During the winter months, wind and cold can inflict damage on your delicate digits and make your hands look weather-beaten and world-weary. To help you combat those ill effects I've put together some advice to help your hands look their best all winter long - no matter how harsh Mother Nature decides to be.
It might seem obvious, but it bears repeating: Gloves are key to protecting the fragile skin of your hands. Even for quick errands outside, you should shield your hands from the elements. Keep a pair in your purse, in case you forget them on your way out the door.
Swap harsh soap for something milder
Trade in your bar soap and keep a mild non-fragrant bath and shower gel beside your sink for hand washing.
It’s a nice change for the colder months, because while bar soaps can strip the skin of moisture, bath and shower gels are richer and can actually add moisture to dry hands.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Moisturizer is crucial to hand care year-round, but in the winter it’s even more important. Regularly apply a good moisturizer throughout the day and after washing your hands. My favourite moisturizer to use in the winter is Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream. This rich formula replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors as it soothes, hydrates and nourishes. Nearly all of the formula (over 98%) is an exclusive blend of skin beneficial moisturizers, humectants, skin conditioners and protectants that offer effective, long-lasting moisturization.
It’s a good idea to keep a small bottle of lotion in your purse or at your desk so you’ll have it available whenever you need it.
A refreshing glass of water may be the last thing on your winter beverage list, but it’s actually one of the times you need water most: Water will keep your body hydrated and counterbalance the drying effect of indoor heating. By drinking water throughout the day, you’ll help your skin stay supple and moist. You might also want to invest in a humidifier to put moisture back into parched indoor air.
Practice between-manicure maintenance.
Nothing beats a great at-home treatment for keeping hands looking their best between manicures.Try this four step at home maintenance manicure:
- File or cut your nails to the same length
- Clean your nail tips thoroughly to make them look really white: Soak them in freshly-squeezed lemon juice for a natural bleaching
- Moisturize using SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream, paying special attention to cuticles and knuckles.
- Finish by buffing with a smooth buffer to make your nails shine like glass.
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