Your hands are one of the most exposed parts of your body during the winter while also having the thinnest layer of skin making it easy to damage. Make sure you are prepared this upcoming winter.
This is the first key step to preserving your hands. It is important to invest in a good moisturizer. You will want to look for an oil-based cream as opposed to a water based one. This will provide optimum moisture for the whole winter.
2. Use Sunscreen
It seems crazy to think about wearing sunscreen in the winter but it is important that you don't forget about the sun. Even though you are not sitting on a beach, winter sun can still damage your skin. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to your hands 30 minutes before leaving the house.
3. Use Lukewarm Water
Nothing feels better than taking a warm shower on a cold day but if you can you want to avoid that. Hot showers will dry out your skin leaving it damaged. Using lukewarm water will help keep the moisture in and won't strip away as many oils on your skin. But if you can't avoid it make sure you moisturize afterwards.
4. Use a Humidifier
Although it is tempting to blast your heat this winter be mindful because it will dry out your skin very easily. Consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the room. This will help hydrate your skin day and night.
5. Avoid Wool
We are all trying to stay warm this winter and often this includes wearing wool. This can be an irritating material that will only cause more discomfort on dry hands. Try some gentler materials such as cotton.