Healing dry hands
Dry hands are one of winter’s most unpleasant side effects. Our hands are often exposed to the elements; not only the bone-chilling winter wind but detergents, harsh ingredients, garden work and even sport all take a toll on the skin of our hands.
A couple of easy-to-follow, practical tips for protecting our hands from parchment are:
- Wear gloves to prevent contact with products that may dehydrate the skin.
- A significant number of women may find they are allergic to latex gloves. If gloves are not a viable option, remember that the faster you get an emollient moisturiser on your hands after washing, and the longer you can keep it on, the better.
- Any good emollient moisturiser will work – it does not have to be labelled “hand cream” to soothe dry skin on the hands.
- It is a good idea to keep small tubes of moisturiser around the house, including near the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, at the bedside, and in the garage. Keeping hand-cram in your car, purse, briefcase, and desk drawer is also a way to ensure that those hands are never without moisturiser.
For those of us who are still shopping around for a great hand moisturiser, the following three products come highly recommended:
- Nivea’s Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream: is easily absorbed and leaves the hands feeling silkier.
- Body Shop Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream: smells yum and leaves skin feeling supple.
- Atrixo Enriched Moisturising Cream: a rich cream that sooths cracked skin.
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