As we move into the winter months you may notice your hands getting a little less silky smooth and more painfully chapped. Dry, chapped hands is a common problem among most people and something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. This skin condition can be embarrassing and sometimes even painful. You wouldn’t let your face go a long period without maintenance so you shouldn’t let this happen to your hands either. Here are a few tips on how to protect your dry hands this winter season Below:
You knew this one was coming. Yes, you need to moisturize your hands daily. But maybe you have and still see no results? This is a common problem among many of us and we often don’t know the type of product to look for. So let’s see what to look for while we cruise down the beauty cosmetics aisle. According to WebMD, there are only two ingredients that are most important in a body lotion. (Emollients and Humectants). Emollients act as a lubricant for the skin, seeping through the nooks and crannies of the cells. Humectant also offers great benefits by sucking in the moisture from the environment and rejuvenating as well as enhancing the water intake in you the skin.
Keep Your Environment Moist
Dried hands obviously come from dry environments, so it makes sense to keep your area you spend the most time in moist. If you own a humidifier, pull it out and turn and on, or if needed, go to your local retail store and purchase one. Portable humidifiers are perfect for people always on the go or for someone who works in a private office setting of their own. In addition, furnace humidifiers work just as well.
Use Mild Soap
According to Livestrong, you should refrain from using harsh soaps on the skin. Harsh soap can often strip the skin of natural oils already stored inside. Instead, use mild soaps for sensitive skin and use warm to cold water. Hot water can suck the moisture out leaving your hands chapped and brittle.
Use Household Items
Taking a drive down to your local retailer has its perks, but what you might have not known is that many of us can use home hold remedies already tucked away in our closets. Here are a just a few tips down below:
You can use a heated glove. Just apply a thick lotion, pull the glove over, and let it sit for a few hours or throughout the night.
Here’s another neat trick. If you have some olive oil stored away in your cabinet, take it out and mix it in with your daily hand cream.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Your entire skin becomes chapped and dried up during the harsh winter season. This is why you need to keep your body replenished and full of fluids. This will not only help your hands, but your entire body as well.
Our hands are one of the most vital parts of our body. After all, we do use them on a daily basis. That’s why it is important to maintain and nourish your skin to prevent such conditions from happening.