How To Take Care of Your Hands in Winter
Who doesn’t want to have soft and gorgeous hands during winter? Winter can be pretty harsh for your skin and your hands can become dry and patchy.
Here’s how to protect your hands during winter:
- Always wear gloves during winter. Gloves will protect your hands from getting dry.
- Always carry a hand cream with you and apply it as soon as you notice your hands getting dry.
If you want to have soft, smooth and gorgeous looking hands in winter, then follow our simple tips:
- Mix 1 tbsp. almond oil with 10 gr. Petroleum jelly. Add 2-3 drops of jasmine and rose essential oil and mix. Apply this mixture on your hands every night before going to bed.
- In a tub, add some baby shampoo, 5 mugs tepid water, 7 drops of hydrogen peroxide and 7 drops of ammonia. Dip your hands into the mixture and keep them for 15 minutes. Rinse your hands afterwards. This will make your hands look radiant.
- Buy an apricot hand cream and apply it every night before going to bed. Apricot cream will help you reduce wrinkles and will make your hands soft and smooth.
- If you have extra rough and dry skin, use almond oil every day. Apply it on your hands and then wear cotton gloves on top.
- Make your own hand mask by mixing lemon juice and turmeric. Apply it on your hands, leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. Lemon will remove any dirt and the mixture will make your hands soft.
- If you have dark knuckles, apply milk cream on them. It will lighten the color.
- Make a paste by mixing olive oil and a handful of rose petals and rub the mixture into your hands. Do this 3 times a week and your hands will become shiny and soft.
- Mix 6-7 drops olive oil, few drops of glycerin and 1 tbsp. instant coffee powder to make your own hand scrub. Rub the mixture onto your wet hands. The scrub will remove the dead skin cells and will rejuvenate the skin on your hands.
Wash with a moisturizing hand soap
It’s important to keep your hands clean, but using an antibacterial hand soap can dry out your skin. Instead, wash your hands with a moisturizing soap that contains hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter, olive oil, or aloe vera, to avoid stripping the natural oils from your skin.
Clean under your nails with a nail brush
Even if you wash your hands regularly, there may be dirt and grime under your fingernails that doesn’t rinse away. While you’re washing your hands, use a good quality nail brush to gently scrub beneath your nails and remove any dirt that may be stuck there.
Keep your nails trim and well-shaped
You’ll have an easier time keeping your nails clean if you groom them properly. Use nail clippers to keep them at a length that you like, and file them with a crystal nail file or gentle emery board into a neat shape, such as a square or oval.
Exfoliate your hands weekly
Use a hand scrub once a week to buff away the dry, rough skin and keep your hands soft and healthy. Wet your hands with lukewarm water, and massage a small amount of the scrub over both of your hands, working in circular motions. Rinse it off with warm water, and apply a hand cream.
Apply hand cream regularly
To ensure that your hands stay soft, you should use a hand cream several times a day. Look for a formula that contains emollient ingredients, such as glycerin, shea butter, and natural oils. Massage the cream in after you wash your hands in the morning and before you go to bed at night. If your hands start to feel dry at any point during the day, reapply then as well.
Use vitamin E oil to moisturize your nails
While you should rub your hand cream over your nails to keep them moisturized, it’s also important to target them directly with more intensive treatments. To keep your cuticles healthy, apply a vitamin E oil to the skin around your nails each night before you go to bed. That will help prevent the skin from becoming cracked and painful.
Treat cracks on your hands with an ointment
When your hands become extremely dry, the skin may actually crack and split. To treat this painful type of dry skin, you need more intensive moisture than a regular hand cream can provide. Reach for a rich ointment instead it will deliver moisture and create a barrier over your skin that helps protect and heal.
Treat your hands with a mask weekly
Even if you moisturize your hands daily, they may not get all the moisture that they need. Use a hand mask once a week to deliver a super dose of hydration that keeps the skin on your hands soft and healthy. Apply it to clean, dry hands, and allow it to sit for the specified time on the packaging. Wash it off with warm water, and follow up with a hand cream to lock in the moisture.
Though it’s sometimes quite tempting, itching almost always makes irritated skin worse, so try as hard as you can to avoid it. In addition to further irritating your skin, itching is a great way to cause infections by transferring bacteria from your hands to sore spots on the skin. If you do itch your skin, clean hands are a must to lessen the risk of infection.