I am entirely convinced that winter is a season better suited to polar bears than to human beings.
Surviving winter is serious business. The harsh winter climes can get you down, and have you feeling like you want to hit pause on life and wake up in sunnier times.
Granted, before I moved to Norway I never gave much thought to what it takes to get through minus degree weather but let’s just say that I have given a lot of mental and pocket real estate to this subject over the past couple of years.
Here is my winter survival guide. A guide to surviving winter, a toolkit to help you survive those long harsh winters, with some of my specific recommendations. Think of this Winter Toolkit as a progression of steps, from head to toe to soul, on your way up to ultimate winter comfort and survival.
1. A class-act lipbalm
Yep, that’s right. The good old chapstick, or variations thereof, makes it to Number 1. There’s nothing more disconcerting than a pair of chapped, peeling lips. You stare at them, try to lick them (if they are yours), or try to kiss them (if there are someone else’s) and just don’t know what to do with them! It feels like your lips are not yours.
So, how do you take back your lips? Here is how. Invest in a superb lipbalm. Apply it generously. For you ladies, it is perfect when the lipstick/lipgloss is moisturising enough that you only need one product. Your face is the first thing people will usually see, keep it in good form.
Talking about faces and first impressions, this brings me to number 2.
2. A rich moisturiser
Let’s stay a while longer on the subject of not wanting to look ashy and dusty. Cold temperatures are very dehydrating, and if you like indulging in the good old alcohol, there is some more dehydration for you there. Just when you’re thinking you’ll take some of that good stuff to warm you up from the inside in these cold months, it is instead dehydrating you too. Most men may not care much about dusty skin but you ladies, you my friends may want to lather up on some good moisturiser, and not just for your face but the whole body too. For my face, I continue to swear by moisturisers from LaRoche Posay and Avene, and Biotherm Antidrying Body Milk for all body moisturising.
Now that your skin is nice and supple, and you don’t look like a moulting snake, it’s time to suit up and here is where all your money is going to go.