Hands are a part of the body we use most, they’re exposed to harmful UV, detergents and the elements on a daily basis, yet they are one of the last things we remember to take care of. Now that the winter chill has set in it’s time to take extra measures in protecting our skin. From dry to sensitive types there is an abundance of products and advice out there to protect hands during the winter months.
Give your hands some much needed TLC, they go through an awful lot when you think about it. Prevention from damage is the first step you should consider, there are simple ways to do this such as wearing warm gloves when venturing outside or the use of latex free washing up gloves when doing kitchen chores. These simple steps will go a long way in keeping hands healthy.
Hydration is key, try not to over wash your hands especially with harsh soaps, constantly washing hands strips them of their natural oils, drying them out over time. One of the easiest ways to remind yourself to take care and rehydrate your hands is to place hand lotions and neutral moisturising hand washes in convenient places around your home, such as your kitchen sink.
Just as you do with your face, exfoliating your hands is a great way to remove dead skin cells and leave your hands feeling soft. Use a gentle exfoliator designed for hands once or twice a week so you aren’t stripping the skin of its natural moisture, leaving a good base for your hand lotion to soak into.
Constant daily use of detergents and cold weather plays havoc with the delicate skin on our hands leaving them dry and irritated. Massaging hand cream throughout the day not only helps nourish the hands but helps improve circulation keeping them warm. For intense nourishment use a coconut oil based product or shea butter hand cream overnight. Wearing cotton gloves gives the solution a chance to be really absorbed into the skin
Below we’ve collated our favourite products to help nourish, protect and soften over the winter months.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
This classic hand lotion works every time, unscented and thick formulated its perfect for extremely dry cracked hands in the harsh winter months. The blend of oils and natural wax soothes, moisturises and conditions the skin. Apply this morning and night protecting hands from moisture loss throughout the day.
Molton Brown, Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Lotion
Infused with comice pear and wild honey this beautifully scented hand lotion is enriched with clinically proven skin firming and hydrating properties. It’s lightweight formula is great in the kitchen for a quick moisture boost after washing the dishes or stepping out for a walk in the cold winter months.
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
This stylish hand balm is the perfect choice for dry hands. Not only does this minimal design look chic next to your kitchen sink it’s also packed full of the finest botanical extracts giving a scent of Mandarin, Rosemary Leaf and Cedarwood. The aloe vera juice, shea butter and coconut oil hydrates and smoothes the skin without leaving them greasy.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment
This fast-absorbing, non-greasy cream moisturizes for up to eight hours to smooth rough, weather-exposed skin, reverse signs of dryness and leave your hands soft once more. This award-winning Elizabeth Arden formula is a light option for people who dislike thick, oily hand creams. Definitely one to keep in your bag for on the go.
Rituals – The Ritual of DAO Hand Wash
Cleansing your hands is the first process in achieving nourished, refreshed hands. Make sure you don’t over wash your hands or forget to dry them, this wears away natural oils causing a drying effect. This gentle cleansing formula is infused with hydrating Yi Yi Ren, traditionally used in Chinese medicine and is soap free to protect hands creating a wonderfully soothing experience.
Elemental Herbology Neroli & Rose Damask Hand and Body Wash
This SLS free hand wash is great for sensitive skin. Infused with pure orange flower water, neroli, evening primrose and rose oil it gently cleanses and purifies dry skin without causing irritation. The aloe vera helps to revitalise and rejuvenate tired skin whilst the natural oils soothe and nurture.
L’occitane Shea Intensive Hand Balm
The Shea butter intensive hand balm has been a L’occitaine best seller for over 20 years. Ultra-rich and adapted for very dry skin this formula is proven to combat dry winter hands. We recommend using the L’occitane one minute hand scrub first to gently lift dead skin cells and prepare the skin to absorb hand cream giving them extra moisture. Massage the natural intensive hand balm into the skin to help lock in moisture, the balm forms a protective film for dry skin absorbing fully when massaged in.