Triad -- On days like today, your hands might feel pretty dry and maybe even a little tight. No one likes chapped hands. They can actually start to crack. That can be painful, annoying and can get infected.
Here's what happens. When the air is very dry, it tries to find moisture anywhere- even your skin. It will dry out your hands pretty quickly. Your job is to stop that from happening. Here's how to do it.
- First, drink plenty of water all winter. Hydration starts inside. You realize your need for it in the summer. You may be more likely to skip it in the winter.
- Wear gloves even when it is above freezing. If the air wants to take the moisture from your skin, put up a barrier to keep it in.
- Hand washing can be very drying- especially if you do it a lot. Don't stop washing! Do try to avoid hand sanitizer. It contains alcohol and can be very drying.
- Use a moisturizing soap with olive oil or shea butter.
- Pat your hands dry instead of rubbing them with your towel.
If you're too far gone and already have chapped hands, there's still hope. Just put a little olive oil in your hand- start with about 1/2 a teaspoon and then see what works for you. Add some salt and massage it all over your hands. The salt exfoliates and the olive oil moisturizes. After a minute or so, rinse and wash your hands. Pat them dry and put on moisturizer. Your hands will be the softest they've ever been. I use this one myself. It works!
Here's a recipe to make your own lotion.
- 8 oz. Baby Lotion
- 4 oz. Vitamin E
- 4 oz. Vaseline
Just mix it all together and store it in a container or pump. You will be good through the spring thaw!
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