Not all of us like the winters. Well, some of us surely love that cold wind blowing outside and the chills down our spine while playing in the snow-covered meadows, but sometimes, winters can be annoying too. With all those bulky coats and seasonal colds that make us suffer from headaches and a sore throat obviously don’t make winters to always look forward to. Most of us believe that we must and must not do certain things when winter comes, but some of them are not all true. There are cold weather myths and popular winter wellness beliefs that are just wrong, and we must stop believing in them now. Read below to find out which of the five cold weather myths are busted and must be forgotten by us.
Myth 1: No Sunscreen Required In Winter
Who said that you don’t need to wear sunscreen during winters? Sunscreen must be worn all throughout the year, and in fact, especially in winters. The earth’s surface is closer to the sun during the months of winter than in summer. This means that during winter, we are more exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. It has also been found that both snow and ice can reflect up to as much as 80% of the harmful UV rays of the sun, which means that these rays hit your skin twice as in summer. So, it is extremely important that you wear sunscreen in winters too. This will prevent your skin from many skin problems and help you retain soft and supple skin during winter.
Myth 2: No Exercising In The Cold
If you are still in the belief that in cold temperatures, you don’t need to exercise, you are wrong. During the winters, the race times are usually faster than in summers as you don’t feel tired as often as in the summers. It has also been found that the quicker pace in winter burns more calories in less time than in the hot and humid months. You sweat less due to the low temperature, not because you burn no or less calories. From now on, continue your daily exercise routine even when the wintry air blows.
Myth 3: Allergies Go Away When Winter Comes
It has been noted that at least one in five people suffer from indoor or outdoor allergies. The indoor allergies have found to worsen during the winters and the myth that allergies go away when winter comes is not at all true. So, if you suffer from an indoor allergy and take medicines for that, keep your medicines handy during the winter months as well.
Myth 4: Vitamin C Prevents Cold And Cough
It has been always believed that vitamin C prevents us from catching a cold or suffer from cough. This is not true at all. In fact, it has been found that vitamin C is only helpful in shortening the length and severity of a cold. When you suffer from a cold, a regular dose of vitamin C can only help you recover from the irritating cold you are already suffering from.
Myth 5: Drinking Alcohol Warms The Body Up
Most of us believe that drinking alcohol warms up our bodies, but this is completely negated. It has only been found that alcohol causes the blood in our bodies to rush to the skin and away from most of the internal organs. This means that the core temperature of our bodies actually drops when we drink alcohol. This means that there is no such proof that alcohol can help us not to shiver during the cold, wintry months.