How To Stay Really Warm In The Winter -- Dealing With Body Moisture

How to dress warm in the winter

   I have discovered that body moisture is to blame for my feet being cold even with the best boots, socks and inserts. Sweat is absorbed by our innermost layers of clothes, and as soon as we are outside this makes us feel really cold. Here are some tips on how to deal with body moisture and stay really toasty:

Put on fresh and dry inner layers:

   I found that putting on fresh socks, cami and leggings before I go out makes a huge difference. I used to think that the stuff that I wore around the house was warmed up by my body, but the truth is that it had absorbed a lot of moisture.
   When I expect to spend a lot of time out of the house, I sometimes bring an extra pair of socks with me to change into halfway.

Talcum powder:

   Sprinkle your feet with it to absorb the excess moisture. Cornstarch or arrowroot based ones work just as well as literal talc.

Moisture-absorbing fabrics:

   Outdoor people say that "cotton kills", because it absorbs moisture easily and then feels soggy. There are two alternatives that will keep you dry: hi-tech outdoor fabrics wick away moisture. The ones meant for sports like skiing are made to wick moisture but are also very breathable and not so warm as the ones meant for activities where you sweat less. Then there is animal wool which can absorb a lot of moisture without feeling wet. Merino and Alpaca are really good, and if you can afford it I heard that Quiviut is amazing.
   These fabrics do an amazing job of wicking away body moisture. Still, they have their limits and so you should take them off latest at the end of the day and let them dry.

Try not to sweat or get wet

  Take off a layer as soon as you feel hot. Don't keep on all your layers when you enter a heated building or vehicle. If it's wet outside make sure you have waterproof shoes and outer layers on.

Keeping your shoes dry

   Shoes absorb a lot of moisture because it's a closed environment in there. Quality shoes that breathe are best. It's a good idea to give shoes time between wears to dry completely. But don't place them near the heater as that damadges them. Crumpled newspaper stuffed into shoes help them dry faster. Wearing two socks on each foot is a great way to protect the shoe from foot sweat -- the moisture stays in the inner socks

  How do you deal with body moisture in the winter? Any tips for constantly cold feet? Or maybe you are lucky enough to live in a place where it doesn't get very cold?
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