They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the festive season often brings icy cold winds and harsh weather along with its feel-good cheer. The terrible temperatures can wreak havoc with our skin – especially as we dodge the cold by turning our thermostats up high, alternating between extremes. If you’re tired of cracked, dry hands, it might be time to start taking better care of your skin. Here are our top tips:
1) Use a moisturising soap
Washing your hands can strip your skin of its natural, protective oils, especially if you over wash your hands during the day. Opt for a specially formulated moisturising soap to leave your hands soft and skin supple.
2) Invest in a quality hand moisturiser
Leave your hands feeling fresh and silky smooth by investing in a high quality moisturiser. We recommend: Kaeso’s Cranberry Sensation Hand Treatment Cream, which is designed to nourish and lock in moisture. £8.95 for 450ml. OPI’s Avoplex High Intensity Hand and Nail Cream contains hydrating ingredients, known for their super nourishing properties. The blend of shea, cocoa, avocado and almond butters restores skin back to its normal, healthy condition. £12.95 for 120ml.
3) Treat your hands to a nourishing “mask”
When a normal hand moisturiser isn’t enough, slather your hands with a “mask” treatment for deep nourishment. We recommend: Kaeso’s Wild Berry Butter Hand Mask, which is enriched with natural oils to promote skin conditioning. It’s designed to soften and soothe skin. £9.30 for 450ml
4) Exfoliate regularly
Say goodbye to dull, dry skin by exfoliating with a gentle scrub, formulated specially for hands. A high quality scrub will help rejuvenate your skin, while leaving it feeling nourished and smooth. But don’t overdo it! Make sure you leave a week or two between scrubs. We recommend: Kaeso’s Mulberry and Pomegranate Sorbet Hand Scrub, which leaves skin feeling velvety soft. It costs £6,95 for 95ml.
Healthy fingernails hate winter, because they contain a high concentration of water. In winter, we move between hot and cold temperatures, which can strip moisture from nails, leaving them cracked and dehydrated. Our cuticles are designed to protect our nails from bacterial and fungal infections. If the harsh weather has left them dry and damaged, it can leave our nails vulnerable to a whole host of problems. This winter, protect your cuticles by treating them to a moisturising massage. Use a specially formulated cream designed to repair and rejuvenate.
We recommend: Kaeso’s Velvet Touch Cuticle Massage Cream. It contains lashing of Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter, which helps keep cuticles soft. The special formula is designed to stimulate healthy re-growth too. It costs £4.99 for 95ml.