How To Care For Your Hands In Cold Season

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Winter is coming! Are your hands crying for help when the cold weather sets in? Well, that’s not weird as the skin on the back of our hands has really few oil glands (their function is to produce serum — our natural skin moisturizer). Therefore, the skin becomes dry and rough. 

Most people don’t change their hand skin routine for the seasons, and it’s a HUGE mistake! Didn’t you mention that your hands become more cracked, the skin more flaking, and lizard when it’s winter outside? Moreover, the dead skin accumulates quicker, which leads to more rough patches all over the hands.  

The reason for this problem is the dry air, artificial heaters that are working unstoppably in a cold season, dishwashing without rubber gloves (your skin gets moisturized and then rapidly dries out). Of course, it can be genetics that makes your skin so dry, but the proper care can solve even this problem. Or some tricky tips that we are going to highlight in this article. 

The first and the main thing during wintertime is wearing gloves or mittens when you are outside. Hence, you protect your skin from drying out and cold air. Along with gloves, use intense hand cream for perfect moisturizing. It has to contain Shea Butter, Green Tea, Vitamins C & E as they have amazing soothing properties. 

To achieve the best result, after your washing chores (in rubber gloves!) apply the cream into your hands, massage the nails and skin around them as well. Don’t forget about the back of your hands and each finger. When purchasing a lotion or a cream, avoid such ingredients as parabens and alcohol. 

COOL tip number 1: moisturize your hands with oil BEFORE taking a bath, not after. In fact, when you apply lotions after bathing on damp skin, it aids in sealing in moisture. But when you massage oils before the relaxing water procedure, you soften your skin. For example, you can use warm sesame oil, olive oil, or pure almond oil. 

COOL tip number 2: if your hands are dark and dry, use 2 tbsp sunflower oil, 3 tbsp coarse sugar, and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Mix everything thoroughly, rub it into your hands, and remove it after 15 minutes of waiting. To achieve softer and brighter skin, do it regularly 3 times per week. 

COOL tip number 3: ancient people (well, not THAT ancient, but those who didn’t have thousands of creams to choose from) took milk baths. Milk itself has wonderful soothing and hydrating properties, exfoliates dead skin, and improves its firmness. Add a cup of warm milk into a pan and soak your hands in there for 10 minutes to soften and improve your overall skin condition.