Whilst the countdown to Christmas is normally centred around festive indulgences such mince pies and mulled wine, things may be looking a little different this year.
It goes without saying that the nation is desperate for a little Christmas cheer but whereas usually at this time of year we would be letting out hair down, we are also recognising the importance of supporting a healthy lifestyle.
We have rounded up a countdown of 12 winter wellness tips and products to help support your health, body and mind in the lead up to the Christmas holidays this year!
Winter Wellness – Single Vitamins for a Multivitamin
Vitamins and minerals work together to support the systems within our body to function as they should. It can be surprising just how many nutrients are involved in keeping us healthy. Although it is always important to try and get your vitamins and minerals from a healthy, balanced diet, that is not always as easy as it sounds. Supplementing your diet with a daily multivitamin is a great way to save whilst supporting your health and immunity this winter in one handy tablet.
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What’s more, you can try Pharmaton Advance Fizz for free [worth £8.99], when you buy Pharmaton Advance Multivitamin and Mineral Capsules – available from Savers and Independent Pharmacies for £9.99, while stocks last. What’s more, you can try Pharmaton Advance Fizz for free [worth £8.99], when you buy Pharmaton Advance Multivitamin and Mineral Capsules – available from Savers and Independent Pharmacies for £9.99, while stocks last.
Winter Wellness – Stay on top of your cholesterol
Benecol spread can help lower your cholesterol in just 2-3 weeks*. So why not try lowering your butter consumption and swapping for a cholesterol lowering spread that contains plant stanols, which is in fact proven to lower cholesterol keep a heart happy diet on track, so you can still enjoy those much beloved roasties – guilt free!
Winter Wellness – How to keep dandruff under control in the winter months
Leading trichologist Dr Stephanie Sey says “The fungus malassezia exists on everyone’s scalp, however some people can have a sensitivity to it which causes dandruff. It’s important to use a treatment with the active ingredient ketoconazole in it, such as Nizoral, as cosmetic shampoos and haircare don’t treat the root cause. You can then use your regular shampoo in between. Ketoconazole is an antifungal agent that stops the growth of the yeast malassezia. Malassezia is a contributing factor to dandruff, so using ketoconazole helps control and effectively treat the cause, as well as the symptoms.”
Nizoral®anti-dandruff Shampoo £5.00 for 60ml, is available from Boots, Superdrug, Amazon. Always read the label.
Winter Wellness – your skin with an ointment
Dr Mary Sommerlad says, “One of the best ways to manage dry, dull skin in the winter is to switch up your facial moisturiser to something a bit heavier. Another tip is to use your ointment as your in shower cleanser; it can clean the skin as it traps any surface dirt but does not dry it out.”
TRY: Cetraben Ointment (£6.99, 120g, Boots). Ointments are more effective than creams for hydrating the skin, especially if you want quick results for dry patches of skin. Cetraben Ointment provides higher levels of hydration for areas of very dry skin and creates a protective barrier.
Winter Wellness – Keep the sore throats at bay
The MGO 70 rating on this Manuka Doctor product is a measurement of its MGO (Methylglyoxal) levels and its other benefit – its antibacterial properties. Simply sipped from a spoon, added to your meal or dissolved in water or perhaps a smoothie, Manuka honey helps calm sore throats. DHA, found in Manuka Bush nectar, undergoes the Maillard reaction to form MGO. Manuka Doctor Manuka honey is certified by the New Zealand government, too.
Originating from the Manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) that’s indigenous to New Zealand, bees pollinate them but also visit other types of plants further away, meaning this product is ‘multifloral’.
Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey MGO 70 500g £19.99
Winter Wellness – For dry skin on your hands (due to high-alcohol sanitisers)
If you suffer with dry skin on your hands you can try Flexitol Hand Balm.
Flexitol hand balm is medically proven to provide effective and long lasting moisturisation for dry skin and mild dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It offers rapid hydration and delivers results in just one day.
Flexitol Hand Balm (£5.29 – Available at Boots)
Winter Wellness – Increase your sunlight exposure
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is also known as ‘winter depression’, as its symptoms are more noticeable during the winter months. SAD can have a significant impact on your day-to-day activities, due to feelings of low mood, irritability and lethargy.
The Beurer TL20 SAD lamp has been specifically designed to allow you to enjoy the simulation of sunlight even during the darkest of months. SAD lamps can be a successful way to combat seasonal affective disorder and low moods. The NHS recommends light therapy as a treatment for SAD. Beurer TL20 SAD lamp £34.99 Was £54.99 and available from Lloyds Pharmacies.
Winter Wellness – Update your first aid kit
The LloydsPharmacy no-contact thermometer has been carefully developed and designed to give you precise and contact free measurements of the forehead. This reusable clinical thermometer has been intended to be used for the intermittent determination of the bodies temperature using both a touch and no touch mode. This thermometer is safe to use on people of all ages.
Winter Wellness – Don’t overheat the house
Paediatric Dermatologist, Dr Jess Felton says “With the colder months approaching it can be easy to find ourselves cranking up the heating but, it’s important to keep an eye on this, as it can effect little ones skin. It’s important to bear in mind, children with eczema often feel itchier when hot, so having a cooler bedroom (as long as their body temperature feels fine) can often help. Having a window open and increasing humidity can improve their sleep when the heating is on. Teaching older children to apply emollient when they feel itchy and gently patting the area instead of scratching can help symptoms.”
Oilatum Daily Junior Head to Toe Wash has been specially developed with dermatologists for use on babies and children with dry skin, and is also suitable for those prone to eczema.
Oilatum Daily Junior Head to Toe Wash, RRP £4.99 for 300ml Available from Boots stores nationwide and online at Boots.com
Winter Wellness – Have a relaxing bedtime bath
Alex Glover, expert nutritionist at Holland & Barrett says: “There are a few things you can do to help unwind in the evening, for example running yourself a warm (not hot) bath or placing a hot water bottle at your feet when you get into bed, which will actually help to lower your core body temperature, which is an important cue to our body that it’s time to sleep. You could also write a “to do” list for the next day which can help organise your thoughts and clear your mind of any distractions.
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Miaroma Lavender has soothing and calming properties that could help you fall asleep. Why not spritz the bedroom with Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Sleep Mist Spray for a soothing ambience or spray it directly on to your pillow? And adding a few drops of Miaroma Lavender Essential Oil to a bath will help you relax.
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Winter Wellness – Give yourself a facial
Give your skin the love it deserves with a naturally powerful and super soft combination of our micro-sonic silicone cleansing technology and SuperNaturals skincare ingredients. Adapt your cleanse to your needs and better control breakouts and blemishes. Reduce excess oils and fight breakouts for more balanced and healthy skin.
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Winter Wellness – Don’t stop using SPF
Sunscreen should be a staple part of your routine no matter the weather or time of year, especially considering up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can still penetrate your skin despite the winter weather being greatly overcast. Bearing this is mind, if there’s one season you want to work harder to prevent dry skin and wrinkles, its winter, so don’t hold back from including an SPF, such as Vitaskin Daily Protect SPF 15 Moisturiser, in your daily skincare routine to help keep your skin radiant. We know the harsh winter weather is incredibly drying and testing on skin however, fortunately, sunscreen has proven anti-aging properties[i].