Your Crash Course To Winter Survival
Posted on 09 January 2017
Maybe it's because the holiday cheer seems already that far away. Or maybe it's that end of year hangover you're still nursing or the thought of all the shiny new resolutions you've vowed to keep. Whatever the reason, it certainly does feel like Winter Is Here and finally around to stay. Don't worry — we've rounded up our go-to tricks and tips for you to kick that seasonal blues off the curb.
Tea is your best friend. Whether you're British or not, a hot brew always saves the day (even more so if you're snuggled by a roaring fire). Take a leaf out of Asian tea drinkers' book: ancient ceremonies exist in China, Japan and Korea that transform simple tea drinking into a contemplative and almost meditative experience. Try a bit of South African Rooiboos, known for its numerous health benefits and for being completely caffeine free (it's detox season, after all). Or a fragrant Chinese Chrysanthemum Tea complete with rock sugar and wolfberries.
Shivering still? Take a luxurious bath. Pack it with essential oils and epsom salts. Sit back relax and let the steam work its magic (improvised sauna!). Once your skin has softened, use a dry brush or an exfoliation glove to quite literally buff off dead skin using circular motions, working your way up your body. Finish up with copious amounts of moisturiser and a hydrating sheetmask for a home spa experience. We love the Cremorlab White Bloom Triple Bright Floral Mask for an immediate plumping and brightening effect.
If your skin needs further rescuing from dullness and flakiness, it's time to bring out the big guns. Aromatica's Rose Absolute Serum is an all-natural, vegan treatment that uses rose oil and herbal extracts to transform your face into a silky smooth canvas. Feeling adventurous? Say goodbye to red, chapped and generally angry skin using the All-In-One Snail Repair Cream, which is formulated with 92% snail mucin.
Still having a nasty case of the blues? A piping hot plate of winter comfort food in front of a feel-good movie may be even more effective than a warm hug! We love the Hemsley and Hemsley Cottage Pie recipe and Deliciously Ella's Butternut Squash, Bean and Quinoa Stew for a hearty yet healthy meal. As for the movie? We're into the good old classics - rumour on the street is that My Best Friend's Wedding is finally on Netflix...