Winter is eagerly awaited after the hot and dry summer. But before you know it, the cold and dry weather starts to wreak havoc, greatly affecting the skin of your hands and feet. Dry, cracked hands, with peeling skin, are painful and also quite unsightly.
Here are a few remedies to repair, rejuvenate and prevent dry flaky skin issues:
10 Tips To Get Soft Hands This Winter
#1 Avoid soap
Not entirely, but stay away from soaps with synthetic fragrances, sulphates and other preservatives. Soaps with extra lather and anti-bacterial properties are also drying in nature. Switch to moisturising cleansers instead.
#2 Moisturise, and moisturise some more
Use a moisturiser after every wash. Carry a small vial with you and keep replenishing the lost moisture. Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Moisturiser is one such product that reduces the appearance of fine lines and intensely hydrates with a rich non-greasy feel.
#3 Avoid hot-air dryers
Stay away from hot-air dryers. Carry your own cloth handkerchief or simply shake your hands dry. Don’t forget to moisturise afterwards.
#4 Wear gloves
It might take some getting used to, but wear gloves during the day for as many chores as you can. This prevents moisture from disappearing while you’re in the garden or washing dishes. Use only cotton or leather.
After bathing, when the skin is a little soft, use a pumice stone on your callouses. You can also place 1-2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and a few drops of olive oil in your hands which you then rub all over the front and back. Do this 1-4 times a week for best results. Moisturise afterwards to prevent peeling hands in winter.
#6 Wear gloves to bed
If your hands are very dry, they need deep moisturising. Protect them even further with gloves when you sleep, to keep the moisture locked in.
#7 Use a humidifier
You might want to consider investing in a humidifier. Place it in your bedroom and let your skin rejuvenate as you sleep. Flaky skin in winter will soon be a thing of the past.
#8 Use pure aloe
Look for an extract if you can’t harvest fresh aloe gel. This natural product is excellent at repairing and healing damaged skin.
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#9 Bathe in oats
Allow your hands to soak in the repairing properties of oats. You can use it cooked or raw, added to your daily bathwater or as a separate soak for your hands, to work its magic on your dry skin.
#10 Coconut oil
A natural moisturiser, apply coconut oil directly to your cracked hands and cover with gloves to see results in a few weeks.
Try these simple remedies regularly and very soon, you will have soft and smooth hands that you don’t need to hide.Also, chcek out these top 15 winter beauty tips by Reward Me.
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