My hands always seem to be dry in the winter no matter how much lotion I apply! How about you? Unfortunately, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the cold dry weather isn’t going anywhere for a while. There’s a few things you can do though to help treat and prevent extremely dry hands.
Stop using Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS) products
Avoid using hand soap that contains SLS, which can strip skin of its natural oils and make dry hands worse. Instead, use a hand soap that contains plant-derived surfactants. Avalon Organics is one of my favourites, and is cost effective too! (Tip: soap that contains rosemary and citrus essential oils will be more astringent –and therefore more drying– than other scents like lavender and vanilla).
Apply lotion before putting on gloves
Before you put on your winter gloves, slather your hands with a rich hand lotion. This will allow time for the lotion to really penetrate and prevent moisture from evaporating into the air. Bye, bye dry hands!
Use a DIY Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub 2-3 times per week
A DIY sugar scrub is an easy way to exfoliate dry flaky skin and moisturize all at the same time! All you need is 1TBS of white sugar + 1TBS of olive oil. Over the sink, massage the oil and sugar into your hands for a minute or so. Rinse off with warm water and follow up with a rich hand moisturizer. Do this 2-3 times per week before bed!