Cold Weather Handbag Essentials
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Now that the weather has become colder, I've been switching out a few things in my handbag to help combat the change in seasons and the gloomy weather. While I love autumn and winter, they can definitely be a bit taxing if you're caught unprepared. There are a few items I always keep in my purse to help me take on chilly days, and they've become an absolutely essential part of staying sane this time of year.
One of the biggest things I struggle with during this season is dry lips and cold sores. I've never really talked about it much before, but I've actually been suffering from cold sores ever since I was a teenager. They seem to flair up more often in the fall and winter, mostly due to seasonal stress and sickness (curse you, flu virus). I used to feel really embarrassed whenever I'd get a cold sore, but after doing some research I found out that they're actually way more common than I thought. 50-80% of US adults also suffer from cold sores, so I'm definitely in the majority and don't have to feel so alone anymore.
Luckily, I've discovered a little gem of a product called Herpecin L that has completely changed my life (and my lips). While not the most glamorous of products, I wouldn't be caught dead without it, especially during this time of year. Herpecin L is a medicated lip balm that not only soothes and heals cold sores, but it also provides intense hydration to the lips to help protect them from becoming dry and chapped. It's a very soothing, moisturizing balm, and I love that it doesn't smell or burn/tingle like other medicated balms I've tried. This very easily fits into my makeup bag, so I'm able to take it everywhere with me and never have to worry about forgetting it. Along with healing and hydrating, this balm also protects the lips from getting sunburned (something you still have to worry about in fall and winter, even with cloud cover). Really, why wouldn't I use a product like this? I think everybody should have a tube on them because it's just so useful.
Besides my lips, my skin also gets extremely dry when it becomes cold outside. I'm guessing it has something to do with the drastic switch from central heating to freezing air whenever I step foot outside my house, but whatever the case may be, my skin just does not like it. I usually have a hand cream in my bag most days, but once fall hits I like to either add a little face lotion to my purse or switch to some sort of cream that is light and neutral enough to be used on both my hands and face. This always works in a pinch when I forget to apply moisturizer or primer before makeup.
This one may seem a bit odd, but it's actually a little trick that I swear by. As soon as the air becomes cold and dry outside, static electricity wages war on my already frizzy hair. To combat this, I like to keep some bobby pins on hand to help tame flyaways and keep everything in place. I usually have a little bag of them in my purse for the odd hair disaster, and really prefer the thicker/wide pins because they feel more sturdy and seem to grip better in my hair.
Nothing's worse than being caught outdoors in a rainstorm or freezing wind without some sort of covering. I like to keep warm accessories in my bag like a blanket scarf, knitted beanie, or fingerless gloves in case the weather turns colder than it was when I first left my house. I suggest accessories that are light so they don't take up too much room in your purse, and materials like wool and flannel are great for feeling thin while still keeping in the heat.
My final cold weather essential is, again, not very fancy, but absolutely crucial for my comfort. Since I wear contacts, my eyes already tend to get a little dry from time to time. Add in a cold, windy day, and forget it. My eyes will be burning, stinging, and red after just a few minutes outdoors. Because of this, I try to keep a bottle (or several) of eye drops in my possession at all times. I usually have a few bottles spread around places I frequent - home, car, purse, etc - so I'm never caught without it.
What are your handbag essentials for the chilly season?