Glowing Winter skin – The Grandma's way!

  shutterstock_156943508 Winters are a special season for me. I remember waking up to the smell of Nani’s (grandma) wood fire stove and hot milk, in a large cauldron, steaming up the kitchen. And there she would be dressed in a simple sari, glowing in the warmth of the fire. Her skin always glowed. To all my skin woes, at 16, her answer would be short and crisp, “Put some ghee” or “put some turmeric” or “put mustard oil” or “Tamater khao". 'Eww' was my standard reply to all of hers! I was sixteen, a modern girl! Modern, smart girls don’t put all that gunk on their face. Puhhhlease, Nani you are so old! Life in fierce winters abroad and endless skin and hair issues drove me to the end of my patience with the cosmetics meant for dry-winter skin. With little results from them, I decided to take on some of Nani’s old eww suggestions. And they worked! I can bet you she must have done a happy, slow twirl in heaven to see me finally vanquished. Sigh. I learnt a lot about skin and hair care from her. She was my grandfather’s second wife and devoted her life to staying pretty! She dressed beautifully, always prim and proper in her gorgeous sarees, jewellery and bindi. In her words, “Beta, Nana ji ki aankhen sirf meri orr honi chahiyae” (Your grandfather should have eyes only for me), and they did.  I share with you some of her secret recipes and ingredients that she used to keep her skin radiant and soft despite the fierce Nainital winters. A face that leads a thousand ships: this winter, keep it radiant! 1. Hydrate your skin with pure cow ghee: Take a little dollop of ghee and mix in half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently rub it in circular motion on cleansed skin covering the face, neck and decollate. Massage for 5 mins and wash with warm water and a gentle soap like Dove. Avoid using  facewash. 2. Clarify the skin with Besan, cream, turmeric and un-boiled milk: Milk in 2 tbsp besan (gram flour) with 1 tbsp cream, a pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of un-boiled milk. Apply on cleansed skin and keep for 20 mins. Wet your finger tips with warm water and gently remove the pack by rubbing it in a circular motion. Wash with warm water and moisturize. shutterstock_258025796 3. Smooth lips: Lips need special care in winters as they get chapped and dry easily. The best trick is to avoid completely licking the lips. Licking expedites dehydrating the sensitive skin. Non-scented Vaseline balms are a good carry along and applied frequently. What also works magic for smooth lips is to gently exfoliate them with a mix of olive oil and fine sugar. Just two minutes gently and wash off. It helps rejuvenate the skin removing dead skin and getting fresh skin over. You can do this almost daily! 4. Tan free: You can soak in the sun fearlessly with this night care, of course don’t forget the sunscreen. Make a mix of half cup pure rosewater, quarter cup glycerin, 3 tbsp mulethi (licorice) powder and 10 drops of rose oil. You can mix and store it in a sterilized jar or make a fresh batch every time. For me its convenient to make a batch for a month. Apply this gently on cleansed and scrubbed skin. You can keep it on overnight too and wash in the morning. If that doesn’t work you then keep for 30 mins and wash off with warm water. Applying a good night cream after this is a good idea. Sunscreen! My Naani had no sunscreen in her skin routine but she never left the house without an umbrella. She would be often teased for it but she stuck to it. I am not sure if she understood that the sun was harmful to the skin or she did it out of intuition. In her own words, she would say, “dhoop mein meri shakal jhoolus jaati hai” (the sun dries up and burns my skin). Protecting her skin from the direct rays of the skin helped her skin stay young and blemish free till the ripe age of 80. How is that for precaution? Wow, isn’t it. Here is a skin protocol that one must follow to keep your skin young. UV rays are extremely damaging to the skin, they accelerate ageing as well as cause scarring and blemishes. In winters, our skin is more prone to sun damage as we tend to seek the warmth of the sun and avoid using umbrella or sun shade. Sun damage shows up on our skin as blemishes, pigmentation, wrinkles and dullness. 
  • Don’t step out in the sun without a hat and glasses
  • The sunscreen application protocol is: The moment you wake up, wash and apply sunscreen. If you are going to be indoors, repeat at 8/9, then at 1pm, then at 3pm, and at 5 pm. If you are going to be outdoors, repeat every 2 hours covering the entire face and hands.
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  shutterstock_482848822 1. Exfoliate: Scrubbing your skin is important and immensely helpful in winters. Exfoliation helps in removing dead skin, encouraging quick cell replenishment, moving the lymph and keeping the skin healthy. You can make your scrub at home for maximum benefit- great ingredients and no chemicals.  Take half a cup of finely ground walnuts and almonds, add a quarter cup of pure coconut oil, 10 drops of unboiled milk and a pinch of turmeric. Make to wet sand consistency and scrub the whole body using a circular motion with your fingertips. 2. Hydrate: you can help your skin hydrated by using tepid water as opposed to a hot bath. Further to that lathering on a good body oil is the best way to keep the skin soothed and moisturised. Here is a trick that, you guessed it right, my Nani showed me cause I hated oil on my body. I was a novice sixteen remember? After your bath smooth over a bit of bath oil all over the body with special rubbing in at the feet and hands or other especially dry areas. Rinse through with warm water- what this does is, it washed away the stickiness and extra oil! Super smooth trick for a super smooth skin this winter! 3. Preserve: Among all the tricks she taught me, she swore her eternally pink lips were because she always, always, always, always (not done yet) always, always massaged her belly button with mustard oil before bath. If you are gawking at this, stop. I have gawked enough at it till a skiing trip left me with bleeding lips. What did I do? Pronto-to-Nani's-scoffed-at-tips!  And lo and behold it worked. Like it always does. ( gosh I miss her more imaging her do her happy twirl seeing me now ) That’s all that I am sharing today! Writing about beauty sends me to this special place where I remember my childhood and my beautiful, kind Nani telling me things which I thought were just so much of her imagination. Well, turns out it was her imagination stemming from a keen understanding of skin, hair and body. I have her to thank for every happy client I have ever served. For more from us and for help in your pursuit of great skin and hair and body, do please connect via our app Grow Fit, at Google Play or App Store. We offer a wide range of expert services and can help you in your journey of great nutrition, skincare and mental wellness.

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