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Tips For Taking Care Of Your Hands This Winter

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Published: 28 Nov 2012      

If the eyes are a window to our souls, our hands can be a dead giveaway to our age. They need special care of their own and this is most apparent in winter. Cold, windy weather as well as dry indoor heat can really dehydrate your skin in the wintertime. And though many worry most about the skin on their faces, you shouldn't neglect your hands either.

Follow these tips to take care of your hands in the winter.

For smooth hands:

Smoothness hands is the first step to begin with the care of hands:

  • Make a habit of wearing gloves every time you go outside. Even if you are out for just a few minutes, the elements can do some damage. Also, be sure to always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes and doing other household cleaning. The hot water and chemicals in detergents and cleaners can dehydrate and damage your hands.
  • Humidify the air in your house. You can use an actual humidifier or just place a saucer of water near your heater. The extra moisture in the air will help stop the dry heat from drying out your skin, including your hands.
  • You can also take a massage of olive oil on your hands and nails. After taking a massage of olive oil, put on gloves and wait for 20 minutes you will feel softness in your hands.
  • Dipping your hands in warm water with mild soap that contains extracts of olive oil or almond and then dry hands and nails. Wet a towel with hot water and wrap your hands until it cools.

Moisturise:

Good moisturisers can help prevent or treat dry skin on your hands. They hold that needed water in the outer layer of skin, making your hands smoother and softer. They also help your outer skin act as a temporary protective shield. Many people like to use some sort of water based lotion, but that may not be the best choice. Lotions may make your hands feel great at first, but the water will evaporate quickly, drying your skin anew.

Creams are thicker and longer lasting than lotions. Most creams are water based, but folks with extremely dry skin may want to use an oil based cream. Oil will hold water inside your skin longer, but the cream will leave a residue on your hands.

When choosing a moisturiser for daily use, make sure you read the ingredients:

  • Humectants such as glycerin, alpha hydroxy acids and urea actually draw moisture from the air around you into your skin. They don't work if the air is dry.
  • Emollients get into the spaces between the cells on the outer layer of skin. They replace oils that have been washed away to make the skin smoother. Emollients may be primarily water- or oil-based.