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Sandpaper Hands? Try This Winter Trick

By December 27, 2012

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I was on Facebook yesterday when I read this update from my friend, Diane. Maybe you can relate.

"Who needs nails when you can scratch the side of your face with the back of your hand...my hands are SO CHAPPED!"

Many of her friends went on to tell her they can relate and some gave product recommendations. One friend recommended Bag Balm, which is actually for animals, but is a lanolin-based product perfect for chapped skin. Another friend recommended Burt's Bees products.  Diane said she tried the whole sleeping with lotion and gloves on, but the gloves drove her crazy.

In the winter, you need to apply moisturizer on a regular basis, especially after you wash your hands. I really recommend not spending an arm and a leg on hand creams if you can find a cheaper version that works well for you. You're really just wanting moisture, and you can get that with cheap creams. Avon's Silicone Glove Hand Cream is only $3 and gets rave reviews. And exfoliating will then get rid of the dead skin cells on your hands.

And if you're like Diane and can't sleep with gloves on your hands, here's a trick for you. Get a tube of lotion and put it wherever you keep your gloves. In your handbag? In the hall closet? On a hook? Wherever it is, place the tube of lotion. Every time you leave the house in the winter, put on a good amount of lotion and put your gloves over the top. You'll get the same benefits of sleeping with lotion and gloves on, without having to deal with trying to sleep, well, with gloves on.

Don't skimp, either. Put a good layer on your hands! By doing this, you'll notice your hands slowly turn from sandpaper to smooth and soft again. It's a good habit to do all winter long, even if your hands aren't extra dry and cracking. Keeping up with the habit will save you from dealing with scratchy hands all winter.

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January 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm
(1) Debra Jaliman says:

As a dermatologist I have a few good suggestions to share with your readers. First, always sleep with a humidifier on in the winter, it will hydrate your skin as you sleep. If you exfoliate your hands before you put your moisturizer they will absorb more cream. Always put your gloves on before you venture outside as the wind strips the essential oils off the skin.

December 27, 2012 at 9:04 am
(2) Ileana moreno says:

And let’s not forget to always use gloves when cleaning or washing dishes! Harsh chemicals and detergents do a number on your skin!

January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am
(3) skincare says:

Great advice!

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