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Winter Skin Care: Natural Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is here. Two weeks of ignoring my skin because of a tight work schedule, and I realised something had to be done. Due to low humidity, it’s now become unbearably dry. Had to bid adieu to laziness and say hello to a little pampering to my skin. Needless to say that I ain’t the kind who’d engage in long hours of pampering. Something quick, effective and and needless to say chemical-free.

I have mixed skin which is sensitive. And thin scanty hair to boot. So I always have to remind  myself to check product labels for any toxic chemicals that cause more harm than good in the long run. I personally always try to use as many natural, safe and non-toxic personal care products as possible to avoid harming my already sensitive skin and scalp. While I gathered the various natural options that were available to me to treat dry skin it came to me why not write a post that becomes a ready reference guide to you too.  Within just a few weeks of religious skin care routine I can feel the difference. No kidding!!

Here are a few handy tips for you to ensure that your skin does not suffer in winter and continues to stay soft, supple, healthy and nourished through bleak and harsh weather:

1. Moisturise plenty.  Use a good hand and body lotion to moisturise your hands. Pay special attention to the skin near knuckles and elbows since they darken and turn rough because of the extreme dry air.

USDA certified OG Body Organic Body Butter

Full body butter works well on dry darkened elbows and knees. To regain the natural skin colour before the skin darkened, follow these easy steps:

  • Soak in a bath. Use a body scrub to gently cleanse the dead skin.
  • Use a soft towel to tap the skin dry. Do not wipe the water off. Even if a thin layer of water is left on your skin, it’s alright.
  • Apply body butter and hand lotion except on the elbows and knees.
  • On the elbows and knees, use a skin-lightening oil to ensure that they do not darken further and with constant use, they will gradually regain their original colour.
  • Follow up by applying the body butter or moisturising lotion.
2. Acne is a big problem during winter because of dryness. Start with the dictum: 8 glasses of water a day. Filtered tap water is a non-fancy inexpensive way to maintain your body’s water levels. A couple of extra trips to the washroom are better than muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness and other symptoms that manifest themselves when you stop drinking water because it’s cold. Energy drinks, fizzy colas and coffee and tea do not count as fluid suppliers.
To replenish skin that is already damaged, at night, wash up with a mild face wash and apply a facial moisturiser before turning in for the night.
You might want to try an organic Aloe Vera Gel which has natural astringent properties and has multi-purpose uses. Use it like an antiseptic, or a recommend it as an after-shave it soothes and calms the skin without leaving it oily.  To me it’s a must have in my purse.
3. The skin on the lips is very thin. Moisture escapes easily from here. Hence, to keep the moisture sealed inside to prevent chapped lips, apply a lip balm. Do this after bathing when there’s a tiny bit of moisture still present in the skin. You can later apply lip colour over it. Reapply the lip balm as often as your lips need it.   4. Hair also tends to suffer during winter. More than pre-monsoon weeks. Remember to use hair oil before washing with a mild shampoo, and a conditioner after washing.

Rustic Art 100% Natural Aloe Shampoo.It really works!

Tip: Rinse in tepid or cool water for the last two minutes (as cold as you can manage on winter mornings). This traps the moisture in the hair ensuring that it does not turn brittle when it dries out. You can use a scarf to protect hair from drying out in the breeze.

