My oh my! While there are some days that seem as if winter hasn’t set in yet, my hands sure are telling me what season it is. No matter what I do, my hands and cuticles always seem to be so terribly dry! Throughout the years, I have tried countless methods that would “guarantee” smoother and softer hands, which have rarely worked. I only recently figured out how to keep your hands and cuticles moisturized and can’t wait to share with you!
I also have been getting acrylic nails (you can catch up on that post here + what I wish I knew before I got them) and want to keep my hands looking pretty. When ya got good nails ya can’t have sad hands! And vice versa. 😉
I really hope I’m not the only one who has cuticles as delicate as a rose petal. I swear every time I look at my hands there is one cuticle peeling…no one else?
This is the one product I have been using for as long as I can remember. I am a huge fan of all of Burt’s Bees products, but this one is one of the best. You know those products that you test out, love it, try a different product, then go back to the original? Yeah, that is the case with this cuticle cream! My favorite part about this product is the scent–the lemon just makes me so so so happy!
In the winter (and frankly almost every month of the year), my cuticles are horrendous which is why I use oil on them. Ever since derma e sent over this multi-tasking oil, I have been in looove with it for my hands! It has a dropper too so you don’t have to worry about spilling the oil everywhere.
Tip: only use this bad boy at night because you won’t want to be touching anything once you put it on.
Ya caught me. I’m a hand lotion hoarder. I swear I might have just as much hand creams stashed away like I do chapsticks…anyone else??
I love this lotion because 1) it smells like coconut and 2) although it’s a “cream” it dries so nicely that my hands don’t feel greasy during the day–huge plus. The size is also convenient because I can simply throw it in my bag and head out the door!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of coconut oil (you can check out my fave DIY body scrub here). There are infinite amounts of uses, and it’s so simple to use on your hands. And coconut oil is super affordable! I can find an organic, 14 oz jar for about $5 and it easily lasts longer than six months! (a little goes a super long way!) Before you hit the hay, scoop out a little and slather it on your hands. I like to put on spa gloves after to lock in the moisture and prevent the oil from getting everywhere.
Easy tips to keep your hands and cuticles moisturized all winter long:
1. Apply lotion prior to walking outside. This not only adds moisture to your hands, but also creates a wall to prevent the cold and winter from doing so much damage.
2. Use cleaning gloves when doing dishes. My wonderful mother actually taught me this one. We also use gloves when washing the dishes and it’s kinda insane how much more slowly my hands dry out during the day. Do yourself a favor–go spend the little amount of money to buy some so your knuckles don’t get so raw.
3. Chug that water. This tip not only goes for your hands but your skin in general. While not proven, when you are dehydrated your skin lacks resiliency and glow. Because your body is made up mostly of water, keeping your body hydrated will ultimately keep your hands hydrated as well.
4. Invest in a humidifier. Because the air is insanely dry during the winter, adding moisture back into your place will definitely help dry skin. I typically keep mine in my bedroom, since I can reap the benefits while I sleep! Note: Make sure you clean the basin out every once in a while to prevent mildew from growing!
5. Wear gloves outside. While lotion may act as a slight barrier, nothing works better than good old gloves or mittens.
6. Exfoliating isn’t just for your face. You can’t expect to get those hands super moisturized if you have a dead layer of skin blocking them! I got you covered with my DIY sugar scrub though. Since it has both an exfoliant and moisturizer, you won’t even need to add lotion after!
7. Invest in hand CREAM. While I am a huge fan of alllll the Bath & Body Works scents, I refuse to purchase their regular body lotions anymore. While they are great for summer time and on skin that could use a very light moisturizing, they don’t help my hands in the slightest. I have found that heavy body/hand creams that specifically state they are for dry, chapped hands works the absolute best.
What are your favorite ways to keep your hands and cuticles moisturized in the winter?!