As the nip in the air becomes colder and colder I always notice that between the bitterness in the air and the dry heat of the office that my hands begin to suffer. It’s important to be proactive with your handcare – the last thing that you want is cracked, dry hands that feel uncomfortable and tight. Here are some of my hand care tips for Winter.
The first thing to do is wear gloves! I know stating the obvious but sometimes I do just forget to throw a pair in my handbag. So I now have my ‘handbag gloves’ – they are a light pair that are a last resort if I forget my main pair. They are small and light and just cover my hands. These are some of my favourites in stores at the moment;
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
It is so important to keep your hands nice and moisturised to avoid them drying out – once they begin drying out then that is when I think that they begin getting dry and cracked. I am quite the nerd when it comes to handcreams and currently have 4 on rotation….
(1) Soap and Glory Hand Food; This hand cream just smells delicious! It is one of those hand creams that you just makes you want to smell your hands after applying – some people really dislike the scent but I am certainly not one of those people. This is the hand cream that lives in my desk at the office. It’s very pleasant to apply and since I like it I will reapply it. I do find that I need to let it dry in for a moment or so before I go back to typing etc. – it’s not greasy but just takes a moment to sink in. It works perfectly for the office but not hard core enough if my hands are really dry or rough.
(2) Nuxe Reve de Miel hand and Nail Cream; This is the handcream that I used while on holidays and my hands just dried up! I find this absolutely fantastic and it really sorts out my dry hands at the end of the day. For that reason this is the cream that I put on last thing at night before putting on some cotton gloves. I will be honest I get really enthusiastic about wearing cotton gloves and go to bed with them (much to the amusement of my boyfriend), but they are never on in the morning so I am not sure how long I actually wear them for! But this cream at the end of the day really moisturizes my hands without leaving them feeling greasy.
(3) La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream; This is a super light hand cream that has amazing abilities and for that reason this lives in my handbag. Since it is so lightweight it is easy to just put on and then forget about. I do not have the patience to wait for ages for a cream to dry in when I am on the go so this suits me perfectly. I also feel that it lasts for hours on my hands.
(4) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula concentrated hand cream; This is the one that I leave beside the sink and put on before I do any washing up – I always wear rubber gloves and I find that this sinks in well while under the gloves. It is quite thick and I don’t like just putting it on if I am on the go as I find that it doesn’t soak in as fast as the La Roche Posay one does. A little really goes a long way with this cream so don’t go over board- it is effective in small amounts.
Take shorter showers
This may sound like a funny one and trust me after a long cold day there is sometimes nothing that I like more than hopping into a super hot shower but it can strip your skin of lipids which are needed to lock the moisture in. I have read this from multiple sources online but since I am not a Dr. I cannot guarantee this for sure! However, I do find that shorter, slightly cooler showers do help my skin.
During the dry Winter months it is even more important to keep yourself hydrated and keep drinking water. This is something that I struggle with on a daily basis and have to actually have to remember to do! It makes sense that if you want to be more moisturised that you hydrate from the inside out. Although you may not sweat as much outdoors in Winter – you can see water vapour when you breathe out in the freezing air. It is also going to improve not just your hands but your whole body.