Soulflower: Stress relief oils

5. A perfect way to pamper your skin from top to bottom is to soak in a half hour bubble bath with fragrant oils and soft music. The aromatherapy oils work wonders in relaxing you. Alternately, you can also lavish your skin with an oil massage and then have a long soak in de-stressing bath salts.
Remember to invest in a product that suits your skin type and hair type. Not choosing the right product for your skin and hair may worsen its condition.  More importantly understand what is ‘truly natural’ and I can’t emphasize it enough. Simply stay away from products that have sulphates, parabens and phtalates. Incase this is too much to remember, visit NaturalMantra.com to shop for products for your family that are safe, healthy, non-toxic products. Their team screens product ingredients so you don’t have to. You will find a wide range of natural, organic non-toxic, safe oils, lotions, scrubs, and balms that you can choose from to pamper your skin and hair during the aftermath of winter. Visit NaturalMantra.com for the full list and details of all natural  products.
About NaturalMantra.com In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our mission is to provide the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all in one place delivered to your door! Leave us a comment and connect with us here:
Post contributed by : Ankita Gujar ; About the Author : Ankita Gujar 
Ankita is a graduate in Sociology and Political Science from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The environmental movement has always interested her ever since she was introduced to the water cycle in the 3rd standard. She loves to travel and experience new cultures. At age 21, she first got a taste of “pristine” nature when she backpacked across the Scottish Highlands and she wants her kids to be able to experience that when they grow up to earn their trip across the world. She is also a teacher of languages – English and French. She hopes to make people aware of the advantages of adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle because she wants to be able to pet a tiger and swim with a dolphin when she gets the courage to pet the tiger and gets out of the house to exercise regularly at the pool in her locality and learns to swim…which is going to probably be around 5 decades from today. So help her to pet a tiger and swim with a dolphin. Go Green.


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Green gifting ideas this Diwali from the Farmer’s Market

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The farmers’ market last Sunday (Oct 9) was bustling with many new faces and lots of positive energy. We met a new set of enthusiastic sellers with their equally amazing products. With Diwali less than three weeks away, we wanted to make this post more relevant to you. Taking forward from our previous post on ‘Glimpses from the farmers’ market Oct 2′, we’ve attempted to compile this handy-list, on unique eco-friendly gifting options we saw at the farmers’ market. More importantly, the one’s on this list are all safe, healthy, non-toxic options for your family and friends.

Here’s a list of some unique green gifting options that we bring forth in no particular order.

Gifts for young children:


Wood-free pencils are made out of wastes like plastic bags, thermacol plates, denims using lesser amounts of our natural resources

Notebooks out of recycled paper can be unique gifts not only for the older kids but also for moms

Neat lead-free toys and games makes these a gift that is sure to create an impression about you and your choices

1.  KEC Games and ToysColourful, vibrant, thoughtful, earth-friendly toys and art supplies from KEC Games and Toys. 

We love them because…

These products are made out of products derived from natural materials such a wood, paper, jute, rope, lac. For example,the pencils are not made of wood but waste material like plastic and more. They have some interesting children’s toys that are non-toxic and hence safe for children. Being a mom of a four year old these work as magnets for me. What truly appealed to me is that they have some really  neat traditional games which encourage experiential learning, encouraging creativity, strategic thinking and skill building. It’s a far better option as compared to television and video games.  The added charm about buying these games is that these also support the work of rural artisans and craftsmen by giving them a sustained source of income.

Gifts for women

2. Young Cosmetics with certified organic ingredients

Natural, safe, chemical-free cosmetics with a wide range of colours to suit the Indian skin tone. The ingredients include (ghee) clarified butter, kokum butter (garcinia indica), honey, beeswax

A long shelf life and yippee cruelty free

Young Cosmetics

We love them because…

Young cosmetics range are 100% chemical-free products. Rest assured, these line of products are devoid of any chemicals such as sulphates(SLS), parabens, petroleum based ingredients or any synthetic preservatives, When I read the ingredients on the pack the Young Mango Butter Moisturizer mentioned certified organic ingredients such as clarified butter, kokum butter, honey, beeswax.  Something interesting that stuck a chord was mango butter which has healing and regenerative properties. The icing on the cake, it also protects your skin from harmful sun damage. What I gather here is that I can simply wear this moisturizer on my skin along with a dash of natural lipstick and head out!

Young cosmetics range of products include lipsticks, lip balms, foundation, moisturizer and body lotion. This time consider a safe, chemical-free gifting option.


