Saturday, January 23, 2016

avoid funk on your junk, and other winter tips and tricks

If you live in warm climates, it's always nice to venture out and explore new destinations and climates.  For those of us who're from warm weather zones, there are some tips others may consider common practice but absolutely foreign.  So for those of you reading in the arctic or tundra, enjoy the laugh and feel free to share your favorite winter living tips in the comments section below!

Socks.  In the south, flipflops, sandals, and open-toed shoes are daily footwear.  We wear flipflops everywhere, including for more traditionally formal occasions like weddings, graduation ceremonies, and church.  You may even own "dress" flipflops.  When you consider boat shoes and yachting shoes, which are often worn without socks, it's no surprise that many don't even bother wearing socks, let along owning more than a few pairs.  But when it's cold out, especially in snow, socks are essential.  Be sure to pick something that will breathe - like cotton blend or wool.  If you have particularly sweaty feet, it's important to use powder or special foot sprays to keep dry.  And in case no one ever told you - the first thing you should put on whilst dressing is always your socks.  Think about it - when your feet are trapped in thick socks and warm ski boots, they're sure to sweat, and are more susceptible to developing an array of athlete's foot or other fungi.  If you put your socks on first, you minimize the risk of spreading those undesirables throughout certain unmentionable places...

Hair care.  Your hair and scalp probably aren't acclimated to going from extreme cold outdoors to extreme heat inside.  And the heat manufactured artificially is usually very dry.  When you're outside, chances are you'll have a hat or headband on for extra warmth.  The more  your head the sweats, the more important to maintain your hair and scalp.  I recommend using an exfoliating shampoo at least once a week, and encourage a great conditioner for hair and scalp.
I really love Aveda's invati exfoliating shampoo.  They've naturally derived salicylic acid from wintergreen to cleanse, exfoliate, and refresh the scalp, with results clinically proven to remove the build up of skin-clogging sebum and other pesky product residues.Millet seed and milk thistle extracts nourish dry, tight scalps and equalize the lipid balance, while a proprietary blend of Ayurvedic herbs invigorate the hair, including turmeric and ginseng.  Smells nice, leaves hair and scalp feeling fresh and free, and makes for a really nice treatment throughout the wintertime, especially.

Rich Rewards
I've used Origins' Rich Rewards intensive moisture treatment for years, especially in the middle of summertime, when you're having fun in the sun and surf.  I also fully recommend this tantalizing treat for those winter weather moments.  Once or twice a week, massage a handful of this rich cream into scalp from roots to ends. Just 5 minutes reaps the rewards. Wheat Protein bonds with strands to restore health. And Vitamins E and A help protect. Plus, the succulent scent of William's Pear raises spirits. Just one use brings back bounce, shine and swing. For more intense repair, work into wet or dry hair and let sit while enjoying a hot chocolate (or cocktail) by the fireplace.

And speaking of hair, keep a dry sheet in your pocket.  After you take your ski cap off, you're bound to experience a bit of static cling.  One pass of the dryer sheet will discharge the electricity, calm your mane, and freshen your fragrance, too!

L'Occitane's shea butter

 Hands.  Your cuticles will dry out.  Your hands will probably be very dry.  The cold, wind, and sun are not your friend when exposed to these elements.  Hydration and protection are very important.  I love L'Occitane en Provence's pure Shea butter.  This 100% natural origin, certified organic Shea Butter is extracted from wild kernels of Shea tree fruits. It is produced in a fair trade agreement with cooperatives of women in Burkina Faso (West Africa). Certified organic and attested fair trade from Ecocert, this irreplaceable beauty balm helps to protect, soften and regenerate dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin. Enriched with antioxidant vitamin E for an extra healthy glow.  Shea butter is naturally water resistant as well, so one application will last you all day.  Discover 50 other ways to use Shea butter.

Speaking of hands, you'll need a good pair of gloves.  Make sure they fit comfortable, aren't too loose or too tight, and keep dexterity.  I look for gloves that are water resistant, especially if you're going to a destination with snow.  And one thing you might not pay attention to but absolutely will adore?  Tech gloves.  Your touch screen devices won't work properly with regular gloves.  Many brands feature special technology in the fingertips, allowing for normal use of your favorite gadgets and gizmos without having to risk frost bite.  Invest in a good pair, and you'll stay warm and functionally normal for years to come.

What're  some of your favorite winter tips and tricks?

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