Even though I have lots of potions and lotions all over the place, winter still does a number on my hands. Hand washing, sanitizer, low temps and wind make my hands feel like something carpenters use to smooth wood. But this winter I’ve launched an all out attack on dry hands. Here’s my how-to for baby soft hands.
First things first, don’t ignore your cuticles. Cuticles are a physical barrier that protect your body from infections and bacteria as your nails grow. Keeping them supple and healthy is more than aesthetics. That said, I feel like cuticle care is low on people’s to-do list. The Rose Oil from tenoverten is pretty genius and makes caring for this oft overlooked area easy. The teeny tiny rollerball lets you apply the oil easily, without the fear of spilling. Keep it by your bedside and make it the last thing you do before turning out the lights.
Using a cuticle remover does wonders for overgrown cuticles if getting regular manicures isn’t a part of your routine. And unless you’re using a new orange stick every time (and I bet your aren’t) you’ll want a good stainless steel tool to push them back, one you can easily disinfect before using.
If your hands are seriously dry use an occlusive cream before bed. I love using the HollyBeth Organics Rose Geranium Moisturizer for some extra emollience - the combination of oils and beeswax lock in moisture and keep my hands supple. Even though it’s meant for the face, I sneak it into my hand care routine because dry skin in dry skin. You can also use a heavy shea butter if things are dire, just make sure your alarm is set beforehand so you don’t have to touch your phone or alarm clock after applying it.
For on the go relief the Grown Alchemist hand cream is my savior. It has a fast absorbing formula that’s rich enough to immediately soften but not so rich that I can’t function in the world. It’s the perfect balance which is why I keep one in my purse and one in my car so I always have one nearby.