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Winter Hands

January 6, 2010

No matter how much water I drink, cashmere-lined gloves I wear or fleece pockets I bury my hands in during the winter time, dry, cracked skin seems unavoidable. So this year I am amping up my treatment routine with a more strategic and diligent approach to maintaining presentable winter hands. Aside from keeping my daily water intake as high as possible, I have tested some intense hand creams that I apply throughout the day and after washing my hands that seem to be making a big improvement on the red reflections in my poor hands. Here are my latest cream, salve and skin food recommendations for soft hands this season.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve $19.50

This heavy duty hand treatment is thick and really penetrates your skin. It has a plesant herbal scent and is made with botanical oils like avocado and eucalyptus. This is placed next to my keyboard at work and I apply at least twice a day after my consistent, germophobic hand-washing.

Weleda Skin Food $17.00

I received this product in the 2009 Allure Best of Beauty Awards gift bag. I was familiar with the packaging but knew nothing else of the brand. It claims this is for rough and dry skin. I tested this first on my face and realized it was way too intense for that skin. So it is now the perfect solution on hands and feet after a shower before bed to let it soak in overnight. One of the unexpected ingredients is extract from the Pansy flower that is known to calm irritation. Weleda is a world-wide brand that focuses on natural and holistic products using their signature Biodynamic farming methods. They offer a range of skincare and bodycare products as well as products for mother and baby. They even have their own spas located throughout the country that I may need to investigate.

Here are the 2 new winter hand washes I have added to my bathroom and kitchen to help aid in my mission for touchable hands.

C.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Wash $12.00

Intense sweet and tart scent with nourishing lemon oil. You can always depend on C.O. Bigelow for all of your toiletry needs at a reasonable price.  Also Made in the USA.

Roger and Gallet Bamboo Perfumed Cream Soap $18.00

Subtle, clean and fresh scent with a moisturizing cream texture. The ultimate luxury hand soap with package design to complement any decorated washroom with plesant decor and function.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bbb permalink
    January 7, 2010 7:42 am

    Now let’s talk face!

  2. January 7, 2010 10:34 am

    Yum, Lemony hand wash! I need to get this and the Kiehls for my downstairs bathroom. I have been using a combination of lotions this winter, and so far, I find layering cuticle oil from SpaRitual with a thick cream at night has been almost doing the trick…Thanks for the tips!


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