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.
DIY SKINCARE TIPS FOR WINTER:
1. EVERY DAY FACE/BODY WASH:
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.
2. SKIN BRIGHTENING FACE 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!
3. EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB::
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!
4. GENTLE EXFOLIATING FACE SCRUB:
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.
5. SKIN GLOWING FACE MASSAGE:
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.
6. COCONUT OIL FACE AND BODY MASSAGE
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.
7 HOMEMADE LIP BALM:
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.
8. SKIN SOFTENING FACE MASSAGE:
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.
9. FOOT CARE REMEDY:
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 massaging the feet. Your feet will bless you. Trust me!
TIP: Kokum butter is available at Amazon, India.
10. COLD WATER FOR FACE AND BODY WASH
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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