Dry, cracked, maybe even bleeding hands are more than unattractive.
They hurt! And exposure to the dry indoor heat and cold temperatures of winter will just make it worse.
But you don’t have keep your hands hidden beneath the blankets or behind mittens!
Soothe your dry, chapped hands with these ten quick tips that will do the trick and have you back to holding hands in no time.
1. Wash your hands the right way. One of the causes of dry, chapped hands is exposure to water and soap. But another cause is the dirt and debris your hands are exposed to all day long. Washing your hands the right way can help balance out those two causes, so your hands get clean without stripping all the natural oils from your skin. When you wash, choose a mild soap or even a non-soap cleanser. Once your hands are clean, skip the hot air dryer and pat dry with a towel, napkin, or even toilet paper if necessary. Moisturize immediately.
2. Skip the wash occasionally. If you find yourself washing your hands several times a day – think a dozen or more – buy a hand sanitizer and use that a few times during the day, rather than washing. While they can be drying, alcohol-based hand sanitizers still aren’t as damaging as washing with soap and water that many times.
3. Invest in a humidifier. Odds are good that if your hands are dry and chapped, the rest of your skin is getting there, too. A humidifier will help moisturize every inch of you to alleviate dry skin all over your body. Follow the instructions on keeping it clean in order to maintain your health all winter long.
4. Wear gloves when you go out – and sometimes in. This one may be a no-brainer, but it’s still important. If you’re going for a long walk through the mountains, or just running to the store, make sure you pull on a pair of gloves. Keeping your hands protected from the cold outside will help keep the skin healthy. But remember to wear gloves when you wash dishes or clean house, too. You should be doing that year-round to protect your hands from damage, but it’s especially important during winter.
5. Remember to exfoliate. You probably exfoliate your face. Maybe even your legs and arms. However, most people don’t think about exfoliating their hands. But your hands benefit from a gentle scrubbing just as much as the rest of you. Plus, getting rid of the dead skin will help them absorb moisture – which is key to keeping them soft and supple. You can buy an exfoliant, or just mix sugar with some olive oil until it makes a paste. Smooth it onto your hands and rinse well.
6. Check out the pantry #1. If you think oatmeal is only good for breakfast, think again. Oats have been respected as a skin softener for generations. Add them to warm water and soak chapped hands for 10-15 minutes. For an even more luxurious experience, add warm olive oil to the mix.
7. Check out the pantry #2. So help soften skin, rub vinegar into your hands and cover with cotton gloves for a few hours, or overnight. Be sure to rinse well. And consider other alternatives if your hands are so dry and chapped that they’ve cracked or are bleeding.
8. Check out the pantry #3. The last of the ingredients you probably have in the kitchen, reach for corn starch or baking soda. Dissolve four tablespoons of either into warm, but not hot water. Soak your hands for thirty minutes then pat dry.
9. The overnight sensation. For truly chapped hands, this tip can’t be beat. Slather your hands with petroleum jelly. Wrap them in plastic wrap or a latex glove. Then pull on a soft cotton glove. Now go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, your hands will be smoother and softer already.
10. Embrace the moisturizer. If you’re looking to soothe dry, chapped hands, or if you’re looking to prevent them from ever getting that way, the single most important thing you can do is moisturize. A moisturizing lotion can be your best friend in the cold, winter months. And it’s practically impossible to overdo. Every time you wash your hands – moisturize. Go outside and come back in – moisturize. Before you put gloves on, after you take gloves off, when you’re out of the shower, and before bed – moisturize. And make sure that you find a lotion specially designed to work in the harsh environment of winter, like IncrediCream, so that you can be certain your maximizing every drop!
Summer shouldn’t be the only time you get to show off beautiful soft skin! Get rid of dry, chapped hands all winter long, with these easy tips and IncrediCream.