Remember how Scarlett in Gone with the Wind pulled the dress out of the curtains and plucked the feathers on the hat of the last remaining rooster in their estate, but still they told her hands about the disastrous state of affairs? Hands can tell a lot about their hostess, and in order for their stories not to be sad, they need to be looked after.
For a long time, my hands did not require careful care. It was enough for me to periodically do a manicure and sometimes smear them with cream.
Why do hands need special care in winter?
With the advent of the daughter, the situation has changed dramatically. If in the summer I had enough of the usual procedures, then with the onset of cold weather, the fingers on my hands (especially the right one) began to become covered with a net of small microcracks, in which dirt was clogged during homework.
This new kind of my hands did not please me. Even more saddened that no cream did not help. All past winter I passed, hesitating to show my hands. In the summer they became the same again.
It became clear that in the cold season my pens need special care. At first, the metamorphosis that took place I attributed to possible hormonal changes after giving birth, but after a little thought, I found another explanation.
I have noticed before that in the winter the skin on my hands becomes drier, only before my stay on the street was limited to the road from home to work and back.
Now I walk twice a day with my daughter for an hour in any weather. Often I go out right after I cook dinner and wash dishes. In fact, with wet hands, I go out into the cold. That is the cause of microcracks.
My hand care rules in winter
Since I found the cause of the cracks in my hands, it remains to find a way to fight them. It turned out that coping with them is not difficult. I was helped by the following simple rules.
Rule number 1: gloves at home and on the street.
Now I don’t go outside without gloves, even if the temperature on the street seems slightly cool, because my daughter and I walk for a long time, and my daughter likes to ride on the swings, and holding the iron swing with our bare hands is not good.
Gloves at home protect the skin of my hands from aggressive detergents and cleaning products, as well as from dirt, which can become clogged with cracks in the hands. And even if it’s impossible for me to accustom myself to washing dishes with gloves, I only clean potatoes and vegetables in them.
Rule number 2: Vitamin E and Dermasan.
On the benefits of vitamin E for the skin, probably already written whole treatises. It is even called the elixir of youthful skin. Therefore, together with hand cream, I apply a few drops of an oil solution of vitamin E. This strengthens the moisturizing properties of the cream several times.
I learned about the second remedy from my mother. Dermasan is a means to soften the skin of the hands. It is also sold in a pharmacy and costs about 15 rubles for a 50 ml vial. It contains glycerin, ammonia, ethanol and water.
Apply this liquid with a cotton pad on clean, dry skin of the hands 5-6 times a day. I apply it once a day in the evening before smearing my hands with cream, and this is enough for my hands. The skin becomes soft and silky, and the cracks in the hands are gone.
Dermasan can also be used to soften the skin of the feet or on the elbows. But he has one drawback – the acrid smell of ammonia, which, however, quickly disappears.
This simple care is enough for me to keep my hands beautiful in the winter.
How do you take care of your hands in winter? What tools do you use additionally with hand cream?