Winter is very harsh on our hands. And if you are just like me stuck in a North, then the last thing you remember is seeing your hands smooth and soft in September, but they turn out dry, rough and chapped by February.
During winter, the humidity in the outside air drops down quickly. Inside is no better, because thanks to indoor heating things are even drier. Winter is also a flu season, so we wash our hands more frequently in order to avoid getting sick. This adds up to destroying whatever natural oils are left in our skin. All of the above leave our hands dehydrated, making them very vulnerable to cracking, peeling, and bleeding.
To treat dry skin, you need to replace the moisture that your skin is missing. Just drinking the water won’t do the magic.
You will need to apply the moisturizer directly onto your skin. It will keep water from evaporating and give your skin a healthy and smooth appearance. Please apply moisturizer at least 5 times a day. Remember to rub the moisturizer over your cuticles and nails as well, because your nails can get dry very quickly as well.
Start moisturizing in advance, don’t wait till the last moment, when your hands become all cracked. Try to prevent the problem.
Get a humidifier
Humidifier is a great help to your skin as well. Just do not forget to clean it regularly to prevent the growth of mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria. These organisms can thrive in standing water that is left inside your humidifier for more than a couple of days
The higher humidity levels will not only moisture your super dry hands, they will also help ease dry itchy skin all over your body (including chapped lips) and soothe a stuffed up nose.
Choose the right soap
Help your skin by choose a mild soap for washing your hands, use warm not hot water, pat your hands dry and apply a moisturizer right away.
The same goes to a dish detergent. Wear gloves to protect your hands while you are washing the dishes.
If you do a ton of washing hands daily due to your profession, consider substituting for a hand-sanitizing gel or wipes. They will still dry out your hands, but they are a little gentler on your skin than soap and water.
Wear gloves or mittens every time you are going out. Make a habit out of it. Even if you just want to get into your car or check on your mail. This is especially important to those, who have a very dry, sensitive and irritated skin. Protect your skin.
Do a Herbal Bath for your hands
Once a week, pamper your hands with a herbal bath or a herbal oil massage. For a bath, use chamomile, nettle, sage, or calendula, steamed in water. Soak your hands in the cooled brew for 10-15 minutes, tap them dry, and apply moisturizer. For a massage, use almond oil with several drops of essential oil of rosemary.
Please your hands with Paraffin Treatment
The warm paraffin moisturizes for healthier looking, softer skin. Paraffin wax treatments are fast-acting and versatile, providing heat therapy for your hands. Paraffin wax is a mineral wax derived from petroleum. It is a soft wax with low melting point, which means that it melts at a temperature cool enough to safely immerse your skin.