3.  Gifts for pregnant women and infants

Great little organic goodies to carry in your purse

USDA certified organic herbal teas from mommy and baby

The USDA certified organic Maternity gift baskets

We love them because…

OG Mama’s website says it well  ‘What goes on, goes in’. What we apply on our skin, matters.  Samskara Wellness has a pretty neat basket of organic goodies to offer.  Because it’s certified organic it makes a great quality gift for moms-to-be . The pregnancy gift basket includes a large Organic Belly Butter (236ml), an Organic Lavender  Gentle soap (236ml), a Organic Lavender  Moisture Oil (236ml), an Organic Pregnancy Tea(from Traditional Medicinals), a Hyacinth picture frame all filled in a flower pot.

I particularly was attracted to the organic caffeine-free herbal teas. They are available for:

  • pregnant women
  • breastfeeding moms
  • women to help promote the health of the female system
  • the health of the urinary tract

I picked up the Organic Cran-Acid teas for my mom. We’ll come back with our review in a few weeks.

Neat set of products worth a try.  You will get addicted to these!

4. Unique memorable gifts for your friends. Home Décor


Visiting cards we fell in love with :).

Bees wax filled in empty coconut shells. How cool is that?

You can definitely find something interesting to gift here

Our Lil BitYou’ll get a drift of their unique products once you see their visiting cards.  I sure haven’t seen something like this, ever since I left my high-profile, stressful advertising job.

We love them because:

The products in the Our Lil Bit  outlet come from 15 NGOs who make hundred’s of eco-friendly products. It’s hard to leave them without buying something.  From pen holders to little containers that can be used to keep jewellery, to beeswax candles, recycled pin boards, natural mosquito repellants, organic herbs and a lot more. You will most certainly find something or the other that you can gift this Diwali.  Certainly give this store a try. Their cause is noble as they work to preserve and sustain planet earth as there is no Planet B. 🙂 (Picked this up from their visiting card)

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Beyond the ones we listed above from Day 2 at the Farmer’s Market, this list of eco-friendly gift options is incomplete without the brands we included in our previous blog post: ‘Glimpses from the Farmer’s Market in Mumbai – Oct 2nd’.

6.  Omved

Omved candles comes with a lid for long lasting fragrance.

7. Ecorico dryfruits:

A highly recommended safe, healthy replacement to the traditional dry-fruits, Ecorico’s cashews, apricots and other nuts come in its most raw natural form without the treatment of any harmful chemical pesticides. Because it comes untreated with any kind of chemicals, it has a naturally rich taste.  The difference is that obvious. Try them to get addicted!

Ecorico certified organic nuts: A healthier substitute for the traditional dried fruits your find in the markets

One of my personal favorite gifting options from Ecorico

Eco-friendly Fashion :

8. No Nasties

T-shirts that lead a movement.


Gift a Service 🙂

9. Healthy organic dabba service under the guidance of Kavita Mukhi : Sahi Tiffin

Sahi Tiffin: Nutritious healthy organic meals under Kavita Mukhi's nutrition guidelines

Have a friend, husband, wife who needs nutritious organic food? Try Sahi Tiffin services at Rs. 950 per week. Call them at 9819865135 for more information.

To conclude…

We certainly hope that you have a few extra meaningful gifting options to consider this Diwali. Make it a sustainable, eco-friendly, less polluting Diwali.  We are fast working to get our online store up so that you can find products that are healthy, safe, non-toxic and sustainable at the click of a button.  We’re working to making eco-friendly living easy, affordable and convenient.

To view more photos from the farmers market please do visit the album on facebook.com/naturalmantra .

If you visited this farmers’ market or a market in your locality, please share your experiences with us. We’d love to hear from you :) . Leave us a comment or connect with us here:

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Disclaimer:  The views expressed are that of the author alone based on my personal experience at the market.  

About the author: Tina is the mother of a beautiful, curious 4 year old girl. She returned to India early this year after living the San Jose, California, USA for over 5 years. She strives hard to reduce, reuse and buy products that are natural, organic and more importantly sustainable.  She is also a social media professional in a leading social media agency in India, a professional children’s photographer, and supports the movement towards a sustainable future for our planet. Connect with her on tinadatta23@gmail.com.