For the past two years, I’ve had a truly hard time taking care of my hands during winter. When the temperature outside dropped, the skin on my hands would get so dry, flaky and rough that it eventually cracked. When the skin gets that bad it’s harder to treat it than it is to be prepared and avoid the issue in the first place. So this time I decided to confront the problem head-on and start taking good care of my hands before the actual winter cold crashes down. This article is dedicated to how I take care of my hands in the winter and hope that it is useful to you as well or at least makes you aware of the fact that your hands need care as well, especially in the winter time.
The new Orphica line Touch – their skin care regenerating and caring line that was created specifically for the skin and nails of your hands has been launched just in time for winter so it was the perfect opportunity to fill my beauty drawer with some gentle yet super hydrating formulas for the ultimate moisturized, smooth skin. Lately, I’ve been using all three of their products – the peeler, the cream, and the nail & cuticle conditioner and I’ve been seriously impressed with all three of them!
Read more about my new favorite products below as well as some suitable replacements that I’ve used in the past, along with other products that have not worked as well as I would have liked for me.
While the weather still plays ball, it’s easy to forget to moisturize your hands. But as soon as the crisp winter air starts making its way in and your skin starts getting cold, dry and flaky, you will instantly remember that little bottle of hand cream forgotten in some drawer somewhere!
But why do the hands need special care during the winter time? For one, dead skin tends to accumulate quicker in the winter because in the winter the cell turnover rate (how fast dead skin cells get replaced with younger ones) decreases, which leads to the rough patches that basically resemble lizard skin.
Second, the winter months tend to be much drier than the summer months (fewer water vapors are retained in the air), and thus causing some serious water loss in the skin. Artificial heat doesn’t help the matter very much either. Water loss can lead to deep cracks and fissures which, aside from being unpleasant to look at or touch, can be extremely painful.
I’ve been using the Touch Hand Cream from Orphica for the last few months and I love how well it hydrates my skin, its subtle fragrance and very importantly for me, how well it gets absorbed into the skin. I hate oily or greasy products on my hands because afterward everything I touch will be as greasy and oily as my hands. The cream envelops the skin in a protective, water-binding layer that soothes and nourishes irritated skin and delivers relief for dry, damaged hands. The cream is also free of parabens, sulfates, allergens, and alcohol.
Another good hand product that I’ve used in the past year has been the Neutrogena hand cream with honey. It nourishes the skin incredibly well, it absorbs fast and has a very subtle sweet fragrance. I’ve also loved the British Rose hand cream from The Body Shop, especially the amazing perfume! It has a very light texture, it absorbs very fast, but it did not provide as much hydration as I had hoped. Nonetheless, it is definitely a product I would use in the summer months when my hands don’t need as much pampering.
NAIL & CUTICLE CARE
We all like to have nicely groomed, glowing nails. Especially women. Nails and cuticles, like hands, are always exposed to cold, sun, different detergents, chlorine, as well as other nail products such as nail polish. Exposure to these types of elements might damage your nails and cuticles and they can become chapped, cracked, and dry. Nail and cuticle products such as creams or oils can help moisturize your cuticle and nail, restoring it to health, as well as protecting it against further exposure.
Up until I’ve switched over to Orphica’s Touch Nail & Cuticle Conditioner I’ve only used oils and I’ve loved how well they moisturized and protected my nails. Essie, Sally Hansen, Cupio are a few that I can name off the top of my head. It doesn’t even have to be an oil specifically for nails and cuticles. Coconut, avocado and olive oil are among the many food oils that can be freely used to moisturize your cuticles and nails. All the different types of oils that I’ve used have worked beautifully and have definitely prolonged the time in-between manicures. The only drawback for me personally is that I don’t really enjoy the oiliness involved. If I have to use cuticle oil, then I apply it, leave it on for a few minutes, and then remove it with a napkin.
The main reason why I love using the Touch Nail & Cuticle Conditioner is that it absorbs very fast and I don’t have to wipe it off or wash my hands afterward. I wait for it to fully absorb and then apply the Touch Hand Cream. The different oils and vitamins in its composition make sure to leave nails shiny and strong, and cuticles soft and hydrated. It’s also free of parabens, silicones, alcohol, and sulfates.
As with the skin on your face and body, the skin on your hands needs exfoliating as well. The skin on the hands – especially on the back of the hands – is thin, fragile, and often times even more susceptible to damage than some areas of the face. The main reason to exfoliate is to remove the dry, top layer of skin which contains, among other things, dead skin cells, to reveal the fresh skin underneath.
There are many ways you can exfoliate your hands. You can either make your own scrub or purchase one, provided it has healthy ingredients. I like using the Touch Hand Peeling scrub from Orphica in the winter time because it’s not too rough on the skin and it leaves my skin feeling super nourished and hydrated due to its various oils and vitamins. And did I mention how good it smells?! The scrub is also free of parabens, sulfates, allergens, and alcohol.
As you probably know by now, I love masks! And that love is not all concentrated on face masks. I recently discovered this hand mask from Sephora, and let me tell you, it’s amazing! It’s basically a pair of gloves that you put on for 15 minutes, time in which you can do whatever you want (even use your phone). I’ve been using their avocado mask and I can fully attest to the intense hydration and nourishment that it offers.
The skin on the face and hands is always super exposed to harsh elements, but in the winter the skin gets even worse due to the cold, dry air. And while we take good care of the skin on our face, we sometimes neglect the one on our hands. The skin on the back of the hands can get especially beaten up, as it is even thinner than the one on the face. This year, I am completely determined to properly take care of my hands and avoid any dry, flaky, rough or cracked skin.
So far the Orphica products and weekly mask ritual has been amazing for me! I love using the Touch Hand Peeling before going to bed, following by the Touch Nail & Cuticle Conditioner, and sealing it all in with the Touch Hand Cream. Let me know in the comments below if you have any favorite hand care products, I love trying new products!
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