I hate to kill the mood, but while we are all enjoying our time in blissful autumn — where the weather is perfect for a Central Park picnic, a run along the river, and a walk through tree-lined streets with falling leaves, winter is coming. I’m probably the only New York City transplant that enjoys snow days still, but the lack of moisture in the air during the winter dries out my skin like no other.
While Eucerin or CeraVe deeply hydrate my body’s skin, I always find it difficult to keep my hands moisturized and soft during the winter season. Just like the lips, they are the first to get chapped when the temperatures drop.
In fact, without fail, my skin tends to get red and crack every single winter I’ve lived in New York City. It doesn’t matter if they are constantly being washed (which by the way, never fully dry hands with a towel, and use hand cream right away to seal in moisture to the skin), inside gloves that have heating pads in them or whatever else, there is something about the chilling wind that cracks them right up. Sometimes it will be so bad that they even bleed a bit, but that is rare.
Dealing with this for 5 New York winters now, I have somewhat of a routine to cure this condition. Put simply, I use hand lotion. Lotions, creams, or gel-like lotions that have occlusive ingredients (keeps cold out and seals in moisture) like petrolatum, ceramides, and dimethicone.
Although extreme, I’ve also found it helpful to use a humidifier during the winter to keep moisturized air from escaping, and will use gloves while cleaning to prevent pesky irritation. (Keep in mind loads of things can keep your hands from reacting).
The two hand creams below are my tried and true products that I come back to each and every season. As a word to the wise, scented products, although they smell amazing and come in small sizes to throw in a tote bag or backpack, are not always the best at moisturizing.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly
My mom swears by Vaseline and has been using it since we were babies. The hero product not only soothes dry skin but can be used for cuts, wounds, acnes, and lip balm. It really is that product.
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