By Becca Gregg
Snow …snow , and more snow! Oh, and if you’re especially unlucky, you may have experienced some freezing rain, ice and sleet to break up that pattern.
From New York to Atlanta, Dallas to Chicago and everywhere in between, it’s fair to say that none of us has had much of a break these past few months. Sure, the groundhog may not have seen his shadow on Feb. 2 (for once), but where does that leave us? Still feeling the effects of an especially harsh winter … that’s where. Forgive us if we’re bitter. A never-ending cold snap can make a cynic out of even our bubbliest selves.
But, alas, it’s high time that we stop wallowing and start getting ourselves back to the glory days of pre-winter. Back when our skin wasn’t as ashy. Or our complexions as pale. And, perhaps one of the more noticeable, when our hands didn’t feel quite as brittle and chapped. Despite the havoc that winter can wreak on our mitts though, the damage can be reversed with just a little TLC, in the form of the following fixes:
Exfoliate (It’s Not Just For Your Face). The first step in reviving dull, dry hands is to slough away the dull, dry, dead cells giving your precious pinkies that pale, ashy hue.
Try: Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Sea Salt Body Scrub ($28). With pure sea salt, almond, vanilla and sandalwood, this sweetly scented scrub will revive not only your wintery hands, but also your chilled spirit.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Apply a rich hand cream or petroleum jelly over your hands at night, or when your skin is slightly damp, and sleep with gloves on to lock in the moisture. Hello morning, hello soft hands!
Try: Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream ($12.50). Immediately upon using a dollop of this hand cream, our hands felt super silky and smelled great. Antioxidant-rich, organic, pomegranate seed oil works to help improve the firmness of your skin while actively protecting your hands from skin-damaging free radicals. In addition, organic shea butter protect against moisture loss, resulting in supple and smooth skin.
Wash With Care. Washing often with soap and water or with antibacterial sanitizers that contain alcohol can dry out hands. To renew the suppleness of skin, use a milky, sulfate-free soap instead.
Try: Wild Natural Beauty Spice Bar Soap ($7 for a pack of two). Paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free, this deodorizing soap not only cleanses brilliantly but also leaves your skin softer than before (and irritation free!).
Protect Your Cuticles. Heal jagged hangnails by massaging them with a conditioning treatment that penetrates deeply and quickly, all while softening cuticles and promoting strong, flexible, natural nails.
Try: SolarOil conditioning oil by Creative Nail Design ($6). This natural blend of Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E creates a light, penetrating oil with antioxidant agents to repair damage from nearly every source, including dehydrating polish changes.
Fix Wounds In A Flash. Take advantage of the healing benefits of silver to quickly heal wounds, scrapes, cuts, burns and abrasions.
Try: Mr. Fix It Antimicrobial Wound Rescue by Jack Black Performance Remedy ($20), a fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula that has been shown to inhibit the growth of MRSA, E-coli and Staphylococcus aueeus, all the while promoting healing so that pesky paper cut will disappear in no time.
Wear gloves. Thin and delicate, the skin on our hands is typically the first to suffer as a result of the elements. Make a habit out of wearing gloves or mittens every time you go outside in colder temps! Not only will you look chic and seasonal, but you’ll be salvaging your palms for spring as well.