Winter Hand Care Tips to keep hands soft and nails in good condition:
I often talk about taking extra care of your skin and protecting it from the wind rain and the cold, harsh winter that seems to be quickly heading our way, and while your face deserves special care during the changing of the seasons, your hands require some extra special treatment in the wintertime. Hands are, after all, exposed to the cold and the wind and not only get dry and weathered looking but can get irritated, chapped and sore if you don’t give them at a little extra attention.
The following are some tips for giving your hands some extra care during the winter months:
Wear gloves every time you go outside:
The frosty air and cold winds can dry out hands and the easiest way to protect your hands is to wear gloves. I like to keep a few pairs of gloves, in handy places like in your car and by the front door, so you always have a pair handy. That way you are more likely to pop them on. I also recommend to use the lighter texture gloves, I find if you have the lighter texture gloves, you can easily get out your phone, keys and so on, so you don’t have a million things to juggle if you don’t need to take the gloves off.
Use rubber gloves when doing housework:
I know this is a tricky one, especially if like me, you have a busy house and you have lots of quick jobs on the go, but really housework isn’t just done in the winter so it important to try to put the larger jobs together so you can at least wear the gloves for the tougher jobs. Use gloves especially when cleaning with anything harsh and washing dishes. Overexposure to hot water, let alone harsh surfactants can strip your skin of its natural oils making your hands look dry and chapped.
Add humidity to your home:
Using a humidifier or simply putting a bowl of water near your heaters can add moisture to the air in your house. I like to pop in a few drops of essential oil in the water to fill your home with scents that make you feel better. Orange oil is an anti-depressant, and will energise you to get stuff done, use lavender oil to calm and relax.
Use hand balm every day:
Use the Intensive Hand Balm several times a day to help nourish your hands especially if you’re hands are in water a lot. Keep one in your hand bag to pop on when you are out and about so it has lots of time to soak in and work its magic.
Use a deep moisturising treatment at night:
I have often spoken about our amazing hand treatment in some of my videos. Use the Smoothing Hand Treatment at
night before going to bed and then put on pair of cotton gloves to keep the moisturiser working throughout the night.
You will awake with silky soft hands that look like they never did a bit of work!
Exfoliate your hands:
Our skin regenerates every month but sometimes dry, dead skin doesn’t come off on its own. Exfoliating your skin will help remove the dead skin several times a week. We recommend the Smoothing Scrub and Moisturise, it will get rid of the dead skin cells but yet be gentle enough to not irritate very dry hands and it leaves a silky soft feel. It’s super to use to clean the hands if you have rough work to do like gardening.
Coat your hands with hand balm before taking a bath:
The hand balm will help to protect your hands from the harsh soaps and hot water. Pop on some hand balm before you take your bath and once you finish your bath or shower, apply a little hand balm while your skin is still damp to help lock in moisture.
Always use mild soap or hand wash
with moisturisers to avoid drying out your skin:
We recommend the Intensive Shower Mousse that won’t dry your skin. Keep it by your sink and use it as a softening hand wash to keep hands conditioned.
Lower the temperature of your shower or bath:
Hot water strips the skin of natural oils. Use lukewarm water instead. I know I have a habit of turning up the heat but it really does dry the skin.
We often remember to apply sunscreen to our faces but neglect our hands. Pop on a little SPF 50 on the back of your hands before leaving the house to reduce the chance of dark age spots developing.
Keep your hand balm next to your sink:
It’s easy to pop on your hand balm regularly if you keep it handy. Dab on a little after you wash the dishes or even wash your hands so that the effects of the moisturiser are constant. Keep a hand balm next to your sinks so you can reapply as soon as you dry your hands.