us expect to get ill at some point. Be that a cold, the flu, or the dreaded neuro virus. But there are ways to ensure you minimise the risk of getting ill beyond the normal precautions such as wrapping up warm and washing your hands regularly.
One of the ways you can avoid picking up bacteria and viruses from your hands is to carry an anti-bacterial gel with you always. You can buy these in a lot of different shops and it’s worth buying a multipack and handing them out to your family as well. Just remember the gel does not actually clean your hands, only kill bacteria, so if your hands are dirty for whatever reason, it’s better to wash them first as well.
Another great way to keep those bacteria away is to us an anti-bacterial spray such as the Dettol spray. It’s just like the hand gel, but for everything! You can pray it on most surfaces to kill any bacteria that might be lingering. It’s great for families as it can be used on toys, and it’s also great for the office worker as it can be used on and around your desk! If you do work in an office and use a computer, try using some Dettol wipes as well to keep your mouse and keyboard fresh and clean.
There are ways to edit your beauty routine in the winter to ensure you keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy throughout the cold and dry period.
The most common issue in winter is dry skin and skin that tends to generate eczema and dry patches. My top tip for this issue is to use a hydration serum. What a serum does that goes beyond the qualities of a moisturiser, is that it penetrates deeper into the skin layers and moisturises on a deeper and more long-lasting level. The best result is achieved by using it together with a good moisturiser for your skin type. My favourite hydration serum is the Skin Hydrating Booster by Dermalogica, but I’ve also heard very good thing about the budget alternative Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster (£6.99 from Boots).
Beauty and health both come from within, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals to help you through the dark months of winter. My new found favourite is the Vitabiotics Perfectil Max (you can get it from Chemist-4-u here). It help strengthen your nails, hair, and skin through a mixture of different vitamins, minerals, and oils, including zink, selenium, vitamin B3 and C. I’ve been taking it for a few weeks now and am planning on using it throughout the winter at least to help my frail and dry nails and hair. If you’re blessed with great hair, nail, and skin genes, the one Vitamin I recommend for the winter is vitamin D – essential in the dark months when the skin can’t naturally generate it from sunlight.
The saying is true, to some extent, and in the winter months it’s important to make sure you get all the nutrients you need. However, winter can also be a time of over consumption (hello Christmas!) so it’s important to try and find a balance.
Breakfast has been crowned the most important meal of the day, and I would be inclined to agree. Not because of the myth that it will make you put on weight, but because you should start the day as you mean to continue. A healthy breakfast sets you up for the day, and if you have a positive morning the rest of the day is more likely to follow suit.
My top tip for a hassle-free breakfast to all the breakfast sceptics, is overnight oats. It’s been a bit trendy lately, but with good reason. It’s easier to find time in the evening to create a healthy breakfast you can grab and go in the morning. Just Google Overnight oats recipe – you’re bound to find one variety you like! My favourite is one with honey and cinnamon.
Another perfect way to eat healthy with no effort in the winter is to dust off the old slow cooker! Lean protein and lots of vegetables and you have yourself a hearty meal with minimum cooking involved (my kind of cooking). It’s a great way to get your five a day and have a satisfying AND healthy meal.
Hopefully my tips will help you get through winter a bit healthier! If you have any more tips, I would love to hear them, so just leave them in the comments below.