Finally, Amazon has arrived in Sweden. Now my expat life can be a little more like my home life with access to thousands of products for retailers of all sizes. I’ll still patronize my favorite local shops.
Here are our Top 10 products* on Amazon for well being during winter in Sweden.
*We’ll earn a commission if you purchase from our links. One product is not available on Amazon and we won’t get a commission. Tusen tack!
Dealing with the darkness.
According to Healthline, sitting in front of a sun lamp within the first hour of waking up every day can improve symptoms of SAD within a few days to a few weeks. A 2009 study found that results may be seen as quickly as 20 minutes into the first session.
Vitamin D 2000 IE
Some research suggests that a vitamin D deficiency might underlie SAD and that supplementing with vitamin D might help. Since it is estimated that more than 70 percent of the U.S. population is D-deficient, Dr. Weil recommends that everyone take a daily supplement of 2,000 IU but notes that higher doses of vitamin D may be needed to effectively treat SAD.
Shea butter packs a powerful moisturizing punch. Shea butter is emollient, meaning it can soak into your skin and create a moisture-sealing barrier. Shea butter properties like stearic, palmitic, and linoleic acids help strengthen this skin barrier to lock in moisture. This one also has lavender oil which is calming.
People may experience dry skin on their face as a result of many factors, including changes in temperature or humidity, using soaps with harsh chemicals, and skin conditions, such as eczema. Avocado is fatty and this cleanser is extra moisturizing. Eucerin is a long time favorite to soothe dry skin.
According to WebMD in some cases, dry cracked feet can lead to infection or make walking painful. Keep feet healthy by marinating cracked heels in petroleum jelly, covering them with plastic wrap, and putting on a pair of socks overnight. You should see improvement in a few days.
**NOT ON AMAZON** The absolute best Hand Repair – Scratch of Sweden Hand & Cuticle Night Repair. This luxurious cream smells edible and a little goes go long way. A set of cotton gloves comes in the box to be used over the cream while sleeping. I slip them under rubber gloves when doing chores.
The main cause of dry winter hair is not the temperature but the lack of moisture in the air. Take care and use moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and oils for dry hair.