Our hands are one of the most active body parts. We all want soft and beautiful hands but when it comes to skincare, we care only face and hands are often the most neglected part of our body. Taking care of hands in winter is very essential because this is the season when our hands begin to dry up and appear scaly. The skin of our hands is thin thus most suffered from cold winds. Hence it is important to take care of your hands first and foremost. If your question is- how to treat dry winter hands?
Here are a few Easy Tips to Take Care of Hands:
1. Don’t over wash:
Frequent hand washing with soap can strip natural oils from your skin. Always use a gentle hand wash or a moisturizing soap that contains glycerine or moisturizing ingredients. Always wash your hands with lukewarm water. Don’t over use hand sanitizers because most of them contain alcohol and other hard ingredients that are harsh on the hand skin.
2. Moisturize your hands:
After washing your hands, use a natural hand cream, coconut oil, or Shea butter, to nourish and moisturize the skin of your hands. Almond and olive oil are also good moisturizers, as they keep your hands moisturized for a long time. Always carry a hand moisturizer in your bag, whenever you go outside the home. After a long day don’t forgot to moisturize your hands at night before going to bed. Repeated moisturizing throughout the day nourishes, heals, and protects your hand skin from cold wind.
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3. Wear gloves:
Wearing gloves or protective clothing can be more effective at blocking wind and prevent the hand skin from drying out. Not only in winter season but also it is good to protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves while doing dishes or cleaning up your home, because detergents are very harsh on the skin and your hands cab be rough and dry. Especially in winter, make it a good habit to wear warm gloves every time you go outside.
4. Apply sunscreen on your hands:
Sunscreen is not only important in summer but equally important in winter season also. Hands are exposed to the sun and you need to protect them from UV rays. That’s why hand care during winter demands sunscreen to keep the skin safe.
5. Use lukewarm water and Avoid hand dryers:
Most of us use very hot water to wash hands in winter season. This is the biggest mistake that make our hands skin dry. So, always use cold or lukewarm water while washing your hands. Like hot water automatic dryer (with hot air) strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it dry. So, always opt soft towel for smoother hand skin.
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6. Weekly hand care routine is must:
You can follow a DIY manicure routine to keep your hands soft. For this you can dip your hands in lukewarm water for about 5 minutes. Now use a DIY scrub –
- Take 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder
- Add 6-7 drops of olive oil and few drops of glycerin in it.
- Rub the mixture well on your hands.
It will help to scrub off the dead skin and leave with a fresh skin. Olive oil and glycerine will work as a good moisturizer. After scrubbing pamper your hands with an herbal oil massage.