If you are a Game of Throne fan like me, you have heard the phrase, “Winter is coming” umpteen times. If you live in the Middle East, like I do, you have waited for the winter to arrive with baited breath. Winters are fun. You wear your sweat shirt, no pressure to tuck your tummy in and festivity & feasts abound when the holiday season arrives.
But with winters come itchy scalp, dry skin, chapped lips, dry & frizzy hair and dry & scrubby feet. As a busy Mom, I don’t get much time to wallow in a beautifully laid out skincare routine, but since I love to take care of myself as much as I take care of my family and my little one, I do stuff here and there to keep my winter care going.
• Hair & Head:
I color my hair. As a result my hair get very dry & may appear damaged especially when the wind is bereft of moisture in winters. This is my tried and tested hair pack. Mix olive oil, castor oil & almond oil . Warm them in the microwave for 10 seconds. Add honey into this mix. Apply it on the scalp, roots of the hair and then massage it along the length. I don’t have a prescribed quantity of the mix, but depending on the length of your hair, mix the oils in 1:1:1ratio and add about 2 teaspoon full of organic honey. I use the Yemeni black honey that I picked up from a farmer’s market. I have purposely not added coconut oil to the mix, because my Grandma says, coconut oil on the scalp in winters can give you head cold. And since I have sinus, I can totally do without it.
Keep it on for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo & apply conditioner. Another quick tip. If you have dry , damaged hair, go for Baby shampoo and conditioner. I am using a green apple one from boots and man! it’s amazing. Another perk of being a Mom, you can flick your baby’s product and smell divine.
I have normal sensitive skin in general, but in winters my cheeks tend to get very dry. I feel it when I smile. So, here’s what I do. As soon as I wake up, I wash my face with a mild cleanser. I am using Himalaya face wash at the moment. Then I dab a generous amount of Bio Oil on my palm and nicely massage it on my face. Yes, this bio oil is magic for us moms. By the time, I make breakfast, get my little one ready for school, this bio oil, nicely moisturizes my skin and then I just rinse my face with water , apply my sunscreen and get out of the house to drop my baby to school in my soft, supple, no make up skin.
The days, I feel like wearing some make up, or if you are a working mom and like some coverage over an above your sunscreen, try this. Use your favorite BB or CC cream and add a drop of coconut oil to it. Rub it on your palm and apply evenly on to your face. Voila, you have nice glowing, smooth face to show the world. And it practically costs pennies but give results as good as some fancy thick moisturiser from some big brand.
Lips get chapped. But they can be made soft & supple in winters. This is how I do it. Rub Cow’s pure Ghee on your belly button & your little one’s before going to bed at night. It mysteriously moisturizes your lips. Also, make sure you replace butter with Cow Ghee this winters. It is a very good fat for your insides too. Thank you Ayurveda.
Then, when you are cooking, take a pinch of white coarse sugar granules, mix 2 drops of lemon juice in it, and rub your lips with it. That’s an awesome lip scrub right there. The dead skin of your lips will disappear and your lips will be good to go even with a slight dab of lip balm. Also, please invest in good quality lipsticks. Bad or expired products on your lips can really dry them, darken them and feed you toxins , you don’t want to ingest.
• Body care
For a full body moisturizing, here’s what I do. I use an in-shower Moroccan argon oil. Then after bath, I slather myself with any of the amazing body butter you can buy from Body shop, or Bath & body works or your own favorite brand. If you are not going out or if you are indoors for weekend, you can also mix some coconut oil, with any aloe Vera gel and apply it generously on your body. It will really take the pigmentation off, and moisturize your skin beautifully.
• Feet care
Get a pedicure every 15 days. Do it for your feet and for your busy mommy mind. As for day to day care, try to wear socks or cozy bedroom slippers at home. There are many foot creams to choose from in the market and I am sure you have your favorites. I like this Scholl heel repair cream . But my favorite product for smooth feet is our good old Vaseline. I apply it generously on my feet at bed time , massage it and put my socks on. I wake up with nice soft heels, every morning
I am no dermatologist or ramp model. I am a mom next door who looks pretty presentable even with limited sleep and without photoshop on most days. So, I hope you like my tips. Because, I will soon be sharing a lot more.
Happy winters & stay awesome!