This post was underwritten by Dove.
Whether you’re lost and you need to take out your smartphone to find directions, or you have to put on hand sanitizer after touching that suspiciously sticky pole on the L Train, the winter air is going to find a way to dry out to your hands. To avoid creepy, cracked and dry fingers, here are a few tips:
1. Moisturize after you wash your hands. Nothing is worse than the dry feeling you get after using that generic pink office hand soap. You know the kind. Make sure you have some alcohol-free moisturizer at your desk to keep your hands looking radiant all day.
2.Wear gloves when you do housework: We’d all love the luxury of having servants, but most of us have to do our own housework. Protect your moisturized mitts! Put on a pair of gloves before getting your hands dirty, especially before you wash the dishes.
3. Outdoor gloves are also good for your hands: It seems like a no-brainer: wear gloves to keep your hands warm during the winter. But did you ever notice how your skin magically stays moist in gloves or mittens? Rub some coconut oil on your hands, put on a pair of gloves, and when you take them off an hour later, it will feel like you just moisturized a minute ago. That’s because the material protects your hands from drying winter winds and helps the moisturizer absorb. For best results, put on moisturizer right before you throw on your gloves or mittens.
4. Try A Hand Mask: Hand masks leave your paws feeling soft, supple, and plump. If you’re a DIY type-girl, try this hand mask recipe: Add one teaspoon of lemon juice to a teaspoon of lemon and gently rub on hands to exfoliate. Then put a dollop of plain, full fat yogurt on your hands, rub in, and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing off. Your hands will be soft instantly.