Get a grip on chapped winter hands
We use our hands for everything.
And we tend to forget this fact.
The other seasons take care of them for us because of the moisture in the air.
But winter reminds us how susceptible they are to wear and tear, roughness and dryness.
In winter, there is virtually no moisture in the air.
Yet you are doing the same tasks and washing your hands with soaps the same number of times every day as in any other season.
In fact you might wash even more often to avoid colds and flus!
So what do you do other than crack, peel and bleed? Or even worse, suffer from fissures, itching, inflammation and eczema?
Relax those clenched fingers.
Enrich Salons tells us.
Drinking water, which you must do, won’t be enough.
You have to keep that water in by not letting it evaporate.
By moisturising from without.
Start moisturising, not just your hands but your cuticles and nails, before the symptoms of winter show up so you nip the problem in the bud.
Do it at least five or six times a day.
Maybe every time you wash your hands?
Use moisturisers that contain emollients and humectants.
Emollients are lubricants that help shed dry skin.
Lanolin, jojoba oil, isopropyl palmitate, propylene glycol linoleate, squalene, and glycerol stearate are what you will be looking for in the ingredients.
Humectants actually draw in environmental moisture into your skin!
Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, propylene glycerol, urea, and lactic acid are what you will be looking for in the ingredients.
If your hands are dryer than usual and crack or bleed, you need thicker moisturisers with therapeutic properties.
Petroleum jelly is the first choice in such cases.
Next is a rich and thick moisturiser containing heavy ingredients like dimethicone, cocoa or shea butter, or beeswax.
Apply generous amounts before going to sleep and keep the goodness in by slipping on a pair of cotton gloves.
The moisturising regime is a must.
But it is also important how you wash your hands during the cold season.
Use a mild soap, warm and not hot or cold water, pat dry, and moisturise immediately.
If you have severe dryness of hands problem, try and replace the washing of hands with a hand sanitizing gel or wipe.
If the dryness still persists, consider consulting a dermatologist.
Think about using a humidifier in your room.
It will hydrate not only your hands but also your entire body.