Promiti Prova Chowdhury
Photos: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo
Winter leaves our skin dry and flaky with harsh wind and lack of moisture in the air--lips, elbows and heels being the worst victims. To fight against this abnormality and stay healthy, there are some products which can come in handy and are cheap.
Lip balm, petroleum jelly and glycerin are products that can be applied to your lips to keep them hydrated and moisturised. However, petroleum jelly and glycerin can be applied to any part of your body to prevent dryness. Lip balms are handy and you can find a range of lip balms at your nearest cosmetic stores. Lip balms rejuvenate and smoothen your lips, at the same time leaving them with a shimmery shine. So for daily use, lip balms can be a healthy substitute for lip gloss. You can carry a lip balm with the flavour of your choice and apply it on your lips after you wash your mouth. The brand 'Chap Lip' comes in four flavours—grape, cherry, raspberry cream and vanilla mint, and costs Taka 60. But if you are willing to spend a bit more for the winter care then brands like La Bello, KA Lip Care, or Vaseline Lip Therapy can be suitable options. La Bello is a German product that comes with jojoba oil and shea butter and will cost you Taka 220. If you are going to a party and have really chapped lips, then you can apply Neutrogena Lip Nutrition which is a soothing mint balm which can help revitilise your lips. You can follow it up with a lip gloss. So let your lips talk, smile and laugh without an itch!
Apply a good amount of petroleum jelly or glycerin on your skin every night before going to sleep, especially on your lips, elbows and heels. This will soften the skin, especially the hardened skins of your elbow and heels. In the morning or while taking shower, soak them in lukewarm water and rub the dirt and dead skins away with a toothbrush. Apply some olive oil in your water before taking a bath. Olive oil works like magic when it comes to skin care therapy for both men and women. It not only works as a wonderful moisturiser and cleanser, but also helps remove blackheads.
There is a broad variety of local brands of petroleum jellies and glycerin available in the market, Tibet and Meril being the dominant ones. These containers are really easy to carry in your bag or purse and range from Taka 16 to 70. A 100 ml of Ponds Moisturising Body Lotion (manufactured in Bangladesh) comes at Taka 80 and the cold cream of the same brand comes at Taka 60. A 100 ml bottle of Meril Revive Lotion will cost you Taka 60. So next time you get out in the chilling dry weather do not forget to carry your perfect winter care kit—your favourite face wash, a small bottle of body lotion/glycerin and a lip balm, and stay moist and radiant all day long.