Sunday, March 11, 2018

MY BEAUTY FAVES :: Winter Hands- An Unexpected Power Combo

As I was walking my toddler on the stroller yesterday before trying to get back in the car (the struggle is real!) the cold, dry wind reminded me that my hands are doing pretty well so far this winter. Every season I eventually develop eczema, specially in between my fingers, that requires steroids to heal completely.  I think it's a product of many years of wearing gloves constantly when I used to do research in a lab and my life as a mom which requires very frequent hand washing.

I have tried a bunch of creams, moderately priced and fancier.  I find that most of them don't work that well and I end up using so much product that it becomes an investment.  I have even resorted to making my own concoctions (it's that scientist brain needing some exercise) that work better but can be too greasy.  Unfortunately, I find myself not having the time to make them these days.

I wanted to share the power combo that has been working very well for me this season.  Granted, I have still gotten the small cracks that seem to develop out of nowhere and take forever to heal and those cracks under the nail that can be so painful.  Overall though my hands have been doing pretty well because those eczema patches in between my fingers have not made their appearance yet (knock on wood).

I have realized that a good moisturizing treatment for the hands before bedtime is key.  I start by applying about 5 drops of the rosehip oil from Whole Foods.  It is rejuvenating and delivers a powerhouse of nutrition to the skin such as antioxidants like vitamin C and essential fatty acids.  It also has anti aging properties since it contains both vitamins A and C. I layer Gold Bond Ultimate daily therapy cream on top.  I started doing this on a whim one day and find it works great on the hands.  It adds just enough moisture without being greasy.  It is thicker than your regular cream so a little goes a long way too.  This cream combines both exfoliating agents like hydroxyacids and intensive moisturizers.  It does not get a rating from the skin deep cosmetic database but when you check the ingredients only a couple of them would get a rating of 4 (1 is the safest rating on a scale of 1 to 10) so I feel okay using it.

As always, I make sure I do my weekly hand sheet masks which I purchase at Sephora to keep my hands as moisturized as possible.  During the day, I use hand lotion regularly.  These days I like the Maximum Moisture Body Lotion that I get at my local Whole Foods.  It works pretty well and it does not cost a fortune.  It's small enough to carry in my purse and it lasts a while too.

What do find works best for your hands?  I would love to hear!

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Thank you for reading!

*This post is not sponsored and reflects my own personal opinions*

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