Are you part of the always-cold-brigade? I am. My feet are always icy, my fingers are always pale and will ache and turn numb as soon as they hit cold air. I sit at my desk with a blanket around my shoulders and at night, if my husband comes to bed after me he has to wrestle the duvet out of the sleeping bag-style wrap I’ve arranged it into, only to find me shivering within and ready to plant my frosty toes on his warm back (evil laugh).
In my early 20s, when I has barely an ounce of insulating fat, I could be found in my room, heating on full blast, huddled in front of a fan heater with my uni text books, just trying to keep warm enough to concentrate.
All sounding familiar? I think a lot of you will be nodding, but fret not, for I’ve found an amazing saviour and it is an absolute godsend that I think those with similar chilly tales of woe will love.
HotHands make little magic pads that warm up quickly after you take them out of the pack and stay warm for 10 hours. Ok, they’re not really magic, it’s a chemical reaction that commences when they’re exposed to air, but they are amazing and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
The Hand Warmers are absolutely gorgeous to place in your coat pockets on the morning school run. They keep your hands toasty and amazingly, when you pop your coat back on for the end-of-day school run, they’re still warm. They give off quite a lot of heat – almost hot, but not so much as to be uncomfortable – and they make a huge difference to my comfort levels because it’s much easier to keep your hands warm than it is to rewarm a frozen hand.
There’s also a children’s version, Hand and Pocket Warmers, which hold heat for up to 12 hours and are great to place in their pockets for the school run. They take 15-30 minutes to warm up, so I recommend doing a test the first time you use them to make sure you/your child can tolerate the heat when it reaches its maximum. You should also periodically check them when in use to ensure they don’t overheat the skin.
For me, though, the most exciting pouches in the range are not for use on your hands, they’re Foot Warmers. OH MY GOODNESS! They are amazing. You peel off the sticky backs and adhere them to your socks (not directly to your skin) and they keep your toes warm for up to 8 hours. Wearing them on the school run is bliss, and I think if I keep using them whenever I’m out, I might actually avoid chill blains this year. That would be amazing.
I know they’re just little warming pads but I promise you, habitual use of these little beauties has made a huge difference to my comfort levels this winter and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Have a watch of this vid because it’s pretty much exactly how I reacted – it’s a real what the whaaaat?” moment, especially when they find out how hot they feel, how long they last, and that they’re only £1 for two (or even less if you buy in bulk).
Have a cosy winter!
This is a commissioned post for Hot Hands, but all opinions are my own, and I’ve just bulk bought a whole load of foot warmers to get me through winter because not having painfully cold toes is amazing.