10 ways to maintain a baby-soft skin this winter.


So, finally, winter has arrived!

We, living in Mumbai, rarely experience chilly winters. With temperatures rarely going below 15 degrees C, winters for us only mean dry skin, static hair, chapped lips, and cracked heels.

While there are solutions for all of these problems, I have realized how sensible it is opting for home treatments through kitchen ingredients rather than splurging on store-bought, branded products or salon treatments that use all kinds of chemicals that further rob away the moisture or even have adverse effects on the skin in the long run.

Sharing today, 10 quick and easy DIY recipes for skincare during winters. Recipes that require ingredients easily found in your kitchen cabinets, which require lesser time to prepare, and which have zero side-effects.




When you have gram flour or chana dal besan, why do you need soaps that are loaded with chemicals? Even those that claim to be moisturizing because they contain glycerine, can rob the moisture off your skin.

Try out this homemade face/body wash.

Take a spoonful of gram flour, yogurt/ milk, and a pinch of turmeric. Mix the ingredients and use it as a face wash, as well as a body wash.



It’s the orange season. So, whenever you buy some, do not throw away the peels. Just place them on a plate to dry out in the sun. Once dried, grind them and refrigerate the powder. It stays for months.

Try out this recipe:

A spoonful of gram flour, curd/milk, and a teaspoon orange peel powder. Mix and use on face and body for a gentle scrub.

Use it once and you will fall in love with your baby soft, supple skin!



You will find shikakai powders at any grocery store or even at a Patanjali store.

For once-a-week body pampering, use this body scrub and see the difference:

Mix 2 tablespoons shikakai powder and some water to make a paste.

Gently scrub your body with this mixture. Wash away thoroughly. Pat dry and feel the smoothness!



Another face scrub that uses sooji, or rava. or semolina and glycerine.

Semolina clears away the dead cells and glycerine is perfect for moisturizing the skin during winter.

Use this scrub once a week:

Mix a tablespoon of semolina and a spoonful glycerine to make a paste that’s not very thin or very thick. Scrub the face gently and wash away immediately.

NOTE: The semolina particles tend to get stuck in the fine facial hair so it’s necessary that you wash your face soon after a quick scrub.



Put the orange peel powder to good use for massaging the face before a scrub. Or, use it to massage the face at bedtime to wake up to pampered skin in the morning!

To a tablespoon of curd/yogurt add a teaspoon of orange peel powder.

Wash your face and neck with plain water. Then, apply the above paste all over your face and neck and gently massage in circular movements for a few minutes.

Wash off with cold water and pat dry. You don’t need to apply moisturizer after this treatment because the curd takes care of your skin better than the moisturizer.

Wash your face the next morning with gram flour and curd/milk, as usual.



Coconut oil is the best moisturizer. It’s cheaper than the branded moisturizers and comes without any chemicals, at all.

Just massage your face and body before bath time.

After the bath, too, take a few drops in your palm, and rub all over your body and face as soon as you dry yourself. This locks in the moisture and keeps your skin soft and nourished.

NOTE: Coconut oil also takes care of rashes, insect bites, stretch marks, dry feet, and cracked heels apart from dry skin.

You don’t even need to look for the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Even the usual refined coconut oil will suffice.

TIP: You can also use coconut oil for shaving your arms and legs, instead of a shaving cream/gel/foam. Coconut oil keeps the skin soft and safeguards it from itching and dryness post-shaving.



Ghee, or clarified butter, is my go-to for any issues I have with dry skin. Apart from being nutritious, it is also one of the best fats that contain essential fatty acids that nourish our skin, body and improve overall health.

Ghee makes a better lip balm for chapped lips than a store-bought lip balm. However much the lip balms may claim to contain essential oils and stuff, they never work as effectively as ghee.

Just a couple of drops of ghee are enough to massage the lips.



Honey is also a good moisturizer, and cream softens dry skin. Together they make for a perfect combo to fight dryness during harsh winters.

To a spoonful of cream, add a spoonful of honey. Mix well and apply to face and neck. Massage gently for a few minutes. Wash off after 10-15 minutes with the gram flour face wash.



It’s during these days of dry winters that your feet suffer badly. There are cracked heels and dry feet that torture us throughout the day if we don’t take good care.

Kokum (mangosteen) butter is a good option for heeling cracked feet. It is an emollient (softens the skin) that gets easily absorbed into the skin and is thus ideal for damaged skin. (Google).

It softens the heels and reduces the cracks with regular applying.

Coconut oil is also a good for cracked heels.

TIP: Scrub your feet with a foot scraper or a pumice stone during your bath. Dry the feet thoroughly. Massage the feet with coconut oil and the heels with Kokum butter. Wear cotton socks. Repeat it at night, too. It takes just a few minutes of scrubbing and Β massaging the feet. Your feet will bless you. Trust me!

TIP: Kokum butter is available at Amazon, India.


Depending upon which area you reside in and the temperatures there, use cold water to wash the face and body.

Cold water does not rob moisture from your skin and saves it from getting dry.

Cold water tightens the pores which keeps them from getting clogged with dirt.

It also improves blood circulation and gives relief from sore muscles.

I know, winters are when one feels like having a leisurely, hot water shower. And, with the chill rising by the day, you can’t even dream of using cold water to wash your hands!

So, instead of cold water, you could try lukewarm water instead of warm or hot water for your bath. You will do a world of good for your skin, and save on electricity, too! ;P

TIP: After a warm water bath, splash your face with cold water. It will help tighten the pores that open up after a warm water bath.


