You do absolutely everything with your hands! In colder months, they are even more susceptible to dryness, cracking, and peeling, so now is the time to give them the TLC they need and deserve.
- Be mindful of the dish detergent you use – it can irritate your skin.
- Keep hands out of very hot water. This dries them out and can cause cracking.
- Try to wear gloves when washing dishes by hand.
- When gardening or doing heavy work outside, always wear gloves.
- Moisturize after washing your hands and throughout the day.
- Keep lotion in your bag, in your car, at work, and at your bedside for easy access and daily reminders.
- Wear warm gloves or mittens in the cold months. This keeps them warm, protected, and helps control your body temperature.
- When trying to fix something, (like a loose screw) use the proper tools instead of your fingers or fingernails.
- Before bed each night, coat them in a thicker lotion to give them the whole night to moisturize. Plain cotton gloves can help to keep in the moisture as well.
- Exfoliate them once a month to keep them soft and healthy.
To make your own homemade exfoliator:
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
- 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil
- 5 to 7 drops of essential oil (lavender, citrus, peppermint…)
- Seal in a container and use when needed