Around the end of September I always look in the mirror and think “why do I always end up looking so terrible in winter – this is fine! I look fine! Even still a bit brown.”
By the end of October, or even by now in fact, I’m always shot to hell. My tan has fallen off, I’ve got a cold, I am spotty and sad and my feet are so dry you could set fire to them.
I have been scrabbling around in the backs of drawers for the tail end of last years’ Emergency Winter Supplies and I was minded to start a conversation about what you need to survive the coming months.
1 This is not a cold and flu thing, but my friend Anne Kelly raised over WhatsApp yesterday the issue of “maskne”, meaning the zits that you get around the mouth and chin area from wearing a mask all the time. If this is happening to you, you need Clinisept. This is a gentle but effective anti-bacterial spray that smells like swimming pools that you can use twice a day on the affected area and it should clear it up in no time. If you are suffering from this also don’t forget to disinfect your phone regularly and change your pillowcase as often as is practical.
2 Zincovit. Chewable orange tablets containing zinc and vitamin C. One a day, every day until Easter.
3 Lansinoh. Okay now you’re like shut up about about the Lansinoh! because I push it on you about twice a year. But in case you have forgotten about it, Lansinoh is the best skin-healing cream available that isn’t, like, prescription only. Sore noses, cracked lips and scraggy cuticles will disappear overnight with a dab of this, keep a tube on your bedside table.
4 Actifed, only available over the counter. My cold has now moved onto the stuffed-up-can’t-breathe stage and if I didn’t have a nightly Actifed, which is a decongestant and a sleeping aid in one, I would be in a much worse state than I already am.
5 Heated eye mask. These Spacemasks are absolutely incredible, really soothing and relaxing, (this is from someone who finds it difficult to relax), and also very good for hydrating the eye area if your eyes are dry or knackered. If the single-use thing bothers you, as it probably should, consider a heatable reusable one. You’ve probably got one somewhere already but if not this one looks fun. You bung it in the microwave and then like down with it on your eyes. It’s really, really worth doing.
6 Vitamin D spray. Because swallowing pills is a bore.
How about you? What’s in your Winter Emergency box?