Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
First of all, I just wanted to say thank you to Weena Tolin (@weenamarie on twitter!) for helping me come up with this topic! I knew what to write for our last blogpost on Iceland but was stuck on what to write on this one and we just can’t make these beautiful pictures go to waste by not posting it :) We have about 2 more months to travel to countries who are in the height of winter and I know a lot of you must be wondering how you and I from a tropical country like the Philippines (or any country in SEA) can survive the cold! Here are tips on what to bring, what to apply on your skin before, during and after, even what to drink and just over all tips! :)
What To Bring With You:
1. Winter wear. We’ve talked about Uniqlo’s heat tech clothes in two blogposts before this but we also suggest buying a bubble jacket that’s water proof, knee length and hooded. Another one to invest in are wool sweaters. It’s fine if you buy only two or three pieces for a trip of few days since you won’t be sweating at all that an often change of clothe won’t be needed. Unfortunately, the pretty ones you see in high street brands, unless they’ve stated it, aren’t made from real wool! REAL Winter gear is a bit expensive but they’re stuff you can keep reusing every time you go abroad so your money won’t go to waste. Just make sure to store it properly!
2. Winter boots
3. Wool or heat tech gloves
4. Winter socks
6. Head gear – A beanie made from wool is best.
1. Moisturiser, moisturiser and more moisturiser.
3. Lip balm.
4. Moisturising Lotion.
5. Hydrating Mask.
6. Hair Conditioner.
How To Make Your Skin Survive The Cold
1. Our skin naturally gets dry once the temperatures go down and the best way to go about this is to moisturize.
– Use intense moisturizers if you’re dealing with a weather that’s 10 degrees and below. We personally use Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing lotion. We apply this all over our skin after showering in the morning, whenever you feel you need it through out the day and before you sleep.
– Use your regular everyday lotion if you’re dealing with somewhere a bit warmer. Just make sure your skin’s hydrated the whole day.
2. This may sound weird but you need to apply sunblock even during winter time. I read on a magazine article a few years ago that it’s always been a misconception that the UV rays during winter won’t harm your skin but apparently the color of the snow makes it twice as harsh. You can also use moisturizers with SPF just so you won’t bring too much bottles with you.
3. Another part of our body that gets affected when it’s cold are our lips. Make sure to pack lipbalms with you so that it won’t get too dry that it’ll start to bleed. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
4. During the time we were in Iceland, I remember applying a hydrating mask every other day before going to sleep as it’s another way for me to moisturize my skin more. It’s relaxing too and you get that glow when you wake up the next morning! I buy mine from Nature Republic and The Face Shop.
5. You may not wash your hair everyday when you’re somewhere cold and it will feel weird at first because we have to all the time here in the Philippines but when you do, make sure to apply conditioner. Our hair gets dry too from the windy and chilly weather!
What To Drink and Eat
1. Always always keep yourself HYDRATED. Our body actually works double time to keep us warm when we’re somewhere cold so it’s best to drink ALOT of liquids. I like to drink 2 liters of water before a flight so I did this everyday too the whole time I was in Iceland.
2. Vitamin C. To avoid getting sick.
3. Eat regularly. Again, your body works double time!
On Vern: Coat from Korea, Pants from Uniqlo, Sweater from H&M, Shoes from Amazon
On Verniece: Coat from LIGHT IN THE BOX, Turtle neck and pants from Uniqlo, Shoes from Amazon