Winter Health and Beauty Tips

don’t know if you are like me, but winter weather has pretty much the same meaning for me every year – dry skin and colds. With a little preventative measures though some of that can be overcome.

Today my assistant came in with some kind of funky cold. Actually it was more than a cold and she was at my desk practically all day – coughing, sneezing, blowing her nose and so on. And of course she manhandled most of my pens and such on my desk. On my lunch break I got my anti-bacterial hand stuff from my car (I keep there for when I come out of the gym) and took it back to my desk.

I really do not want to get sick. The odds are against me though considering I spent the day with someone that ended up leaving early due to feeling bad. I won’t even get started with my whole “why did she come to work in the first place?” rant. So, if you have had a day like this where you were exposed to a lot of sick germs, or if you just want some general tips, here are some things you can do to try fight off the colds and flu.

Drink your liquids! We all know that vitamin C is good for you, so drink up the OJ if you got it in the mornings. Spend your day drinking about eight to ten of the 8-ounce glasses of water. It sounds like a lot but it will flush out your system and maybe prevent that ickiness from coming your way. And at night before bed have yourself some tea. Now myself, I prefer some hot tea but you can go cold if you want. See, tea has some amino acids in it that gives your immune system a boost so that it can fight infections like a ninja warrior.

Yogurt?! Yes, grab yourself some Yoplait at the grocery store because it just might keep you from getting sick.  The live and active cultures in yogurt have been proven to boost that immune system.And apparently there have been studies where people that noshed on yogurt were 25% less likely to catch colds. (I had some at lunch – my immune system will be a full blown ninja warrior by morning)

Fruits & veggies.  There is something called phytochemicals that is in fruits and veggies that dukes it out against colds and flus. Dark green, red and yellow fruits and veggies pack the most phytochemicals (so your best bang for the buck). Some examples are: broccoli, tomatoes, oranges, berries, pomegranates, grapes, garlic and almonds.

And also remember to wash your hands!!

As for skincare, I am all about finding ways to keep my skin moisturized in the winter. Here are 5 quick tips on winter skin care:

  1. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water keeps you hydrated and keeps your skin healthy.
  2.  Keep a lip balm with you to keep your lips from getting dry and chapped. I am a fan of the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm.
  3. Use a humidifier in your home to lessen that dry air effect. It will also prevent winter nose bleeds from that dry air.
  4. Experts say to switch up to an oil-based moisturized for winter weather.
  5. Even though it is cold, fight the urge to take a long, steamy, hot shower – it will just give you dry skin!