During winter and early spring, you hardly recognize your hands. Though they were soft and smooth last fall, they’re probably red, chapped, and scaly now. What’s a girl to do?
It’s all about moisture. There isn’t much humidity outside during this time of year, and your home’s heating system zaps all of it inside, too. (Tip: Get a humidifier.)
Plus, although we all wash our hands year-round, we probably wash them a bit more in the colder months, when we’re trying extra hard to ward off colds and flus. (Tip: Use warm, not super-hot, water when washing your hands.)
Skin has its own way of protecting itself, but since everyone is different, some of us are more prone to problems. Here are 3 easy steps to keeping your hands soft all winter long:
1: Moisturize. Once a day is not enough! Apply moisturizer to your hands, nails, and cuticles at least five times every day. This helps your skin build up abarrier to protect it.
2: Moisturize again. Slather hands with moisturizer at bedtime, and cover with cotton gloves so it stays on and really soaks in. Get some cotton socks and try this method for feet, too!
3. Moisturize some more! Keep moisturizer with you wherever you go—on the bedside table, on the bathroom counter, and in the kitchen, and tuck pocket-sized tubes into your purse, gym bag, car, and desk drawer.
For the best benefits and the softest hands, make sure you use an all-natural formula, without synthetic, toxic ingredients that can dry out skin even more. The CO-PUR Hand Balm in the spring Yuzen box is a good place to start—it’s made with only simple, natural ingredients and pure essential oils, and it comes in a handy stick that makes it easy for on-the-go use. (Plus, it smells great!) Check out CO-PUR’s other products at www.co-pur.com.