Hands in particular are exposed and at risk for dry, chaffing, irritation and sometimes cracking skin during this cold season. We are washing them more than usual to ward off cold and flu germs. We are drinking less water, which is what our skin, hair and nails need the most. And your oil glands typically excrete less oil during these cold month. All of this leads to dry brittle nails and cracked, dry cuticles. Here are a few tips to help get your fingers off the DOA list.
- Drink more fluids! It is difficult when it is cold outside to want to be drinking all that cold water. How about switching it up with some nice herbal tea? Sam bought me some of this wonderful tasting white tea that I am loving right now. Highly recommend it! Even a cup of warm water with lemon is a nice soothing way to get more moisture into that skin. Whatever your taste is just try to pump up the fluids at this time of year.
- Use a gentle cleanser for all that hand washing. Glycerin soaps are know for their moisturizing qualities. Try to cut back on the antibacterial, harsh soaps. I found this one while searching online the other day that is infused with vitamin E and has an aloe base. And it is orange scent to boot! All things Christmasy! In my shopping cart it goes!
- Use lots of lotion. Keep it in your purse, your car, your gym bag. My favorite at this time of year is the Cranberry Hemp These sweet little gems can be found at my salon and they make great stocking stuffers!
- Get a manicure. Have a professional take a look at your patties and give their professional opinion. Besides the benefit of getting your cuticles trimmed, so as not to catch and snag the dry corners on clothing it, many are offering hot oil treatments for free with a mani at this time of the year.
- Aloe infused gloves are a great option for extremely dry hands and feet. Just apply a thick coat of lotion or body butter to your hands and then slip on the gloves. Even if you end only wearing them half the night your skin with have the chance to soak in the wonderful emollients from the gloves and the butter and your will find that your hands will be much happier and much more youthful looking.
All ready for another home remedy option for hands and cuticles? I love this one! Trust me you are going to get tired of my endless uses for coconut oil! It is an amazing product and I love the stability of this oil. The fact that it is anti-microbal and solid when kept at room temperature below 76 degrees only adds to my affection.
Bedtime Cuticle Treatment
Empty 2 oz container
1.5 oz of coconut oil
4 drops of Lavender essential oil
Warm oil in the container on the defrost setting in your microwave, about 10 - 15 seconds is usually enough in most ovens. Once the oil is liquified add the lavender oil. Stir with a toothpick and allow the oil to come to room temp and solidify again. Place lid on the container and put by your bed side. Apply to cuticles at night as you are crawling under the covers, with or without gloves. The lavender has a natural relaxing sensation on the body that is perfect for this bedtime routine.
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