Keeping Cosy and Flu Free This Winter

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

If you are anything like me, the slightest hint of a chill in the air will send you diving under the duvet.
I am not a fan of the cold at all and always seem to get a good old dose of the sniffles when the temperature drops.

Ideally in really chilly weather I like to stay snuggled up under a blanket on the sofa, this grey, tartan one is from Heritage of Scotland and is made from Pure Wool. Its also in my family tartan and matches my Cashmere scarf  also from Heritage of Scotland (although everyone mistakes it for fake Burberry) A good hot water bottle is a must! This red one is from Home Bargains, I love the Nordic style Christmas cover, its like a little wooly jumper.
Shearer's Lavender and Neroli candle is a great scent to help wind down and snuggle in. It's a warm mix of spiced citrus and wild lavender. I'm not normally a lavender fan but this is just lovely.

A nice cup of tea makes everything better, during the day I love the Higher Living Green Tea Chai. Its very warming and has a lovely cinnamon taste. Clipper, Snore and Peace is my bedtime tea of choice. I can barely keep my eyes open to finish the cup, this stuff knocks me out completely. I like to add some honey to my tea to help keep sore throats at bay. Other than the odd lemsip, I try to brave out the cold as much as possible. I love Fisherman's Friend's new Honey and Lemon losenges (around 69p from Superdrug) they are good for clearing blocked noses. If I'm feeling a little run down I like to up my vitamins and supplements intake, Berocca Tropical (£6.50 from Medicines2U) are my vitamins of choice as they also give you a little energy boost. I take one of these in a big glass of water in the mornings. I also add around 15 drops of Echinaforce Echinacea Drops (£6.50 from MultiVits) along with it. These are herbal and can help boost the immune system.

If I really have to go out of the house when I'm feeling poorly, there are only three cosmetic products I can work up the courage to use. Firstly I apply a good thick layer of Kiehls Ultra Facial cream £24.00) This was developed for explorers in Greenland to help shield their skin from the harsh cold. Although Glasgow weather is marginally better than Greenland, it still works well and leaves my skin supersoft. My lips always seem to suffer the worst in the cold, I'm never without a tube of Blistex Intensive Moisturiser (£2.30 from Medicines2U) I go though this stuff like there is no tomorrow and its the best product I've found to help chapped lips. Finally, Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19 from Boots) is an absolute lifesaver. It covers dark circles and revives tired eyes wonderfully, I use a lot of this when I'm feeling under the weather.

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