A brief glance at the runways during Stockholm Fashion Week reveals a profound mastery of winter: Cream-color furs and metallic down coats, expertly designed to resist the country’s cold climate, abound. With that in mind, our thoughts turned to how a little Swedish savvy might help us battle frigid temperatures on our own turf. Enter Kelly Gale, Victoria’s Secret model and Gothenburg native, who looks equally at ease on the beach in Bali as she does drenched in snow by Winter Storm Jonas. Here, Gale shares her five Swedish secrets to beating the cold, from the ultimate all-natural moisturizer to an immunity-boosting energy drink.
You Can’t Go Wrong With a Cult Moisturizer
“My skin gets really dry in the cold, so to keep it soft and hydrated, I spread avocado oil all over my body every day after I shower. I find it works even better than coconut oil! For my lips, which also get very dry, I use Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour cream.”
Try an Immune-Boosting Power Drink
“My go-to drink in the winter to fight colds and flus is about 3.4 ounces of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, lots of cayenne pepper and cinnamon, one lemon, and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. I make it the night before, and drink it first thing every morning on an empty stomach. On top of strengthening your immune system, this concoction also wakes you up, giving you lots of energy, and boosts your metabolism. It’s my power drink!”
There’s Nothing Better Than Hot Yoga
“I absolutely love going to hot yoga in the winter. It feels amazing when you walk there in the cold, and then get into this peaceful, heated room to meditate and stretch.”
Keep Your Internal Temperature Constant
“I always set my apartment temperature to 26 degrees Celsius, or 78 degrees Fahrenheit, so at least I’m fine whenever I’m inside. When I go out, I wear hundreds of layers of clothing to keep myself warm, and I walk fast.”
Plan a Sunny Mid-Winter Escape
“I hate the cold and the best way to fight it is to get away from it [laughs]. I always take a trip someplace warm, and the Caribbean is my favorite place to travel for some sun.”
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