How to Prevent Your Hands from Cracking in the Winter

how to prevent hands from cracking in the winter

In our previous articles, we have touched upon how the skin can easily suffer more during winter months. Within this time, your hands, face, and lips can easily get dehydrated and damaged. If you are someone who is suffering from cracked hands, dry skin, or another sort of discomfort, this article will inform you on how to prevent your hands from cracking in the winter. You can find tips on how to care, prevent, and repair your hands. Let’s begin!

Use Gloves

In order to prevent your hands from cracking in the winter, providing great care from the start is always key. The best way to have healthy and pretty looking hands is to avoid creating damage in the first place. In order to do so, you should adopt some new habits. The most important one is to always wear gloves.

Gloves are a winter essential, take a look at our previous editorial for more information on style and fit. If you are experiencing any sort of discomfort, gloves are no longer a suggestion but a must-wear item for your protection.

If you practice any sports where your hands might suffer, perform some sort of manual labor, clean or wash dishes, gloves should be put on to act as a barrier from any other products. Use gloves and protect your hands during any occasion. Your hands can do great things for you every day and they deserve extra protection, especially during winter.

Care for your hands

Caring for your hands starts with protection but it goes further with the way you care for them daily. Here are some basic things you can do to ensure your hands are in the best condition:

-Use a good hand cream to hydrate your hands
-Make sure your hand wash is one that respects your skin and its PH levels. Use one that does not overdry your skin
-Don’t use extreme temperatures when washing or drying your hands
-Moisturize your hands often
-Choose good quality ingredients and textures that suit your needs

Treat any damage

Last but not least, to keep your hands in the best condition, repair any visible damage. If you have any sort of skin injury on your hands, it can easily get over exacerbated with the cold of the winter months.

If you find yourself in this situation, the best thing you can do to prevent symptoms from getting worse is to treat them right when they appear. Luckily, nowadays there are many products available to help treat and cure any damage. Balms, hand masks, scrubs, highly effective hand creams, and many more. The choice of product you use is ultimately up to you. Keep in mind that you do not necessarily have to spend a lot of money or get expensive treatments to deeply repair your skin.

An at-home solution

Truth be told, even among all the products available, there are simple, yet highly effective solutions that can be made with products at home. One of them being a deep hydrating night repair. To make this, you will need two sets of gloves and a good hand cream. One pair being thin disposable plastic or latex gloves and another pair being regular wool gloves. Next, follow these steps:

  1. Apply a good amount of cream to your hands to moisturize them well.
  2. Go back to apply a second thick layer to your hands. This layer does not necessarily have to be fully absorbed.
  3. Put on the plastic gloves and then proceed to put the fabric gloves over the plastic ones.
  4. Keep the gloves on overnight.

I know it might seem like a hassle but you will see how worthy the results are. Once you remove them, have a look at your hands the next morning. Your hands will be soft and the condition of your skin will significantly improve. If you do this regularly, it can even help you heal more serious conditions like chilblains. Know that you do not need to do a deep hydrating night repair every day. Using this once a week or even once a month depending on your needs will be more than enough to keep your hands extremely healthy and looking its best.