As we head further into winter, the days will get colder and bundling up will no longer be an option. As I’m sure you have noticed, once the air begins to cool down your skin starts to dry out and look a little worse for wear. Since the skin on the hands is thinner and more delicate than other parts of the body, extra care is needed to keep the skin soft and moisturized throughout the winter. Here are a few simple hand treatments to use the next few months:
Don’t think exfoliation is just for the body! Using a gentle salt or sugar scrub on the hands will soften them up and restore much needed moisture to the delicate skin. To make your own from ingredients in the kitchen, mix ¼ cup of olive oil with 2 tbsp of sea salt or sugar to create a paste. Rub the mixture into the hands, and allow the oil to soak into the skin for at least a minute and then rinse off. You can also find plenty of products to soften hands, including True Blue Spa Just a Minute 60-second Manicure Scrub, found at Bath and Body Works for $12.
A thick hand cream is ideal to use in order to restore moisture into dry, cracked hands. Products that have added ingredients like shea butter or paraffin add moisture to the skin and then lock it in for long lasting benefits. Add lotion to the hands whenever you go outside, after showering or getting hands wet. Carry around a travel sized lotion to keep in the purse, so you are never caught with dry, irritated hands. An exceptional hand cream to try is L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream at Sephora for $10 to $26.
To keep cuticles from getting dry and ragged, cuticle oil is a must-have for the colder months. The oil keeps cuticles soft and healthy, and it also improves nail health with frequent use. Adding cuticle oil to the nails a few times throughout the day and then sealing in the moisture with hand cream will keep both the hands and cuticles healthy during the winter. Sephora has an easy to use Cuticle Care Pen for only $12. Toss it in your purse and apply the oil to the cuticles throughout the day.