Winter can be harsh on our hands. Even if you usually have smooth, supple hands, the cold weather and heating saps our skin of natural oils, leaving them dry, chapped, rough and red. Here are some ways to prepare and care for our hands during the colder months.
1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
The key is to start moisturising before there’s a problem. Heap on your favourite hand cream and make sure you do this regularly – around 5-6 times a day to seal in moisture and keep your hands protected.
2. Wear gloves
Talking of protection, putting on gloves in the winter not only keeps the chill away when the temperature drops, but are a must to protect hands on cold days.
3. Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier is a good idea during winter to keep moisture in the air. Increased humidity levels will salve dry hands, and soothe them if they are itchy too. It also works in the same way if the skin on your face is feeling dry or you have chapped lips.
For more advice on looking after dry hands and skin in winter, read our Winter Skincare Guide