Living here in the NE part of the country, we experience all four seasons and right now it’s cold asf. Like, it’s been around the 21-26 degree mark every morning and I’m sick of it. This winter season has definitely been the worst as far as winter blues but I’m pushing through because it’ll be over soon. While I wait for spring to arrive early per Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction, I’m gonna share the things that have been helping me deal with this cold weather.
The Ordinary’s Rosehip Seed Oil
This has replaced my regular moisturizer lately and I’m not even mad at it. I’m not sure of the scientific reasoning behind it but this oil has not clogged my pores and has managed to make my skin look better by using it at night. I picked mine up in-store at Ulta.
Nubian Heritage Shea Butter body lotion
When it gets cold like this I have to leave the thinner lotions behind and switch to a thicker formula. I got this lotion on sale for around $8/bottle from The Vitamin Shoppe and at select Whole Foods. It’s very thick so after I pour some into my hands I have to rub them together for a few seconds before applying to my body. Plus the Shea Butter and frankincense & myrrh scent smells like heaven.
I use the Laneige mask every night before bed and the Bite Beauty Agave Mask (original formula) every morning after I brush my teeth. The Laneige mask leaves a bit of shine and can be used throughout the day in place of or under lipgloss. Bite’s mask is thicker than Vaseline and doesn’t have a shine like the Laneige mask but conditions the lips very well. By the time I finish applying my makeup, the mask has set in and helps to make my lipstick go on smoother.
Candles from Bath & Body Works
Speaking of things smelling like heaven, I only picked up 6 candles and 3 car fresheners during the last big candle sale at Bath & Body Works. All of the scents have been helping me to be a bit more cheery since I do experience seasonal depression. I bought Mahogany Coconut, Pineapple Mango, Midnight Blue Citrus, Mango Mai Tai, and Eucalyptus Spearmint (2). If I had the space to store more at one time, I definitely would’ve purchased more.
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum
When I’m feeling like I need a bit more hydration in my skin, I reach for this serum to apply after toner. It can be used in the morning and at night in addition to moisturizer for those days the air is trying to take any moisture it can find in my skin. Plus it doesn’t disrupt how my makeup is applied, so win-win. Get it from Sephora here.
A knit headband
I got one from Forever 21 a few years ago but never wore it because it wouldn’t fit over my hair in a cute way. Fast forward to December 2019. I had been sporting a super short haircut (1/2 inch all over) all summer and fall and apparently forgot how cold it could get up here. One crisp 25 degree morning, the wind blew so hard that it had me reconsidering my life’s choices. I didn’t want to wear a full on hat because it would’ve messed up the way my hair was laid and remembered I had this thing in my drawer. I ran back in the house to grab it and have been wearing every day ever since. You can find similar ones here and here.
Small fleece blanket
Some days I just want to sit in my chair with a blanket and play Mario Kart and it’s the perfect size for me to do just that. And you know being made of fleece that it’s super warm and cozy so it’s also good if I decide to nap on the couch. I bought this blanket from Old Navy a couple of years ago but you can still find them at Walmart.
So that’s it. Those items have been really instrumental in keeping me in a fairly good mood despite the weather outside. If you also get the winter blues, let me know below what things have been helping you get through this season.