Looking after our skin is essential during every season. Our skin health reflects on our overall health. Using minimum chemicals and maximum natural ingredients for skincare ensures our skin stays soft, radiant and well-looked after, all round the year. All we need to do, is make the time for our skincare, and make the right choice of skin care products.

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Published by shilpagupte

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39 thoughts on “10 ways to maintain a baby-soft skin this winter.

  1. Whoa thats one helluva bang on post Shilpa! I loved all the recipes and some of them are new to me. Not sure if I will find kokum butter but the rest are easy peasy. I had tried the yoghurt and orange peel powder one and it was brilliant. Waiting for it to be a little less cold as putting yoghurt on the face can be painful in winters at night. One question – orange peel powder needs to be refrigerated?

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    1. Our grandmoms were a treasure trove of information Sunita. Sadly, we prefer all the western stuff to beautify us, keep us healthy when everything we need is right here, in our kitchen! πŸ™‚


  2. A winter that rarely falls below 15C? That would be heavenly, but I’m sure your summers must be scorching. The cold weather skin problems are the same in both of our locations. These recipes sound wonderful and I’m tempted to try some if laziness doesn’t win out. πŸ˜‰ Can’t imagine using cold water to wash, though. Brrr! On the other hand, it is good advice and must be rejuvenating. The actress Joan Crawford used to stick her face in a bowl of ice water every morning. πŸ₯Ά Happy New Year, Shilpa!

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    1. Wow! Sticking your face in ice-cold water must be quite something! But I am not going to try that out, at least not now. Maybe in summers.
      Sometimes the temperature goes below 15, too…but those are rare days. That is why I can think of cold water showers. πŸ˜›


  3. Using coconut oil during winters was one of our ‘daadi k nuske’. We used put it out in the sun to melt it rather than using a stove or oven, before using.

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  4. I might actually end up eating most of these ingredients instead of applying on the face. Lol. I found milk powder and honey so moisturizing. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth. Totally agree about coconut oil and stretch marks. During my pregnancy I only used coconut oil to massage my skin. Didn’t get and stretch marks on the stomach 😊 I haven’t heard of kokum, will find out more. Thank you for these natural and great suggestions.

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    1. Haha…true, Raj! I too find these recipes tastier πŸ˜›
      Milk powder and honey…well, first I will just eat some milk powder and then if there is any left I will surely apply it on my face.
      Coconut oil is a miracle!


  5. Wonderful tips all Shilpa . There’s nothing like your own freshly made skin care products to give you the perfect skin.
    As a matter of fact I use the Besan scrub every now and then because I don’t wash my face with soap. It really leaves your skin as soft as a baby’s bottom.


  6. Your skin care recipes took me back to childhood! I used to use besan and milk as a face wash, and I’ve used ghee as lip balm. I’ve started using shikakai and reetha again for washing my hair. It’s good to use natural products instead of harmful chemicals, though sometimes I’m just too lazy to do so! πŸ˜‰

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  7. This is such a valuable resource Shilpa. I love how simple the ideas are with most ingredients right there on our kitchen shelves. I’ve tried some of these ‘recipes’ – orange peel and yoghurt worked wonders for me. That last one though – cold water — oooofff that’s a hard one. Hot water showers are my guilty pleasure although everyone I know has told me how bad it is for hair and skin! Shall give it a shot once January is through.

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  8. Loved the tips. I use besan and turmeric all the year round as a face wash. Don’t have any other one. But yes – some others are new. Will give it a try and thank you for sharing, Shilpa. I am sure you are doing good to a lot of us. πŸ™‚

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  9. I haven’t tried any of these though I know that in Punjab besan and fresh cream are what all girls/ women use for washing their face. Also in Northern winters, one applies mustard oil and sits in the sun before a bath. It stings and smells, but it’s great for the skin.
    Where does one get kokum butter, Shilpa?

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  10. All excellent tips, Shilpa. Haven’t heard of kokum butter though. But you are absolutely right about the versatility of besan and shikakai. What wonderful remedies and cosmetics we have on our kitchen shelves! Thanks for the fantastic recipes. I just love the smell of besan as a skincare ingredient. I have a long list of homemade skincare recipes.

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  11. I am so glad that this post uses healthy DIY ingredients than the store bought stuff. For someone like me who has sensitive skin it’s super hard to find things that don’t make me break out, itch, or flake. All of these DIY remedies sound amazing and I can’t wait to try each one, thank you.

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    1. True, Felicia. Sensitive skin can get further damaged when we use stuff that is loaded with chemicals. It’s best to try out which natural ingredients suit your skin and then go ahead with them.
      Thank you for reading!


  12. I am so glad that this post uses healthy DIY ingredients than the store bought stuff. For someone like me who has sensitive skin it’s super hard to find things that don’t make me break out, itch, or flake. All of these DIY remedies sound amazing and I can’t wait to try each one, thank you.

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  13. thanks that’s much-needed homemade mask n scrub ideas since i reside in north india which is very cold nowadays. i’ve tried honey & milk and black gram with yogurt for de-tanning, besides that i’ve not tried many packs now i’m saving this post to try them out one by one. great work

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  14. We have really cold winters here in Rajasthan and it’s not the perfect weather for skin. So skin care is really important, rather a must. I use besan, curd/milk, turmeric along with orange peel powder as a pack regularly. Have not tried semolina as a scrub. Will check that out. Thanks for sharing, Shilpa.

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