By Wendy Castellanos


No matter where you’re at (geographically speaking), you’re bound to experience some winter woes. Yes, even in Los Cabos, I suffer from dry skin. Check out my tips for surviving winter woes.

Soothe Dry Hands

Try It: Make your own scrub and moisturizer:

Mix brown sugar and coconut oil together. Scrub your hands (and feet too!). Then before you go to bed, lather coconut oil onto your hands. Cover them with a pair of loose mittens or socks to retain the moisture and keep your sheets clean. Bonus Tip: On cold nights, warm it up before you apply it. It will keep you warm and allow for more absorption. You can even buy coconut oil in bulk at Costco! 


Buy It: Laura Mercier 'Almond Coconut Milk' Hand Crème, $18

Banish Dry Lips

Try It: Make your own lip scrub:

  • 2 teaspoons sugar (any kind: raw sugar, brown sugar, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil

Create a paste by mixing everything together. Massage onto your lips to gently slough off dry skin. Rinse with warm water and add your favorite lip balm. Bonus Tip: Add a bit of cinnamon to plump up your lips.


Buy It: Jo Malone™ 'Vitamin E' Lip Conditioner, $27


Release Tension Headaches

Try It: Make a neck wrap:

  • Tube sock or knee sock (you can buy a really cute printed one or steal one of your husband’s mismatched work socks)
  • 2 ½ cups white rice
  • Essential Oil (preferably lavender)

Mix rice with about 20 drops of essential oil. Use a spoon to fill the sock with rice. Leave enough room at the top of the sock to tie it into a knot. Microwave it for 1-2 minutes and then wrap it around your neck to release any tension.


Buy It: Herbal Hot/Cold Neck Wrap, $19.99

Tame Dry Tresses

Try It: Make a Hair Moisturizer

Mix equal parts honey and coconut oil. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 15 seconds. Apply to your scalp right away. You’re going to love the smell!


Buy It: SheaMoisture Lavender & Wild Orchid Dry Oil Mist, $8.99


Ditch Winter Blues

Try It: Meditate.

Create a peaceful atmosphere by lighting your favorite scented candles. Sit in a relaxed position and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing and empty your mind. Visualize yourself enjoying all the wonderful things that winter has to offer, like a beautiful snow day, peaceful snowflakes, or a crackling fire. Bonus Tip: Check out 5 Habits to Being Your Happiest Self and Simple Self-Care Tips for more great ways to beat the blues.


Buy It: Book a trip to somewhere tropical.

Better yet, come visit me in Cabo San Lucas!


What are some of your favorite remedies to beat the winter woes? Share your AMIGA wisdom by commenting below.

Wendy Castellanos is the VP of Communications for AMIGA. She lives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where she is a proud wife to her husband, Eli, and a proud mom to her son, Max Elliott. She is passionate about immigration reform and enjoys spending time with her families in Seattle, WA and Mexico City, Mexico.