Why do we need to look after our mitts more in winter?
On winter's arrival, it is with tear-filled eyes that we say our final farewells to floppy hats, high-waisted shorts, and, most importantly, humidity. Throughout the warmer summer months, our skin gets tonnes of moisture from all the humidity that floats about the air, but as soon as the climate changes, the humidity drops, leaving us with bitterly cold, good for nothing, dehydrating air instead.
Here's a quick guide to keeping your hands Action Man smooth.
- When washing hands...
We tend to wash our hands more through winter because we're 99.9% sure that Linda from Marketing coughed up The Antichrist at lunch last Wednesday. Sadly, to the dismay of Germaphobes everywhere, water dehydrates our hands, especially if the handwash in use contains harsh chemicals or alcohol.
So use a gentle soap with warm water, pat your hands dry and apply a nourishing moisturiser of your choice.
- When picking a hand-wash/moisturiser/lotion...
.Always read the ingredients.
.Pick the mildest, naturalist product with extra added goodness, such as aloe vera or similar wholesome oils and butters.
.Steer clear of alcohol-based products.
.Pick a moisturiser that is travel-sized so that you can carry it around in your bag.
- When to moisturise... Constantly!
You should refuel your hands at these check-points throughout the day:
.After waking up.
.After you get your hands wet.
.Before going outside.
.After coming inside - Indoor heating sucks the moisture out of your hands like a Dementor.
.Before going to bed - You can really lather it on here.
- When protecting hands from the elements...
.Use SPF all year round, even in winter.
.Gloves Gloves Gloves - Keep'em toasty and covered up!
.Remember to moisturise before going outside - It creates a forcefield like layer of protection around your hands.
eyes hands are a window to the soul.