All that hand washing is hard on your skin, sis. Every time we wash our hands, we’re removing the barrier that protects our skins surface, which can leave them dry and even painful. Here’s how to fix your dry hands.
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1. Change The Way You Wash Your Hands
- Use Lukewarm water. Water that’s too hot is damaging and drying your skin. Use tepid warm water to wash your hands.
- Use a gentle soap that won’t dry them out. Choose one without irritating ingredients like synthetic fragrances or dyes, drying alcohols, and sulfates. Opt for the most simple, natural ingredients you can find.
Gentle Soap Luxury Pick
MyHavatorn liquid soap will change the way you view hand washing and turn it into a beautiful, relaxing “event” every time. The Swedish family who makes this soap took 4 years to develop it! The secret of this ultra mild, hand blended soap is the omega- and antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn oil. The oil freshly pressed from berries grown on the family farm. It includes an olive derived Squalane to help heal your skin and the scent is a heavenly, uplifting yet delicate aroma of eucalyptus, peppermint, and juniper essential oils. The Bar soap by MyHavatorn is equally as elegant and exclusive.
Gentle Soap Budget Pick
Cera Ve Hydrating Cleanser bar. It’s created for use on the face so it’s going to be extra gentle for the hands. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid (a humectant that draws moisture to the skin) and ceramides (lipids that helps skin retain moisture).
2. Use an Occlusive Regularly
Occlusive substances work by helping to form a physical barrier or seal on the outer layer of the skin, to prevent trans-epidermal water loss and keep moisture locked in. Your moisturizer needs to contain an occlusive ingredient to fix your dry hands. Use it after every hand washing and regularly throughout the day. Examples of occlusives are: bees wax, vegetable wax, cocoa butter, petrolatum, petroleum jelly and mineral oil.
Moisturizer Luxury Pick
Luzern Force de Vie hand Renewal Treatment Creme is utterly divine but seriously hard working like all products from Luzern. This rich creme drenches your hands in moisture but no greasiness! The oils it contains are light but ultra nourishing and this magically sinks right in delivering instantly moisturized and supple hands. It’s also packed with anti-aging ingredients to help turn back the clock on your hands each time you use it. You literally won’t believe how soft your hands can be.
Moisturizer Budget Pick
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. Effective relief for dry, chapped hands. This heavy lotion simply does what it says. It’s a hard working hand cream that goes on like anointment and rubs in like a cream.
3. Use a Night Time Treatment
If you want baby soft hands, try this night time treatment:
- Wash your hands with a gentle soap.
- Then slather on a thick, moisturizing balm or ointment.
- Place your hands in a pair of clean cotton gloves.
- If you can leave them overnight, your hands will be amazing in the morning. But if you find the gloves too irritating to sleep with them on, then do this treatment while you’re watching TV for an hour or 2 and you’ll still notice a huge improvement.
Night Treatment Luxury Pick
Neom’s Perfect Night’s Sleep Intensive Skin Treatment Candle. Think you know how to use a candle? Think again, because this is an off the charts luxe, de-stressing, at home spa treatment. You light the candle and let it burn for about 30 minutes. The scent is wonderful and not at all “perfumey”- it’s very calming. The candle melts into a warm, clear oil that pools on the top. You blow out the candle and let it sit for about 2 minutes to cool. THEN- you pour out this luxurious, warm oil and use it “over any part of the body in need of repair and rehydration.”- so it’s great for fixing your dry hands. The nourishing oils sink into your skin as you massage. The scent lingers for several hours and is warm and relaxing. And this treatment line is specifically formulated to give you better sleep! It’s luxury + nourishment and it works.
Night Treatment Budget Pick
Aquaphor Healing Ointment + Cotton Gloves. This combo will make your hands soft and supple and heal any cracking or dryness. Preservative and fragrance free, specifically for sensitive skin and clinically proven to restore smooth, healthy skin. It’s the no frills solution to fix your dry hands. Wearing a CLEAN pair of cotton gloves allows the skin time to absorb the moisture and give you the results you are looking for.
As always, I’ve used all of the products that I’ve recommended today and I do find that a luxury item in this category isn’t really a budget breaking splurge and it makes me look forward to what has become a somewhat mundane, repetitive chore. I hope you’ll pay some extra attention to your poor, Covid embattled skin and that this will help you fix your dry hands. It’s odd how the most ancient and humble of products has now become front and center in importance in all of our homes!
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