Winter is harsh – the cold, the wind, the ice… it all takes a toll on your mood, your body and your sense of style (does anyone ever really look chic in a parka?). But perhaps one of the most annoying things about winter is the way is sucks the life out of your skin and especially your hands. Compulsive hand washing fuelled by the fear of getting sick combined with the dry air turns my soft hands into rough, chapped mutants that no amount of polish can make beautiful. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few products throughout the year that have helped my hands stay hydrated (and much less scary looking) all winter. #suckitwinter
L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub ($25 for 100 ml) – If your hands are already dry and rough, this should be your first step. The formula is made with organic sugar and a mix of shea, sweet almond and grapeseed oils to exfoliate skin and leave them feeling super soft in just one minute. Seriously, you’ll want to rub your face with your hands, this will make them feel that good!
Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment ($36 for 75 ml) – You’ll usually find this hand cream in my handbag on any given day. It’s a thick cream made with botanicals and vitamins (like all Dermalogica products) that hydrates hands but also nourishes nails to prevent splitting and peeling. Plus it’s not greasy so it’s perfect for on the go.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream ($27 for 70 ml) – I keep this one next to my bed to slather on before going to sleep. The vanilla apricot scent is heavenly and the creamy argan oil/shea butter formula just makes my hands look beautiful. This is definitely one of my favourite products from the line.
Bioderma Altoderm Main + Ongles ($9.95 for 50 ml) – My latest discovery in the hand cream department, this treatment envelops your hands like a glove to regenerate damaged skin and soothe dry hands. If you have issue with severely dry hands, irritation and cracking, this is the product for you. The texture is super creamy which give your skin that instant relief that feels so good.
Now that you know which products to use, take a look at what else you can do to be treat your hands.
Use warm water – We wash our hands about a millions times a day. And if you’re using hot water each time, you’re stripping your skin of the essential oils that keep your skin supple. Switch to tepid water to be a little gentler to your hands.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – Only by using a moisturizer will you prevent water from evaporating from your skin. Make a moisturizer part of your regular routine and make sure to reapply after each time you wash your hands. I like to keep a moisturizer next to the sink so I don’t forget.
Put a glove on it – If you’re planning on spending lots of time outdoors, wear gloves. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it really does make a difference (and I’ve noticed people freezing their little paws off!). The less exposed your hands are to harsh winter air, the less Old Man Winter can do his damage.
What are some of your favourite hand creams? Leave them in the comments below so I can give them a try!
Disclaimer: All prices are in Canadian dollars.