Winter calls for special attention to the skin on our hands because they are constantly battling freezing temperatures and biting winds. It is very important to take good care of our hands because, just like our faces, they can belie our age. Furthermore, winter weakens the nails causing them to go dry and flaky. Here are a few tips to make the most out of hand care in winter.
Take more care in drying hands thoroughly as any remaining dampness will freeze and cause chapped and sore hands.
The back of our hands contain very little oil glands and consequently, they lack natural protection. Maximise this by using a nourishing hand cream. Choose a thick formula as it will contain a higher level of oils and it will help to seal extra moisture in the upper epidermal layers.
Invest in war gloves to beat the outside cold and keep a pair of cotton gloves to pop over your hands at night after applying hand cream. Alternatively treat your hands to a weekly hand mask (a rich hand cream will do) starting from the wrists and working your way down to the tips of your nails. Leave the cream on for 10 to 20 minutes and wipe off the excess with a tissue.