Dry, red, chapped and painful hands? Ouch, it’s likely that the cold has got to them! But don’t worry, you don’t have to endure this until the warm weather returns… Read our tips for protecting your hands from the cold and enjoy soft, smooth skin.
How does the cold affect your hands?
Cold doesn’t have the same impact on all parts of your body. As you may have noticed, your hands are often the most affected area. Why is that? Their permanent exposure to the ambient air, the thin quality of the skin in this area, and the multiple external attacks (repeated washing, hand gel, etc.) make them particularly sensitive to the action of the cold.
In concrete terms, the effects of the cold on your hands can be seen in:
These symptoms pose no danger to your health. They can, however, quickly start to cause discomfort. Don’t worry – armed with our advice, you’ll know everything you need to know to prevent their appearance or make them disappear!
How to protect your hands from the cold
When it’s cold, it’s essential to follow a few good habits that will help protect your hands and prevent the onset of these symptoms:
Wear gloves as soon as the temperature drops
Use hand warmers
Dry your hands well before going out (moisture makes them dry out faster)
Moisturise your hands regularly with a light cream or a natural product, such as shea butter
If, despite these precautions, your hands are still damaged by the cold, it’s time to move on to the next phase and pamper them as much as possible so that they regain their softness!
6 tips for caring for your cold-damaged hands
To help your hands recover from the effects of cold weather, follow these 6 simple tips:
Use a mild, natural soap
Wash your hands with warm water
Wear gloves when doing household chores
Apply a light moisturiser after each handwash
Apply a thick layer of oil-based moisturiser before going to sleep (you can wear light cotton gloves for a “repair mask” effect)
Avoid further harming your hands with unsuitable treatments such as cuticle trimming. Choose gentle, natural treatments to pamper them, like the Marlay Manucure Express Lotion.
Our advice: if you are using sanitising hand gel regularly during the pandemic, we recommend that you apply the above tips even before your hands show the first signs of dryness. Indeed, hand gel can destroy the protective barrier of the skin, so it’s important to pay it particularly close attention.
Indeed, hand gel can destroy the protective barrier of the skin, so it’s important to pay it particularly close attention.