Winter can be very ruthless with your hands. Smooth and silky in September, yes, but everything can change during the cold season, leaving you with what is known as dry winter skin, lasting until February.
The main culprits? The cold and lack of hydration of course. During winter, the air humidity decreases and it can affects multiple parts of your body. Still, since your hands are the ones which get the most ‘damage’.
Considering this, we made a short list with tips on how to protect or get rid of the dry winter skin.
Hydrate. A lot!
Your skin’s barrier is a mixture of proteins, fats and oils, protecting the skin against dehydration and helping them regenerate in the winter. If the barrier is weak, your hands have bigger chances to get dry.
The best method to prevent dry winter skin is to start using a moisturizer before hands start showing signs of dryness, claim specialists. Also, if you apply it frequently, the effects will last longer. 5-6 applications per day will provide non-stop protection.
Keep some cream around
Keep some moisturizing cream around, both at home or over the office, and you will never deal with dry winter skin. Remember that when you rub your hands you should also consider nail and cuticle moisturizing, as they can also become dry!
Choose fragrance-free cream
The best hand cream and body lotions can be found in pharmacies. Dermatologists advise us to take into account two main ingredients when buying such products: emollients and moisturizing agents.
The emollient acts as a lubricant for the skin, filling the cracks between dead cells and leaving enough space for regeneration. Avoid a very fragrant cream, as it may irritate your skin, if you’re more sensitive. Choose, instead, odorless cream, with high moisturizing power.
And there you have it, a few tips in order to avoid dealing with dry winter skin in the next months. Consider them and your hands will be thankful!